This was the first time the Heartland 50 held a 50K in conjunction to the 50 miler. We picked up our packets the night before and stayed in a hotel around 30 minutes away. We got up at 4 am, immediately ate, and checked the weather.
After we finished, Mel and I quickly changed out of our wet clothes, as we couldn't stop shivering, so no after photos. Although, us trying to wrangle off wet compressions sleeves in the women's bathroom was a pretty good comedy routine that would have made a lot of people laugh. The RD fixed us the BEST cheese burgers ever, and we ate and had beer and talked till our drop bags made it back to headquarters. Most runners had similar stories to ours about the conditions. We got to see the first place 50 mile man and woman cross the finish. I have SO much respect for those runners. The male 1st place actually finished right after I did. WOW!!!!! We were all sore and kind of walking around like zombies, but happy zombies. I so love my finisher's award. Medals are cool but this is the COOLEST!
Today as I write this, I am sore in my right hip and my left shin, and down into my left ankle. I chafed between my legs, probably because I could not get my shorts and undies back up where they belonged, and couldn't honestly feel where they were. I noticed several of the males complained of chafing between their legs, so I guess I can sympathize with them. I will never forget this experience and will be back next year for sure!!! I can't wait to see the pics the professional photographer got!!!! A huge thank you to all of the volunteers that stood out in the rain and cold for multiple hours. I know how hard it is, but we runners really, really appreciate the good attitudes and help, especially when my hands wouldn't work. Thank you to the RD for cooking for us post race and worrying about us! I don't envy you having to make a decision about go or no go. Thank you to other runners for being so kind and supportive. We had so much fun post race just sitting and talking. I honestly can't wait to do this race again next year! Do it with me, you won't be disappointed, let's just all hope for better weather!