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The Cowtown - Ultra Marathon - RunUltra Marathon

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Fort Worth, Texas
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 5h 34m 13s
Overall Rank = 108/288
Age Group = W30-34
Age Group Rank = 5/10
Pre-race routine:

Went to Fort Worth with Lisa. This was supposed to be her first 50k until she got injured (sniff, sniff) and I was going to run it with her.
Race morning woke up at 4:30 to get ready and catch the 5:15 shuttle a block away. Ate a Clif and a Mojo bar inside the expo building and drank 2 Diet Cokes.
  • 5h 34m 13s
  • 31.07 miles
  • 10m 46s  min/mile

I ran the first 6 miles with Lisa and we took it pretty easy which allowed me to speed up a little in the middle running steadily until the marathon mark, then slowing down some in the last few miles, but still I was thrilled to only walk the aid stations. My left leg really acted up around mile 7 onward, but I stopped to stretch my calves fairly frequently which surprisingly helped for a "non-calf" injury. My inner ankle tendons and behind my right knee bothered me a little too, but I kept convincing myself that all of those things were minor and that I actually felt pretty good and have in the past felt much, much worse. There wasn't a "wall" or even a stiffening of muscles that tends to happen at the end of runs.

What would you do differently?:

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I didn't quite "leave it all on the course", but did give a solid effort without wimping out too much at the end.
Post race
Event comments:

This fir perfectly into my 50 mile training plan so I was glad to have it go so well!

Last updated: 2010-09-23 12:00 AM
05:34:13 | 31.07 miles | 10m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/10
Overall: 0/288
Performance: Good
Course: I enjoyed the course, especially the last half through the neighborhoods and the Ultra-only portion along the river. It wasn't totally flat, which makes it more interesting to me, and not particularly difficult either. The temperature was in the 70's and so was the humidity. It sprinkled a little in the beginning, but it felt good.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-02-28 12:34 PM

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Subject: The Cowtown - Ultra Marathon

2011-03-01 1:23 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
Subject: RE: The Cowtown - Ultra Marathon
You rock!! Thanks for running the first 6 miles with me!
2011-03-01 6:49 PM
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good job. Good luck with the 50 miler training.
2011-03-02 1:02 PM
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Austin, Texas
Subject: RE: The Cowtown - Ultra Marathon
Congratulations! Sounds like it was a great day!
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