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Training Log: mariaamaya

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run3 24:55:10 109.96(13:36) 176.96(8:27)
  Total3 24:55:10 109.96(13:36) 176.96(8:27)
  [1-5]2 24:15:10

Friday May 26 #

Run 1:19:01 [1] 7.03 mi (11:14 / mi)
shoes: ON - CloudSurfer

Last night my neighbor asked if I was interested in heading out on a "super slow" 7 miles today. Of course, I was immediately excited about the prospect of having someone to run with! So, I said yes immediately!

We went out slow, chatted the entire time and had a fabulous run!

My hip was a bit sore but overall felt pretty good.

The run felt so wonderful! It was so nice to run with someone else without caring about pace or any other number.

Thursday May 25 #

5 AM

Run (Treadmill) 40:00 [0] 2.93 mi (13:39 / mi)
shoes: ON - CloudSurfer

Getting antsy about running again, I know my body is fatigued but I need to do SOMETHING! I considered biking for about 2 seconds.

10 min walk flat at 3.0 mph
10 min run flat at 5.8 mph

-- Had to restart treadmill.

10 min run flat at 6.0 mph
10 min walk at 5% at 3.2 mph

Hip still hurting, decided the hill might help a bit, just something different.

Still feeling the fatigue, although my breathing is amazing and super easy, lungs feel great, legs are still tired.

Saturday May 20 #

Event: Keys 100
6 AM

Run (Outside) 22:56:09 [5] 100.0 mi (13:46 / mi)
shoes: ON - CloudSurfer

Here I am sitting at my computer, on a militarized compound in the middle of Kabul, Afghanistan wondering what races I should sign up for in 2017. Everything seemed possible at the time, especially after not having done any races for at least 9 months or so.  I was getting very antsy about getting back to “my” civilization to race again, hell I just wanted to be able to run against a green backdrop again.  I knew I would be pacing Sean for 47 miles in Sofia, Bulgaria which offered a bit of respite but there's nothing like running your very own race.  The loops on the compound were already old and the thought of turquoise waters, bright green palm trees, a brilliant blue sky, cool winds and warmth were too much to deny.  I was afraid of failing though and the Keys 100 webpage sat open on my computer for over a week, waiting for me to sign up.  I had only done one 100 and finished with 37 min to spare, so although confidence was high, fear of failure was also high.

I didn't realize it was fear of failure that was keeping me from registering and I thought I had fooled myself into believing that it was my schedule that was causing my delay in signing up.  In reality I was just afraid of failing and when I realized that was what was holding me back, I immediately clicked SUBMIT.

Fast forward to mid-February and meeting Paul and Judy in Colorado Springs for dinner, a nice catch-up and to discuss a bit of some race strategy.  Paul was expressing too much confidence in my ability, I had just had surgery (2 months before – Dec.) and now I was fat and slow.  How was I ever going to do this?  Thank goodness it was flat, was all I could think.  Paul emphasized the importance of the run/walk strategy and told me it would be fine... Steve (husband) tried to back him up as well.  I tried to believe them but was having a tough time. 

I just happened to reach out to Pepe in Ft. Lauderdale after booking Steve and my flights to Miami for the Keys100.  We hadn’t seen him or Caroline and the kids since my coach’s (Paul) Colorado camp about three or four years ago.  We were hoping to see the kids and break bread to share some stories with Pepe and Caroline.  In true Pepe style, he offered to have us stay at his place.  We arrived late on Thursday night and awoke to a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean the following morning.  Caroline came down and met us for a delicious pancake breakfast where we started chatting about our plans for the weekend.
Imagine the wide-eyed look I suddenly got from Pepe when we told him we were staying in Key West the night before the race and driving up early the morning of the race.  Caroline quickly tried to be kind and cover up any discomfort Steve and I were suddenly feeling about our choice for that evening’s accommodations.  I didn’t want her to feel bad either but I wanted to get to the bottom of this unwise choice.  They immediately explained how high the chances were of arriving late due to an accident or super slow trailer, boat, etc. on the narrow two lane highway with passing lanes rarely to be seen.  I hadn’t thought of that, I was more concerned with the fact that I was going to have to get up at 3am, now it seemed that in order to avoid the risk of not arriving on time, I might be setting a 2am alarm!  It made too much sense, and the 100 miles worth of anxiety were worth losing one night’s worth of hotel.
I immediately called the Holiday Inn and was somehow able to book a room!  Yay!  Success.  I wasn’t able to receive a refund for the Sheraton in Key West but I was more relieved that I WAS able to find a room in Key Largo and right at the race start, no less!
Off we went to the grocery store for some much-needed race snack and meal shopping… and a little something for Steve’s subsistence for the 23 hrs. he was to be out there.

Upon arrival at the hotel, the clerk greeted me with, "You made this reservation today?"  I proudly exclaimed, "Yes, this morning!"  She looked up from her computer and replied, "You are so lucky!  I'm shocked, we have nothing available, this is a busy weekend!"  Lucky me!
Packet pick-up took a while since I decided to participate in the five or six medical studies, the most important one being the Beer Study but also the Cardiovascular and Pain Assessment, Body Composition Test, Inflammation Study, Mood Assessment and Flexibility Study.*  They took all these measurements and then off to the Mandatory Meeting.  Bob did a great job informing us of all the details but it would have been great for crews to come, I had to try to jot down the specific details he mentioned separately.  That’s what I get for being a rule-follower, numerous crews snuck into the back of the meeting.

[*I have to stress the importance of these graduate medical studies. It ended up being a pain in the butt to take all these measurements at the beginning and especially at the end but I know how little research there is on ultra-runners and since ultra-running is still in its infancy I feel strongly that more needs to be done. There are too many rumors, speculations, ideas, and internet-run-docs espousing medical theories about what these runs do to us, how bad/good they are for the human body, etc. The more we know, the better.]
Race morning came quickly, I only slept a little over five hours and woke up with the same stomach issues that I went to bed with.  But I didn’t have time to worry about minor issues like that, I needed to make sure I got food, drank water and had all my equipment.
At the start, Steve and I had the opportunity of meeting Bonnie, now crewing for a fast 19:15 hr. finisher, Grant Maughan, hence chances of seeing her ever again were going to be non-existent and Steve and I both knew it as we watched him start in the 6:15am elite runner wave. I was to start in the middle of the pack 6:30am wave.
Steve and I agreed we would first meet up at about 15 miles, I wanted him to have enough time to get back to the hotel, pack up, shower, get breakfast and not have to rush through all that.  Plus, I knew that I would need him the least at the beginning and the most at the very end.  I had my first official aid station at about 10 miles, so I knew I was fine.
I took off and forgot to set my tracker.  Steve and I use a “Phone Tracker” app when I go on my local long runs, this way he can track me and know when I will return and where I’m at.  It’s a great “stalker” app but works really well, especially if he’s not in the same city and I like to think that he could find me quicker than if he didn’t have the app, if God-forbid something happened to me.
I started off and wasn’t feeling quite as fresh as I would have liked.  I have felt this way for the last six to eight weeks during my long runs… not sure what has been going on, but I chose to ignore it and rely on the fact that my legs would catch up and my mind would push me through any doubts.  I continued and started feeling a little better the further I went.  I didn’t feel as fresh as I believed I should have at ten miles but definitely felt a lot better.  Also, I hadn’t worn these shorts before and since I’m a little chubbier than I would like to be, my thighs started chafing a bit so when I arrived at the first official aid station (9.9 miles), I immediately went in search of Vaseline and luckily also walked off with half a slice of banana nut bread.  I knew it would be smart to start eating early, often and very small amounts.  I arrived here at 1:43:00 (10:24 m/m pace).

Let me add that the morning is perfect, the birds are chirping, there’s a small breeze, it’s nice and warm, the greens are luminous, the blues bright and all the colors in between perfect.
Steve was at the next “crew” aid station (85.3 miles), he greeted me with a “you’re going too fast” and a fabulous smile!  I ate 10 wheat thins, switched vests and had taken only 4 salt tabs at that point.  [I should point out that the mileage counts down from 100 to 0, so at this point I have run 14.7 miles.  I just want to make sure whoever reads this gets the count right.] Time spent: 09:03am – 09:07am (4 min)
I started passing people right from the start and it felt a little weird… that’s not what I’m used to.  I like for people to pass me at the beginning and then when it really starts to hurt, then I start to pass.  But it wasn’t happening like that, so I was a little concerned but it was really hard to slow down, it was flat, pretty shaded, warm = comfortable, beautiful and I felt great!
At the next official aid station (19.5 miles), more Vaseline, now my right armpit was starting to chafe, again an issue that tends to be worse when I’m fat!  ¼ of a PBJ and I continued.
Miles Run: 24 miles
Steve Crew Station & Official Aid Station
Time Spent: 10:46am – 10:50am (4 min)
Food Eaten: 4 oz coke, 3 slices of turkey, ½ Perrier
Salt Tabs: from last vest change 6 tabs
Official Time: 4:16 hrs. (10:42 m/m from start)
I was feeling pretty good now, it was beautiful but now we were out of the shade and the bridges were starting, the bridges would end up being my least favorite part of the course.
Miles Run: 28.2 miles
Steve Crew Station & Official Aid Station
Time Spent: 11:40am – 11:46am (6 min)
Food Eaten: ½ PBJ, 10 pringles
Salt Tabs: ??
Official Time: 5:10 hrs (10:59 m/m from start)
Change: change shoes, socks
The next aid station was the 30 mile mark, I don’t remember this one very well.  I know that I was doing well at 30 miles and I was starting to feel the miles piling up but by no means was I tired or fatigued or anything else.
I believe this may have been the same aid station as the official aid station.  I changed shoes and socks and felt amazingly better.  I had used Chafex and at the very beginning but my toes were starting to show signs of blistering.  I added gobs of Vaseline and changed to another pair of Injinjis as well as from my ONs to my new Sauconys.  I was hoping the difference in shoes was going to help a bit.
I was having a tough time with seeing so many crew vehicles and not finding Steve there.  I asked Steve if I could see him sooner, sarcastically he asked if I wanted to see him every 2-3 miles, I said no but emphasized that I just didn’t want to NOT see him.  He was trying to minimize my time at each aid station and I, of course, was trying to see him more often.  I knew it was taking more time but I was starting to feel the mental effects of seeing all the other crew vehicles and not mine.  This is where I think this issue doesn’t occur during a “trail” ultra because there are no other options.   This will be good during Vermont, I’m sure Steve will also be happy that he doesn’t have to stop every 5 miles.
Miles Run: 31.9 miles
Steve Crew Station & Official Aid Station
Time Spent: 12:22pm – 12:25pm (3 min)
Food Eaten: ¼ PBJ
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 5:52 (11:02 m/m from start)
This was a quickie stop, although it took 3 min!
The unmanned water and ice coolers in between all the Official Aid Stations were a much needed relief. Steve’s Crew Stations were a God-send!  Every time I stopped at an aid station I would fill my cap with ice, exchange vests with Steve, and swap an ice bandana for a new one. It was wonderful but it melted pretty quickly, so the unmanned ice coolers were perfect.
Miles Run: 36.8 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 1:24pm – 1:28pm (4 min)
Food Eaten: 4 oz coke, 2 slices of turkey, ¼ PBJ
Salt Tabs: from last vest change 12 tabs
Official Time: 6:54 (11:15 m/m from start)
It looks like I was starting to slow down here, I hadn’t arrived at the Seven Mile Bridge but I knew I would arrive before sunset as it was only 1:30pm and I only had about 10 miles left.  The mental aspect has always been the most difficult here (between 35-45 miles), but it wasn’t too bad.  I knew that if I could just make it to 65 miles, I would be good.  If I could vomit for three hours and walk sideways shivering in 32 degree weather in the mountains in Leadville, I could do anything. 
Miles Run: 41 miles
Steve Crew Station & Official Aid Station
Time Spent: 2:10m – 2:15pm (5 min)
Food Eaten: chips
Salt Tabs: No info      
Official Time: 7:40 hrs (11:13 m/m from start)
Hell’s Tunnel. This was obviously not what it was meant to be for me. It was not hell nor a tunnel. I enjoyed it immensely, you are cushioned from the road by a tall and thick set of bushes and trees. On the other side, you have the same tall and thick bushes and trees separating you from the water. It was breezy through there, not a lot of shade but it was very pleasant. I knew there wouldn’t be crews so it was quiet, just the runner way in front of me and who knows what behind me, as I never look back. The breeze was nice and it was all gravel so no radiating heat from the cement road.

There was at least one good marijuana grow in these bushes, it was pretty strong. Based on my credentials I could guarantee it was either a small weed business or azaleas, if they grow down here. I have been known to confuse the two… on official record… oops.

When I arrived at the next aid station, Steve reminded me that I was still going too fast!
Miles Run: 44.6 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 3:03pm – 3:07pm (4 min)
Food Eaten: ¼ PBJ, chips
Salt Tabs: from last vest change 4 tabs
Official Time: 8:33 hrs (11:30 m/m from start)
I crossed a bridge somewhere around here and it was brutal!  It was hot, the sun was radiating from the cement bridge and water.  Most of the people mentioned enjoying the bridges, while I did not.  They were not pleasant and this one felt like it went on forever.  I was still doing 28 min run/ 2 min walk since the very beginning but this bridge was brutal, how was I going to handle Seven Mile bridge?
Miles Run: 49 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 4:03pm – 4:14pm (11 min)
Food Eaten: ½ PBJ, 10 Ritz
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 9:33 hrs (11:41 m/m from start)

I believe I started rolling my legs out with the "Stick" so that it wasn't going to be too late before they started tightening up too much.  Steve was pulling the little three-legged stool out each time I saw him and it allowed me to sit, which contrary to popular belief allowed me to stay more flexible.  The stool is not a chair with a back that forces you to relax and lean back, the stool allows you to lean forward, get a good stretch and still remain flexible enough to get up easily and keep marching forward.
Miles Run: 51.5 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 4:40pm – 4:43pm (3 min)
Food Eaten: 5 Ritz
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 10:10 hrs (11:50 m/m from start)
This was a last minute stop out of the kindness and love of Steve’s heart!  Lol.  Less than 2 miles away, but he knew I was headed to Seven Mile Bridge and would be out for a while so he stopped quickly and I grabbed some crackers and off I went… although it was still a 3 min stop… hmm.
Miles Run: 60.3 miles
Steve Crew Station & Official Aid Station
Time Spent: 6:32pm – 6:40pm (8 min)
Food Eaten: 3 ham slices, 12 crackers, change of shoes & socks
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 12:02 hrs (11:58 m/m from start)
Wow… long bridge but not as bad as I thought it would be.  Actually sort of beautiful, especially when it was super quiet and there weren’t any cars going by.  I can see where this would be scary and much more dangerous at night.  During the first part of the bridge, I ran with a Mexican woman and a Mexican man from Mexico City.  They were very nice and it made the first 3-4 miles go by quickly and easily with them, it was fun.  Their crew slowed down to give them some food, the van started slowing down and signaled to pull over in front of me.  I was slightly alarmed and upset and was about to shake my head at them, when they decided to slow down and keep moving.  They went past me and slowed down to hand the Mexican guy some ice and food.  Although illegal according to race rules, this wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be only because it slowed traffic down quite a bit and allowed for a super long line of cars to go by slowly, which is always welcome when they would normally fly by at 55 mph within 10 feet or less.
I ended finding out from the woman that her husband did Spartathlon last year and it was not very scenic.  She said the “trail” goes through quite a bit of industrial areas and it’s just not as beautiful as you would think it would be.  Phew!  I wasn’t going to make it in time anyway, thank goodness!
I ran into the official aid station and was starting to feel the heat, my legs were on fire and I swore I was going to have the worst sunburn EVER!  They sat me down, got me some Ginger Ale, ice, banana bread and I was on my way to Steve!
Miles Run: 64.8miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 7:40pm – 7:49m (9 min)
Food Eaten: ¼ PBJ, chips, changed into short sleeve, new bra, new short, socks and shoes
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 13:10 hrs (12:11 m/m from start)
It’s incredible how dry clothes can make such a difference, not that I was cold but it was just so nice to be in dry clothes.  I put on my old ON shoes that were stretched out so my swollen feet felt great going into these shoes.  We had decided to wait for the reflective gear and I felt like I almost didn’t make it.  It was supposed to be on by 7:30pm!  Just in time… almost.

Miles Run: 67.1 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 8:17pm – 8:19pm (2 min)
Food Eaten: ¼ PBJ – stomach starting to not feel so great
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 13:47 hrs (12:19 m/m from start)
Nothing sounds good to eat!  I wasn’t nauseous per se but nothing sounded appetizing.  A quick stop to grab some PBJ and off I went.  I definitely felt like at the next stop, I was going to need some salty food.
Miles Run: 69.4miles
Steve Crew Station & Official Aid Station
Time Spent: 8:48pm – 8:52pm (4 min)
Food Eaten: 2 ham slices and crackers
Salt Tabs:  No info
Official Time: 14:18 hrs (12:21 m/m from start)
It’s dark now and I know I’ll make it but it’s getting much more difficult.  The runners are getting more and more spaced out, which is what I really like but it’s pretty dark out there.  My stomach is not feeling great so I need to stick with salty foods.
Miles Run: 72.6 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 9:45pm – 9:50pm (5 min)
Food Eaten: pringles, coke, left hip starting to really hurt!
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 15:15 hrs (12:36 m/m from start)
My left hip really started aching, there was a sharp pain that was just killing me!  I quickly realized that it was the fact that I was running on the side of the actual road and the tilt was causing the left side pain.  As soon as I got back on the level paved path, the pain subsided.
At this point, it’s getting very difficult to maintain 28 min run/2 min walk.  I noticed I was doing about 13 – 15 min with a 2 min walk and then the other 15 – 13 min run.  I kept my watch going on the 28 min timer so at least I knew where I was at.  I was able to keep some sort of grasp on my walking time, so I wouldn’t just end up walking for 20 min or so.
Miles Run: 75.1 miles
Steve Crew Station & Official Aid Station
Time Spent: 10:22pm – 10:30pm (8 min)
Food Eaten: pringles, Steve attempting to perform ART on my hip with no knowledge of what ART is but my miserable description!
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 15:52 hrs (12:40 m/m from start)
25 miles left still!!  Well, I don’t doubt that I can do it, but really?  Who signs up for these damn things?  And why do we ever think it’s a good idea?  This sucks.  Can I just be done?   Thank goodness I won’t be qualifying for Spartathlon.  How am I supposed to be able to do Badwater?   What is wrong with me?  These were the only thoughts going through my head at this point.
Miles Run: 78.7miles
Steve Crew Station & Official Aid Station
Time Spent: 11:16pm – 11:25pm (9 min)
Food Eaten: More pringles, that’s all I can handle and more hip work – thank goodness he’s strong, I needed some real work done.  The kids (20s and 30s – relay team nearby) seemed to enjoy my groaning. 
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 16:46 (12:46 m/m from start)
As I arrived I could hear a band playing at a nearby bar.  It was so odd, so out of place.  I looked over to see a band playing, band members telling jokes, and the restaurant and bar crowded with drunk people!  I saw all those clean people enjoying themselves and all I could think was that I should have been in that bar relaxing and enjoying the music.  It was so weird hearing the music and knowing people were in there just relaxing.  It was so quiet outside too… just one of those things out of like the twilight zone, I can’t put my finger on what was so weird about it.  Maybe I’m the one that was out of place, running out there by myself, in the pitch black for 78 miles with 12 more to go…?
Miles Run: 81.2 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 12:02am – 12:08am (6 min)
Food Eaten: 2 ham slices
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 17:32 hrs (12:57 m/m from start)
So, I’ve been running for over 17 hours and I have gone pee three times, which is great because it meant I stayed pretty hydrated. However, I have a tummy full of food that is now ready to go… yep, you guessed it, I have to go number 2. It’s pitch black out there, there are no porta-potties and most gas stations are now closed. When I was at the last gas station, I thought, “Ooh… I should go in and see if I can go use the bathroom” sure enough, it was closed. Darn, I hadn’t seen any porta-potties or for that matter, any open businesses.

For whatever reason, when I am in a race and I have to go #2, there’s no waiting, there’s no pause, there’s no time to look for a bathroom, it’s happening now, it’s happening here. I’m not sure if others are like that but that’s how I am. Of course, this is rare during anything shorter than 80 miles, so it’s only happened twice now, due to my two 100 mile races.

So, I’m back on the road and I look to my left where all the bushes are and start walking towards them looking for a place to squat, I see that there’s a runner approaching from behind and decide to spare him the rosy odor. I get back on the paved trail and decide to wait, but my body says, “Oh, no, you don’t – you’re going now!” So, I head back over to the trail and can’t find a good location, so I go back to the trail. Let’s not mention the fact that I have no toilet paper. I continue walking in circles, and I’m sure the approaching runner is confused and probably scared by my circle walking and my mumbling. It’s amazing how you talking to yourself goes from inside voice to outside voice during these races. I was just hoping he would hurry and pass so I could take care of business.

Finally, he gets past and I head to the first break in the bushes, I try to be environmental by digging a pathetic hole with my already week foot. It’s not happening but I am, I take care of business and now I have no toilet paper, hence the reason God created leaves. I pray that these leaves are not some type of poison leaves that will cause me a rash, pimples, infection, or allergic reaction.

Lo and behold, these turn out to be the Charmin Leaves of toilet paper! They were soft and took care of business quite pleasantly. If I were a businesswoman, I would go back, find the leaves and start a new toilet paper business.

Okay, done, I cover up my mess, hope no one accidentally steps into it and I’m off. But then again, it is off the path, in the bushes and through the ruff.

Hey! No apologies about content, this is what these races are all about! The good, the bad and the ugly.
Miles Run: 85.1 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 1:01am – 1:08am (7 min)
Food Eaten: Nothing
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 18:31 hrs (13:03 m/m from start)
Not sure what I did at this aid station for 7 minutes… lol!  I didn’t eat, maybe Steve worked on my hip for all 7 minutes, maybe I just stalled getting back on the road!
Miles Run: 88.1 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 2:02am – 2:05am (3 min)
Food Eaten: coke
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 19:32 hrs (13:18 m/m from start)
I really slowed down here!  Ouch!
Miles Run: 91.4miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 2:52am – 3:00am (8 min)
Food Eaten: coke
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 20:22 hrs (13:22 m/m from start)
How do I finish 8.6 more miles.  It’s really dark out, no one is around.  I’m running through these super dark areas, no street lights and there’s weird people out on the roads.
At one point, something catches my eye on the left and I look over and see a white painted bicycle with some small flowers and I get this eerie feeling that this person wanted me to see their space.  I look right next to the bike and see a large bright, white cross with flowers all over.  He was obviously killed there, but I felt like he was there that night, beckoning me to stay and chat a while, to remember him and to spend some time with him on this dark and lonely night.  All he gets to hear are the beautiful waves hitting the shore at night but no one is around to say hello or have a chat with.  He didn’t want to be forgotten and his message was strong yet gentle. I continue.
Miles Run: 95 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 3:53am – 4:01am (8 min)
Food Eaten: 1 ham slice, pringles, coke
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 21:23 hrs (13:30 m/m from start)
I have now been walking 2-3 min and running 8-10 min, it’s getting so difficult to run any more than 10 min.  I’m ready to be done.  Steve told me this would be the last stop and I had 2.1 miles left… this doesn’t make sense with the mile markers but I don’t care, I just want to be done!
Miles Run: 96.9 miles
Steve Crew Station
Time Spent: 4:35am – 4:42am (8 min)
Food Eaten: coke
Salt Tabs: No info
Official Time: 22:05 hrs (13:40 m/m from start)
At this point the distance is off, Steve has driven to the finish and realized that he is off and I have another 2.1 miles left… in addition to the 2.1 miles left.  So he stops and gets me some coke because he knows I’ll need the last bit of energy.  There’s turn after turn after turn, signs look like giant people, reflective stripes look like animals lurking in the trees, bushes look like crews cheering on their teammates, and my bed awaits my aching body.
Miles Run: 100 miles
Finish Line
Official Time: 22:56 hrs (13:45 m/m from start)
Finally, I could see the finish line lights, the banner and I could hear a few folks.  It was pretty quiet and Steve reminded me that I was about three hours late to the party… next time, I tell myself, I’ll try harder next time.

RECAP: All in all, everything went perfectly for my second 100. The most important factors were very well taken care of: hydration, nutrition, electrolytes and the heat. I ate well, I was well hydrated, I was taking salt pills at the appropriate intervals and I was icing continuously and keeping my temperature down.

My first goal was to finish and ensure that Leadville wasn’t a random fluke. My second goal was to finish in under 22 hrs and qualify for Spartathlon. Alas, I failed my second goal but I felt like I finished strong. I learned so much but the fact that I was able to dial in the food and drink portion, was priceless. As many know, the thing that will hurt your race the most will be nutrition and hydration (incl. electrolytes) not your fitness. Now if I can just figure out the whole blister issue, it would be perfect. I don’t expect all races to go this well, but just knowing that I’ve figured out what seems to work in these specific conditions for “me” provides some sort of control in the madness of what is ultra-running. I know that it will not work for all but maybe someone will try something new or be inspired and achieve a small success in their own planning, training or racing.


Official Results:

9.9 miles: 1:43:00
23.9 miles: 4:45:29
41 miles: 7:39:30
50 miles: 9:54:23
60.1 miles: 12:14:00
75.1 miles: 15:56:27
89.4 miles: UNKNOWN
FINISH: 22:56:09

Splits from my phone app:


1.0 mi 10:05 min/mi 00:10:05
2.0 mi 10:27 min/mi 00:10:26

3.0 mi 11:02 min/mi 00:11:01

4.0 mi 10:39 min/mi 00:10:39
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52.0 mi 12:27 min/mi 00:12:27

53.0 mi 11:54 min/mi 00:11:53

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