"50k is only 5 more miles than a marathon - that shouldn't be too hard". That's what I have told a few people about what I am expecting on race day tomorrow. Of course I have been kidding when I have mentioned it. Because quite honestly I have no idea what an extra 5 miles is going to be like.
The Devil Mountain Ultra 50K race is in Pagosa Springs and has 5000 +/- feet of elevation gain that includes Horse Mountain (approx 9900' elevation) and the race namesake - Devil Mountain.
I have really been looking forward to the race - the curiousity of running further than I have ever before, and how that is going to feel. Having no idea how long it is going to take me to complete it (Goal #1).
My mind has been occupied with race strategy (I must, must, must start out slow), with potential (I would like to win an age group award) and even the weather - overnight low tonight is supposed to be in the high 20's, warming to low 60's.
I'm excited, nervous and ready to just get out and run - and enjoy the experience.