As I recall from my chemistry classes PB is the symbol for the element Lead. I think my shoes were lined with about three pounds of lead each during this run. My "A" plan was to run a 50K. I had to settle for my "B" plan which was to run 26.2 miles. With my dead lead legs that would have to do.
It's not like I didn't understand the concept of a six hour run. It's just that it took me 4:03:51 to run a marathon and I'd had enough. I averaged a 9:00 min./mile pace with a couple of 7:30 miles in the mix due to long transition times at the start/finish aid station.
Cat, Michelle, Rob, Steve, and I all carpooled in Cat's Expedition. The course was run on the Centennial Trail near Snohomish WA. It was an out and back on a paved trail. We enjoyed pastures and wetlands along the course as we made our way up and down the trail. Rob and Steve went out fast and were running with the front runners. I started out with the very back of the pack and slowly started rolling up to speed. This allowed for some good banter between the Rob and Steve team and me when we passed each other on the out and backs. The best was when we heard what sounded like someone target shooting up in the woods above the trail. As Rob ran toward me he looked up and yelled "I think they are shooting at us." I quipped back that I was pretty small but that he would make a good target. It was my best "zinger" of the day.
Rob and Steve were able to finish out a 50K. Cat, Michelle, and I all completed the marathon. We stopped at the Clearview Plaza Starbucks off Hwy 9 on our way home. I left coffee just a bit early and purchased a 24oz Bud Beer to share as a ceremonial post run celebration. We drank from some cups I took from the race aid station in an outdoor gazebo that was set up for smokers near the Starbucks. It had really nice glider-rocker Adirondack chairs and benches that were made from recycled plastic. This made it difficult to load up the Expedition and head home. Sorry no pictures - my camera batteries were dead when I tried to fire it up. My fault for not putting the battery in the charger.
Rob was scheduled to run a 50K today in his quest for 13 marathon or above races in 12 weeks. He and I talked the crazy talk of going out at midnight to start the run. After getting home my eyes felt so gritty (post lasik) I decided that I shouldn't get too crazy and called Rob to let him know he was on his own. As far as I know he ran the Yours Truly 50K on the Cedar River Trail this morning.
I'm thinking about another 6 hour trail run that is offered near Seattle next weekend. Looks like a nice loop course and will be good training.
Until next time, run happy, and be happy.