I ran the Autumn Leaves 50K at Champoeg this weekend. It was a bluebird day that was perfect for running. Went out like I was running a 10K, or so I was told. Unfortunately it was my body that did the talking:-). In the last mile of my 5th lap of the 5 mile loop I saw Steve Stoyles father Bob taking pictures. I told him I had run a 3:35 marathon. The bad news was that I wasn't running a marathon. Can you say respect the distance? Needless to say my pace that averaged around 7:25 min/mile bumped down a bit slower with an average pace of around 8:40 for the finish. My finish time was a PR at 4:38:15 which was 22 min. faster than my previous PR.
The 50K was measured in Horton miles so final distance was 32 miles. I was so sore after the race finish that I didn't look forward to how I would feel the next day. Surprisingly I felt pretty good this morning. Michelle, Jenny, Rob, Steve, Ray, and Jane also participated. Rob and Steve ran the 50 miler and both received their finishers belt buckles. The rest ran in the 50K with no DNF's. We also saw Karen W., Leslie M., Sr. Lopez, and many other Marathon Maniacs. That's Olga in the blue Montrail jacket who kept track of times and ran the aid station.