Long Run 17:50:00  64.0 mi (16:43 / mi)
Never Summer 100k - finished in 62nd out of 192 finishers, not sure of drops but likely at least 50.
14,000 feet of elevation gain.
Took race out very conservatively. Focused on hydration and at least 200 calories an hour. I maintained this until at least 6:00 PM or 12.5 hours into the race, then it got harder to stay disciplined. I was kind of "smelling the barn" even though I still had 15 plus miles to go. I really only had one Gu with caffeine, some cookies, and some Coke over the last 4 hours. I imagine I could have done better if I would have eaten more but I lost discipline. This would have made a big difference in a 100 mile race.
I stayed hydrated throughout and I had the right gear at all times. I really focused on keeping my hat and bandana around my neck cool as it did get hot. I had a bit of chafing but I got this corrected with some Vaseline at mile 44 so nothing bad.
Foot care could have been better. There was lot of mud and so my feet got muddy and wet. I changed socks at mile 44 but there was still a ton of over the top of your shoes mud. I started to get some blisters on the bottoms of my feet. They only bothered me a little bit but they would have been a bigger deal if this had been a hundred. I should have perhaps changed to a larger shoe?
My pace was really conservative and I didn't even turn on my GPS until mile 29. There were effectively 5 high alpine climbs up through mile 44. The third up N Diamond Peak was the steepest and just straight up this ridge. It was very difficult mentally but I kept a positive attitude throughout and even got a compliment for smiling. Looking at the photos of the race, I was probably in 120-140 place at mile 8. I really moved up a lot the whole race. In the last 20 miles, I only got passed by 3 or 5 people and I did a fair bit of passing myself. I was able to run in the last 20 miles because these are really the most runnable sections of the race, but not anything but the downhills and even the downhill running became 25 strides on running 25 strides on walking, so the pace even at a "run" was only 12 or 13 minute miles. I wished this could have been faster and again, I think this was likely lack of eating.
I was able to use some smart race tactics and for a number of miles followed people and just did what they did, either ran or walked. This way I didn't have to decide.
The course was very well marked and I was never lost which was huge after Collegiate Peaks. They had complaints the first year so they marked it really well this year.
I really do think I was within 10 percent of my "best day ever race". I probably took a little long in some of the aid stations, probably 30 minutes total throughout the race, but it was nice to be able to feed off the crowd there. I never sat down at any point on the course, and only leaned against a tree at one point on a climb for less than a minute. Otherwise, it was constant movement for 18 hours. No GI issues on either end so that was nice. All in all, success!