ahhhh c'mon nobody really wants to read a 50K race report do they? So as I was running today I thought of this instead: List the hardest events you have done in order of difficulty. Now whats hard for someone is not for another so it can be any distance, any race, anywhere. A all out 5k could easily top a well paced half marathon or a sprint tri could beat a hilly century. The criteria is up to you but thought it would be fun to see peoples top ten list.
Here is my list (toughest to easiest):
1. Bimblers Bluff 50K- Done it twice.The footing is so bad, 2,500 ft of climbing, and climbing the afore mentioned bluff takes a good 20 minutes of walking.
2. Stone Cat 50 miler- It's a four loop run, and 50 miles is 50 miles
3. Lake Placid IM- I had a horrible swim, great bike, and survived the run
4. B2B 150 Bike ride- Riding from Boston to Vermont is not flat, enough said.
5. Rev3 Quassy- Was my first half iron and the bike/run course is brutal.
6. Providence 70.3- Choppy ocean swim, crappy roads on the bike, and a skyscraper in the middle of the run course.
7. Boston Marathon- Had only been running "casually" up until I found out in Feb that I got a bib and had never run more than 6 miles, EVER. What hurt the most was the first 7 miles of downhills which shreds the quads for the Heartbreak hills.
8. Local 5k- Ran until my lungs exploded
9. Hyannis half marathon- Febuary run in New England, tough running hard when sucking in freezing cold air.
10. My longest training day before Lake Placid- Cold and rainy, swam 80 mins open water, biked 7 hours, and 80 min run. Absolute gut check.