50K is done!! What an amazing race and amazing park! I had my crew there to support me! Mom was not able to make it to this race, but she helped with encouragement and visualization discussions previous to the race. Brazos Bend State Park was beautiful and the gators were out! I think I saw about 4 of them (and a snake). I ran 7 hours 40 min (took a break at the half way point-16mi) so my overall race time was 8 hours 40 min. I came in my first loop faster than my goal pace which was amazing! My overall pace was 15:32min/mi which aint bad considering I did 1/4s the second loop (as opposed to 4/1s). I had a buddy Steven Cox to help me get through the second loop! That made all the difference of getting it done and not being angry at the end. I felt really good from the waist up after the race. My nutrition and hydration were on point thanks to @HoneyStinger and @NUUN Hydration. My knee, hip flexors and ankles were the most painful I would say. In order to get through a few intervals I could tell I did something weird with my right leg and hips. This led to my hip flexors being overworked. My ankle soreness was probably the least expected and most surprising. The rest was expected. When I got home I took an ice bath and ate some pizza! Leading up to the race I put together my stretching list which I’ve never done. It’s super helpful to ensure that you don’t miss a required stretch on race day. I’m blessed and thankful to be able to get out of bed every day, stretch, roll out and run with my buddies. It’s a get to, not a have to 😉
Thanks for joining me on this journey!