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Warda Cardiac Run 50K - RunUltra Marathon

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Warda, Texas
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 5h 18m 30s
Overall Rank = 11/33
Age Group = 41-45
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

Just prepped my stuff. Got my food bags laid out and the drinks prepped with the electrolyte replacement stuff, Nuun, at least that's what i think it is.
Event warmup:

  • 5h 18m 30s
  • 29 miles
  • 10m 59s  min/mile

Can't say that I ever hit the 'wall' as such, just kept getting slower and slower.

L1 - Was running with a hand held bottle and in the middle of the lap decided that my biceps were working way to hard carrying it, so I switched to my butt pack for the remainder of the race. Never try anything new on race day!
Also began running with my trail shoes and switched to my road shoes at the end of L1. Felt a hot spot/blister forming on the outside of my big toe and didn't want to have to worry about it later in the race.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more earlier. I brought lots of bars and gels, and I started eating in the middle of lap 1, but I just couldn't eat more than a bite or two every lap. By the third lap I was forcing myself to take bites and was trying to take gels about every half hour. I still only ate 1 bar the whole race(300 cals), and used 6 gels by the middle of the 4th lap. So my nutrition couldn't have been too bad, though I was having random spastic muscle cramps, usually when i was stepping down or starting to stride too long. As long as I slowed down immediately and walked for a couple of seconds I was ok to continue.

Water consumption was low also, basically a 16oz bottle of powerade/nuun every lap. NOT ENOUGH!
Post race
Warm down:

Sat around. Showered. Ate a burger(that i couldn't finish)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Spastic cramping on the final loop and just plain tired.

Event comments:

This was my first 'official' marathon/ultra distance event.

11th out of 33 Starters.
7th out of 13 Men.
1st of 2 in AG.

Last updated: 2007-08-16 12:00 AM
05:18:30 | 29 miles | 10m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 11/33
Performance: Good
L1- 1:13:00, 7.5m, 9:44pace, 5run/1walk intervals L2- 1:13:59, 7.5m, 9:52p, 5r/1w ints L3- 1:17:44, 7.5m, 10:22p, switched to 4r/1w half way through lap. .Marathon distance 45:17, 3.7m, 12:15pace, 4h30m for the Mary distance. Took a 4min break here to eat/drink in order to finish the ultra. L4- 1:34:12, 7.5m, 12:33p, switched to 3r/1w halfway through.
Course: Mainly flat with small little creek/draining crossings etc. One big decline and incline to a creek. 4 loops of 7.5miles each.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 4

2007-11-18 9:58 AM

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Austin, Tx.
Subject: Warda Cardiac Run 50K

2007-11-18 7:18 PM
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Long Island, NY
Subject: RE: Warda Cardiac Run 50K
Congrats on the AG Win! And conquering a 50K..Be very proud of yourself....I hope someday to do a 50K. Nice job.
2007-11-18 9:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Warda Cardiac Run 50K
You did it!!!  Not that there was any doubt, of course .  Great job on going the distance and on the hardware.
2007-11-18 10:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Warda Cardiac Run 50K
You came first in your AG over 50km.
2007-11-19 8:02 AM
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Subject: RE: Warda Cardiac Run 50K

Wow - Wow - Wow!  I am so proud of you! 

What an amazing pace for this distance!!! 

Not sure what else to add except that I truly admire your athleticism and this accomplishment is a jewel in your crown. 

Can't believe you did a recovery run the next day...I think I'd still be in bed. 


...well done, my friend!

Edited by Tink 2007-11-19 8:02 AM
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