RACE REPORT – Surf the Murph 2020 50k
This was my first 50k, and I completed it with my sister Gretchen. I was supposed to run the Dublin Marathon on Oct 25th, 2020, but that didnâ€™t happen for some reason. (Could have been COVID-19).
When I saw this race come up I was excited to have a real race in 2020. They limited the field to 25 people, no support, no spectators, just a timing mat at the start and finish.
We started at 7 am, very dark, very cold with a temp of 26f and light snow. It was supposed to stop snowing and warm to 30f by 10 am. It didnâ€™t stop snowing and maybe it warmed up? The course advertises 4200ft of evaluation and most of that comes in the first 6 miles of the loop. I ran with my sister who had done this race previously and we had done 27 miles of the same course a couple of weeks prior.
What I didnâ€™t expect was the ice and the uneven surface because of all the snow and ice. Regardless after my first loop, I was soaking wet and changed both my top layers. I was feeling good except the top of my left foot was giving me some bother. The second loop on the prairie was winding and cold and my hands really froze. I also had brought 2 bagels and a ton of bars and gels. I ended up eating half of a Larabar and a quarter of a bagel. The rest was all Tailwind Nutrition. The snow only picked up in the second half which made it quite beautiful. We were at 3:27 for the first half, slower than we had expected. In the end, we finished at 7:38. We spent about 20 minutes changing clothes and eating potato chips. (Not sure why I didnâ€™t eat a bagel at that point??)This was such a great event and even better to spend 7.5 hours with my sister. Now maybe my sister Gwen will want to do one as a family-run.