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Mad City 50k Relay - RunUltra Marathon

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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
38F / 3C
Total Time = 1h 37m 21s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Race didn't start until 9am and my legs didn't commence until around 9:43am so no pressure. Ate typical Sprouted Grain English Muffin with honey, drank some H20 and then did laundry until I had to leave.
Event warmup:

Short run, typical drills and strides
  • 1h 37m 21s
  • 12.47 miles
  • 07m 49s  min/mile

I've done this 5x10K relay the last four years. My team won our AG last year despite a very competitive field. I always run two 10ks and this time I was doing the the second and third legs.

I got to the venue and it was 37F so COLD, DAMP, DRIZZLING with a wind off the Lake. I was cold from the time I got out of the car until I finished and got back in it.

My goal for this race was to learn better pacing for 10Ks (and yes I know I was doing two back to back).I always start out too fast and fade. The first 10K I wanted to have an RPE of somewhat hard/hard and sit just below LT HR. Second loop I was determined to increase effort to hard/very hard so above LT with an extra boost the last turn to the finish line.Mentally and physically I am never able to pull off that amount of pain in a 10K so today it would be different. I set my GPS to HR/Avg HR and never looked at pace.

The first 10K AvgHR=164 (3 beats below LT HR) and it seemed to mirror effort which felt somewhat hard to hard. The second 10K HR seemed low for effort so I just stopped using it as a gauge. I was very cold so thought maybe that had something to do with it. The CAT V hill comes before the 5K of that loop so I was trying to stay controlled. I boosted effort immediately after that, battled some wind. Breathing was very hard and noisy, but I still felt in control. Kept boosting effort and that final turn I gave it all I had. I felt bad, thought several times I might puke, but swallowed it back. I saw John up ahead and ran absolutely as hard as I could. He took my chip, I went over to the trees and threw up.

Overall, I thought this was well executed. It was a 47" negative split and almost a 5' CR.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Brett (coach) and I just finished up a three week run focus so I ran to my current ability. Mentally I held it together really well and am most proud of it.
Post race
Warm down:

I was so cold that I opted out of my cool down. I said good-bye to the gang, wished Nicole well on her leg even though she was a competitor, grabbed my stuff and headed for the car. I did drink my chocolate milk on the way home and that turned out to be an error. Felt like crap the rest of the day. I guess I need more time between barfing and drinking anything.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

We ended up taking second in our AG this year. Overall I hurt our team time by running two legs. No other teams do it that way because they are gunning for the win. Next year, I need to be faster so I don't hold Chafed Thighs in Overdrive back. :)

Event comments:

I love this race. It isn't fancy or large. It's pretty bare bones. It has grown from a strict focus on the 50K (or 100K runners when the Championship is here) to the relay teams. Very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

Last updated: 2012-03-02 12:00 AM
01:37:21 | 12.47 miles | 07m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Avg 165
Course: Very Hilly including one Cat V climb.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %-3.4
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2012-04-01 5:59 AM

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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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2012-04-01 7:08 AM
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Tosa, WI
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First ....

& a puker!  NICE work Minnow.  

2012-04-01 8:29 AM
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Horseheads, NY
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Awesome job.  Congrats on a great run.

And the puking...

2012-04-01 1:51 PM
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You met your goals and had fun. Well done!
2012-04-01 2:05 PM
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I didn't realize you ran your legs back-to-back... So really you almost ran a half-marathon today! Nicely done!! Congratulations on the huge PR and doing what you set out to do!!
2012-04-01 3:22 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Impressive, 2 hard 10K's back to back .......yep that's a puke inducing run!


Great job out there!

2012-04-02 8:37 AM
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Apex, north carolina
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Your running always amazes me.  Great job.
2012-04-02 9:34 AM
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WOW!  Soooo fast and on a hard course, and with Puking!  I'm a big fat baby!  Never puked, don't know if I've the guts (no pun intended!) to either!

Congrats on executing your plan.  And speed?  You are one driven woman...I'm sure your speed with be outragous next year!

PS... I got the books you recommended...slow but surely, reading them. Starting with Runner Within!

2012-04-02 9:36 AM
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Wherever the trail takes me, WA.
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SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Impressive run!
2012-04-02 10:11 AM
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Silverton, Oregon
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Stellar performance, Suzy! I didn't realize they were back to back either... even more amazed by your abilities! 5' is a huge CR, CONGRATS!!!
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