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24 Hours of Utah . . . the Run - RunUltra Marathon

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Moab, Utah
United States
Gemini Adventures
50F / 10C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 9/12
Age Group = Msolo
Age Group Rank = 9/12
Pre-race routine:

Stayed in a local hotel with Kim and Misty the night before. Woke around 4:15. Rinsed off in the shower, ate some oatmeal. Grabbed my schtuff and headed out to the race site. Arrived around 5:25 found a spot to set up camp. Slowly got thins out of the car and set up, got my bib and got ready to start this thing.
Event warmup:

  • 11h 28m 4s
  • 48.33 miles
  • 14m 14s  min/mile

So this is a 24 hour race and . . . . yep according to my time I only lasted 11:28:04. So much to say. This was my first attempt at any running distance beyond a marathon. I really wasn't prepared for the terrain either. I can handle significant hills, but I wasn't ready for sand and rocks. They really took a toll on my ankles and foot muscles over the course of the day. Laps 2 and 3 were probably too fast. If I would have kept my laps around 1:10:00 I might have lasted a couple more laps. Once Misty and Kim got back to the race from their tourism excursion to Arches National Park I became lazy and tired. They were enablers in my early race exit. No excuses though, I was the one that made the decision to call it a day about 12 hours prior to the race finish.
What would you do differently?:

Better terrain preparation, longer training runs, practice night runs when tired.
Post race
Warm down:

After my last lap I walked a few miles with Misty and Kim and Tymber so, although not official according to the race results, I did complete 50 miles in under 12 hours which for me is nothing to sneeze at. Immediately following the race (well, before the race actually ended) I vowed to come back next year and knock out a hundy. I will learn fast from this being my first time at a longer distance and will come back stronger faster and better mentally prepared.

Event comments:

This is a good race. Since it was a loop there wasnt really a need for aid station or volunteers. There was a jug of water and some gels halfway through the loop. The base camp aid station had a variety of foods and water/heed throughout the day such as bananas, watermelon, trail mix, doritos, peanut butter and jelly, some sort of bars, and I am sure many different things throughout the night that I did not experience.

Last updated: 2009-01-08 12:00 AM
11:28:04 | 48.33 miles | 14m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 0/12
Performance: Average
lap1 1:09:42[1:32aid], lap2 1:04:24[3:02], lap3 1:04:35[3:31], lap4 1:07:19[3:23], lap5 1:06:58[7:21], lap6 1:08:23[4:29], lap7 1:15:55[16:46], lap8+9 2:50:42
Course: 5.37 mile loop (technically a lollipop). Switch direction each lap so odd laps go left even go right. Elevation change was ~450ft each lap mostly coming in a hill starting about a mile and a half in, cresting halfway through the lap, and descending for a mile and a half or so.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-03-31 8:42 PM

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Fort Collins, CO
Subject: 24 Hours of Utah . . . the Run

2009-03-31 10:57 PM
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Subject: RE: 24 Hours of Utah . . . the Run
Good race report. Quite the accomplishment nonetheless.
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