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LBL trail marathon report (Read 53 times)


Hypermiler

    I know I haven't been around much, but I thought I'd add this as I would have back on RWOL

                  Let’s see if I can keep this short.   On Saturday I ran my first marathon, the Land Between the Lakes Trail Marathon in Grand Rivers, KY.  As some of you know, I was supposed to fly out on Thursday, but I woke up to an email saying my flights had been cancelled.  My own car makes awful noises above 55 mph, but I rushed around getting my gear together, and went straight to Enterprise (the only local car rental agency) and found they had no cars available…but I could have a cargo van.  They called ahead and arranged for me to swap it out, but I drove 300 miles across NY in a Nissan MV1500 Cargo Van .  It was loud and bouncy and steered like a canal boat, but the seat was pretty comfortable, and I kind of liked being on top of the world.  I exchanged it for a Toyota Yaris near Buffalo, which was better on gas, but I hated it in every other respect.  I drove 1800 miles in that car…I highly recommend this method for test-driving.  It really gets you in tune.

    Anyway, I did make it to my original intended destination in Erlanger, KY (near the Cincinnati airport) that evening, and continued on to Grand Rivers in the western part of the state on Friday. And met Jane at the condo…thanks for handling the check-in and everything for us!  Originally this was supposed to have been a big FE, but due to injuries and various life issues, our numbers dwindled, and the five of us left did not cramp the 3 bedroom condo.  Ben arrived before long, and then David and his friend Rob (or Bob?  I can’t remember) later in the evening.  Jane, Ben and I went to the spaghetti dinner in town (not fancy, but edible).  It ended up being pretty late by then, so I think we all turned in fairly soon afterwards.

    I was up before 4:00 AM and Ben and I hit a nearby Waffle House for some food and (more importantly) coffee.  Everyone else had already picked up their packets, but I did so just after they opened at 4:45 AM, then returned to the condo to get ready.  I caught a ride to the start area, where we ran in to Van, on his way to collecting a 25th state.

    LBL has 4 races centered on a trail loop, one loop for 23K, 2 for a marathon, 3 for a 60K and 4 for a 50-miler.  I had originally registered for the 60K, but due to a hip issue and serious lack of training, by race morning I’d pretty much decided I’d do one loop, then think about a second if I felt good (the race lets you drop down and get credit for the distance you finish).  I went to the back of the pack, and started running easily on the road to the trail, where I was in the 12:00-ish pace range.

    I honestly didn’t expect to go more than one loop in the beginning, so I was in no hurry.  I stopped at the pot-a-potty at the first aid station before I started the trail, and topped off my water bottle of the few sips I’d taken, and went forward at a leisurely pace, just jogging the flat and downhill, and walking the uphills.  The only race I had for comparison was Moosalamoo in Vermont, where I took 4:25 to cover 15.4 miles (over 17:00 pace).  LBL was not nearly as bad as I feared.  There were hills, but they were never especially long or steep.

    Throughout the first loop I felt great, and managed a much faster pace than usual, in the 13:00’s and low 14:00s for most of the first half.  I wasn’t really holding back, but as the miles added up, I knew I was going to have to do the second loop, I just felt too good to stop at 23K.  I mostly just drank water on the first loop, but started taking some gels and having some chips at aid stations when I was feeling like I needed more than that.  I got back the trail head in just about 3 hours.  I was starting to feel tired, and knew I would slow down.  I was prepared for that, but I figured I could live with an hour’s worth of slowdown, and would try to get sub-7:00 for a full marathon.

    My longest run all year so far was a paltry 10 miles.  With that lack of training, struggling in a marathon was a given, and as I said I was prepared for slowing down, but not for how much it hurt.  My knees and feet especially.  Every step was a killer after a while…yet somehow I was still running most of the flat and downhill.  And most importantly, no stomach issues.  I kept trying to eat and drink, even though I wasn’t really ultrarunning, I was out long enough to need the fuel.  I should mention that the weather was just about perfect for my taste.  In the 40s at the start, and rose to the 60s, but never felt too hot, at least while I was on the trail.

    So, the second loop was slow.  I kept trying to do the math in my head to see if I would break 7 hours with my slowing pace.  In the end it wasn’t really close, but I was at basically walking pace for a couple of the more hilly miles near the end of the second loop, and was extremely happy to finish in 6:40:04 and collect a medal for my first full marathon.  I certainly didn’t do it the “right” way, on almost no training, but it feels amazing to have finally completed 26.2 in a go.  I had a great time, and the pain is already mostly a memory.  Even with 16 hours of driving back home on Sunday, I feel just a little sore, and can go down stairs without looking too odd.

    Maybe next year I can go back and tackle the ultra…I might even train, but no promises!

    MattC - Saratoga Springs, NY

    10/13 - Green Mountain Half Marathon

    10/20 - Wandering Witch 10K

    11/2 - Mendon Ponds 20K

    12/8 - Pine Mountain 40-mile

    AT-runner


      Congratulations on your marathon distance finish.  Sounds like quite a journey just to get to the starting line.  Now I want to stop a Waffle House.


      Irish Luck

        Way to go, especially considering all of the travel hiccups. Mmmm...waffles. Now I want some with ice cream.

        BT survivor since 2003. Trail runner since 2009.

        I think brain surgery stimulated my running nerve and made me into a trail runner. I'm grateful for both.

        Daydreamer1


          Great dedication. Both on pulling out the stops to get there, and then toughing it out during the race.

          I' assuming that the cancellation was weather related. If so, did you get enough snow to justify them cancelling?

           

          I know I haven't been around much, but I thought I'd add this as I would have back on RWOL

                   

          RWOL???? Where and what is that?? Oh, that's right, I seem to have some fuzzy, bad memories of a place that went by that name Cool. It's much nicer over here so keep posting.

          4/20/13 Hyner 50k

          9/28/13 Bald Eagle Megatransect (Marathon)

          mecrowe


          Computer Geek

            congrats on finishing your first marathon!  sounds like just finishing was an accomplishment given the travel nightmare just to get to the race!

            BenTN


              Matt,

              It was nice meeting you and GREAT job on the marathon. I was very impressed with your dedication in overcoming all the travel issues. Glad you made it home safely.

               

              LBL may not be the toughest trail run but it's still a trail run. Congrats on getting it done!

               

              Ben

              Sandy-2


                Congratulations on sticking it out for the 2nd loop.  That certainly was an ultra-drive !!!!!

                tbd

                Who Dey


                  Great job of just getting to the starting line!  Great image of you bouncing along in a cargo van.  "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" anyone?

                   

                  I live in Cincinnati (across the Ohio river from Erlanger, KY for those who don't know) and have thought about doing LBL for a long time.  I registered for the marathon one year, but, unlike you, didn't make it to the start because of injury.  Maybe next year will be my year!

                  FTYC


                  Faster Than Your Couch!

                    Congratulations, way to take it easy and then tough it out on the second loop!

                     

                    Amazing also how you still made it to the race, with all the travel woes. I don't envy you for the drive home, rest assured. Hope you'll fully heal up soon!

                    Run for fun.


                    Hypermiler

                      Thanks all!  I haven't had a lot to look forward to this year, so there was no way I was going to miss the race.  I am feeling great today, so I guess the trails, combined with my slow pace, were pretty forgiving.  I'm not sure what else might come up, but I'm planning to do Moosalamoo in VT again, as well as the Green Mountain Marathon (to see what I can do on the road) and tentatively the Pine Mtn 40 in GA...though I think I'll need to get a little faster if I'm going the beat the cutoffs there.

                      MattC - Saratoga Springs, NY

                      10/13 - Green Mountain Half Marathon

                      10/20 - Wandering Witch 10K

                      11/2 - Mendon Ponds 20K

                      12/8 - Pine Mountain 40-mile


                      Hypermiler

                        Matt,

                        It was nice meeting you and GREAT job on the marathon. I was very impressed with your dedication in overcoming all the travel issues. Glad you made it home safely.

                         

                        LBL may not be the toughest trail run but it's still a trail run. Congrats on getting it done!

                         

                        Ben

                         

                        Congrats to you as well!  Are you recovered from your 50 yet?

                        MattC - Saratoga Springs, NY

                        10/13 - Green Mountain Half Marathon

                        10/20 - Wandering Witch 10K

                        11/2 - Mendon Ponds 20K

                        12/8 - Pine Mountain 40-mile


                        Le professeur de trail

                          Congrats! Ultra marathon of driving is right! That much driving alone would kill me.

                          Thanks for sharing.

                          BenTN


                            Matt,

                            Still a bit tired, lazy and sore. I'm blaming the time change. Nothing nearly as bad as after Lookout Mountain. Of course, I was on my feet for 2 hours less than at Lookout.

                             

                            I should have done a recovery run this morning but I was just lazy.

                             

                            Ben


                            Hypermiler

                              I did 3 miles today.  I started out feeling pretty stiff, but loosened up and sped up to fairly normal easy pace by the end.

                              MattC - Saratoga Springs, NY

                              10/13 - Green Mountain Half Marathon

                              10/20 - Wandering Witch 10K

                              11/2 - Mendon Ponds 20K

                              12/8 - Pine Mountain 40-mile