A view of the trail from the levy
Finally, here's the race report. Huntsville State Park is beautiful and Rocky Raccoon was well organized and supported. Although I didn't do 100 miles, I did the most miles I've ever done, 57. Later this season, I will complete 100 miles. I know I'm capable.
Here are my observations about endurance running: I love it, I need to eat more and better (I eat dairy free and gluten free making eating ANYTHING at the well stocked aid stations impossible), I need to train a little bit harder when I train, my training was adequate, I need to run more and faster in training, my recovery was excellent, I have to find some shoes that accommodate my feet that swell to ridiculous proportions after 30 or so miles, Drymax socks are the best, early season races are not my forte and Addison's did not affect my performance at all. My med plan worked well but I needed slightly more hydrocortisone than I thought I might. Having a cold days before the race stunk. I'm finally getting over the cough 2 weeks later. My husband was excellent support and I'm glad he was along.
The rest of the race report is in pictures with brief captions.
Me, Lora and Willie at registration
Lora and Paul race morning at the hotel
Me, Lora and Willie, at the start and very nervous!
Lora and I at the start
The start line
The race begins at 6 am, warm weather, single track and lots of other runners. Awesome!
Me at 40 miles. I felt great until 35 miles.
The Dam Road aid station. Food, drink, music and very helpful volunteers.
The dammed lake at Huntsville State Park
This is where the alligators hide!
Lora finishes her first 50! Well done Lora!
Sam Houston statue, it was huge.
RIP, my wonderful drop bag. Easy for volunteers to spot, easy for me to spot. Even the flight attendant recognized me on the way back from Houston because of my bag. Now I need to find an equally excellent bag, this one blew out at the corners. See the duct tape?
Swelled up eyes the day after the race. Ugly.