On May 27th (our actual anniversary) we ran the Pineland Farms 50 miler in Maine as part of the Pineland Farms Trail RUNning Festival. Sound familiar? We ran the 50km last year, 2 days after our wedding. This is one of our all-time favorite races. The course is gorgeous, the trails are non-technical (very hilly though), the race directors are wonderful, the on-course support is unbelievable and the course is extremely well marked! I also love the participants, some of the nicest runners I've ever met! The race shirts were great (female sizes too!!!) and the finisher cowbells are a nice alternative to finisher medals. This was our 3rd year taking part in the festival.
The 50 miler started at 6am and the morning was nice and cool for Ryan. Our plan was to finish in under 11 hours and since we had both finished 50 milers in under 11 hours before (on a harder course) we figured we'd have no problem coming in sub 11...as long as the heat held off for Ryan. The first 4 hours were cool for Ry but once the sun came out he quickly got HOT. On the second of three loops, Ryan forgot his hand held water bottle which was a huge mistake. Luckily I had my hand held still so we shared what I had. We slowed down a lot that loop. Between being hot and not having much water, we both decided to forget 11 hours and just take it easy. We ended up finishing in 11:52:24. Longer than we wanted, but it was just more time we got to spend together on the trails. Surprisingly, my leg muscles were not sore at all after the race or in the next few days. The first time I ran a 50 miler my muscles were MAXED out! I was taking baby steps and going down the stairs on my butt for at least a week. What a difference!
We stayed in Maine from Friday 5/25- Monday 5/28. It was a great 1st anniversary weekend. We will definitely be back for our 2nd anniversary. Maybe we will see some of you there too? It really is one of the best races in New England!!!!
May 27, 2011
May 27, 2011
Last year's race. I told you the race director was awesome. He got us this special cake last year!!!
Last year in our "Just Married" shirts. A few people remembered us from last year and wished us a happy anniversary.
I need to figure out how to get pictures from Ryan's iphone to the blog, because that's where all our pictures are form this year.
I will be doing a post soon on my newest love...SPARKLE SKIRTS!! I just ordered my 6th skirt today, they are amazing. Stay tuned!