Bandera 50K - RunUltra Marathon

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Bandera, Texas
United States
Tejas Trails
70F / 21C
Total Time = 5h 47m
Overall Rank = 49/245
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Had the normal steel cut oats, banana and coffee. Grabbed the stuff I laid out the night before and headed out the door to Bandera.
Event warmup:

It took longer to get to the race than I had anticipated. Even though we were there about 45 min before the start, there was a good line to park, and of course a line at packet pick up and the port-o-johns. And I was stupid enough not to put on the KT Tape and compression sleeves before we left, so I tried to get it all on while in line for the port-o-johns. All of the sudden they call "5 min for 50k" and its only 7:05! holy crap! Needless to say I did not get to "flush out the system" before the run started. Walked over to the start of the 50k (which was about a 10 min walk) and just got ready to RUN!
  • 5h 48m 15s
  • 31 miles
  • 11m 14s  min/mile

I made the rookie mistake of skipping the Cross Roads aid station at mile 26. I was feeling great, but about a half mile down the road I ran out of water in my CamelBak. Shitake! So I had to go the last 5 miles on my own, and that's what killed me at Lucky Peak. EPIC FAIL.
What would you do differently?:

Not skip a necessary aid station, even if feeling good. Use hand held bottles instead of Camel Bak maybe so I can see when I'm getting low. Need to try different things out. Take off long sleeve t-shirt and leave it at drop bag.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much really, just some walking and eating the post-race goodies.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ummm, the hills?

Event comments:

This is an awesome ultra race put on by some really great people. I would do it again in a heartbeat, in fact I can't wait for the next one. Tejas Trails is the best!

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Last updated: 2011-11-15 12:00 AM
05:48:15 | 31 miles | 11m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/245
Performance: Good
Course: Lots of hills! Here is a link to the elevation profile 6400 feet climbing and another 6400 descending. Lucky Peak @ mile 29 kicked me in the balls. Nuff said.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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