Site:
http://coachcaleb.com
Miles:
16910 total / 0 in 2015
Goal:

Team Wicked Bonkproof World Domination! 2013: More wins at marathon+ distance, 1:09 half marathon.

Caleb M. ran: First of all, #TeamWi...

Track and share your training!

Dailymile makes it easy to keep track of your workouts. Map your routes and share with a community of active people.

  • 31 miles
  • 03:43 time
  • 07:10 pace
  • 2897 calories
  •  
  •  
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 5/5 Effort.
    effort 5/5
great HAT Run 50k 50 km 03:43 07:10 pace

First of all, #TeamWickedBonkproof got after it, hard. Congrats to Steve H. Maddy Stein L. and Jenny J.

Second of all, trail ultras are hard.

The weather was perfect today, with temps in the 30s and 40s. After the start, I settled into an easy effort (I ran without a Garmin) and found myself in the lead (not the plan) right away. As soon as we hit the woods for the short loop, I was setting the pace for myself and the 2nd place runner.

I noticed that I was making a gap on every uphill, and he was getting back on my tail on every downhill. I just kept things easy effort all the time, and when we came through any mileage markers I noticed we were running 7:0x-ish pace. All good. The first big loop (coming to about 17+ miles) was relatively uneventful, aside from me wondering when I was going to need to deal with a move from 2nd place.

We came through the pavilion after the first big loop and I had a small lead (30 seconds, maybe). I swapped one empty Tailwind bottle for another, and kept going. The 2nd place guy fell back at that point (he stopped for a gel), and I never saw him again.

Once I was out on the 2nd loop a ways, I asked a course marshal if he could see the 2nd place guy behind me, and he said "No." The plan from here on was to try to extend the lead on the flats and uphills, and not fall down on the downhills. My legs started to get a little grumpy after the 2-hour mark, but I still stayed relatively on pace, except for a couple of nasty hills. After I started to lap some people, I got a big mental boost and just kept digging deep.

The last 5 miles were tough, as expected. The race finishes with a steep downhill, then a section of steep uphill, then a final stretch across an open field. The feeling of relief when you hit that field is amazing.

So, I won the race for the 2nd year in a row (still undefeated in ultras!) and I came within a minute of the course record. So....now I have to go back next year. Crap!

Thanks again for all of the support. Every long race has some dark moments, and knowing that everyone was pulling for me really helped.

  • Jim M.
    Jim M.

    Phenomenal. Great job Caleb!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Peter L.

    Killer race, congrats! One minute from a course record is impressive at HAT!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Andy F.

    Awesome job and pace! Congrats on the win!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan H.

    Way to get it done again! Congrats!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Tom R.

    Congrats, Caleb. Awesome job and impressive Ultra record.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jenny J.

    KILLED IT, Coach! Huge congrats!!!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Sean M.
    Sean M.

    Wow, that is very impressive on that trails!! Congrats on the win!!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Damon B.
    Damon B.

    3 seconds a mile faster and you'd have a course record. But I wouldn't think about that.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Darren C.

    Amazing stuff Caleb! Congratulations!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Andrew A.
    Andrew A.

    Way to throw down!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    Wowza-- amazing pace for that distance on trails!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Tim W.
    Tim W.

    Killer performance Caleb!!!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Patrick P.
    Patrick P.

    Amazing win and pace!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Alan A.
    Alan A.

    You made my prediction look sick. Awesomeness.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jarrod D.
    Jarrod D.

    Phenomenal!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Brandon
    Brandon

    Congratulations Caleb! 2 for 2 :)!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Chris B.
    Chris B.

    Stellar work Caleb!!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Brodie W.

    I will see you next year, looking forward to running with you again. Congrats Caleb, I had no doubt you were going to crush this race...

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Jessica P.
    Jessica P.

    You are ridiculously fast. Congrats on the win!!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Michael M.
    Michael M.

    Nice

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Kim S.

    Awesome job, Caleb!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Thomas S
    Thomas S

    Congrats, Caleb!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Chris S.
    Chris S.

    Awesome! Maybe I'll join ya next year!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Shayla D.
    Shayla D.

    whoa, you're an inspiration, Caleb!! great job.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • David P.
    David P.

    That's an incredible pace for an ultra!!!! The record will be yours next year.

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Erin
    Erin

    Awesome! Great job!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Todd G.

    Fantastic job out there; Go! Caleb! Go!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Thomas G.
    Thomas G.

    Impressive

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Michelle

    Congrats coach. Your incredible!!!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Mohan Kumar G.
    Mohan Kumar G.

    superb ...

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Eileen D
    Eileen D

    Wowzers, you're amazing!! Congrats!!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Maddy
    Maddy

    Its always awesome to watch you in action, even better to brag later that my coach killed this race for the second year in a row. Awesome race- even better weekend!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • John H. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Congratulations on your win!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Paula K.
    Paula K. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Congratulations!!!!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Louise C.
    Louise C. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    You definitely killed that race! Congrats!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Greg S.
    Greg S. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Way to go Coach Caleb!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Matt
    Matt Congrats
    Congrats:

    Solid work, Caleb. You're an inspiration to all of us!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Claudia B.
    Claudia B. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    This was a really inspirational performance! Congratulations!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Matt
    Matt Congrats
    Congrats:

    Congrats on the win Caleb. Amazing performance on what sounds like a tough course. Get the record next year :)

    almost 2 years ago

  • Nathan D. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Terrific work! Congratulations on the win. Your hard work paid off well.

    almost 2 years ago

  • Sean L.
    Sean L. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Nice batting average

    almost 2 years ago

  • Candace A.
    Candace A. Congrats
    Congrats:

    BEAST. Undefeated in ultras **brushes shoulders off**

    almost 2 years ago

  • Cate R.
    Cate R. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    LEGEND! Amazing, coach! Congratulations!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Josh N. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Cate is right, coach is legendary! way to go, caleb!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Ray J. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Well done! Congrats!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Rose
    Rose Congrats
    Congrats:

    Wow! Awesome race!

    almost 2 years ago

  • Steve H.
    Steve H. You're Badass
    You're Badass:

    awesome job

    almost 2 years ago