The Buffalo Run 50 Miler is firmly in the rear view mirror. A few more parting thoughts:
The night before the race I talked with my eight year old daughter Danica. She gave me three pieces of advice:
1) Don't fall.
2) Start off slow so that you have energy to run strong at the end. (This little nugget made me so happy. Somehow she already understands the importance of pacing yourself.)
3) Try to win the race.
Thankfully I accomplished #1 and #2. I love how my kids are still young enough that they think I'm going to win the races I enter. They don't quite understand my lack of speed. And I'm okay with that.
I hadn't ever been to Antelope Island before and had no idea that there were actually mountains on the island. My GPS died at mile 39 but you can see how much more challenging the first 20 miles are compared to the last 30.
In my race report I mentioned that I talked a little bit with a guy named Chris Boyack who was running the 100 mile race. Click here to see his must-read race report.
And finally, I was lucky enough to get a jumping picture at the race:
Within 10 minutes of leaving the island, I was standing in a 7-11 dying to get my hands on a Slurpee. Let me tell you my friends - there has never existed a finer post-race beverage. (That is if a Slurpee qualifies as a beverage.)