I started well and actually kept a 11:00/min pace going for a while. Once into the second loop I slowed down to 12:00-13:00 pace. Somewhere during loop 4 I passed 32 miles and started running longer than I ever had before. That meant the real test started because each mile was a new stress on my body. Each loop became a little slower. By loop 5, around 40 miles, I actually wondered if I could do all 50 miles. As I started my final loop it was apparent that I may finish past 12 hours. I couldn't let that happen so I refocused my head on a 13:00/mile pace. I started increasing my speed and felt good so I pushed a little more. About 5 miles from the finish I was down to 11:00 pace. This felt good but concerned me at the same time. I wondered how this could be since I should be dragging. I got my head in a zone, cranked up my music, and stared at the road. It had to be adrenaline. At 45 miles I felt the best I had all day. Very strange.
|Smiling at 27 miles but was slowing down|
|Running with Lee|
Link to results: http://mcmtiming.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/50-Mile-Overall.htm