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We had a great day at the Western WA Fat Ass 50K fun run. Several local running celeb's showed up for a good training run. Scott Jurek, Brian Morrison, Uli Steidle were among the 100+ runners at the start. The 50K course involved running two 16 mile loops on Tiger Mountain. Many of the runners opted for the 25K run. It's hard to tell how many runners opted for the 50K until the results are posted.
Rob, Steve and I ran the course together. The day threw some rain at us early on with temps around 37 F at the start. As we climbed we ran into some snow as we climbed T1. The second lap provided some snowy running that created a winter solitude that was really enjoyable. The open summits on T1,T2, and T3 exposed us to some good wind and driving snow but the time at the summits is limited as you move down the trails that are protected by forest. The temperatures dropped on the second loop and the packed snow on the trails had glazed over with ice to make things a bit slippery as we made our way along.
Jenny commuted with us and ran the 25K loop. She had a good run but nearly froze to death waiting for us at the car as we did our second loop.
We finished in 7:23 and went to North Bend for a big pasta dinner before heading home for some rest. NOTE: I took a 20min ice bath to help my legs recover from the pounding. The water is noticeably colder in the winter than it is in the summer!