April 26th 2008
Got up at my normal time around 5am to get ready for the race it was nice not waking up at 3am to get ready and drive a couple of hours to the start. I took about 50 minutes to get there including a donut stop. Showwed up a little before 7am and picked up packet. I did not like the number because it had a chip on the back and it could not be folded smaller but not a real big deal. I spent about 20 min. geting set up to run. Used a small roller on my legs and adjusted my fluid belt. Race started about 7:35am on the road for maybe 2 miles then into the woods at Sweetwater Creek State park. Lots of single track to start kinda bottled up with the 1/2 marathoners and tight trail for a few miles but it eventually opened up a bit and thinned out. I caught up with veteran Ultra runner Rob Apple and we talked for a couple miles it was his 519th ultra(WOW) shared a memory from 07 Kettle Morraine we ran a few miles of that about sunset which was glorius. we seperated at an aid station and i started running with Caroline Williams. Great running partner.
We ran together of and on until the river crossing and I lost her back a little ways. I had been takinga bottle and gel an hour along with S-caps after the first hour the temp started hi 50's and ended near 80 and i was definitely worried about dehydration after I cramped up late at Oak Mountain. It was a snctioned training run for my 100 in June I was testing an Amphipod Trail Lite with gel in one bottle and HEED concentrate in the other it worked pretty well. 10oz. of concentrate lasted the whole race 7 bottles which I supplemented with 8 -12 oz of water each aid station.
A lot of this race was very runable as Ultras go except the Gas Line and Power Line areas to the Top of the World (TOTW) that was a booger bear in the heat and open a real slow ascent twice! I was definitely cruising along not pushing until the last 8 miles then I pushed a bit to see how I felt. I got through the last 4 miles in under 48 min which is good for me. I felt if I had raced the whole thing I could have probably run around 6:30 instead of 7:17 but with stopping to stretch and two bathroom stops i finished with sore knees but not wiped out which was perfect since I wanted run that distance again this next weekend.
It was a fun well organized race with a nice tech T and real nice volunteers aid stations did'nt have the kind of stuff I like so much but I did'nt really need anything except what I carried with me. All in all a good day I got home early did grocery shopping and ate Italian.
Now the fun begins the final build up for Mohican 100 in June tempo and LSD.