I find that I can easily finish these races but I keep running away from actually writing this post. Writing can't be that hard. I did finish though! Amazingly fun course, perfect weather, awesome race organizers and crew, inspiring runners, and of course a new 50 mile PR.
I am just going to run through the day. We camped out the night before, where we made friends with the local raccoons. Morning of it was light drizzle, dark, and mid 40's. When we toed the line I just felt a shear awesome feeling that I was going to have for the next couple of hours as I embarked on a journey.
Throughout the run I met so many awesome and incredible people from all walks of life. I ran the first 10 miles with a teacher from Vermont, another 5 miles I ran with a guy from North Carolina who just got into Boston, another 5 miles I started pacing the current 1st place runner of the 100 mile race who turned out to be a really inspirational man from Seattle, another 2 miles I got passed by who I found out later was the first place runner for the 100k, and the last 15 I ran and finished with a lady from Indiana who was running her first 50 miler.
That is the thing with these races and really the whole running community. Everyone is out, no matter the weather, ready to sweat and push themselves. Then you have a wide range of people from different walks of life that no matter who you are, you are welcome on the course. Even though it is an individual sport, it is very much so a community sport.
They have moved the race date for the Indiana 100 to the fall for the following years, however the course is fast and rolling and I if you find yourself in Indiana I recommend you try the race or visit.