Run the Rock 50K
My first 50K and my first race with Southern Pines Ultra Running Club. Jessica, the club manager, hosted a preview run a couple of weeks prior. It was good and bad to know what was coming on race day. Only an hour away from Raleigh, Raven Rock State Park is a great place to run trails, explore the Cape Fear River and the woods.
The race is two 5ish mile loops of single track trail. It was a sweet set up with bathrooms, an aid station and picnic shelter in between the two loops.
There were 55 runners in the 50K so the crowd spread out pretty quickly. My plan was to run the first 10 non stop and then re-fuel after each 5. On mile 11 I fell. Full on, Superman slide down the trail. That hurt. Luckily, the damage wasn’t enough to end my day but wow I had 20 more miles to go. That hurt.
It was a tough run. With one more loop to go, I never wanted to quit a race so bad but I carried on. I like the ultra events and the runners. They’re laid back and in to the pure joy of the run and the people.
I got to hang a little while with Aaron who I met through Triangle Runners on Google+
I learned a few things:
If you’re breaking spider webs, you’re going the wrong way.
If you want to run trails, you need to run trails.
trail photos courtesy of Ray the K
I finished 22 overall with time of 7:04:58