I got myself out for my short loop run this morning, the first time since last Saturday's ultra. While it did feel good to be moving again, my stomach was still a little wobbly from a bug that my son and I had earlier this week. But it did give me time to reflect on last weekend's race a little more.
First: If you were at all interested in the TRT ultra, or even ultras in general, GO READ Gretchen's race report. She took all the pictures I wanted to, remembered details I wish I would've, all while taking second place female. Awesome job.
Second: The race results have been posted. (Though, strangely, not yet on the website.) They reported my time exactly as I had it, 10:32:30. That put me in 13th overall (out of 96), 9th male in the 50M. SUPER happy with that. Pretty fun, too, to look at the winning times - in both the 50K and the 50M, there was one person who totally blew the field away. By over an hour in the 50M!
And finally: am I going to do one of these again? My mind kept coming back to two things this morning.
1) I think I acquitted myself pretty well out there for my first 50M - does that mean I should pursue it? I don't think I'd ever get to a point where I'd place in a race like this, so really I'd just be doing it for myself. And I think the 50M is a little longer than I want to be in the habit of doing.
2) After the Red House Loop, I was still feeling pretty strong - I looked kind of longingly at the trail back to Spooner, thinking what a perfect race it would have been if I had been signed up for the 50K. I'm glad I did the 50M, but I also think the 32 miler might be a little better distance right now.
So, I'm not going to rule out doing one of these next year. I love the trail, the area, the people... But I also may decide to focus on another distance of discipline. Sure has been fun out there, though.