Shannon and I will attempt to run (and walk) 50 miles tomorrow.
If you think that's nuts, well, so do I. 50 miles is a lot to run in a week, let alone in a day. Why are we running 50 miles? Because 100 miles is too far for us.
The race is actually the "Umstead 100 mile endurance run". Most people in the race will be running 100 miles. 50 is just the warm-up for them. And there are lots of others who wanted to run the 100 miles but couldn't get in because it is capped at 250, and it filled up in 5 minutes.
So I kind of feel guilty for only doing the 50, because I probably took a spot of someone who wanted to run the 100. Let's face it, 100 miles is a glorious achievement of a lifetime. 50 is just a long run.
So I am sorry. I'm serious. I'm sorry I stole someone's chance at 100 miles.
But here is my defense: I love Umstead. A few years ago, when I moved, I deliberately picked a house that was only 2 miles away. I run or bike there almost every day.
Every year since, I have seen this epic race happen right here in my park. In 2008 Shannon and I volunteered at Tom's Tavern aid station and witnessed it up close. I just had to do it at least once. Forgive me.
Anyway, this page purports to provide real time time tracking data. So if you're curious, you can track us all day Saturday as we do 4 loops around my favorite park. And then watch as the rest of the runners continue on and do 4 more laps. Race report and lots of pictures on Sunday...