Sunday, January 18, 2009

BT50K Training Run

My brother was running the Buckeye Trail 50K in the Cuyahoga Valley today. We planned on meeting up at Boston Store at 11:00. He would already have 18 miles in and I would run the 8 mile Pine Lane loop with him and maybe the 5 mile Brandywine loop if I was feeling good. Right on cue, only 6 minutes after 11:00, Brian showed up.

The trails weren't in great condition and you really had to watch your feet. There was mostly a single track trail of packed down snow, however, it was pretty uneven. It was great to see alot of familiar faces since this is a must-do trail race every year for local ultra runners.

Jim Harris & Brian (Jim ran 39 last night and 31 today = 70!!)

After we got done with Pine Lane, I decided to do the last loop and push Brian along. He seemed to be feeling great, but any motivation definitely helps. Frank Dwyer was following behind us and we knew it. When we got to the Brandywine aid station, Brian got some quick fuel then we were off to finish the last 2.5 miles. As we were leaving, Frank was just coming. He told us to watch our tail and that he was gunning for us. This gave us extra motivation. We sprinted the downhills and ran some uphills. Brian finished in 6 hours and 33 minutes. Shortly after, Frank rolled in laughing at how fast we must have gone.


Clara said...

and now you'll have to run the full length of the race next year!

Jeff said...

Yeah! I always want to do this race, but never get around to signing up :)