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Monday, November 14, 2011

Third Annual RI 6 Hour Ultramarathon

How not to train for an ultra:
  1. Have a nagging injury
  2. Since RTB-NH in September, my left ankle has been troublesome. The Vermont 50 the following week exasperated the problem and finally the training towards the RI 6 Hour really hurt. I took a week off of running and was able to return with shorter runs - up to 10 miles with just some arch discomfort
  3. Don't do long training runs
  4. This is basically a result of 1). The pain in my foot limited my longest training run to 15 miles on the second weekend of October. Number 3) finished me off.
  5. Get sick
  6. Getting sick is a great way to ruin your training. Having not peaked due to the pain and the onset of this head cold, the taper was epic - logging about 10 total miles in the last two weeks.

That said, I'm not making excuses - I actually had a pretty good showing despite the setbacks. I thought about not running the race full stop, but I really like this ultra and this year my wife was competing with a relay team so I really wanted to be part of the day. I matched last year's mileage and it only took me about 8 minutes longer - my average pace was 12 seconds slower.

The official results place me 12/59 with an official total mileage of 37.814 miles in 5:50:13.3.

The table below documents my miles and times (by my watch).

RI 6 Hour Ultramarathon: November 13, 2011
LapMileageCumm.
Mile.
Lap SplitCumm.
Time
Lap PaceAvg. Pace
12.72.722:43.850:22:43.808:25.108:25.1
22.75.422:52.980:45:36.808:28.508:26.8
32.78.123:26.041:09:02.908:40.808:31.5
42.710.823:12.771:32:15.608:35.808:32.6
52.713.523:31.181:55:46.808:42.708:34.6
62.716.223:45.472:19:32.308:48.008:36.8
72.718.923:50.412:43:22.708:49.808:38.7
82.721.624:35.713:07:58.409:06.608:42.1
92.724.325:26.103:33:24.509:25.208:46.9
Marathon26.2--3:52:25.0--08:52.3
102.72727:03.104:00:27.610:01.108:54.4
112.729.728:07.624:28:35.210:25.009:02.6
50K31.25--4:42:22.0--09:02.1
122.732.427:00.384:55:35.610:00.109:07.4
132.735.127:30.515:23:06.110:11.309:12.3
142.737.827:12.115:50:18.210:04.509:16.0
Totals:37.85:50:1809:16.0

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