2012 Surf the Murph 50K Recap

It was a golden morning!  A bit cold, but expected – no wind.IMG_1568  Jim and I ran our first ultra, trail marathon (longer than 26.2).  It was awesome – no expectations for time, just run for a long time (5 hours 50 minutes actually – and the mileage was 33.3 miles).

Here are some of the entertaining, inspiring, unforgettable things I will remember.

  • Jim is so strong mentally – he was hurting, but just kept pushing and pushing.  The last 4 miles I was 20 to 40 yards behind him and he would not take a break.
  • My back and arms hurt almost as bad as my legs.  My biceps really hurt the next day – almost 6 hours with them bent at 90 degrees will do that to you.
  • Hearing it’s a “long” 50K – 33.3 miles for 2 loops, making 50 miles for 3.
  • I got converted to liking uphill’s better than down hills about mile 30.  The down hills were just so painful.
  • Jim’s quote from Old School when we pulled into the parking lot.
  • Running, almost half the race with Gary – a younger kid who was going our pace and had some stomach issues at about mile 22ish.
  • I ran into a dude from AMS before the race – I didn’t know his name, but I’d talked running with him a bit back in the day.
  • I think, it’s not confirmed yet that a guy from 7th floor MDT ran the 50 mile – I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet.
  • Erik’s watch saying low battery at mile 26.5, but it kept going until mile 31.  I played the game of guessing when it would die to keep my mind going.
  • The finisher medals being branded at the fire pit – see photos.

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Here are the medals and Jim getting his made – the same kid did mine.  Jim’s was nearly perfect, my had a little more burn to it – I liked my better!

I wore Erika’s watch and it lasted much longer than I thought.  Also, somehow I hit the start button at home and I can’t figure out how to remove the last coordinates.

Here’s a bunch of links:

Bryan Cochran Photography: Surf the Murph 2012 &emdash; IMG_1575

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