|Pre nap Fresh Squeeze IPA a few hours before the race!|
|Ruby and the Baz! And yes, this meant we had a |
bed taunting us all night long and just steps away!
I was excited to run this race and even had to laugh at myself when I thought about what I was about to do. Frenchy was more familiar with this type of endurance race and he was getting a kick out of my competitive nature that had me looking up times. Especially as I had just raced and had no experience with this type of race. Needless to say we were both looking forward to running it. We would see each other the entire race and with it starting at 8pm and ending at 6am we considered it an all nighter, date night!
|Wheels on the bus go round and round...|
My strategy would be to run around a 830-9 min pace...until I slowed down. James was going to do his thing around a 10-11 min pace. I would see him when I lapped him ;) as well as at the turnaround every 2 hours. Here the RD reversed the direction we were running on the track.
And so into the night we ran, around and around.
|That's right, no gear!|
Mentally the concept of running in circles, rather short circles might I add was super challenging. Nothing to break it up, although with the company of ALL the other runners the entire time...kinda cool. Most of the running was just me and my mind, and body. I of course choose this race to not bring the option of music... Opps, I think I could have used that as a distraction at some point during the 10 hours.
Physical...I felt fine for the most part, but maybe a bit of leg/ hip discomfort from the same motion. No hiking, just running. Why, because this is what the race called for.
132 times around the track and 66 miles later and I am fortunate to come away with an F1 and a CR.
Pluses for a race like this...many. Constant camaraderie with old friends as well as new friends, aid at your fingertips, restrooms the same, support any time you need it, easy to follow course ;), NO DNF's once you start, you are a finisher! I loved seeing a number of parents out there with their kids. The kids would run and then take a break and later come out and run some more..all night long. Beautiful!
Minuses...well you need mental toughness to run in circles for 10 hours as well as a bit of crazy :) No actual
The very best part....finishing the last couple of miles with Frenchy and the Baz!
|Best night ever!|
If you want to hear a bit more about this race as well as my race in Costa Rica, check out Heartland Running Podcast
Will I run this type of race again....never say never :)
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