Dances with Dirt 50k
Dances with Dirt 50k
My weekend started out fantastic I was back at my favorite race with a large group of my friends and family. This year was the largest group, I’ve convinced to participate in this race we had a total of 6 runners racing in our family spanning from the 10k to the 50k. My Aunt Therese and I were the earliest to leave to do the 50k. We started out fairly well, I would consider it our “normal pace”. We made it up to the top of the bluffs no issues and having a blast. We took lots of photos to really soak it in because this is my favorite race for that reason, the picturesque views.
We headed down the bluff to the prairie section which I entitle the “first finger” thing were going alright, but not as fantastic as I hoped. Being only about a third of the way through the race, I could tell the heat was getting to me. I’d feel fine, then I would hit a sunny patch and Wham! I’d have to slow down two notches. Making my way through this first finger in a decent time was a huge self esteem boost. But, I knew I had much of the race ahead of me.
We traveled to the “second finger” or it’s other name the brother finger. You’ll have to understand the five finger children’s song in order to get that joke or reference.If you’ve never heard of it, click here. We started our descent which is physically more taxing on my body then doing hills. I have a very hard time going downhills. I always feel unstable and off balance. The technical aspect of this course was beating me down mentally. I would feel in a good grove and then I would come to a rocky patch were I felt like I needed to walk. I could tell my underwear shorts comfort level had decreased. I spent they next mile or two making constant adjustments. I’ve ran in this outfit many times it’s just now I weighed a little more than I’ve ever weighted, so it was just improper for my current shape and size. I realized that I was extremely bad chaffed. I kept attempting to reapply a skin barrier as often as I could. It wasn’t helping at all! I noticed I could no longer maintain any good form while running and was trying to run bowlegged to avoid rubbing my legs together.
We made it back up towards the bluffs somehow my physical condition decreased to a level where the bluffs didn’t capture my interest and we warned of a rattle snake by the other runners. All things combined my mentality was shot. But, I got to the top of the bluff aid station and the volunteer had said “Oh see you in two hours.” From this aid station I had four miles to go. I then found it to be my personal mission for those last miles to make it there before my “two hours.” It was somehow a good mental booster that I needed. Crossing the road back to the finish line was a fantastic feeling I knew I was getting closer and closer. Then I could hear the finish line!!!! Wahoo we made it! Completing my second 50k felt like much more of challenge this time through, I think I was improperly trained for trails not getting on them as frequently as in years past.
I will undoubtedly be back next year! Distance unknown think I might go with majority of my family member s who return. I have nothing against the 50k distance but ultra distances seem to have taken a toll on me this season and I think I’ll stick with something a little shorter. This course is a true treat and I love participating in this race. If you’ve never participated I would add this to your must do list!