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Although we all started together, after one loop I ended up running with Susan, and boy was that a task. I met Susan for the first time at the Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50k, where she put in a fantastic 6:43:43 performance. I entered today's race with a goal of putting in about 6 hours for a final long run. After a loop with Susan, my goal quickly changed to possibly setting a new PR at the 50k distance (4:58 at Caumsett in 2007 is my current 50k PR). We pushed a steady pace for much of the first 6 loops, with Susan leading most of the way. At times we seemed to push each other, especially in the short section where the trail opens to a grassy field for about a half a mile or so. I would pull even, she would pull ahead. We finished the first half of the race in about 2:16:00.
Goodbye long runs...hello taper.