Hachie 50 Miler 2019 Recap.

Well the Hachie 50 has come and gone and once again I have lived to tell you all about my experience! Running 50 miles is surely no small feat, and requires lots of training to arrive to the starting line healthy and ready to go. This year the challenge was quite tough, as we dealt with all of the elements- heat, humidity, rain, and jumping over deep muddy puddles. So let me share my adventure with you and take you on a 50 mile journey.

I arrived to Waxahachie race morning feeling a little worn out from the work week but excited about taking on the day. It had been a challenging week for me work wise- quite draining actually. The one thing I’ve gotten pretty good at though through this journey of running ultras is handling adversity and smiling through the pressure, stress, and the pain. I mean it had truly been the kind of week where you are just so mentally drained that you want to spend the entire weekend on the couch with a beverage in hand. But I knew that I had trained my tail off for this race, so I needed to keep my eye on the prize which was that finish line. I truly kind of went into this race with the intent just to finish in roughly 10+ hours. This was the 4th time I’ve done Hachie, and my 5th 50 miler! So I went into it with a strategy of course and it is always fun to see who shows up to this race. It is so well organized, and the Waxahachie Running Club truly spoils us every year with terrific swag. I mean how many races do you run where they give you your own outdoor chair (with drink holder), 50 mile belt buckle, and bag of goodies (and TX local honey yum yum)? I was overjoyed at all of the goodies and they really do step it up and exceed my expectations every year.

This year we had a bit of a storm roll through in the morning (welcome to spring time in Texas where storms pop up just about every second). So with that the race ended up being delayed 30 minutes – which was no big, it allowed me time to use the potty, collect my thoughts, and take my time before go time. So at 5:30 AM we were off into the darkness! The course itself is a 10 mile loop though the park that we run a total of 5 times. I personally love looped courses because I am able to have easy access to my runner fuel and things and mentally it helps me to count down how many loops I have left. The morning rain eventually tapered off and gave way to some extreme humidity and heat. The park is mostly shaded but starts with this section of the course that is ALL SUN. They put a sign out there too and called this part of the course the DEATH MARCH which I thought was funny. Especially towards the end it truly does feel that way.

The first couple of laps went by pretty smooth, I made sure to drink a mix of water and electrolytes often, stopping at pretty much every aid station. One of my amazing friends who was running the 50 mile relay, Blanca had a HUGE bowl of pineapples. She saw me looking a little tired once I hit loop 3 and gave me some pineapples as fuel to help me stay hydrated. Can I just tell you that pineapples may be my MOST FAVORITE FUEL ever now? Who knew…they were just what I needed at the time when I was feeling overheated.

I really enjoyed chatting with a few friends on the course, and one of my fellow blog readers (HEY FRITZ!) was out there running her very first 50 miler! We ran together for a couple of loops before I had to let her go…she was picking up the pace and looking damn strong. The heat was really starting to take a toll on me and the heaviness of the work week was weighing on me, mentally. I just wanted to be done. I rode out the highs and lows though, this entire race. From feeling good and high energy to just feeling like I wanted to walk. My legs felt heavy and close to about mile 40 I really started shuffling. My music really helped me stay in the game even though I wanted to quit and found myself just kind of running solo. At a certain point I realized that it may be possible that I may be a top female finisher so I tried to just keep moving. Relentless forward motion! Towards the last stretch, I saw another 50 mile girl who was not far behind me and she still looked pretty strong. I knew, without a shadow of a doubt that if I slowed down any more…she was going to take that podium spot from me.

So…I dropped the hammer and bit and my determined will just kind of took over my body. I started feeling good and saw that finish line calling my name. My legs got a bit of a burst of energy and I went on in fishing strong and feeling so proud of myself. That 3rd place female award was staring me in the face. I DID IT. I PLACED. For the 4th dang year. IN A DANG ROW. I couldn’t believe it. I could have really given up many times during this race because of how I was feeling In general. But I didn’t. I went there and did what I had been training so hard for and didn’t let LIFE get in the way. And for that, I was so proud.

Hachie 50, you teach me something every single time that I show up to tackle you. The main thing…KEEP SHOWING UP. No matter how you feel. You may just surprise yourself.

Finisher results here.

Did anyone else out there run the Hachie 50 or any other fun race this weekend? Tell me all about it!

Hachie 50 Miler 2018 Recap.

So it’s time to recap the Hachie 50 miler! What a rough and tough day that was. And I have lived to tell you all about it! This was my 3rd year in a row running this race. I remember running my first 50 mile race kinda like it was yesterday! And I return to this race EVERY time because I love this amazing, supportive community of runners and of course you cannot go wrong with awesome swag EVERY year! I also love seeing the turnout every year of great friends and people stepping their game up to run this distance. Running 50 miles definitely changes you from the inside on out.

Saturday morning I made my way out to Waxahachie for the 5 AM start. Thankfully the race is not far from home at all – it is probably about a 35 minute drive. I arrived and parked up close because I KNEW I was going to be hobbling back when it was all said and done. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do after running an ultra is drag my extra tired body millions of feet back to my vehicle. It’s like honestly- could I get a STRETCHER or something over here please?!? Anyway, I arrived just after 4 a.m., and since it’s a small race I grabbed my race number and still had time to take a quick pic before the gun went off.

The timers started and we took off into the straight up DARKNESS! The park is a mostly paved 10 mile route with a very small little trail part to keep things interesting. It is super shaded too in the back half so that when the weather gets warm (which basically happens every year, as it is MAY in Texas) you are covered up mostly. The aid stations this year were stocked with plenty of ice cold water and electrolytes which I was so thankful for. I tell you what- a little bit of ice in a cup goes a looonnng way. This year, I adjusted my strategy a bit and decided really to just run by feel and see how things went. Since I ran 34 miles on my birthday a week prior I didn’t do too much tapering. And with a 56k coming up in less than 2 weeks I just wanted to stay injury free and finish the race strong. So I had to swing by aid stations, did mostly a lot of running and some shuffling towards the end past mile 40 when my legs got tired. This year, compared to last year I did not have a pacer (I was in a relationship last year so this year I went as a single gal) but for this race honestly with it being 10 mile loop 5 times I didn’t feel like I needed a pacer. You can just as easily finish strong solo especially with tons of aid stations and encouragement. This race every year has amazing volunteers and people that are SUPER pumped and positive the entire time. Someone out there even told me that they were a reader of my blog (fun, HI if you are reading!!!) So it was great to go out there and essentially go at it alone…BUT not really feel like I was ALONE. If that makes any sense.

When it was all said and done, I still managed to finish among the TOP finishers! 3rd place overall female, and finished among the TOP women and men for the 3rd year in a ROW!! I was ecstatic to see that as I crossed the finish line. All of the top finishers received a piece of log with their winning stats on it which I thought was so awesome. All of the 50 mile finishers also received a personalized outdoor chair with carrying bag, a BUCKLE/medal and Cinco de Mayo style shirt among other fun things. So every year they kind of step it up with the swag which is neat.

Overall it was really fun to run a 50 mile race on Cinco de Mayo and earn my margarita! This is one of my favorite races to date and I can’t wait to run it again next year.

Finish time: 9:06:30

Overall 50 mile results here.

How was your weekend? Did anyone run a fun Cinco de Mayo style race?!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! Hope you had an excellent weekend and that you have an even better work week this week!! I am here to recap some running – I was fortunate to be able to get in just over 80 miles total! YES…ultra training for the Hachie 50 miler is going smooth so far. Let’s do a quick recap and see how it all went down!!

Monday AM- 12.22 miles in my ‘hood, just enjoying the sunshine. The weather here is finally starting to turn for the better! Of course along with the Texas sunshine we get a touch of Texas humidity. But it is all good.

Monday PM- 3.03 mile cool down after teaching a class at the gym. Enjoying the darkness at 7pm before daylight savings time.

Tuesday AM- 10.02 miles with the breakfast club crew. Always fun getting in a little over 10 miles before 7 a.m.

Tuesday PM- 3.32 miles, 7:54 pace right along the lake in the evening doing some people watching. Lovely.

Wednesday AM- Lots of double run day action last week. 8.12 miles on hump day in the morning, nice and easy miles.

Wednesday PM- Happy hour miles with the White Rock Running Co-Op. 5.23 miles done and maybe a little Wine Wednesday involved after.

Thursday AM- 8.25 miles in the early morning, I did a few miles with friends and then finished up solo.

Thursday PM- 2.22 mile warm up before teaching spin class at the gym. I was feeling speedy so I threw in a few strides. I even saw 6 minute something miles on my watch at one point. Score.

Friday- Running on my rest day. 4.12 miles around the lake done.

Saturday- 17.12 mile long run with WRRC. It was CRAZY HUMID that morning, fairly pleasant weather though. But the humidity about knocked me out. 8:40 overall pace. Legs felt tired on this day.

Sunday- 7.13 miles before brunch. Just getting it done. The real MVP of Sunday- almighty breakfast pizza. Gotta love it.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you partake in any delicious brunch?

Hachie 50 Mile Race Recap.

Hey there! How was your weekend? Hope you were able to do some fun things and kick back and relax a bit. I ran the Hachie 50 miler out in Waxahachie, TX and lived to tell about it! Let’s get right into it, shall we?

As some of you know I ran this same race last year, and I truly loved it so much I decided to go again this year! And of course, I had a time goal – which was to beat my previous finish time. I knew I would have to buckle down and focus on staying consistent with my pace despite the heat. It would be hard seeing as 50 miles is no easy feat but my training has been pretty on point lately so I went into this race fairly confident.

Saturday morning we lined up to the start and the gun went off around 5 a.m. It was super dark out still but we all had our headlamps and blinky lights flashing in the woods. It was kind of cool and fun to see all of the lights galavanting in the darkness.

So this race is a total of 5 loops, 10 miles each. I don’t at all mind looped courses, it is boring for some but for me provided that the loops are long enough it helps to be able to count down how far you have to go. Plus the aid stations were close to one another so that helped with the fuel and hydration etc.

The temps were probably what I fought with the most this year. It was nice and cool in the morning but warmed up to about 80 degrees during the later miles. Mile 45 in the straight up heat with the sun beating down my back was a killer. But I was absolutely so thankful for the amazing volunteers and how organized this race was. They made sure the water/gatorade on the course was nice and cold for us and they also provided us with icy cold towels to put on our backs.

When it was all said and done I basically blew my previous time out of the water with an 8 hour and 28 minute finish! A new 50 mile PR for me and good enough for 2nd place overall female! They gave me both a medal and a belt buckle for being a top finisher. Winner winner chicken dinner.

I have to thank my amazing pacer also for helping me out towards the end with the heat.

How was your weekend? What did you do?