My goal was to do at least as good as last year (36.9 miles), but I'd settle for at least 35 miles – as I'm 35 years old. I can't golf my age, but I can run it!
Again, my wife Jen helped immensely - always ready with food and drink on each lap. I ran a faster pace per lap this year and made the marathon distance 2 minutes faster than last year and the 50K distance 13 seconds faster than last year.
My legs were sore after about 20 miles - I hadn't counted on the sharp stabbing pains in each quad since I didn't get that annoyance at all last time, but a bit of walking loosened them up for more running, until I had to stretch again.
I finished my 35 miles at 5:17:46 - exactly 2 minutes faster than last year. This year, there was no option for 2 short 0.9 miles loops, so I was either done or going out for another 2.7 miles. My last lap was 30:48, so with 42 minutes until the 6 hour deadline, I figured I could walk a substantial part of the lap and still make it. I left and set out hard. I pushed the pace, leaving nothing in the tank as this was my last lap and finished it in 25:27 completing 37.8 miles in 5:43:13 - 30 seconds slower than last year, but 0.9 miles further.
The official results place me 8/64 with an official total mileage of 37.8168 miles in 5:43:15.
The table below documents my miles and times (by my watch).
|RI 6 Hour Ultramarathon: November 14, 2010|
|Lap Pace||Avg. Pace|