The Mendon 50k was on Saturday. Even though the Oil Creek 100-Miler was only four weeks ago, I decided I would give Mendon a try if everything was in working order.
Going into Mendon, there were a few negatives:
- cranky left knee
- cranky left plantar fascia
- cranky personality
- a few extra lbs.
There were also a few positives:
- decent motivation
- familiar course
- great weather
I arrived about thirty minutes before the start. There were lots of familiar faces – it’s one of the great things about the trail running scene in central New York.
I didn’t have a solid strategy going in, but I figured I could probably run around 4 hours for the 50k course. The course is challenging – it’s pretty much non-stop rolling hills. However, the entire thing is runnable.
I knocked out the first 10km loop in just over 45 minutes. My second loop was a little over 46 minutes, as was my third loop. My left knee felt fine, but my plantar fascia was cramping on and off. The cramping ranged from “meh” to “holy sh*t that hurts.” With that being said, I was fortunate that I was able to keep moving along at a steady pace. My fourth loop came in at 50 minutes, and my final loop was just over 51 minutes.
In the midst of my final loop, I realized I was going to be just over four hours. Darn it! However, when I came out of the woods with just a couple hundred meters to go, a couple of my buddies were hollering that I could still make it!
Well, it turns out I couldn’t, but not for lack of effort. I finished in 4:00:03, which was good enough for the win.
I had a great time. It’s a fantastic course and the weather was perfect. It was a very satisfying end to my racing season.
Speaking of vegan power, Strong Hearts Vegan Power teammate Ellie won the women’s race and set a course record. Check out her race report here.
Full results of the race can be found here.
Have a great week!