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Training Log Archive: cmorse

In the 7 days ending Jun 7, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Run - Trail1 4:50:39 26.41(11:00) 42.5(6:50)87.2
  Hiking1 45:00 2.17(20:41) 3.5(12:51)13.5
  Total2 5:35:39 28.58(11:45) 46.0(7:18)100.7

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Sunday Jun 7, 2009 #

Run - Trail long (Nipmuck) 4:50:39 [3] 42.5 km (6:50 / km)
shoes: NB 790 {orange}

Nice day for a trail race - went in with an optimistic goal of breaking my previous best of 4:15, so I decided I'd shoot for going under 4 hours. Met up with Mark and Bruce and managed to get ahead of most of the crowd, quickly settling into a small group behind the lead pack, but ahead of the bulk of runners - conveniently avoiding the necessity of having to pass people in the early miles.

I had printed out goal times for each aid station, but conveniently forgot them but had a rough idea of time for the turnarounds. Off to a good steady pace right around 9 min/mile. Felt good, drinking well and all that good stuff - right on target at the turnaround and again at the halfway point - then the wheels began to come unglued.

Grabbed a couple cups of gatorade (or some other green sport drink) that was poorly mixed and it didn't sit well, kind of made my stomach queasy. Continued on but around mile 15 my legs started to get that dead feeling. I let Mark on ahead (we had dropped Bruce back around mile 8). Due to my queasy stomach, I skipped anything more than a bottle refill (water only) at the next couple aid stations (bad idea) and really started to run out of gas. Started drinking coke and some small finger food beyond there but the damage seems to have been done. Looking at my splits post race, I really started to fall off the pace, doing quite a bit of walking at times.

Down to the turnaround about 14 minutes behind schedule and it never improved from there. A bit of cramping commenced around mile 22, and tried a little more sport drink at 24. 100m into the woods past that aid station it was time to void the stomach - all fluid, but LOTS of it. Quite apparent that my body hadn't absorbed much fluid (or carbs, or electrolytes) in quite some time. From there on out it was slow going, getting passed by a lot of folks that were quite some distance behind. Lots of cramping and walking funny on the hills. Rolled into the finish at 4:50 almost an hour past goal and 35 minutes past my PR.

Oh well - I finished, and no major issues other than being totally devoid of energy and the cramping, which should pass quickly. But I do need to experiment and find something that my body tolerates and gets absorbed. It wasn't that hot (70's) so I don't think I can blame the heat - stomach just got stupid on me. But it did that at Pinelands too, albeit a bit later in the race.

Here's the splits - first column is my goal, second column is actual.

Rt 74 - missed
Marsh Rd - 37 / 36
Turnaround - 56 / 54
Marsh Rd - 1:15 / 1:12
Rt 74 - 1:43 / 1:38
Half - 1:53 / 1:50
Oakes Rd - 2:15 / 2:16
Westford/Eastford Rd - 2:42 / 2:49
Boston Hollow - 2:56 / 3:10
Westford/Eastford - 3:11 / 3:32
Oakes Rd - 3:31 / 4:09
Finish - 4:00 / 4:50

Thursday Jun 4, 2009 #

Hiking (Trolley Line) 45:00 [3] 3.5 km (12:51 / km)

Afternoon walk w/ Jackson...

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