Dirty German 50K - RunUltra Marathon

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Uber Endurance Sports
Total Time = 6h 12m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This event was a little different as it was super close to my house. Got up, drank cofee, ate some oatmeal, relaxed, picked up Chrissy, and went to the race. We got there early and set up our chairs. The Animal Camp showed up in force as well.
Event warmup:

No real warmup for this. Somehow Chrissy and I thought the race started at 9am. Chrissy had put her flip flops on and was going to change into her sneakers closer to the race. So about 5 minutes to 8 we go to the bathroom to stand in line and someone yells out "10 minutes." I'm like "ten minutes to what?" This is when we realized that the race started in ten minutes. We hauled ass to the tent to get ready. That was basically our warmup.
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I didn't do a great taper for this. Basically one week. My legs were very fatigued from the start but I knew that was going to happen and was okay with it, since I wasn't really trying to smoke this. I felt like I handled nutrition okay. I dilly-dallied at some of the aid stations, though, especially the one at home base. I was trying to get updates on others. They had the most fantastic tasting gels at this race. I can't remember the name but I will investigate. They had Cheez-its at every aid station. Anyone that knows me knows it was hard for me to get over my cheez-it addiction, so it was pretty difficult for me to pass them up. I pondered over eating them. I didn't think they would provide me with what I needed physically but I knew they would taste so good. I did finally decide, at the last aid station, to eat a handful. They were dry and again provided nothing I needed, but they tasted delicious.

Running on the paved path on the second loop was torture for me. I ended up walking a good portion of this. My walk is fast so I feel like I didn't sacrifice too much on that. There was one point where my hair got caught on a branch and yanked me backwards. It took a bit of time and a little bit of help to get it out. As a result I had this enormous knot in my hair that took an hour to get out later than night. There was also one point where you had to duck under a fallen tree. I did duck but I got up too soon and bumped my head really hard. This hurt like hell and as I was running I kept looking around to make sure I was okay. I'm not sure what looking around did or how it helped me determine I was okay. I guess if I wasn't seeing shit then I was good to go. It really hurt, though.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing much. I enjoyed this day of running. If I wanted to do 'better' I would taper.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat around with the Animal Camp and chilled. I did go into the creek to cool off the legs a little. Took my neices about 50 yards from the finish to wait for Chrissy to come in and then we ran her in. Gracie booked ass to the finish line - there was no way either one of us was catching her after running 31 miles. She's only 4 but she kicked our asses. lol

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I could have put some longer runs in my training. I had a few weeks off from injury and built off of that. I didn't want to push it too much.

Event comments:

This is a very runable course for anyone. I actually would have preferred some more decent climbs. I like hills. I like to walk them, too, as it can provide a much needed break. These hills were all runable. I would recommend this race to almost anyone. It can be a great introduction to trail running for folks.

Last updated: 2011-05-05 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 31.07 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: The course was nice. I had decided to wear my road shoes because I thought it was mostly dirt path with 2 miles of paved path. I got away with it; however, I think I would have been better off in my trail shoes. Lots of dirt paths, some rocky paths, small runable hills, and 2 miles each loop of paved hell. I hate running on pavement after I've been running on trails.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5