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The HUFF 50K Trail Run - RunUltra Marathon

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Albion, Indiana
United States
Veep Races LLC
30F / -1C
Total Time = 7h 11m 29s
Overall Rank = 285/344
Age Group = F50-59
Age Group Rank = 3/5
Pre-race routine:

I decided to do this event on Friday, just the day before the race. We had planned to make a trip to Ohio on Saturday so I never signed up but we ended up making a round trip on Friday so I knew I'd be free. I'd sent an email in the morn to the RD and posted a request on their Facebook page. I confirmed via telephone with the RD 12 hours before the gun went off so I had absolutely no pre-race prep, having just spent 10 hours in the car. The last long run I'd done (16 miles) was at the WOOF race the first weekend in November. I'd done a couple 8-10 milers on my treadmill but nothing on the trails. I knew I was undertrained but I also knew being out on the trails would do wonders for my soul. I threw some clothes together and a drop bag and got about 5 hours sleep before making the trek to the park. I left about a half hour earlier than planned due to the snow on the roads which was also still coming down. I ate a bagel and banana enroute.
Event warmup:

Walked about 1/4 mile from the parking area to packet pickup with my friend Barb who happened to pull in right before me. Stupidly didn't take my drop bag so made the trek back to the car, got race number on and gear all organized and treked back to the start. No reason to "warm up" for the 31+ miles.
  • 7h 11m 29s
  • 31.07 miles
  • 13m 53s  min/mile

Saw Jayne and Amy from BT right at the gun so we started off together. Both had a good cadence going but I wanted to keep it slow so I dropped back. I didn't really run with anyone for any length of time throughout the entire race but after spending the holidays with family and the day before couped up in the car I was content with the quiet surroundings. The weather was gorgeous, the park was gorgeous, the snow was gorgeous and I was just a slow, happy camper. I'd done this event last year in the epic mud-bowl and figured I should at least do a bit better. I ate what looked good at the aid stations and only had about an hour of unsettled stomach during the first loop. Couldn't put my finger on what that was about but it didn't last long enough to worry about. Ate fig newtons, chips, pretzels, soup, potatoes, chocolate turtles and drank plenty of water, gatorade and coke. Oh and had one gel but that about gagged me. I heard my name nearing the end of the first loop and it was Jayne with her smile. We exchanged thoughts on where we were mentally and physically and it gave me a boost to see her. She peeled off from me at the next port a pot. I didn't stop at my drop bag when I rounded by the tent. I felt fine with what I had on and had just had a refill of nutrients and fluid at the last aid station. The second loop started very rough as I realized that the packed trail was going to slow me considerably. I was somewhat ticked that I might not improve my time from the previous year. I was ticked that I hadn't put screws in my shoes to help with grip. I had to do some reassessment. After I changed my attitude I started to enjoy my surroundings again. I determined to not care about the time but just count my blessings for the opportunity to be out there. I got through the second loop with a lot of careful walking on the outside of the trails where the snow was unpacked. I finished with only a 10 minute improvement over the previous year but with a smile of gratitude on my face.
What would you do differently?:

Screws in shoes is the only thing under the circumstances.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat then laid by my drop bag in the tent for a while, got soup and hot chocolate, put on some warmer layers, chatted with Jayne and some other folks then walked to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No long runs in training, very little traction on my shoes. I have no regrets for signing up at the last minute as this was just what I needed to clear out some holiday cob webs and challenge me mentally and physically.

Event comments:

Great race with wonderful aid stations and volunteers. Beautiful state park setting.

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Last updated: 2012-12-28 12:00 AM
07:11:29 | 31.07 miles | 13m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 285/344
Performance: Average
Course: Beautiful trails - mostly single track - within the state park. One area on paved road. Two loops for 50K with the first half of the course being relatively flat but second half was hilly. The trails were snow covered but not too bad to go through on the first loop. By the second loop they had become packed and slippery.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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] 4

2013-01-04 10:51 PM

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Subject: The HUFF 50K Trail Run

2013-01-14 7:00 PM
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Fort Wayne
Subject: RE: The HUFF 50K Trail Run

What an athlete you are!  The smiling-est athlete too.  Being able to pick up at a moments notice and do an Ultra is awesome.  When I grow up I want to be just like you! Wink

It sounds like you were able to enjoy the serenity of running in creation to the fullest.  Sometimes we all need to just spend time out on our own and it sounds like this was just the kind of run you needed.  I can't imagine that you couldn't have found peace while you were running.

Congrats on completing another Ultra and besting your time by ten minutes and another AG placement.

I can't wait to see you again this coming race season!  Your smiles on the course keep me going.

2013-01-14 8:35 PM
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Seacoast, NH!
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I read this and thought to  What a model human being I have come to know.  Knowing that you did this race for yourself really puts the icing on the cake for me.  You did an awesome job.  You make us all super proud.  And yeah...when I grow up I want to be like you too.
2013-01-15 6:03 AM
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Congrats!  That takes guts to go out in the snow. especially when you have had very little prep time...  Congrats!

Please come back to the Junkies...I miss you there! 

2013-01-20 7:50 AM
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Sidney, Ohio
Subject: RE: The HUFF 50K Trail Run
Is there a time when your not a "happy camper"? I find it amazing that your decided the day before to do an ultra! Great work Brenda!
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