Stone Steps 50K - 19 Oct

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wow! This was one tough trail race. It was 5+ miles on the first loop done four times and 3 + miles on the second loop repeated 3 times.

The trails were rocks and roots and very little flat or smooth areas. So at 8AM we start. Maybe 75 are running this race and the course record is 4:31 and 100 dollars was being offered for breaking that record. I wasn't worried about that. After winding in and out of the trees for 2.5 miles you came to why this trail got its name. The stone steps. You looked up and they went on forever and then you rounded a bend in the trial and they just kept on going. It was so tough as they were straight up it seemed. At the top continued to run and recover from that climb. The last big hill was toward the end of the 5+ mile loop and it was a dozy also, but with no steps.

The 3+ mile loop was not as bad, but still hard. It was a very pretty trail race and I did stop/slow down so that I could see the sights. I had to do it that way because if I lost focus on the trail I'd trip and fall.

The first 8+ miles to me 1:21, second 1:24, and third 1:29 and the last 5+ mile loop 58:03 for a grand total of 5:13:34 by my watch. There was no finish line so not sure win they stopped the time for me.

On the last loop I tripped and landed on my hands cutting my right hand a bruising my left on rocks. Ouch! Also on the first loop I twisted my right ankle, quickly followed by my left. Hurt, but wasn't bad. On the last 3+ mile loop I again twisted my left ankle and that hurt and it was swollen just a little after the race. Tis okay now.

At the end I was presented with 150 dollars for winning the SouthWest Ohio 50K trail race series (four 50Ks) . Hurray! Now, I am done for the year. Time to rest and let the body heal. It has been a tough, good running year for me, but if I don't stop for awhile my knees are going to get very angry. :)

Oh, the course record was broken. 4:19!

Til next time

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    Ouch Wes!!!

    Take care of yourself and give that body some down had a great year!!!

    Liked reading the did great, with injuries to boot!!!!

    Money won too.....what a great way to end your year!!!

    Great job Wes!!! emoticon
    4513 days ago
  • TAMTAM64
    So you did fall... Ouch... Even so, you are an awesome runner! I think you deserve to rest for at least two days - lol. Two days only! Tammy
    4514 days ago
    Congrats on another great race!! I heard that was a tough one and that the trail was pretty rough. Is it time to rest yet?!?! You're making ME feel tired!

    4514 days ago
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    Wow! Crazy race!!!
    Are you sure you're done for the season? There's a 16 mile trail race November 29th in Harlan, Ky. The Mountain Masters Trail Run. I signed up for it, and it looks like great fun! You should do it!
    4514 days ago
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    I am so happy for you. I am happy this was your last race of the season. I was starting to worry that you were really gonna do yourself harm. I am also happy you did so well. Good for you, congratulations on winning the series of races - that is what got ya the big buck, right? :-) Win a couple more like that and you might be able to retire 2.3 days earlier. hehehe gail
    4514 days ago
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