Run - Trail long (CCFFA 25km) 3:09:03 25.51 km (7:25 / km) ahr:125 max:148 shoes: Rincon 2 2020
Running on sand is hard, but I knew that since I've run this event a couple times before. I'm also semi-injured and completely out of shape - but I managed to slog out a 50k a few weeks ago, so what the hell. The weather was great for mid January so out to Barnstable I went.
Met J-J at 8am under clear skies and 40f temps but a moderate breeze out of the west. And then headed on down the beach just before low tide trying to locate the firmest areas with the fewest rocks. Comfortable outbound into the wind, then turned the corner and headed back on the backside of a dune system along the marsh where the lack of headwind and increasing sunshine had us unzipping various clothing items to keep it cool. Back to the start (and crossover point in the roughly 25k figure 8 course. Shed surplus layers, hit the porta-john and had some snacks, then headed for the Marsh trail for the outbound portion of the longer loop. Some nice running in here but an equal amount of loose sand or gravel in the low spots as this is also a jeep access trail to some of the remote camps out in the dunes. Popped out onto the beach and turned into a now stiffer headwind. Certainly runnable, but slower going into the wind.
Back to the halfway point (and offiicially a finish for the 25k) and an extended break to snack and assess. The toe wasn't painful, but it was a bit agitated from all the uneven foot placement due to the sand. Decided 50km would probably be a bad idea, if we managed to finish at all. So opted to head out on the longer loop (the one we just completed and logged as a separate track) since there are a number of trails cutting over from the marsh side to the bay side providing a number of bailout options. Opted for more walk/run options here (walking the sand). It also occurred to us that if we were able to make it all the way out to the turnaround, then we were likely looking at more than a marathon so technically would make it an ultra. And make it out to the turnaround we did, passing the time and miles with good conversation (bay side not as conducive to chatting with the wind noise). By this time a lot more 4wd trucks had been out, so a lot more ruts in the sand. And surprisingly, the toe seemed to be holding up ok, but I was taking pains to give my right foot the best footing, which often meant the left foot was doing extra contortions. This subsequently made my ankle very sore - so there was quite a bit more walking on this final stretch. But eventually the parking area came into view - but I cut up one trail too early thus giving us a couple hundred bonus meters to get back to the cars - which were now in a packed parking lot as there were a LOT of folks out enjoying the fine day...
And then home...
Run - Trail long (CCFFA Bonus loop) 2:34:26 17.62 km (8:46 / km) ahr:100 max:144 weight:179lbs shoes: Rincon 2 2020
Description in the 25k loop writeup. GPS was not running while we ate and assessed, then finally decided to head back out for a while for whatever additional distance we could muster - with a number of bailout points. No HR for the first portion as I had the watch on the charger and charging disables the HR function.