Sorry! Didn't realize anyone was interested!
We had a lot of fun. I even got my first ever blue ribbon! Which wasn't hard since we ended up being the only people doing it
The event wasn't supposed to start until 430pm so all the 50 milers would be done, but since we were it they let us start whenever we wanted to. We had 3 hours to do it in and finished in 2 hours 3 mins!
I had run a half marathon the weekend before and thought I would be okay for the 6 miles that I would be running (it was a 12 mile event), but man was it tough. Ankle deep sand and large hills covered in hoof sized rocks. The ride manager suggested that we stick together as people had done in the past. It made it better because once the jogger made it through a really rough patch or a big hill, we called for a switch. I ended running mostly 1/2 -3/4 mile stretches and my husband did 3/4 - 1 mile stretches (he is a much better runner than I am).
Gem was getting pretty annoyed at being made to stop so frequently especially once we hit the half way mark and turned back to camp. She wanted to just go! Not only did we do it in great time, but she ended up only losing 25 points on her card :) All were for attitude, but I tried to explain that she is always opinionated like that ;) She got perfect scores for everything else. Darn mares!
I don't know if we would do another one, but I would recommend it to any endurance rider. It really gives you a sense for what youa re asking your horse to do for you. I really appreciate her a lot more.
Here are some pics:
1.) Gem and I all matching at the beginning
2.) At the trun around spot - both thinking it came way too soon
3.) 1st blue ribbon!
Oh and I rode in a pair of riding tights with nice knee pathces so I wouldn't need half chaps and my running shoes. It worked out well except for carrying the helmet when I ran.