Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bull Run Run 50 Miler - Brief Recap

Nothing like a quick PBR at mile 45!
The wait to get to the starting line at this weekend’s Bull Run Run 50 Miler seemed like an eternity. My last race as chronicled in my "What is Failure" post, ended in my first and only DNF at mile 85 of the Javelina Jundred last November. I have carried a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since. It may never completely go away but I certainly am glad to have gotten back out there, finished and had a great time.

My original plan was to race this, but after getting into Badwater I knew the smart thing was to treat this as a long training run. That is exactly what I needed and did sticking with friend Tony Portera the entire race. We took it easy and just enjoyed the people and the trail. It was a beautiful day, beginning in the low 40s and hitting a high somewhere in the upper 70’s. The race started just after sunrise at 6:30am with about 300 runners. What seemed incredibly impressive to me was on the results page I did not see 1 DNF, although there were a few finishing times beyond the cut off. My finishing time was 9:58:37, but most importantly I was able to work on my Badwater Nutrition and race plan (Mile 45 beer will be excluded) and came out injury free. In fact with limited soreness I was able to ease right back into my training this week with a couple of light runs and some cross training. The best was finishing with my little lady:)

My opinion of the race organization and course is as follows:

Organizer: The race is put on by the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club, the same organization that hosts Massanutten Mt. Trails 100. I think they ran a great race. The course was very well marked, aid stations well stocked and the volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable. I would and may run this one again if I get in. It's a lottery.
BRR50 The Course
The Course: Set on the Bull Run Trail in Northern Virginia I found this track to be challenging but not overwhelming. Although, I will say it was significantly more hilly and technical than I expected (Tony can attest as I watched him either roll an ankle, kick a rock or stumble on a root nearly every mile). Along the route we encountered lots of great runnable single track, some rocky and rooty sections, numerous stream crossings and an array of open fields and wooded trails mixed in. The course was very dry as has been the case lately in this part of the country, but fair warning! If you run this race during typical spring conditions, be prepared to get muddy and wet.

Here are a few photos taken by Tony and a race photographer volunteer. Peace E
Mmmmmm PBR and Cheese Balls

One of many crossings

Me and Tony


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