Today I ran my first 50k – the Majestic Marathon (half and ultra) in Long Beach. I chose this small race because there literally can’t be an easier 50k… unless there was one of those moving sidewalk things.
I mean, it was all on a beach path with a nice gentle ocean breeze, flat as flat can be, and great people watching. If it was any easier, they’d have to call it something besides running.
The small race started at 7am with a few introductions, a countdown and we were off. We ran 1.5 miles in one direction, back and then 3.5 miles out and back to make a 10 mile loop that I did 3 times for the 50k.
It was great running weather – it had rained early in the morning but dried up and was perfect.
I started out a little over 8 min/miles, just running whatever felt comfortable. I had never run more than 26.2 miles so my plan was to take it easy enough to finish and still like running by the finish.
The first 1o miles were really boring. In fact, they were the hardest because they just crawled by and I felt like I had so many more to do.
But as I came upon the race aid station table at mile 10, the lady told me my “friends with the cooler” were waiting for me. Say what?!
Pam and SarahOUaL had set up a whole table of refreshments! seriously better than any race I’ve ever been to. If you’re racing anytime soon, hire these two.
Not kidding around. They brought a 5lb bag of Swedish Fish. Man, I love running. I bet HRG wishes she were here today.
We said a tearful goodbye to the table and took off for mile 12. These girls ran with me for about 16 miles which was awesome. They kept me from getting bored and with spirit fingers like that, how could you be?!
I didn’t really keep much of an eye on the pace, but I think it was around 8:30s. We kept doing the out and backs talking the whole way and ticking off the miles.
I would stop at their aid station when we went by it and grab a few cups of water, handfuls of Swedish Fish and orange slices. Even though we weren’t stopped for long, it felt kinda weird to be at a standstill in a race. But I wasn’t complaining; I was headfirst in the fish bowl.
The girls turned back at mile 25 so I had the last few to finish on my own. Of course, these were the hardest because they were boring again.
And I knew Sarah was back at home base stealing my fish…
But I kept going and soon randomly ran into reader Ingrid who was out running on the beach path. That was at about mile 29 and it really helped keep my mind off the race; nice meeting you, Ingrid!
My knees and hips were sore, but other than that, I felt pretty good and I think it was because I never really pushed the pace too hard.
I ran the final little out and back with Pam and finished the 31.07 miles in 4:22:21 (8:27 average pace) according to my Garmin (no chip timing).
Running to the finish
And then I got down to business:
A HUGE thanks to Pam and Sarah for coming out and supporting me, running with me and feeding me! It would have been so incredibly boring without you guys. THANK YOU!!!
Me, Pam and Sarah