Calgary Marathon - Ultra 50km - RunUltra Marathon

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Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Marathon
16C / 61F
Total Time = 3h 53m 49s
Overall Rank = 28/422
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 10/46
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5am, 2 toasts with jam and some oatmeal and coffee.

Zoot ultra shorts, last minute change to the new Kinvara 4 shoes and underarmor tech top with team mito tech top over.

Training plan this cycle was the Pfitz 18-70 - first time trying that one. Previous 2 marathons were on the 18-50 plan. Missed most of 1 week due to illness but hit most of the other targets in volume if not pacing.

Event warmup:

Light jogging, jumped the fence to get up front.

  • 3h 53m 49s
  • 50 kms
  • 04m 41s  min/km

The plan was to even pace for a 3:45 but then they announced they would have a mat at the 42.2 that was boston certified. I'm 40 in a few weeks so decided to shoot for a BQ then run the last 8km whatever. This worked (mostly, the course was hillier than I thought) and I got the 42.2 at 3:11:36

Then came the suck. Everything was sore, my hips and glutes were screaming, and I had to walk every aid station (again, wasn't rushing but still wanted sub-4 for the total). That 8km was Looonnngggg. I've been more tired (ironmans) but not in more pain while moving. :)

Calories were 1 GU before start (100), 1 EFS flask (400) and gatorade at any station that had it (200?)

What would you do differently?:

Not run 50km again?
Post race
Warm down:

They made us climb the stairs of the stadium to get to the massage area. Cruel.

Quick 15 min massage, then limped to the bathroom to change and then took the train to the car (tiny sports car, manual transmission, ouch!!)

Event comments:

A few of the water stations were short, and a few others didn't have gatorade but overall I managed. My co-runner bailed at 24km and ended up walking in a 5 hr, and my other buddy who was shooting for sub 4 crashed in a 5:30 and ended up with 2 IVs in the med tent. So I can't complain at all.

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Last updated: 2014-01-02 12:00 AM
03:53:49 | 50 kms | 04m 41s  min/km
Age Group: 10/46
Overall: 28/422
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 151
Course: Flat downtown, then head south all around Elbow and Mt Royal - 1000 feet of climbing/decending. Then rejoin the half-marathon course for mostly flat remainder. Ultra has a 2nd lap along the river. Flat but no shade.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4