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?