Running race 4:40:00 
Two of my running goals for this year were to try a Happy Trails event and to try a fixed time event. I was able to combine them both at the Sunburn Solstice! I signed up for the half solstice several months ago, which was perhaps a bit ambitious given my training, but I was curious to see how it would go and what my brain would think of running the same loop for an extended period of time.
I decided my goal was to do 32km, which is 10km longer than my longest run so far this year. In retrospect, I could have been more ambitious with this, but wanted something challenging but realistic. If I'd set out to do 40km and my achilles hadn't cooperated, I would been disappointed with myself. I finished my 32km with about two hours to spare, but at that point, the lure of taking my shoes off and a cold beer was much stronger than the pull of another loop or two!
It was a hot day and my strategy from the beginning was to take a short break in between each lap to get out of the sun and drink something cold. As the laps went on, so too did the length of the breaks! I had some friends volunteering and it was easy to spend a few minutes chatting with them. So my chip time was around 5:30 but my moving time was 4:40. There was lots of walking as the laps went on.
Happy Trails did a great job and I'd not hesitate to sign up for one of their events again. Everything about the organization was top notch. I am not so sure about the fixed time events though...I got pretty bored by about loop 5! What I didn't like about this particular course was that there was a long out and back section with two-way traffic. Although some other runners told me that they found this part encouraging, I preferred the first section where I could be on my own. :-)
Timato came with me and had a great day in the heat, racking up 65km for second male and third overall. It was pretty cool that the overall winner in the half solstice was a female, who put down 73km with a smile on her face the whole time!