My finishing time at the Green Jewel 50k was 5:03:40 and 33rd place overall. These ultras continue to humble me and remind me that your performance is typically based on how well you respond to problems as they arise. The problems that would arise on race day resulted from the weather - all day the temperature was cold with steady rain and wind. This caused the course to get muddy, flood and even washout some of the pathways that we were running on.
Around mile 10, I had to ditch the waistpack that I had been wearing at an aid station, because it was uncomfortable and weighed too much (most of the stuff in the pack were things to keep me dry and some GU's). Approximately at mile 15, I could feel some hot spots on my feet caused from my orthotics delaminating - the remaining 21 miles I would have to take the necessary corrective measures needed to alleviate the pain in my feet. This usually meant stopping to pull the orthotic out of my shoe, flatten it and then reinsert.
I am confident that if the weather conditions would have been dry that the problems mentioned above would have never happened - resulting in a faster finishing time. But then again if the conditions would have been dry, everyones' finishing time would have been faster!
|At the finish of the Green Jewel 50k - Gina, Andrew, Cassie, Ken and Me|
As far as what's next on the horizon...I have registered for the Pickney Trail Marathon - Scheduled for May 1st. My main goal is to break the 4 hour mark on this course. It's not the course record, but it would be a personal best for me. Two years ago I ran it in 4:04. I was lighter then, but I feel smarter, stronger and more experienced now!
|2009 Trail Marathon - 4:04 - 23rd. overall|
If all goes well at the Trial Marathon, it may be the confidence needed to find myself registering for the Mohican 100 in June. Otherwise, I may have a slow build-up this spring and summer - running a hand full of 50k's and 50 milers to get me in proper conditioning and mindset needed for a successfull 100 miler in the fall.