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So I'm a year older as of last Sunday. Rather than go through the traditional midlife crisis an dye my hair (or more appropriately, BUY some hair!) or get a sports car or have an affair, last year I ran a 50 miler just for fun. I enjoyed it - last year I did a 5 mile loop 10 times, had some friends join me for a few laps, got to restock my supplies at my car every 45 minutes or so. This year I decided to run the Flying Pig Marathon course backwards and then forwards for 52.4 miles total. I convinced some friends to join me (Bill for the entire distance, Ed for the first 26, Ron for the first 6-7 and then he'd turn around, Bill K for miles 7-17 or so, Nate for miles 18-36, Kenji for 21-36, and CJ for 21-30).<br><br>
My birthday was Sun but I switched the run to Sat because the weather looked better- and it was ideal. I started off in a long sleeve shirt and a cycling jersey and a very lightweight jacket that I took off after 4-5 miles, gloves, and shorts. The gloves came off after 30 miles as the day warmed up to mid 50's.<br><br>
The run was fun, but uneventful. Bill and I started off slower than Ron & Ed and once Ron turned around, Ed waited for us. Shortly after that we met up with Bill K - both Bills were on my team for the Hoosier 200 relay a few years ago so we recounted some nightmare stories from that race. Once Bill K peeled off, we continued and met up with Nate who shared some knowledge about certain terminologies that can't be repeated in mixed company - it kept us giggling all day long. We ran by our cars and were joined by Kenji and CJ - Nate pointed out that although he likes having nice looking ladies running with us (CJ is a girl) he gets mad because they are always better runners than he is. We all stuck together as a group once Ron left us - the pace was relaxed for everyone, we took walk breaks here and there, I stashed a bag with drinks and snacks at the 13 and 39 mile mark, and when Kenji and Nate stopped running we took a pee break at the local running store.<br><br>
Last year I packed way too much food and didn't use most of it. This year I went more basic - Clif bars, PB&J sammiches, pretzels (which almost killed me), Gatorade, water and Diet Coke for a change of pace. Energy wise I felt good throughout though if I do this again I would stash another bag in the last 5-8 miles as a mental thing to look forward to. We were strugg-a-ling once it was just Bill and I for the last 16 miles. Not much to talk about that late in the run, and we were both ready to get 'er done! We stopped at a gas station for a Mtn Dew which perked us up enough to get to the finish.<br><br>
Time - the first loop of the marathon course took us 3:59:25...I thought we'd be about 10 minutes faster than that but we did take a few extended breaks. The second loop took us 4:20:22 for a total time of 8:19:48. I estimate we spent a total of about 25 minutes of standing around during breaks (at our cars, at the drop bag and at the running store). We slowed down more than I thought we would after taking the first marathon so easy - I think we would have been better off being more disciplined about more frequent but shorter breaks, but with fresh people joining us we'd just run for 4-5 miles at a shot without a break. Last year when I was by myself most of the way, I took a break every 2.5 miles and I was much more consistent the entire way.<br><br>
Anyway - that was how I celebrated my 37th birthday. I felt good enogh to wolf down a burrito right afterwards, and I wasn't too sore in the days since the run. I was very glad we ran on Sat - I woke up at 6am on Sun to heavy wind and rain and the temp plummeted throughout the day, so we would have been soaked all day and then froze our asses off after 30 miles. It was great to have friends join me - vey cool to do that with a group of people, so big thanks to them.<br><br>
We talked about what to do next year - I was thinking an 8 hour relay or something like that where we can get more people into it. Who knows?
 

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You da man, Chris. Again!<br><br>
When you do decide to race 50, you're going to post a smokin' fast time.<br><br>
I have to imagine the reverse Pig is a degree more difficult than the forward direction, eh?<br><br>
Congrats on the new ultra distance. Keep us posted on your idea for next year. Sounds like you have a fun birthday tradition going. <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Damn Chris - you're crazy bro!<br><br>
Happy Birthday and congrats on the double pig.<br><br>
Hmm - I know a way to get to Hopkinton without taking a pesky bus...
 

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<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
You<br>
Da<br>
Man<br>
!!
 

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I can just hear the conversation in my mind...<br>
Oh, congratulations! So what did you do on your birthday?<br>
Oh, not much - just ran a marathon both backward and forward...and you?<br><img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif"><br><br>
Nuttin' else to say other than awesome job, <b>Chris</b>, and happy freakin' birthday! <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 

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You rock. Amazing, dude. Just amazing.<br><br>
That said, you don't make it sound quite exciting enough that I want to line one up for my birthday.
 

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I read your report yesterday, but, i mean, what do you say to this....I don't know. I just don't know. It is too hard for me to fathom the effort that it takes to run marathons the way you do. So for me to fathom that you would do one forwards then backwards is just beyond my abilities. Rock on man! that's it...Rock on!
 

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<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"> 'nuff said!<br><br>
Happy Belated birthday <b>Pacer</b><br><br>
I keep thinking my 40th is just 4 short years away. Maybe I could get to the point running wise were I could do a 40 mile run that day. Yeah right <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Wow! You are incredible and a bit crazy. My birthday is in a couple of days and I don't think I will fun something crazy. I might run a 5 miler!
 

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Crazy. <span style="font-size:xx-small;">In a good way</span>. And incredible.<br><br>
Congrats, <b>Pacer</b>! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Thats some impressive shit right there.<br>
Hell, I don't even run that in a week.<br>
Congrats.
 

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Hard to sy - we were going so slow that any uphills felt like nothing at all. The last 10 miles or so sucked - you could feel every little rise (we walked up that little hill at 16 on Watterson), the downhills didn't feel good and the flats weren't fun either!<br>
My wife would KILL me to go all the way to Boston and jog the actual race. But I ain't ruling it out completely for one day! I went to watch the race one year and did the last 5 miles of the course out & back and I saw 4-5 people with bibs on running to Hopkinton...at the time I was so confused I couldn't fathom what they were doing!<br>
Depends on when your birthday is and who you run it with...I'll leave a spot open for my run next year for you!<br>
You never know - if you run it smart, you can run 50 miles off marathon training pretty comfortably, so 40 would be a piece of cake! And speakng of cake, MAN! do you earn your birthday cake after a run like that!!<br>
That's OK - I didn't run anywhere near that much this week either!!<br><br>
Thanks for the birthday wishes and the interest in this run...we were kicking around the idea of an 8 hour ultra/relay run next year on the 5 mile loop that I ran last year for my birthday so I'll be sure to keep everyone posted...but a week removed from the run I KNOW I can run faster than 8:19! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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You are nuts. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Happy belated Birthday!
 

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I finally found this. Congrats! Sounds like a great birthday tradition. I couldn't do this unless I moved. August in AZ would be a bad time to run that many miles unless I did it overnight.
 

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You are one crazyass dude ...and such an impressive runner! I'm thinking about doing something similar next time my b-day rolls around. Gotta imagine the Chipotle would taste all that much sweeter!<br><br>
Congratulations and Happy belated Birthday!!!
 
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