2015 Blackwater Trail Challenge 50k Race Report
|Me & my friend Laurel, who worked the turn-around aid station|
|Kristy, me, Sarah, and Brandon at P'cola Beach|
|The Team RWB crew & Brendan at the WOB run 2/18|
Finally, it was the night before the race. I made pasta & vodka sauce for the three of us, which has somewhat become a tradition whenever I run a race that I don't travel for. I got all my gear together and we hung out for a while before getting to bed fairly early. Brendan & I were running the 50k, while Kristy and several of our Team RWB friends would be manning the turn-around aid station, so we all had an early morning and long day ahead of us. It was a nice dinner and a nice time hanging out with a friend we hadn't seen in quite a while.
I was using this race to work out a few things I would need for the much longer 50 mile distance, so this race took a little more prep than a 50k normally would for me. My Garmins only last about 6 1/2 - 7 hours, so I would need to charge it during the 50 mile. I've always just taken a second watch to switch to during 50k, but for the 50 I wanted to just use one. I had been told you can charge them on the go and they will continue to run, so I got a couple small portable chargers I could carry. I also got the batteries for my new camera fully charged since I planned to take a lot of photos. For my nutrition, this would be my first 50k powered by Tailwind Nutrition. I've been mixing it at 300 cal per 24 oz water bottle, and this is the first way I've ever found that I can actually get in some calories while running. I made 2 bottles to take with me at the start, and made 2 more to send with Kristy to keep in a cooler for me to switch out when I got to the turn-around aid station. Ready to go... time for bed.
|Amy, Megan, and me before the race. They both ran with|
me during the P'cola Marathon and were running their first
50k at Blackwater
|Start of the race|
As I continued on, I started to notice an issue with my shoes. I'd had a pair of Mizuno EVO Cursoris that I had worn over the last couple years, but they had worn out. They stopped making them shortly after I got them, so it took some work to find a new pair. Well, this new pair was rubbing the top of my foot funny. It wasn't necessarily hurting, but it was going to as the miles piled up. I needed to do something about it, but there just wasn't anything to do until I got to the next aid station so I could get a band-aid to cover and protect that spot, so I just continued on.
|New friends Taylor (left) and Brittany (right) coming up|
on the second aid station
When we did get to the second aid station, Paul was there. I asked him for a band-aid, which he happily got for me and offered to help. I told him I was fine, I just needed to sit down, get my shoe off and fix whatever was going on with it. I sat down on the bumper of some one's truck and took my right shoe off. It still wasn't really hurting, so I was a little surprised to see a little blood on my sock. Glad I stopped, that would have definitely become a problem. If I already had blood just about 8 1/2-9 miles in, who knows what it would look like after 50k. I got my sock off, cleaned the spot a little and put the band-aid on. This resolved that issue for the rest of the race, so I was able to put that out of my mind. I thanked Paul and got back out on my way.
|Picture taken by my buddy Jamie at|
one of my favorite spots on the trail
|My Team RWB friends working the aid station|
|Kim from the NWFL Trail Running group on her way|
to the turn-around
|A different angle of my favorite spot I talked about earlier,|
although it still doesn't capture the beauty of this spot
|Still just trucking along, enjoying a gorgeous day|
|Goats next to the road during the short paved section at|
the manned aid station
|Jamie offers me what I like, just at the wrong time|
|I was tired, but I was kind of goofing around with this photo|
|The final stretch of trail|
|Coming up the final hill. Kristy was|
shooting from the top, so this
is a much bigger hill than it looks
|Tired, but finished|
|Some of the Northwest Florida Trail Running group that|
either ran, or supported at the race