Wow, what a day. The HAT 50K was the hardest race I’ve ever run, but the atmosphere, the people, and the weather made it the most fun I’ve ever had racing.
Certainly I could have been better prepared for this race—all the snow this winter prevented me from running any trails in February or March, and I never got in the mileage that I really should have to prepare for an ultra. Even so, I had a fantastic race.
I finished in 5:41:36, which is a few minutes slower than my first 50K, but this course was so much tougher (9800 feet of climbing!). Plus the heat slowed everybody down by about 15 minutes from previous years.
There was a point, around mile 25 or so, when I felt terrible, but somehow I got past it to have a really strong finish (I think the support of family and my friend Allen are to thank for this). Long story short, I was extremely happy with the outcome, and proud of myself for running so well.
I brought my camera along with me and shot some video during the race, and I put it all together in this video recap. I’ll write a more-detailed recap when I get chance; in the meantime, enjoy the video.
Thanks to all the wonderful people behind this race and those who volunteered. It was truly an unforgettable experience.