Site:
http://coachcaleb.com
Miles:
15875 total / 2095 in 2014
Goal:

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

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

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  • 31 miles
  • 03:43 time
  • 07:10 pace
  • 2897 calories
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  • 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.

    Phenomenal. Great job Caleb!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Peter L.

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

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Andy F.

    Awesome job and pace! Congrats on the win!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan H.

    Way to get it done again! Congrats!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Tom R.

    Congrats, Caleb. Awesome job and impressive Ultra record.

    over 1 year ago Like

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

    Congratulations on your win!

    over 1 year ago

  • Jenny J.

    KILLED IT, Coach! Huge congrats!!!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Sean M.
    Sean M.

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

    over 1 year 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.

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Darren C.

    Amazing stuff Caleb! Congratulations!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Paula K.
    Paula K. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Congratulations!!!!

    over 1 year ago

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

    You definitely killed that race! Congrats!

    over 1 year ago

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

    Way to go Coach Caleb!

    over 1 year ago

  • Andrew A.
    Andrew A.

    Way to throw down!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Matt
    Matt Congrats
    Congrats:

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

    over 1 year ago

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

    This was a really inspirational performance! Congratulations!

    over 1 year ago

  • Matt
    Matt Congrats
    Congrats:

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

    over 1 year ago

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    Wowza-- amazing pace for that distance on trails!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Tim W.
    Tim W.

    Killer performance Caleb!!!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Patrick P.
    Patrick P.

    Amazing win and pace!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Alan A.

    You made my prediction look sick. Awesomeness.

    over 1 year ago Like

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

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

    over 1 year ago

  • Jarrod D.
    Jarrod D.

    Phenomenal!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Brandon
    Brandon

    Congratulations Caleb! 2 for 2 :)!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Chris B.
    Chris B.

    Stellar work Caleb!!

    over 1 year 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...

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.

    You are ridiculously fast. Congrats on the win!!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Michael M.
    Michael M.

    Nice

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Kim S.

    Awesome job, Caleb!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Thomas S
    Thomas S

    Congrats, Caleb!

    over 1 year ago Like

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

    Nice batting average

    over 1 year ago

  • Chris S.
    Chris S.

    Awesome! Maybe I'll join ya next year!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Candace A.
    Candace A. Congrats
    Congrats:

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

    over 1 year ago

  • Shayla D.
    Shayla D.

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

    over 1 year ago Like

  • David P.
    David P.

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

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Erin
    Erin

    Awesome! Great job!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Todd G.

    Fantastic job out there; Go! Caleb! Go!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Thomas G.
    Thomas G.

    Impressive

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Michelle

    Congrats coach. Your incredible!!!

    over 1 year ago Like

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

    LEGEND! Amazing, coach! Congratulations!

    over 1 year ago

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

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

    over 1 year ago

  • Mohan Kumar G.
    Mohan Kumar G.

    superb ...

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Ray J. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Well done! Congrats!

    over 1 year ago

  • Eileen D
    Eileen D

    Wowzers, you're amazing!! Congrats!!

    over 1 year 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!

    over 1 year ago Like

  • Rose Congrats
    Congrats:

    Wow! Awesome race!

    over 1 year ago

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

    awesome job

    over 1 year ago