The Afton Trail 25K/50K was a blast. I had so much fun and knew that I would! All of my friends were there. Many were volunteering; some were running.
The day was picture perfect. 85F, sunny with a nice breeze. There were NO bugs! Just perfect. I'm so tired of running in the rain.
I woke up at 330 AM so I could be at the race at 6, with a 630 start for the 50K. There is an 8 hour time limit.
I pulled into the Afton State Park right at 6:00. Our crazy government couldn't settle a budget so they closed the state parks and rest stops. Hello! Luckily, Scott's race was still able to take place.
OK, so I set a low goal. I decided since I ran 7:13 last year that 7:12 was good for this year. What kind of goal is that? Not a very far reaching one. Sheesh.
My friend Ann was working the aid station #1. It was great seeing her there, although I told her I wished she were running instead!
I finished 25K in three hours and realized I set low goals again. Damn me. I felt awesome, strong, ready to run another 3 hour loop.
When I arrived aid station #1 Ann told me she was going to run a bit with me. She stuck with me for 5-6 miles and then had to get back to manning the station.
I came in at 6:20. I felt awesome.
Get this. I took off my shirt during the race and ran in my race bra. I've never had the guts to do that before. Many people commented on the weight I have lost, they were all full of compliments.
After the race I hung around for 3 hours visiting with friends and just having a blast. I was talking with Don, a very seasoned ultra runner and good friend. He told me I'm not a 'goofy girl runner' any more and need to set some serious goals. OK, goal set:
11 hours at Voyaguer 50 mile the end of this month. Yup, 11 hours. History: 2002 14 hours, 2003 dropped at 50K and 2004 11:50.
I'm going to Lake Vermilion for the holiday. Talk next week!