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Late Friday morning I drove down to Laurel, Mississippi with my SO to run the 11th Carl Touchstone MS50 Trail Run. This race has a 50 mile, 50k and a 20k component to it, all ran in the DeSoto National Forest. We arrived at the hotel shortly after 4:30pm, checked in and then went to the historic Laurel Train Station to pick up my race packet and enjoy a very nice pasta dinner. By far the best pasta dinner I've ever had at a race.<br><br>
Got up at 3:45am Saturday and left the hotel at 4:40 following 3 other vehicles to the race site, about 30 minutes away for the 6:00am start. The last 7-9 miles are on dirt gravel roads to the race start/finish. The course itself consists of soft dirt trails, pine needle paths and fire roads. It's a very easy course with just a few mud paths to contend with unless it rains. This year we had a few very small muddy creeks to cross but no rain. Temperatures were a humid 54 at the start and would climb quickly into the mid 70's when the sun came out.<br><br>
The race started exactly at 6:00am under very foggy and humid skies, but fairly easy to see the course. There were just under 200 runners for all three events. The 50milers and 50k group started together. The 20k runners wouldn't start until 8:00am. The 50 milers run the 12.5 mile loop 4 times, the 20k runners run it once. And those of us running the 50k run the 12.5 mile loop twice and then finish on a 10k loop that runs off the course.<br><br>
I only had one fall - a beautiful baseball slide into 1st base on some nice pine straw around mile 16. Any umpire would have called me safe at the plate. Got back up laughing at myself since my fall was so soft. That was much better than the lady I saw around mile 5 who fell face first into a mud patch. And these being horse trails I can't help wander what else she might have splattered into. Heat and humidity was a signficant factor in this race. Upon completion of each loop the race officials permit runners to change which race they are running - i.e. move from the 50 mile to 50k or 20k if you have bitten off more than you can run or simply don't feel like running the distance you registered for, or you can do the reverse and move from the 20k to the 50k or 50 mile race if you are feeling up to it as you go by the scoring table. Runners switching races receive their times and placement but are not eligible for any awards in the race they switched to. Probably due to the heat and humidity there were a considerable number of runners switching from the 50 mile to the 50k race and a few to the 20k. National Forest Ranger regulations permit for the race has a very strict 12 hour time in which to finish. 50 mile runners who had not begun their final 4th lap by 2:45pm were not allowed to continue because they would not be able to finish by 6:00pm.<br><br>
I have very mixed feelings on my performance - very frustrating although very enjoyable race. Despite being my first 50k trail run I fully expected to finish somewhere between 5 hours and 5 hours, 30 minutes. I finished at 5:55:33. My first 12.5 mile loop was 2:06, 2nd loop at 2:27 but what really killed me was my 10k loop took a full hour and 22 minutes. And I wasn't doing a death march. Definitely a little slower but apparently a turtle would have beaten me on that last 10k. On the plus side I was 20th out of 60 runners in the 50k so I'll just chalk it up as a learning experience. I have got to learn to pace myself better in these events. I loved the cold cokes served with ice at the finish line. I'm sure the pizza was good too but I wasn't in an eating mood for probably an hour after I finished. After finished I enjoyed a couple of cokes, and walked around a little bit before getting back in my vehicle and driving to the hotel for a nice shower. Enjoyed the rest of the afternoon and went out for a nice steak dinner. Spent Saturday night at the hotel and then checked out Sunday for the 5 hour ride home. No cops along the route that I ever saw. Got home in time to get the dog out of the kennel before they closed at 5:00pm.<br><br>
The biggest irony at the race. At the pasta dinner a guy sat down at my table who lives only 1 or two miles away from me. Neither of us know each other but we run some of the same local streets in the afternoon and have probably passed each other a few times on our runs. He was running his first 50 miler and finished in 8:45 - excellent pacing on his part.
 

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Thanks for the report!<br><br>
You probably know best, but don't undersell the effect of the heat and humidity on that last 10K.
 

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That is a great time! At least in my world <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
Way to go on your race!
 

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Reb, sounds like a wonderful race and a great organization. (Flexible, accommodating, probably run by runners...)<br><br>
You did good. I know that you're used to the humidity, but probably on shorter runs. That soup can suck the energy out of you.<br><br>
Congrats on a solid effort!
 

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Congratulations GRR! It sounds like a well-run run and fun weekend. Do you think you might have simply started a bit too fast? I'm sure the warm weather was a factor too -- you probably aren't acclimated to it yet, even down in GA.
 

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Congratulations, GRR. A nice report and a fabulous time, especially for a first 50km. Sounds like an enjoyable trail.<br><br>
Note that its sometimes difficult to compare race times dues to changing trail conditions and weather from year to year. Chalk it up as a personal best that perhaps someday you will better.<br><br>
Am I off-base to imagine that there is another 50 in your future? Enjoy, and recover well. Cheers!<br><img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif">
 
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