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Keyalus ran: This was my first rea...
- 12 miles
- 02:10 time
- 11:18 pace
- 1858 calories
This was my first real trail race ever last year. I feel like I've come full circle in such a short time. I never imagined back in 2011 that this race would spark a love of trail running. I surely never imagined that the next time I ran it, I would have already run a 50K, a 50 miler and be 30 days out from a 100K. Blows.my.mind. Also cool that I know so many people now from other races. I only knew 1 person the first time I did this one. I probably said hi to 15 people this time.
Coming off two weekends of tougher long runs, I didn't know how much I would have to give for this race. I kind of wanted to beat my time from last year (a respectable 1:50) but I was lighter then and I also hadn't run marathons the previous 2 weekends.
I really did stick to my recovery week plans, but the energy didn't find me or else I just did it wrong. I knew the first 5K was quite flat so I blasted through and then I was kind of gassed out for the rest of the race. Everything felt fine, but I didn't feel like giving a huge effort so I didn't.
I think I need to really, really make sure that when I do these races for training, that I truly am training. Starting to feel like all my paces are blurring together and that my racing and training paces are one and the same. That's not good at all because that means I'm never recovering and not able to give my all in the "A" race. Using races for training can be a double-edged sword that way. I like having company for training runs but I also hate feeling super slow and want to do my best. I need to work on that attitude.
I'm going to really reign it in these next 30 days to make sure that DoubleTop goes great. Getting control of my diet, recovery, and training are top priority. This race could be my last big ultra for a while and I want it to be a great experience!