The event is a self-supported run on a 7.75 mile paved loop around Pullman. Last month, I ran without a water bottle or fuel and just stopped at my car for water and a Gu Gel after each loop. This worked okay (I generally don't drink or eat much on my runs), but on the last lap I was wishing I had a bit more water. So this time I carried my hydration pack, which not only let me sip on water a little more often, but it also cut down on the couple of minutes it took stopping at my car each lap.
I kept a relatively even pace throughout and finished in 4:17:08, whacking 28 minutes off the 50k PR I set last month in the blizzard. This was Sadie's 50k PR too. :)
We have one more Pullman Winter 50k scheduled for Feb. 19. I'll bet we don't get spring-like conditions again.
|My pre-race warm-up ritual|
A month and a half until Chile. My legs are feeling a little tired, but strong. They're getting used to running while tired. The only thing I haven't finalized for my trip is my lodging while in Santiago. I have all my gear ready except for a few small items. I'm getting nervous. :)