10 miles. Max HR 151/ avg HR 143.
I'm a different runner today than I was at 6:29am on Saturday. With out boring you with 10 pages of introspective assessment, I'll just say that I feel a shift as a runner. During this run I felt and thought differently than I ever have and it's 100% positive and organic. No race has ever done this for me.
Soon after the run I warmed up my 3.5 pound chopping axe and lit fire to the 8 pound splitting maul and wasted myself on 2 logs. Big logs about 4ft long and 18" diameter. It takes about 100 swings to chop it in to 3 sections (I've let my axe get dull to make it more difficult). Then splitting the sections is a lot of hard swings with the maul. I had to sit down for a few minutes between logs and right now my forearms are jelly and my shoulders, back and core are burning. Awesome workout with the sun shining and the silence of the mountains. A chainsaw would ruin it for me... sort of like driving my runs instead of running them.
Here are my (9.6 mile) lap splits from the 50 mile. Nice and even with the exception of the last loop. I was very cautious on the technical section.
Lap 1 (0-11 miles)- 1:14 (with the added 2.3 on the first loop it was 1:29)
Lap 2 (11-21 miles)- 1:16
Lap 3 (21-31 miles)- 1:15
Lap 4 (31-40 miles)- 1:16
Lap 5 (40-50 miles)- 1:20