Hi ladies!! It's me!!
Got back from SD trip Thurs evening, about 2600 miles which included the NM trail race and SD.
RR - Deadwood Mickelson trail marathon, June 2.
I camped along the way, couple of nights in CO, then another night in WY, and finally 2 nights in Deadwood, right next to the shuttle bus area!! Made all the difference on race morning. A couple of tents next to me were runners also, they were running the HM.
I did run easy 6 miles on Wed. in the Sandia Mts in Albq. The rest of the time, I moved around, walked and kept busy to keep muscles loose.
I don't know if running those 6 helped or not, maybe I should have split it up, running 3 on Tues and another 3 on Thurs ....... oh well.
Race morning, got up around 5 am. We can bring a drop bag to the start and they bring it back to the finish. It wasn't too cold, around 45 degrees. But I wore my capris, long sleeved tech shirt over a short sleeved one, and my windbreaker, a cap to keep my ears warm and gloves. I ate a bagel with peanut butter and drank water while on the shuttle bus to the start. Sat next to a 69 yr old!! WOW!! We talked races and soon everyone around us was asking her questions, it was great!!
It was much cooler at the start location and everyone who didn't bring warm clothes in their drop bag were shivering and trying to find warm spots from the exhaust of the cars nearby, LOL!! It was a long wait ........just over an hour for the bus that dropped us off. I sat down and talked with a runner from New Orleans. Most of the runners are getting worked up about the LONG hill, and then the downhill after reaching the top. From the profile, it does look like it's really a noticeable HILL.
Finally, the start at 8 am. We run through the small town on the highway for about 2 miles, then turn around and run back for about 1 mile before getting on the Mickelson trail. It's not dirt, not technical at all. It's one of those 'rails to trails' type of surface, and my body, legs, feet do not like it. It's going to be like this all the way!! OMG!! I kept looking for the HILL .........it turns out that it's a VERY, VERY GRADUAL HILL. I was so disappointed ....... and everyone at the A.S. kept telling me that after reaching the 'TOP,' it's all DOWNHILL.
No, it's not ..........the 'downhill' is a VERY VERY gradual descent.
I'm trying to 'embrace' the trail but it was SO BORING, and hard on my feet. My blisters got very inflamed around mile 14. I could feel it getting worse after mile 10 but was hoping that it wouldn't slow me down but it did. My knee got very achy but it was the least of my problems.
It rained around mile 19, and 20 but it stayed cool with the partly cloudy sky .......but it got humid. And I can't breathe in the muggy air.
Everyone I passed on the "HILL" started passing me on the "downhill" ..........I kept the walk/run strategy but the blister under my right foot started to bleed, and I had to stop and changed all my band-aids a couple of times.
The last 2 miles, I just jogged and kept behind a couple of young runners.
I finished!! One of my slowest finish times. Just under 6 hours. If I was more healthy and rested, I probably would have finished between 4.5-5.0 hrs. Oh well. I showed up and finished.
Another lesson: It was too much too soon (I knew this but still did it) as far as running a hard technical race a week before and then this longer race. My legs felt like cement the last 6 miles.
Overall, I didn't like the course at all. That played with my psyche, I was not concentrating because I was so bored. I really do NEED the technicality and the challenge of looking up and knowing I need to get to the top. The race was not worth the trip. I think it's more for road runners who want the experience of a 'trail race' without stressing about their time. Just not my preference, not their fault. I did enjoy the camping and hiking on this trip though.
Surprisingly, I had minimal soreness the next day, yay!!
My RB from MN told me that finishing 2 races, a week apart, says alot about my fitness and determination. I'll take that. LOL!!