Ultra Runners

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First Ultra - Leona Divide RR (Read 30 times)

    Background: Started running a few years ago to stay in shape. Ran a 5K with cooworkers in May 2012 and was hooked on racing. First marathon in Oct 2012, 3:38 with 20 minute positive split (ouch). Decided a 50 mile would be good idea, so signed up and started running longer.

     

    The race:  I had no time expectations in this race, since I had never run 50 miles before, let alone 50 very HILLY miles. Although I have been running hilly terrain for most of running career so I figured I would be okay. Started slow in the back of the pack, with Friend1 and Friend2.  Powerwalked the uphills, jogged the downhills. Scenery was amazing, and I was just trying to enjoy it while I could.

     

    Friend2 was a little slower than me and Friend1, and by the mile 20ish aid station, he was too far back for us to wait for him. The aid staion volunteers made me and Friend1 leave, so Friend2 was on his own. It was around this point that I had to be jumping off the trail every 30 seconds or so to let the returning runners pass. This was not fun, and my muscles seized up every so often during the process. Luckily, my fueling was going great, and I never felt my legs were gunna fail on me.

     

    Getting "cutoff" at an aid station never crossed my mind until I realized we were cutting it close by the 30ish mile aid station. I started to worry, but legs were feeling good, so I just picked up the pace, slowly putting a gap between me and Friend1.

     

    After the turnaround at 30ish mile aid station, I saw Friend2 about 30 minutes back! I knew he would be cutting it close, but he said he was feeling good (he ended up missing the cutoff at 42 mile aid station.. so a DNF for him).

     

    At 38 mile aid station, I knew I would finish. I had plenty of time to get to the last cutoff aid station (42), and would get my Muscle milk in my drop bag (muscle milk is absolutely fantastic, I have found).  Between 42 and the finish, I passed at least 10 people, after not passing anyone in a good while. My garmin was dead, but I estimate I was dropping 8-9 minute miles on the last 3 mile downhill, coming into the finish strong in 13:20. Friend1 came in at 13:28.

     

    It was as painful as I expected, but not as slow as I expected. I figured I would have ran more, but the terrain just wouldn't allow it.  Maybe I will try a flatter race for my next ultra.. But for now, I think I am going to stick to Marathons and see if I can work towards a BQ (3:05).

     

    Thanks for reading


    Le professeur de trail

      Thanks for sharing.  Can I ask a question though? You ran a 3:38 marathon and then a 13+ hour 50 miler? The times don't quite match very well.  Were you not prepared for the terrain or the hills? I am not trying to be difficult but it seems like a large discrepancy.  Road marathons and technical ultras are certainly different animals.

       

      Again, thanks for sharing.

        Thanks for sharing.  Can I ask a question though? You ran a 3:38 marathon and then a 13+ hour 50 miler? The times don't quite match very well.  Were you not prepared for the terrain or the hills? I am not trying to be difficult but it seems like a large discrepancy.  Road marathons and technical ultras are certainly different animals.

         

        Again, thanks for sharing.

         

        I hadn't seen Friend1 in a good while and we were planning on just hanging out on the trails, and help get each other through it. Neither of us knew what to expect, so we took the first few miles reaaaal easy (over 20 min/mile). I didn't start giving much effort till 30 miles in. If I were to do this alone, I think I could have done better, but not by a whole lot. I might have been capable of 11-12 hours somewhere.

         

        I guess I could be better prepared for hills, but couldn't we all..