So hard to believe I've actually been alive 50 years! Seemed like a good excuse to run 50K on a cold November morning. Mother Nature misunderstand my request for it to be 50 degress and instead gave us a brisk 15 when we started at 5:30am!. But at least the canyon wind was minimal and after the sun came out it warmed up to a 'balmy' 30 degrees or so by the time we finished around 11am.
I was the only one to cover the full 50K but it worked out nicely so I never had to run alone as Kim and a few other runners ran various portions of the course with me. Carolyn and Chad started with me and we were soon joined by Wan Ho. Kim did an amazing job as my pit crew, providing tons of beverage and treats and even an older-that-dirt cake with oreo 'dirt' and gummy worms! She also joined in at various points throughout the run including at the finish. Thanks babe!!!
Wan was also a trooper and ended up running around 17 miles with me, with Melissa joining me just before Wan finished and running the last 14 with me and sometimes Kim. I actually felt pretty good the entire run. Kept the running pace in the comfy 8:45-9:45 range but also took plenty of walk breaks and re-fuel breaks so the actual pace overall was around 10:50 and I finished in around 5 1/2 hours. I think I might just be able to warm up to these longer, slower ultra-type races. Looking forward to the Buffalo 50 mile run in March with Terry-old-Bean!