>> Tuesday, November 03, 2009
My wife, Pharmie, did her first 50K on Saturday as I was running the Monster Dash 10 Mile. She has a bunch of photos on her blog, and I’ll have some of the same ones plus a few more. Here’s how it went down:
Saturday (Halloween) we both got up early. She headed to the Murphy-Hanrehan Park in Savage, MN, as I headed into Minneapolis for the Monster Dash. (Scroll down to see my Monster 10 Mile race report.) I raced my 10 miler, and then hopped in my car to cheer on Pharmie.
I called her when I was nearly to the park - she was running with her cell phone. She said it’d be about an hour before she was at the point where we were going to meet up. So I quickly turned around and grabbed a foot-long at Subway. Then I got to the park and found the aid-station where we were going to meet. It was VERY DIFFERENT than road races. The aid-station had 2 card tables with a bunch of small bowls of goodies to choose from. Here are some runners stopping to grab some grub:
(Note the guy with the tattoos on the far left - he finished the 50 mile race in about 7 hours!!)
I ran with my camera and snapped a bunch of photos...
Pharmie and Holly avoiding a puddle
Running on the horse trails
Pharmie and Holly
Some of the single-track got narrow...
Downhill next to a lake
Through the Sumac
Through the tall reeds. This was COOL.
Through the forest
Avoiding LOTS of mud
Birch trees and prairie grasses
My FAVORITE shot of the day!
Running through the clearing and up the hill
Ending that 6 mile loop with a big downhill with the aid station to the left
So Pharmie dropped me off at the aid station where I started. She had to run another 3.9 miles back to the finish, while I just hopped in my car and drove there. I snapped a quick photo of some mud I’d collected running with Pharmie:
I got to the finish line and jogged backwards on the course for a while. Here’s what some of the trail looked like at that point:
Note: it’s level behind Pharmie, and she’s got a big climb to get up to where I was sitting. The photo doesn’t do it justice.
We saw Guy and Jenny come running up a few minutes later, so we ran out to see them. They had one more big 15.6 mile loop to finish to get in their 50 miles!
So between warming up prior to my race (2.5 miles), the 10 mile race (10 miles [duh]), cooling down and running back to my car (.5+ miles), running 1 loop with Pharmie (6 miles), and running to see her finish and run the last part with her (1 mile), I logged 20+ miles of running on Saturday! That’s my longest single day of running since IM WI 07, and my SECOND longest day of running ever! What a great day!
Pharmie’s a freakin’ rock star!! Go to her blog to see many of the same photos and to read her side of the story. She ended up 13th out of 16 females, and 43rd out of 53 overall in the 50K. Congrats Pharmie!!