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We missed the cut off at the 35K point by 6 minutes.<br>
Cut off was 5:30. We got there at 5:36.<br><br>
It was a kick ass humbling experience.<br>
The Swinging Bridge 50K (with the 35K optional), in Cuberland, VA left me drooling for the final 15K.<br>
Alemma, Batmomm, Michael (Batmomm's RP) and I started out very slowly. It was the first trail race for all of us. We basically had no friggin clue of anything. So, it took a while until we got the point that we had to roll on the mud.<br>
Crossing the creeks (over 10 I think) start with plastic bags and ended with almost swimming. We cared less... My shoes (road shoes, Brooks Dyad) drained incredibly well and my feet stayed mostly dry with the Goretex socks. (Tks Durt!).<br>
The elevation wasn't that hard at all, but the weaving on the single trail was time consuming.<br>
I fell once (it actually felt nice and soft <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> ) and rolled my left ankle about a thousand times (that was my injured thendon of course). It required some Ibuprofen since my left calf muscles were working hard to stabiize it and my left hammy was still tight from last week's marathon.<br>
We had the plan of sticking together the 4 of us as much as we could. Around mile 10 or so, Michael told us to go ahead.<br>
The turn around at half way of the 35K gave us the hint that we had to REALLY pick up. The 3 of us were determined and, although we were tired, we kept pushing whenever and wherever we could.<br>
It was hard to have that time pressure feeling since the beginning, which, for me, takes a lot of the fun away. I knew we could do the distance, but the time was always a concern. Racing agains the RD's clock is not fun.<br>
Alemma is a freakin' running machine and kept us going. We laughed a lot and sharing that with Batmomm and Alemma (my twin maniac sister) was priceless.<br>
I was very sad at the cut off point. It is a very strange feeling when your legs want to go really bad and you just can't because you are a slow runner.<br>
I hated being slow, but at the same time I was happy to realize that I could walk comfortably as if I had just finished a 6 mile run. Bittersweet because we couldn't keep going.<br>
I think it was the first time I actually cried after a race. We officially finished the 35K, but to me, it was a DNF race. The first one of, I am sure, a TON of them.<br>
I drove back to Raleigh right after the race and dealt with the unfinished feeling hopping on the TM for 11 miles. I know it didn't change anything, but I had the mindset to go that distance... so I just did it.<br>
I need to find an easier course and try it again, and again, and again until a feel more confident to hit longer and tougher trails.<br><br>
I don't want to go back to Swinging bridge because as a newbie I need more support. They were out of sports drinks and for me that was actually a threat, since last weekend I got borderline with hyponatremia at Disney. That made me uncomfortable yesterday. I asked for salt (which I know I should have brought with me), they didn't have any so I sucked up some pretzels but my body just didn't want to see much food. But I am a newbie, what do I know? I thought that lack of support was a common thing only at Fat Ass races. So I guess I was unprepared for the structure I didn't see. It wouldn't have changed anything anyways. Slow is slow and that would have remained the same.<br><br>
It was very humbling. It was nice to meet a different monster out there. Now I just need to figure out how to conquer it.
 

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Thanks Toe... I think my attitude is a little better today. Yesterday I was a stupid whinny baby when I finished. I couldn't accept that they wouldn't let me finish since I was feeling good to go <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
I guess being a spoiled brat doesn't work in trail races <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> hee hee
 

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Ty - you got your first DNF on a 50K trail race...all the people you know who have yet to attempt one (including ME) still have a DNS - great job regardless of the time cutoffs and it sounds like you learned about trail racing. Hang in there girl - I know you will!
 

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You had the courage to start the race and that is what counts. There will be others for sure.<br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Small Story</span></b>:<br>
I also DNF my first 50K Trail Race (December - 2003 HUFF 50K). Rolled my ankle 3 times during the first two loops of the course and pulled out limping. So, what I did was paste my bib from that race on the fridge to remind me all year long that I was going back to finish what I started in 2004. Coincidentally, it was also the same day as me and my wife's 10th Wedding Anniversary. She graciously accompanied me to the race and I finished in (4:12). My gift to her was a 1ct diamond ring.<br><br>
So, don't give up. You can accomplish this goal if it is something you want to do.<br><br>
PS: I would go on to DNF three ultra races in 2007, but I will get revenge <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Tony, after learning that there were no female finishers of the 50K on our age group, I quickly changed my mind to attempting that race again...LOL why do I have to be so friggin stubborn...? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Crunningman - I love your story! I wasn't sure of what to do with the bib... it's still smashed with my dirty clothes... <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I like the diamond idea and guess what? I am running Umstead50 on April 5th, which is my 5th Wedding Anniversary. I'll let you talk to my DH about that <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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TY--I am sorry you missed the cut off--but you are STRONG--and this experience you will learn from, train, and NOT miss the next cut off! Cause I know you! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">---Not many people can say they ran a 50K (even if the last 11 miles were on a TM).....you should be proud!
 

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Hey Ty - you did great yesterday. It's not an easy course. There's not a lot of elevation change, but all the short ups and downs will get to you. I rolled my left ankle a couple of times too.<br><br>
Ty I feel bad, I probably should have warned you up front that Swinging Bridge is basically a 'Fat Ass' plus. It started off a couple of years ago as just a 'fatass' I think they had water, and that was it. A lot of the reason is they have a hard time getting enough volunteers from the club to make it much more than that - seems like not many people want to drive an hour+ to volunteer - <b>Big Ups</b> to those who did, I'm sure there were many out there for close to 8 hours.<br><br>
I'm not really sure what all they had at each of the stations - I just topped my handheld off at the halfway. They did have a healthy amount of Mountain Dew, I was afraid to drink it until I was finished. They had a pretty good assortment of cookies, pretzels, water and soda. I don't know if they ever had any sports drink, I don't remember seeing it when I went through either.<br><br>
Sorry you didn't get to finish your goal. But since it was your first trail race I think you did well. I know for a fact there were people dropping before the 35k, getting rides back to their car. I think it will give you a good learning experience for when you do another trail race. While all trail races are different, I think that lots of the knowledge transfers.
 

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Amber,Tks! I certainly need to prepare MUCH better before doing something like that again.<br><br>
Myron, thank you for the input. I am glad to hear from you that it was NOT an easy course. lol ... I know there are much harder ones out there, but I don't see how I would ever call that really easy...<br>
I was overwhelmed at a certain point, but the second half was much better. The drinking part got me, but thankfully I had my own food and gels, enough to get me through. I'm sorry you rolled your ankle too and again, I am very impressed with how well you did.
 

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I found it of great motivation toward the next goal. Ah dirty clothes from the trail. Aren't they the best<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">. Umstead 50! I haven't run there but have friends who have done the 100. They loved the course layout and the volunteers. Tell your DH that "Diamonds are Forever".<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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crunning, I will make DH read your post...lol I do a lot of LSDs at Umstead, since I live 15 minutes away. I LOVE that course. It's a completely different style though. After what I saw yesterday, I would call Umstead a paved course <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> the elevation is a whole different story <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Sorry about the DNF.<br>
But in my book you're still one of the toughest hill-munchers around.<br>
First, you ran 26.2 a week ago and it takes more than garden variety courage to tackle a first 50k,<br>
first trail race, in January with water features just a week later.<br><br>
but more than that,<br>
you went home and made your team commitments good by <b>EXCEEDING</b> the 50k total on the TM.<br>
That's dedication and loyalty.<br><br>
Swinging Bridge sounds like a fun course.<br>
I'm doing the Holiday Lake just down the road road from Cumberland in a month.<br>
I DNFed it (my first) last year, but at least I learned the course and got an education.<br>
Its an easy course, not much elevation, a little easy single track, only 4 shallow stream xings.<br>
I got in trouble with the cold (<20) and the mid-point cutoff (3:30).<br><br>
You're a great competitor.<br>
jjj
 

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OMG JJJ!!! You are doing the Holiday?!!! I was just checking their website... I am running a marathon on the 17th here in NC, but that doesn't mean I can't try to have a bit of trail fun the day before, right? <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br>
BESIDES!!! I'll get to meet the toughest dude on Earth in person!!!! (you're going to kill me...LOL ) <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I am scared and traumatized with the cut offs though... not sure if I can take that one down.<br>
Thank you for your super nice words.<br>
I feel a little better today than I did yesterday...Now I'm having the munchies... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> The previous indigestion won't settle until I get a good one down.
 

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No failure here. Congratulations. Hope you post on how you prep for 50M. May is when I try it. Don't be afraid of junkfood out there either. I get a bigger boost from m&m's and sugar cookies than I ever got from any jel.
 

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P2R. Thank you. I am doing the RW plan, with some adjustments to fit the marathons on the way... I've been actually training WITH junk food. Rice Krispies and pop tarts are my favorite and thankfully I had RK with me yesterday. I am a big fan also of the M&M's <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> learned that on my 1st M training (by accident <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> ), but haven't been including in my trainings until now. One thing that I noticed on the trail though was that I was so into watching where I was going and how fast that I don't think I was eating and drinking enough. It didn't affect me yesterday, but it opened my eyes for possible complications in different circumstances.
 

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TY, you did great under some tough circumstances (first trail race attempt and marathon 6 days prior). To go home and knock out 11 on the DM, which is a challenge fresh is amazing. Nice job.
 

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Not to sound cliche, but "did not finish" is infinitely better than "did not start"! Sounds like a hell of a race, and you gave it a shot...and that's what it's all about! On to the next one.
 

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Great story - DNFs are a great thing - I had two of them in 06 and learned a lot<br>
from them. And there's no better way than having them drag you from the course,<br>
kicking and screaming! It will really help you get the time management aspect<br>
down and guide your training focus a bit. I will have many more to come and I<br>
almost look forward to them!
 

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So jealous!<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br>
Living by such a great trail system. I'd be there every day. Well nearly.<br>
You will do well. Can't wait to read your report. cr
 
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