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3:25 Marathon (BQ - DONE! 3:22:17); sub-1:30 Half Marathon (DONE!); sub-20min 5K; sub-45min 10K (DONE!); 50K (DONE!) or 50-mile ultra

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  • 14 miles
  • 03:05 time
  • 13:43 pace
  • 1452 calories
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  • 6432 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
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great Diablo Trail Adventure Half Marathon 13.51 mi 03:05 13:43 pace

This is my 1st ever trail race, as well as my 2nd half marathon, which turned out to be a very challenging one. Well, I was actually aware of it when I signed up considering the elevation profile with an uphill climb to over 1,950-ft and total ascent/descent of almost 2,500-ft.

Below is what my Garmin read:
Elevation Gain: 2,556 ft
Elevation Loss: 2,553 ft
Min Elevation: 352 ft
Max Elevation: 1,963 ft

So I didn't set any goal and decided to enjoy the race and simply finish it. Also got a few useful tips from a fellow DM'er, Alex, who graciously gave me a ride and ran the same event with me. What I didn't expect was all the mud I had to negotiate with, brought about by the continuous downpour (thankfully, not torrential). It was so muddy that I mostly walked for balance while chunks of caked mud weighed my shoes down. The downhill path at mile 10 was pretty sweet, though, as I let inertia work its way so I pretty much managed a decent pace, until mile 12 onwards where more mud slowed me down again, and sprained my ankle twice when I slid onto some rocks. I went on, only to find out my right ankle was swollen when I got home.
The whole route was more than 13.1 miles (does that count as an "ultra half marathon"? hehe), and when I went past the 13-mile marker I was like dragging my feet to the finish line because of the slight ankle pain. So I did a very slow run at 3 hours, way over my 1st half marathon PR, but the figures didn't matter at all because I came here to have fun! And it was a challenging kind of fun!

Below are my mile splits with some anecdotes:
1 10:15
2 13:11 (1st hill at 818-ft)
3 12:34 (managed to run downhill from mile 2)
4 15:23 (started walking at 600-ft as caked mud accumulated on my shoes)
5 16:04 (over 1,000 ft and counting, still walking uphill)
6 18:06 (1,400 ft, still walking uphill, shoes getting heavier with mud)
7 16:34 (managed to run a bit on a flat but muddy route, dusted off some mud)
8 18:15 (an agonizing uphill climb up to 1,700-ft, mud starting to build up again, fog hovering over and spectacular views left & right)
9 16:04 (uphill climb to the peak at over 1,950-ft, still very much in awe at nature's gift to mankind, then downhill run)
10 09:11 (a sort of "celebration" downhill run in the absence of mud)
11 09:32 (mud started slowing me down again)
12 11:21 (couple of ankle sprains happened here)
13 13:24
14 10:49

And the official race results are as follows (drumrolls):
Time: 3:09:43
Pace: 14:29
Rank: 49th out of 67 runners
AG: 4th out of 4 (perfect! i find this funny because during the race, i was on the lookout for runners i assumed to belong in my age group, so i passed them, if i could. only to find out there were only four of us. LOL! great bunch of people though!)

  • Ben D.
    Ben D.

    Amazing run, Mike. I don't know if I could have made the half today. Glad you had fun. Take it easy on that ankle.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Angie
    Angie

    Great job Mike! You Rock!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    @Ben, thanks! I actually told Alex I wouldn't be running a race like this for a while, but I'm taking it back after I finished composing this report and took things in retrospect. The pain is all worth it! I'm icing my ankle as we speak ;)

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    @Angie, thanks so much!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Brian A.
    Brian A.

    Congrats on finishing your first trail race, Mike. You've probably discovered why Alex excels in these events: his attitude before, during, and after the event. He knows he's going to be cold, wet, and dirty and his approach to the unknown shapes his experience. Good work in embracing the "unknown," my friend.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Nicki
    Nicki

    Congrats on the second half and first trail race. Take care of the ankle.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Alicyn H.

    Congrats on the first trail and second half! So great!!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • John P.
    John P.

    Nice half Mike and sounds like a lot of fun and interesting challenges to contend with. One heck of a workout!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike C.
    Mike C.

    Congrats on your second half. Sounds like it was a tough one. Good job!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike
    Mike

    Sounds like you got the adventure that was advertised. Great job Mike!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Matt
    Matt

    Great job Mike. Sounds like a tough course.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    Wow those are tough conditions. You did well to complete the race. I have had the caked mud on the shoes experience, it really throws you off. Take a few days off!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Demi
    Demi

    Congratulations on a challenging course! Now recover well!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Kathy K.
    Kathy K.

    Congrats! Wow that sounds like a tough race! Great job!!!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Ijaz
    Ijaz

    That's a badass trail and you beat it. Congrats!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mark C.

    good job in the rain on a very challenging course, man. Cheers!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Ray C.
    Ray C.

    Great race dude and nice race report.

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    Thanks, awesome DM friends!!! You're the best!

    @Alex, and thank you for taking me there. I owe you bigtime! I agree with @Brian- you're an excellent runner with an admirable attitude & discipline. I'm now a fan. Keep it up!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Dana

    @Mike, Like I said no worries. Glad I was able to help out a fellow DM'er :) and thank you!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Matt L.
    Matt L.

    Wow! This sounds like an amazing course to do. Thanks for the report and congratulations!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    Thanks, Matt! It was indeed amazing!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Estan C.
    Estan C.

    trail running is fun :)

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Achillex
    Achillex

    I know I'm late to the party but WOW! excellent run Mike. I ran a couple technical trail races over the summer and I was beatup in the end and they were nothing compared to the elevation profile you ran. WTG buddy!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    @Estan, for sure! ;)

    @Achillex, thank you! It was tough, indeed, but worth the hurt! ;)

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Oksana
    Oksana

    awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Dana

    again, awesome job mike! especially for this course and it being your first trail event. forgot to ask, how's the ankle?

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    Thanks, Alex! My right ankle got beaten twice so it's still sore and a bit swollen. Actually, my whole body is sore but I think I'll live, haha! So I guess my training goals would have to take a backseat for a few more days, but I'll try to workout at the gym tomorrow. Thanks for asking!

    over 6 years ago Like

  • Dana Congrats
    Congrats:

    Awesome job Mike! That was a treacherous course -- especially due to the weather. Glad you had fun :)

    over 6 years ago