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Huntsville, TX
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 5h 17m 23s
Overall Rank = 102/577
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 10/40
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 6am, ate grits, drank about 32 oz of Gatorade. Left the travel trailer at 6:45 and walked to the lodge and discovered they were serving breakfast. I ate sausage, egg and a biscuit.

Waited in the tent with the heat with the other 50k'ers while the 50 milers started their race at 7am.
  • 5h 17m 23s
  • 31 miles
  • 10m 14s  min/mile

There were 577 runners doing the 50k race. This was my first trail run and I didn't know the course at all. We arrived at the park on Friday night after dark and I wasn't able to look around and get some idea of the layout.

The first mistake I made was not starting toward the front, the race started and we ran down the park road for about 1/2 mile before getting on our first trail. It was a single track with not much of a way to pass anyone. Because of this, my first 6 miles was much slower than I wanted. I started the first loop at 1:04. About 10:30 pace.

The next three hours I covered about 19 miles about a 9:30 pace. Then with 6 miles to go - I went into survival mode and started a run/walk combination - mostly a slow jog (or slog as I have heard it called). The last six miles took me about 1:12 12:00 pace.

Overall things went well for my first race over a marathon. I only fell one time, didn't break my toes on the stumps or get cramps!
What would you do differently?:

Get out toward the front of the pack prior to hitting the first trail.

Train more on trails.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, headed for the lunch tent and got a hamburger.

Event comments:

I can't say enough about Sunmart. It was the best race, hands down that I have done. The setting is perfect, a State Park. My family and I stayed in our travel trailer less than 1/2 mile walk to the start/finish line.

The only thing that is hard, is that the packet pickup is on Friday in Houston (about a 50 mile drive from Huntsville). This was not convenient if you stay at the park or are driving in from the north.

But this is small compared to the organization of this race. It is very well done and I plan on being back to do it again.

One comment about Aaron (JeepFleeb) - I had a hard enough time navigating through the woods without falling on the stumps, rocks and dodging trees - while Aaron was running faster and carried the flag through all of that. Impressive!

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Last updated: 2005-04-18 12:00 AM
05:17:23 | 31 miles | 10m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/40
Overall: 102/577
Performance: Good
Max HR 179 Avg HR 165
Course: 1 out and back for the first 6 miles, then 2 12 1/2 mile loops around the trails in Huntsville State Park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2005-12-11 8:18 PM

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Robinson, TX
Subject: Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run (50K)

2005-12-12 10:13 AM
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Got Wahoo?
San Antonio
Subject: RE: Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run (50K)
Congrats!!!!! Your right, this seemed like a really together race!!!!
2005-12-12 10:16 AM
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Queen BTich
Subject: RE: Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run (50K)
Congrats!! What a great acomplishment on a tough course.
2005-12-13 11:08 AM
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2005-12-13 2:03 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Run (50K)

You guys doing these ultra marathons are impressive.  It has never crossed my mind.  And then with the way my knees felt Sunday afternoon and Monday morning after running a mere marathon, I told myself I'm not sure I would even do another marathon other than for possibly Ironman training.  But after hearing you and Aaron describe this race, it kind has my interest peaked.  Screw my knees.  Awesome job!

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