Nothing funny or clever to say about the 2009 Frosty 50k . . . this one was a challenge! Not because of a tough course, but the temperature and winds made the race just work. Hard work.
17* at 8am when the race started. 31* when I finished . . . and it got as hot as 35*! The Frosty 50k was definitely well named! No wind at the start, but by 9:30 or so the winds kicked up. Not terribly strong but they just cut through you and made the temperatures seems even colder. But no snow on the ground!
I made fairly good clothing choices and was prepared for the temps (and the mid-day wind!). I was never really uncomfortable. Tights, nylon shell pants, three tech shirts, gloves, a wind shirt, toboggan and a balacava! But there were two or three fools out there that actually wore shorts!!
Usually before the start of a race, you have a chance to visit some with friends you've made at other races. But for this one, everyone stayed in their cars until 5 minutes before the start! Still, I happened to find myself standing next to Michelle Hepler, someone I had met at last year's Frosty 50. Other than Michelle, I only saw Eric Chatham and Ron Fleming (we had shared a motel room the night before!). It was only later on the course that I saw the others!
Here is a picture of Michelle and her friends at about mile 8 (Michelle is the one in orange!)
I'm learning the joys of a different side of running . . . cutoff times!
For the uninformed, most marathons and ultramarathons establish a set cut-off time that a runner must finish by. For Frosty, we had to finish within 8 hours. Really a gracious plenty! And I ended up beating the cutoff by 30 minutes . . . but it was on my mind from mile 23 on!
Up to that point I really felt I was running good! I usually use my watch to remind me of my intervals, but at Frosty with all the clothes I couldn't hear my watch going off! So I honestly hadn't looked at the time or my pace all day up until mile 23.
That's when I ran into the wall . . . and hit it HARD! Lucky I didn't break my nose! When I did look at my watch I was shocked! I had already been out there almost 5 1/2 hours! I honestly felt like it should have been 5 hours. I should have been at 26 by this time! Don't know where the time went!
Finished the last 8 miles with Paul Pickett . . . my new friend from Sanford, NC. Paul had run further in a 24-hour race, but had never done a 50k with a cutoff. I believe we inspired each other and finished together . . . the last two finisher of the 2009 Frosty 50k! (Sorry but the camera lens got wet from my sweat and froze up some!)
Here are some more pictures from Frosty:
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