Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Day 64 - High Desert 50k --PR 4:14

I ran 4:14, but I could of done better if I hadn't of had to go #2 twice! After the 50k at Point Mugu two weeks ago that I basically trained straight through, I've been sort of limited in my high end muscle endurance. My hamstrings started to give out at mile 19 or so, and I added a lot of time walking some runnable parts of the course. I think the rest of the pack was sore as this is towards the end of the ultra season, but it seems like this would be a good course to really race sometime, since so much of it is runable, and I can train well for it in the rolling hills around my house.

I still was happy to average 8:11 per mile over some rolling hills and long gradual climbs. I think the best is yet to come because I actually was in the top 3 for the first 13 miles and was relatively comfortable until i had the GI problems. I had to go #2 at mile 13, felt fine, started to lose a little energy going into mile 17, and then binged on food and water until I had to walk at mile 22-24, and then go #2 again at mile 25. I need to find a better way to eat good food without getting sick at altitude (this was only 2500-3500 feet, so I really can't have this if I hope to do some CO races someday).

Katelyn ran just over 6 and was on top of the world after the race :D It was good to see her get psyched about ultras. I remember my first, and it really is an incredible feeling to realise you are now "an ultramarathoner", or that you've gone further than ever before. Marathoners are a small percentage of the U.S. population, but Ultramarathoners are an even smaller percent.

1 comment:

Katelyn said...

you did so good in that race.

also, I didn't know that you're training for Bud's.