Here is a brief report for the Finger Lakes Fifties "50k" (actually 32.9 miles, but who's counting
) last weekend:
-- Another hot race -- forecast was for highs in the upper 80s, but not quite that bad during the race. Started in the mid-60s and finished in the mid 80s, plus the shaded woods seemed to help.
-- Saw CJ before the start -- yay!
-- Race had about 1/3 mile on a dirt road at the start before heading into woods -- a nice way to avoid some of the initial congestion issues that would otherwise occur on a trail.
-- Fell down about 18 minutes into the run. "It's a little early for that," the man behind me remarked.
-- This was a nice course! A bit hilly (about 2600 feet of climbing), but nothing too crazy, mostly in pretty forest. There were some unshaded bits that were hot, but for the most part they offered nice views to compensate.
-- At some point during the run, I remembered that the phrase "respect the distance" is often related as advice for beginning marathoners. I sort of wished I had remembered that for this race.
-- The course repeats the same loop twice, which seemed like a good thing, since the second time around, you'd know what to expect. Although the same terrain can feel quite different 16.5 miles later, I learned.
-- I made it through the first loop in about 3:19. I'd hoped to get under 7 hours for the whole thing, but I'd been slowing down enough to make me think it was unlikely.
-- Ended up shuffling in at 7:12, 48th of 116 finishers. This was four minutes faster than DWD, despite the extra 1.9 miles of course for this one, so I guess that's still improvement -- hard to say with this sort of race. Still seems mighty slow.
-- Pleased to have gotten another one of these under my belt. I think if I do another, I'd like to train a bit more. 50k is a long way for a "what the hell!" race.