|Lining up for the 7 a.m. start.|
I registered for the Rockledge Rumble 50K and had some spurts of decently consistent training, but never made a training calendar and didn't train as consistently as I needed to. I knew I wasn't in 50K shape, and e-mailed the race director to request placement in a shorter distance (they had a 15K and 30K). She wrote back saying all distances are full, and that I couldn't change. I debated just showing up and getting my race t-shirt, but decided to give it a shot and see if I could get in under the 8:30 time limit.
The good news is that this was a perfect day for running. Cool and cloudy most of the morning, it was shorts and short sleeves weather (for running). It did warm up a bit later, and the sun came out, but it was still comfortable. And, of course, the trails on the north short of Lake Grapevine are terrific to run on.
I considered walking the first 10 miles to conserve energy, but decided I would just take it slow. I started at the back of the pack, and stayed there. For the first 10 miles or so I kept a pretty steady 14 minute pace, just what I needed to finish by the cutoff, with a little time to spare. The next 7-8 miles, I slowed 2-3 minutes per mile, walking some, but still within time for the cutoff. But after 20 miles, I tried to run but just couldn't get my body to cooperate. I thought after I got to the last aid station I could find a new reserve of energy and pick up the pace for the last 5 miles back to the start. Alas, when the aid station came in sight, they were packing up, and informed me that I had missed the cutoff by 5 minutes. DNF for me.
I hate that I didn't push myself to pick up the pace, but I did enjoy my time on the trail. If I can't be at Floyd Casey Stadium cheering for the Bears (They played on Thursday night this week.), running--or walking--at Lake Grapevine is a great alternative.
Next race, I'll make a training calendar!
|These races could not happen without a ton of race volunteers.|
These ladies would disagree with my statement that today was a great shorts and short sleeves day!
|More terrific aid station volunteers. Thanks for being there!|