Run the Rock 50K

Southern Pines Ultra Running ClubMy 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.

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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 10303290_10206376467872287_8514845750771393118_nwas 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.

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trail photos courtesy of Ray the K

I finished 22 overall with time of 7:04:58

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About Anjanette Wiley

Runner, Co-founder @RiverRunClub, vegetarian, being ladylike is not my forte.

Posted on July 12, 2015, in Raleigh Runners, running, trail running, ultrarunning. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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