|White Rock 50K|
|Sign near the top.|
The start of the race was filled with the usual excitement and pre-race jitters when about half mile into the race I realized I forgot my gatorade bottle!! I have never done that before. That's not good to go without water or gatorade for four plus hours! So I began looking in the ditches until I found a clean looking bottle. Found one and shook it and realized it had tobacco spit in it.
I looked and found another one and while dirty and muddy on the outside, it appeared clean on the inside. I would just need to fill it up at the first aid station about 5 miles down the road.
One young runner for OU took off. I knew there was no catching him. He was running effortlessly and probably running low 6 miles. He was out of view in no time. I've seen many young guns do that only to be walking about mile 20 and I pass them as they struggle to finish. But this kid meant business and would go on to run a 3:52! Needless to say, I couldn't touch that.
|Some of the hills were pretty steep but it all seemed runnable.|
So the battle was for second. A group of runners who I normally compete against were going back and forth until finally I decided the pace was too quick. We were running low 7s for the first 8 miles. I dialed it back and watched the others go and dropped back to about fifth place. It takes a lot of confidence to just let people go like that and in hindsight, maybe I should have ran with them but I wanted to run a strong second half and did not want to bonk.
|Beautiful part of run but this was part of old course.|
|That pavillion is where we sign in and turnaround.|
I finished in 4:19. Very satisfied with that considering I could barely run at Houston just a few short weeks ago. I hope the sciatic continues to feel better and maybe complete better by the time Little Rock Marathon rolls around in exactly one month.