guess i should post this over here
little race report. i ran the inaugural Cayuga Trails 50 in the finger lakes last weekend. even though i live close by, i had never been on some of the trails and through some of the gorges and it was stunning. and tough. lots of elevation(10k). some water crossings. one was thigh deep. a not too long shoe sucking mud section. some grassy meadow with purple and white phlox. roaring waterfalls and stone steps and pine cushioned trail and forest filled with bird song.
it was very humid with some misty, light rain at times. one of those wet blanket runs. it was an out and back affair that you did twice. i got off course for about 15 minutes early on
(wasn't the only one tho : pbbt:) when i came to the top of a stair case that went down about 5,000 stairs, i decided i had missed a turn. i didn't want to go down all those stairs and then have to come back up
the turn was well marked, but i was cruising a downhill and missed it.
coming in to the 25 mile turnaround i got lapped by the winner, Sage Canaday, who finished in under 7 hours. amazing. i needed to make the first loop in the 7 hour cutoff and was able to manage that. changed shoes and socks and headed back out, then headed back in to grab a head lamp just in case, then headed back out
when i got to the turnaround at buttermilk falls on the second loop, the aid station was packed up and they were surprised to see me. did not know i was still out there. i had missed the cutoff there by 15 minutes i think. phone calls ensued and about 10 minutes later, i was given the go ahead to carry on.
i peeled out of there and shortly after hit a little low point. i felt forgotten and lame and embarrassed for being so slow. i felt bad i was keeping the remaining aid station people out there. i can climb pretty good, but steep downhills, or railroad tie stairs or steep stone steps..i pick my way through and am afraid of falling. and i wondered how the eff do i ever run 100 miles
anyway, the overall time limit for the race was 15 hours.
i mostly got over myself eventually. saw friends from the finger lakes running club at the last aid station 3 miles before the finish :happy:. i didn't have much time and the remaining part was all the stone steps through the gorge and then a nice gradual downhill finish on wide trails. i didn't want to look at my watch because i knew i was close. down, down, down the steps and the beautiful roaring waterfalls and shining stone everywhere and darkness falling.
finally the wide trial that seemed to go on forever and i looked at my watch and had about 4 minutes to make it. you come off the trail and can see the finish, but have to run away from it for a bit, then do a u turn and head toward it. i was going as fast as my muddy, old legs would go. it felt fast
and there were people yelling at the finish line
and i made it just under the wire. thankyousweetbabyjesus! i won the sweeper award. a shirt that says "walk the line" on the front and "sweeper" on the back
. a group of guys came up to me a little after and said how fun it was to see that finish and congratulated me
i'm grateful i made it too because the rd had enough faith in me to allow me to continue even though i had missed the last couple of cutoffs
here is an rd who had drawn some big names to the race, had busted his butt clearing trail and doing everything else to make the race possible, but was on the phone asking how i felt, and then letting me continue on and was at the finish line. thanks Ian
this is a really beautiful race and i highly recommend it.