Sunday, November 23, 2008
JFK 50 Miler --11/22/08 -photos!
A sign points JFK runners down the Weaverton Cliffs...only 34 miles to go.
Getting reflective vests at mile 42 --off the towpath; Thank Goodness!!
What a long, cold day yesterday --I finished the JFK 50 miler in 9:41 and then drove home - felt good in car but my hamstrings wee killing me. (glen and susan drove me from finish to my car at start-Jen finished in9:20 and Susan finished her first 50 miler in 9:55) The race itself is tough --3 races in one, with the hily, rocky A.T. portion, the 26 miles of towpath, and the rolling terrain of the last 8 miles (and we had a headwind also). I was so pleased to break 10 hours 2 weeks after Stone Cat. With snow on the A.T. as well-ugh.
Race report coming but in the meantime -photos --I played tourist until mile 42!
Me, Susan, Glen and Jen in the gym at the start --chaos!!! Where's my handheld?
Susan, me and Jen at the start --we had walked over from the gym to Boonsboro Main Street at 6:45 a.m. -brrrr -what will the long day bring???
The long 3 mile climb at the start to the App. trail --a way to get warmed up, in the the 20 degree weather....I pretty much jogged up it (stupid-yes-would pay later.
Either I have a short memory or forgot about this insane climb at mile 6!!
Coming down the trail into gatherton Gap -mile 9.3 (where's Susan?? Gone ahead!).
Me at the turn to Weaverton cliffs --the A.T. portion of the race almost done, if one doesn't kil themselves going downhill.
Runners coming off the Weaverton cliffs part of the A.T. (mile 15??)
Slogging along the 26 miles of windy, cold towpath
Me and the 'HAT 50K' run race directors (I tried to get a free entry).
The '38 Special' aid station --12 miles to go!
me at finish --glad I pushed on as wanted to quit at mile 30.
Susan and Glen at finish line -done! Will she have the energy to run he friend in at Philly on Sunday?
Finished!!! I crossed the line in 9:41 and Susan finished in 9:55 -awesome for her first 50 miler!!..21 degrees and darkness closing in (5 p.m. -we had been running since 7 am.)