Sunday, April 19, 2009

Two for two in a bad way

The title says it all. Man what a shitty end to this years Trail Mix 50k. I was pretty happy with how the first 2 1/2 laps went but man the last 1 1/2 laps sucked big time.

The weather was great and the footing dry for this years race. I was unsure how the race would go as I felt I did not get in enough longer runs coming into it. I like to have about 2-3 25+ mile runs before running a ultra. Now I did have many quality 20-21 mile runs but I knew a 10 mile increase would be tuff on me. I wore my heart monitor so I could keep myself in check as I wanted to get a solid run in but not one that was to hard on me. I did good with this aspect of my race as my average heart rate was 144 with a high of 164. My laps where 1:00:39, 1:00:00, 1:04:54, and 1:20:04. My pace slowed a bit about half way through the 3rd lap. It was also at this point that I could feel my growing start to hurt some. Now as a guy who has hernia surgery 2 years in a row I was not happy about this. I figured back off and get to the finish line without killing myself to much. Now the overall time and place was not what I was hoping for but it is what it is. I just need to stay positive and keep training hard up till Grandma's marathon in 9 weeks. I might cut the next 50k in May down to the 25k but we will have to see on that after some time passes. I will say I am not to happy that I have run personal worst at both races so far this year. I guess it is what it is.

You can find lots of good pictures from the race at skinny


Carl Gammon said...

Kurt, it was great to see you on Saturday. I think you were smart to back off if you started feeling the groin again. No use risking reinjury at Trali Mix when you have bigger goals coming up.

SteveQ said...

Yopu were right about my being behind you and Eve after the first loop - I made a correction to my blog. If it makes you feel better, my heart rate hit 171 during that loop.

Joe Z said...

Live to run another day..

Helen said...

Sorry to hear how it went down. Get some rest, things will come together for Grandma's. Think you'd be wise to leave off the May 50K.