1. The race went out way harder this year than the year before and there were a lot of very fast young men in the field (and a couple of fast seniors, too).
2. Although we went through the 12.5 mile aid station 6 minutes quicker than last year, the effort didn't seem that much harder, but then it's kinda hard to compare one's current effort to something you were outputting precisely a year ago.
3. By mile 18, I knew I was in trouble, but was stuck in a train of guys I couldn't bring myself to let go of, so continued to descend into a hole it would take 15 miles to claw my way out of. Not particularly smart; lesson (re) learned.
4. At mile 20, I felt like I was running slower downhill than I had been running uphill at mile five. I'm not sure I have ever felt that terrible going downhill.
5. My split at the halfway point was five minutes quicker than the year before. Leaving the aid station, I was thinking it would be a miracle if I finished within 10 minutes of my time from 2012.
6. Joe Uhan passed me early on the way back running the kind of race I wished I'd been sensible enough to run. Aside from Joe I wasn't passed by any other runners in the last 25 miles, and somehow managed to pass four guys. Lesson: no matter how crap you feel in these races, you always need to remind yourself that there's a good chance others are feeling/performing even worse (he who slows the least...). Keep doing what you can with what you've got.
7. After taking my foot off the gas for 10 miles or so, I finally felt a second wind and was able to finish the race feeling reasonably good.
8. Rolling hills are a bugger for cramping legs.
9. John Medinger puts on a stellar event and always manages to come through with killer weather.
10. The course seems like it should run faster than it does. Rolling hills are harder than sustained ups and downs.
11. Two minutes slower on what felt like an off day seems like a decent result.
12. Pure speed matters over 50 miles; the jury is still out for 100 miles. Western States this year should provide some good data points on that.
|Another two miles and this guy would have pushed me out of the top 10. We'll both be top 10 at the end of June.|
And that's all I've got to say about that.