The long of it .....
Meredith and Eddie made the 2 and a half hour drive from Philadelphia to my house Saturday afternoon. After arriving at about 2:30, the three of us headed off to Wayne's house (about a half an hour away) to begin the almost 5 hour drive to the Super 8 in Freeport, Maine. For all of us, the decision to run the 50-mile race came only days ago. Wayne volunteered to assume driving duties (thanks a ton Wayne). The drive to Freeport was fairly innocuous. Arriving at 8:30 PM, we quickly found Emmy and Frank - they had a room across the hall from us. There were a ton of other friends staying at the Super 8 as well, but we basically hit the grocery store for some last minute supplies and sacked out. There were also quite a few folks from the Kickrunners community participating (Frank, Emmy, Staci, Meredith, Eddie, Adam, Nate, Movingon, Sarah, etc...), many of which I got to see finish their respective races.
But, he eventually dragged his tired rear end from the ground to grace the camera for a few shots, the first with Emmy and the second with Adam (The Professor).
Wayne and I set out to run as much of this race together as we could, both of us reaching for the same goal. After the start, we quickly pushed forward on the 3.5 mile loop, and soon lost track of Emmy, Meredith and Eddie. Frank busted it right out of the gate and was flying ahead of us. With the temps in the mid 40s at the start, and knowing that they would rise in the the mid to upper 70s, we tried to get in as much mileage as we could early on. We flew through the first 19 miles in about 3:20 - about a 10:3o pace - way too fast. Before the start, and along the way, we saw some of our friends from G.A.C.. I was able to catch up with Chris and his wife Susan a bit before the start (I ran most of the 39.2 mile of insanity at the North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain with them). It was great to catch up with Chris. He set a goal to finish today in under 11 hours so that he'd qualify to put his name in the hat for Western States 100 next year. Mission accomplished for him.
Finally, the happy couple came through, with Eddie smashing his old 50-mile PR by over 70 minutes ! It was a great day for everyone, with so many PRs being set. Overall, this race was amazing. The RDs were fantastic. The course was challenging, well marked, and gorgeous. Everything about it was just fantastic and I would highly recommend it.
After Eddie and Meredith grabbed a quick bite and hit the showers, we started our trip back home. Yes, after a long drive on Saturday night, 50 miles of running on Sunday, were were back in a car just hours after finish the race. Wayne took the steering wheel again and drove us back to his house. From there we drove the final 30 minutes of our trip to my house, arriving just after 1:00 A.M. I had a little bit of trouble getting to sleep, but finally did at around 2:30 A.M. 5 hours later, the 5-year old would make sure I was up for the day.
Here is a quick look at the elevation profile and my hear rate data, both taken by my Garmin Forerunner 305 (click either for a larger view).