To be clear, the Black Hills 50-mile ultramarathon is only 50 miles.
And yet, I ran 55.
But I think I am getting ahead of myself here, so I will start at the beginning.
I registered for Black Hills shortly after choosing Burning River as my first 100-mile attempt because it fit into the time that my training plan called for a 50-mile race, and it was within the 500 mile radius that I try to fit my B and C races in to save money, gas, and painful 20+ hour drives (like last year’s Trail Rail 50M and HURL Elkhorn 50M). I didn’t learn my lesson last year to read about the course before registering, and erroneously assumed that the course would be like my memories of driving in Eastern South Dakota (flat and flatter) instead of my memories of Mount Rushmore (mini-mountains). Black Hills is held in Sturgis (it begins in Silver City) which is on the western and therefore more mountainous side of the state. I am not sure I will ever learn this lesson, as I still have no idea what the course at Burning River is like. Read more