Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Marquette 50k ultramarathon

Well, I did it again. Second year of the race, second finish for me. Here's a brief report for the Marquette 50k

Miles 1-10 - Great start in the dark, took off through town nice and slow in the lead pack of 8-12 runners. Hit the Noquemanon trail out of town over the railroad tracks and onto the single track at about mile 5-6. The single track climbs up and up and up and up (although you don't really realize it) over rocks and roots and more rocks and roots. Finally a bit of two track running through the dump and sand pit. Here I was in about 10-11th place and feeling ok, knowing i was running very conservatively and easy. Hit some more single track, through a river (overflowing culvert that is usually not there), and onto the North Country trail. Steep ups and downs with some slippery boardwalk. stopped in the brush for a bit to drop about 1.5 pounds of extra weight (will spare the details) and got caught by one runner. Hit the road and the aid station at Sugarloaf. The following pic is the view from the top of Sugarloaf, misty - half rain and kinda dark.

Miles 10-20 Going up Sugarloaf i caught two runners even though i was really being conservative which was a nice mental boost. On the downside i took it very easy and when the trail flattened out on the other side near Wetmore landing I saw another runner, so i picked it up a bit and caught him. While slowing to hang with him a bit I took a Gu and a drink and coughed a bit on the water. The guy heard me behind him and immediately sped up. I slowly reeled him in over the next mile and when he heard me he sped up again. Same thing, slowly reeled him in and past him and never saw him again. Hit the 15 mile aid station feeling good and picking up the pace a bit hoping to catch another runner, but didnt see anyone for 4 miles. coming off the RR grade the trail goes onto a nice wide path so i pulled out anothe Gu and water with the good footing not needing my focus. Hammered it down and picked up the pace a bit... until i realized i saw NO course markers any more.... ran another minute or so before turning around and backtracking (lost a total of FOUR + minutes due to wrong turn). Stayed calm and patient and lost only one place that i regained in the next two miles. hit he 18 mile aid station feeling good.

Top of the world - Hit this nice hilly 3+ mile loop and walked some of the steeper sections. I dont really remember this portion of the trail last year but definitely enjoyed the downhill sections after the climbs. Nice memorial for someone at the top. Anyone know the story?

20-27 miles - gotta say i hate this portion of the race. Long 2 mile climb to forestville, then boring ski trails and a sandy road. The only good section is the 1.5 miles of the north country trail leading to the aid station at Forestville. Did catch one guy here too though.

27-32 - Brutal downhills with rocks and then back onto the same trail you came in on. It looks NOTHING like running it from the other direction and it seems very very difficult because you just ran 27 miles!!! Easier going up than coming back. The flat sections in the last two miles are hard too because you're outta gas.

Overall this year i felt much better than last year, probably due to running slower, bu it was also tougher conditions this year (warmer and more humid). My overall 5th place in 5:38 would have been a 4th place without the wrong turn, but hey that's what you get in ultra's when you don't pay attention. Also got a nice award as first master. Good stuff, gotta love marquette.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Marquette 50k in the books. 5th overall 1st Master. Pretty slow time but very humid. 15-20 min slower than last year.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Nick Lewis sets new 50 mile course record by over an hour

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Friday, August 20, 2010

On the road to #Mqt50 - 50k of yooper trail fun!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lovin munising

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Girls win first challenge!! off on r run now.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

2010 Grand Island

What a weird race this year on grand island. Humidity and warmer temps than usual seems to have slowed everyone down a bit. Plus some heavy rains made for some big mud holes to contend with. Either way I had my slowest time ever, but actually a pretty good place (18th out of 300). Started just fine with some 7:45-7:50 miles for the first 5 or so, then the long climb into the thumb got me with a 9:50 and some walking just to save the legs. Hovered around 20-23rd place for miles 5-9 and the beach crossing was fine, no waves this year to contend with. After the beach I walked the next hill again and lost another place or two. From here some long gradual climbs slowed us down again but i maintained my place after stopping to "lighten the load" a bit. One more beach crossing at 15 and then another hill to walk. kept trading spots with jeff gaft of running fit TC and we continued this trend until he passed me for good at mile 24. Some guy went FLYING past me at mile 22 and then at mile 25.5 I saw him again and nearly caught him after he lost his legs. Anyway, pretty good end to a 3:46ish marathon on the island after a TOUGH training spring with a bad hip and a maximum of 39 miles per week. Oh well, next year i hit the 45-49 age group and hopefully can rip it up.