Haulin' Aspen Race Report
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
On Sunday I ran my second marathon!
It was a course made up of mostly single track trails with an elevation gain of 2500 feet over the first 14 miles.
I think there were about 60ish women in this race, most of them were from out of town.
I had run the Haulin' Aspen half in 2008, so I didn't study the map too much before the race. In fact I was so busy last week I hardly thought about the race until Saturday evening.
My goal pace was 11 mins per mile, but I started out faster. I kept a 9-930 pace for the first 3 miles then slowed down a little for the forth mile in preparation for the climb ahead.
Miles 4-14 are the hills, lots of hills. Lots of incline. Mile 11 or so to 14 was pretty brutal, I walked most of that part. I met a nice lady and chatted with her a while whilst we climbed.
Then the decline hit and I spent the next several miles taking care not to fall or trip on a rock. I hardly trained on the trail at all since it's pretty hard to do that with my kids. I was prepared for the incline, but I did have to concentrate really hard to dodge all the trail obstacles.
SO now the fun part... The course (which was marked very well) took a left hand turn and I totally missed it! So about a half mile of running by myself through pretty green bushes I started wondering what I missed. Then that nice lady I told you about came running back towards me. She had also gone the wrong way. We figured (smartly) that back tracking would be better than running any further on the wrong trail and about a half mile later saw the (at least) 10 flags directing us right. I guess I was tired, can't believe I missed that.
So then I had this mental weird idea about how my time was looking really good. I was thinking I was going to finish in 4 hrs. and 45 mins. and I was excited.
It was cool because I was pretty much all by myself for quite a while. Monica was ahead of me and I figured with her walk breaks I'd catch up to her pretty soon.
I guess I would've, but I missed ANOTHER turn! Now, you would think I would be paying more attention, but I guess I was tired again.
And then you would think that I would turn around pretty quick after running for a ways and not seeing any flags, but I didn't. It was a two mile mistake by the time I back tracked to the course.
I was pretty ticked off and discouraged and really didn't know how much farther I had to go. By the time I reached the turn I was supposed to take I had already run a little over 26.2 miles. (That time according to my ipod was 4hrs. 58mins.)
I'm sure glad I had my Nike Plus, by the way.
Back on the trail and discouraged I chugged along wanting to get this done with. And I did get to the finish at 5hrs 40mins. I had run 29.6 miles!
Haha, so I persevered I guess. In a sense I ran my first ultra on accident. A 50k seems like a reasonable distance now and I'd like to do an upcoming 50k in September.
Sure was a pretty course, this is a wonderful race to do, I'm looking forward to next year!!!