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My first 50 miler is in the books. 13:32. I'm pretty happy with that seeing how going in my goal was just to finish.My DW "Merigayle" got a new PR for a 100 miler with a 25:22 finish. Excellent race for a first timer. Course was awesome, very well run race with great volunteers. A+ event.<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Congrats!! That's one heck of an accomplishment.
 

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This is just a warm-up to your report, right?<br><br>
Great job, Chupacabra!! Congratulations!
 

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Congrats E, on going farther than ever before!<br><br>
You made it sound easy. Was Meri ahead of you when you finished? Any struggles?
 

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I'm not sure what mile Meri was on when I finished. I actually felt ill from mile 12-19. Like flu ill. I started to talk myself into thinking it will be ok to drop at mile 32 when I finished the second loop. Around mile 21 I started to feel much better and by the time I finished the second loop at 32 I was able to just grab some fuel and water chow down a couple pb&j's and head right back out. I had pb&j and coke at all the aid stations on the last loop and felt really good. I was surprised that at that point I was still running with walk breaks off course. I finished in 13:32 and Meri was in at 12:32 so I just relaxed and hung out and waited until around 1:30 in the morning when she came in to start her last loop. I sent her off on her last loop and I crawled into my sleeping bag and crashed for a few hours and then Meri came in around 7am. Excellent race. We are thinking about coming back next year and by then I might be able to tackle my first 100. This course would be perfect for someones first 100 miler. Overall I'm very happy with my race at Rockky Raccoon.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I'm not an expert but your "felt ill" thing could possibly just be a normal ultra low spot. For me, they don't necessarily wait until I've had lots of miles to happen. Slow down, pay attention to food/drink, and suffer until it gets better has usually worked for me.<br><br>
BTW, what you guys did sounds a lot like the voice of experience I got from a husband/wife team I know that runs 100s. They said they start out together, and run together as a couple until the first little obstacle that makes one of them stop/speed-up/slow-down. Then they split without a backwards glance and just keep track of each other through crew. They said that if each of them waits for the other through all the stuff that happens, it will add hours to BOTH of their times.<br><br>
They must know, they are in their 60s and still do ultras. Here's a toast that you and Meri can still be doing this into YOUR 60s.<img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:
 

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there's no running together at RR. The 100 mile coure is five 20 mile loops and the 50 mile course is three 16.xx mile loops. The 50 miler starts 1 hour later too. It was very different from other 50/100 mile races where they start at the same time and the 50 milers just run half the 100 mile course. We did pass each other a few times on the longer out and back section.<br><br>
I was impressed when i finished at how good Chupacabra looked! He looked fresh, energetic and walked all the way to the car at the far side of the lot to get my cell phone for me <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I had bet he was going to finish in 14 hours and he broke my guess and did well.
 

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Great to hang out with you E. You did great in the 50, and Meri was awesome in the 100. Congrats to you both. Hope to see you at Caumsett.
 
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