Orcas Island 50K – 2016 Race Report

That went (unexpectedly) well! I ran my third Orcas Island 50K last weekend, managing to pick up a 26 minute (course) PR and finally get under the 6 hour mark on this monster of a 50K. ¬†Despite the brutal elevation profile, Orcas always feels low pressure, due to 1) everyone being out of “racing shape” in early February, 2) the festival/party atmosphere around the race, and 3) being on beautiful Orcas Island. ¬†I was feeling uncertain about this year’s race, as I had taken about a six week break from running in October / November, but everything just managed to click on race day. (more…)