Long Run 10:15:00  51.7 mi (11:54 / mi)
Collegiate Peaks 50 - I got 13th overall out of 40 starters (30 finishers). My plan was to go as light as a I could with just a weistpack and 1 handheld bottle. I wanted to run around 440 for the first lap. I ended up running 445. Second lap was 5:35. This is 2 min per mile slower on the second lap. I was still running at the end, but I was running for 50 steps and walking for 15, and alternating this for the last 40-60 minutes, even on the downhills. It wasn't that I couldn't run, it was just that I lacked motivation because I knew I couldn't break 1000 hours and I couldn't see anyone in front or behind to push me faster.
Things done well - pacing, never sat down, only peed 5 or 6 times, stopped at each aid station to refill bottle and grab snacks, never took longer than that. One thing I noticed is that there is this rails to trails section from mile 26 to 33 and I was able to run a lot more of that than 2 years ago. I was 9th at the turnaround and got passed by three women, but I passed 2 men and only got passed by one other man. I think my pacing was solid, just the women had more in reserve. Weather and wind were perfect.
Things to improve -by the end of the race, the waist pack made me think I couldn't really catch a deep breath. It was strange. I think I might try a regular pack again. I think I was just a little short on calories because they didn't have any Gus at aid stations. I ate solid foot at every aid station and they had a lot of them but I think I just got a little behind on calories. Never bonked, but could have maintained more consistent energy. I did take 3-4 minutes with the family for photos and stuff at the turnaround but that was well worth it so they feel like they are a part of the race. Perhaps taking music on the second lap might have given me a bit of a pick-me-up. Didn't see a runner from mile 40 to 52 so got a little lonely and hard to motivate.