Terrain race 2:24:37 13.5 mi (10:43 / mi) +250m 10:08 / mi
ahr:145 max:167 slept:7.5 shoes: Roclite 295 Black & Blue
Well, that was a disaster (personally speaking). Emily & Erl did a great job on the race.
It was hot. Well into the upper 70s by start. And steamy.
Wore pack with 2 liters of nuun ice water. 2 Ecaps every 20 starting at 40. Gel at 60 and 110ish.
With the heat, my plan was to go out easy on the first half and the push for the second. During the pre-race, Emily said there were a lot of trees down, especially on the first half. So that was another point for the plan.
Went out at a comfortable pace and tried to keep it at the fast end of easy. Maybe 5 or 6 runners ahead of me at the camp ground hill including 2 M50+. Ron H was out of sight by then. Would catch him or not. The other guy was breathing pretty hard and pushed up the hill at a run. I walked it and lost sight but figured I'd catch him later since I didn't feel like I was working that hard. Got passed by 3 on the hill, all < 50.
Hit aid station 2 and the halfway point at 1:02:xx feeling hot but good. About .75 mile later, at the 2nd real hill, I came around the corner and the #2 +50 was about 50m ahead and walking. That meant all I needed to do was keep to the easier pace and i'd catch him easily. No idea how far ahead Ron was but didn't really care. Caught and passed #2 the 9 mile marker at 1:24xx (he asked the time).
I felt great until I didn't and then I totally died. About 10.3 I climbed over a tree and came down on a rock or something that rolled my ankle. Boom. Cramp. Soon I got passed by #2 guy again. Another cramp at the 4th aid station. All in left leg so far. Then I caught a toe on a rock. Normally no big deal but this time the whole left leg failed. I tried to get it back under me but just couldn't extend it far enough (at all really). 3 or 4 diving steps trying to pull up but to no avail. Left hand hit first (big flesh wound) followed closely by quad (massive bruise) and lateral shin (scrape and a bruise). About a minute on the ground waiting out the cramps. Walked it in from there, about 2.5 miles.
Passed by a 50+ in the last 1/2 mile. Again, no interest in going deeper into the hole so let him go. Passed by leading F50+ not long after.
4th M50+? No idea overall. 1st M50+ was 2:10:xx so my course record stands for anot her year....
At 8pm, let side is pretty sore. Neck and shoulder are stiff. Otherwise feel ok.
Add a goose egg lump on or about the it band insertion point.