But I sucked it up and walked it in. 4:41. Second slowest 50k ever. One thought that kept going through my head was the sound of my son asking me why I quit. "Why you quit, Dida?" Over and over I heard that, and I didn't have a good answer for it. So I kept going.
Here is the Garmin Data. While I felt barely okay on the out and back, I actually was running sub-8 minute miles on the beginning of the first 'Blue Loop' at Nordic. Then, about 3 miles in, I hit the roller coaster hills, and they just destroyed me. Chris, who I had run a decent amount of them morning within 20 feet of, caught me at that point and I told him I felt like I was on my second loop...not my first loop (let alone not even halfway done with the race!). Not good.
|Faking it at about Mile 8|
Tony, who I drove down with, told me when he saw me at Mile 7 he thought I looked bad. I know I was moving decent but apparently was already showing signs of fatigue. Not good.
So, anyway...it's a lot more fun to write reports about solid efforts. Heck, I wrote last year's Glacial Trail report in TWO parts because it went so well. I don't know that I have much to add to this report other than to point to aspects of my preparation that I can improve:
1. I need to hydrate more. It hit 70 on Saturday and I was running out of water constantly. I don't think that's a result of poor hydration the day before the race or during the race, but it's a result of several weeks of lackadaisical hydration habits...along with probably a bit too much beer.
2. I need to be more consistent. I simply didn't RUN enough, and my thought that a decent base of fitness from basketball this winter would translate isn't true. Running is Running. Basketball is Basketball. Types of Fitness are different.
3. Should I run this race again? I HATE training in the cold and dark, and that's when the base needs to be built for Ice Age. Perhaps I target a June or July run as my first? If I do that, though, do I just postpone putting myself in the pain cave and creating motivation for future races?
4. This one is sticking with me...and I really hope I'm wrong. The last time I felt this run down during a race or run was when I was coming down with Lymes. About a week before Lymes really hit me hard, I remember being on a run and simply needing to walk because I was so wrecked. I've also noticed recently that I've had an increasing sensation of stuff crawling on my skin. It has been worse for about a week. Stay tuned...I really hope I'm wrong on this one.