Mokelumne river 50k report

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  Let me start off by mentioning how much fun this race is. A absolute must do!!! It’s surrounded by beautiful green grassy  rolling hills and live oaks, splattered with color of wildflowers. The start/finish area has that kick back summer day on the porch feel with a friendly, family atmosphere. I was perfectly happy sitting under the shaded trees enjoying a cold beer and cheering on fellow runners heading to their finish. To me it’s trail endurance and racing in it’s finest form.

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(Photo: Veronica Runyan)A shot on a awesome climb  overlooking the valley. If I wasn’t racing I could have stopped here at a picnic table for hours just to admire the view.

  This is my 3rd year racing Mokelumne starting with 13.1 the first and the next being the 50 miler and this year the 50k. I knew that this was a faster course so I figured I would go for a PR. This was a training race and 5 days earlier I ran a somewhat hard 20 miles at the k2 challenge so I knew going in that this could be hit or miss.

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  It was a slow start as it took me a few miles to get warmed up and balance my heart rate and breathing. I had the opportunity to race with Chris Price (Hoka elite/Hokas rock!) who has a awesome racing record and  monster climbing and endurance capabilities. I knew I had no chance but I went for it anyways. My legs felt great and I ran with a good pace to the turn. At this point I could PR no problem (if I can maintain?) with the  possibility of being in the 3:40s. The elevation profile shows basically a ascent to the turnaround of course followed by a fall on the return. Perfect for a negative split! I made the turn and used the nice downgrade to make sometime back to the aid station dipping into some lower splits.  From the turn I had a gap on Chris but knew he was probably holding back and I was starting to fade. By the time I made it to the aid station Chris caught me and was looking super strong.

  Well, it was a great run to here and my favorite pet the bonk”a”saurus came to visit. Maybe not enough calories or dehydration I’m not sure but it hit like a sledgehammer.

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(Photo: by the one and only Mags!)here I am trying to shake my bonk
  
I was in danger of totally blowing my PR now. I had to stop here and nurse myself back to health so I could make one last push. I was truly racing the clock now with the end having a little climb I was pretty stressed about not making it. I dug in deep the last 1/3 mile and charged the up hill and broke my 4hr goal and also lost all my hard work at the last aid station at the finish line. 3:56:50. I’ll take it! I was shooting for more but still made my goal:mrgreen:

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Another great weekend with great people and thank you single track running for another B.A. event! On to the Salton Sea.

Mokelumne river 50m race report

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Trail: The longest mile

  Sweet, race day is here! It was a very early morning drive with my friends Clint and Becca. I’m never excited to get up a 3:00 in the morning for anything especially a 50 mile run. But it was fairly cool and I believe 80° was the forecast.

  After a longish wait at the the gate we finally parked and received our bibs and headed towards the starting area. At the start I found out that one aid station had been dropped do to gate access issues (I was prepared for it because Jimmy let us know it was questionable) and another was a larger gap then I anticipated. This was not a problem on the way out but most certainly was on the way back. So I decided to carry 2 bottles vs 1 and I’m glad I did because it would have been a long day!

  Alright! We’re toed up, and go! Had a nice slow start enjoying the weather and beautiful landscape. I was talking to several runners trying to get a feel and see who is doing what. 50k or 50m. If you’re running a 50miler you want to make sure you’re not trying to chase down a 50k’er that could make for a bad day!

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12.5 in

  I continued to run with a couple gentleman for a mile or two until we entered the single track. Here I started to pull away not seeing any fellow 50 milers until the turn around. I caught up to a 50k’er and paced off him for awhile until his turn around. He ended up having a great run taking 2nd place! The picture above was coming into the 2nd aid station where it was nice to see a couple friends, Charito and Kristina. Kristina told me to run faster, thanks Kristina. 2 miles later I encounter probably one of the most beautiful views I have seen. This alone made the race worth it. It was the top of a large lush green foothill covered in purple overlooking the valley. Amazing.

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Time to climb!

  So, I’m at the prettiest part of the course but unfortunately the hardest as well. This being a out and back means this hard section was back to back. I estimate nearly 5000′ of climb here alone. I planned on taking the 2nd 17mile section easy and if I had anything left using it on the final 17 miles. Running down a beautiful stone staircase here a tick hopped in my sock to catch a ride with me. I didn’t want to stop and take my shoe off so I fought this thing with my finger for about a half mile. I finally reached the 25mile aid station and my turn around point. I was starting to feel it a little and had to go right back into climbing.

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  I ran into Charito and Kristina at the base of a climb bringing a smile to my face. As I start my ascent up the longest mile I hear Charito yell behind me,”hike it like you mean it!” Haha, thanks Charito. I finally reached the aid station at mile 30.5. Fortunately it was the start of a very run friendly section where I planned to make some ground. It was also a larger aid station gap at mile 38.9 combined with sun exposure. I was able to drop down to sub 7 pace in many parts of this trail and was going great until the herd of cows and bonk town. I negotiated the large cattle in the middle of the trail trying not to spook them. About a mile out from aid station 38.9 I was having a hell of a time. I stumbled in with empty bottles and little energy. Here I gulped down to bags of fruit chews, chips, and 2 Hammer gels. I also went to heavens ultra nectar, coke! Ice cold coke, a whole bottle. Took me about 200yds for it to kick in and then I was off. Another 8.5 miles to the next aid station.

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Mile 46.1

  My coke worked for about 6 miles and I  was having a hard time the last 2 miles. I finally made it and took a couple shots of coke, a gel, followed by 3 cuties. It was nice seeing my friends Hassan and Carina. With a another full bottle of coke I was on my way and I  could smell the barn.

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The finish!

 

  A great, beautiful race I would recommend to all my ultra friends. Every year it gets larger as it should. Truly a gem. With Speedgoat 50k  around the corner I’m off to the canyons, Cheers!

Trail tricks! Toilet paper.

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It happens to all of us at one time or another. The worst is being caught off guard on a short run. This is how I do it in a great super minimal way. Check it out!

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Thats quite a bit:) good stuff too!

Roll up

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Pull out some food wrap

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Fold toilet paper in half and place in wrap. Roll up tight in wrap stretching and pushing out air tightly.

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Magic! Minimal toilet paper that fits anywhere, super light and sweat proof. I hope this helps out some of you.

Happy wiping!

Trail tricks! Toilet paper.

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It happens to all of us at one time or another. The worst is being caught off guard on a short run. This is how I do it in a great super minimal way. Check it out!

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Thats quite a bit:) good stuff too!

Roll up

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Pull out some food wrap

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Fold toilet paper in half and place in wrap. Roll up tight in wrap stretching and pushing out air tightly.

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Magic! Minimal toilet paper that fits anywhere, super light and sweat proof. I hope this helps out some of you.

Happy wiping!

T-4 Mokelumne

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Maybe confidence is back!

  I have not really felt prepared for this upcoming race. I think partly do to my temporary freak injury and the other a crappy week of training followed by missing Knickerbocker 30k. I really do not follow a training plan and just figure long runs with lots of hills is the way to go. This last month and a half I have felt that I haven’t been putting in my climbing either. When I was was training for Formidable four it wasn’t uncommon to chart anywhere from 15k to 20k of climb a week.

  I have felt my stride and kick longer than ever since my over grown freaky bursa sac is gone. Today it all started to come together finally! Strength in my legs felt great and my kick fully flexible and flowing. I kept finding my self locked into 6:15’s with a almost effortless feeling. I constantly had to force myself back up to 7’s. I needed this run!

  So a little confidence is back. I worry about my peak mileage for this race but have run at least 4 30 milers in the last month and a half. We’ll see, T-4. Next run I can do without eating the bug and snake hurdles! Scared the shit out of me.

 

T-5 Mokelumne river 50m

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(Mokelumne river)
One beautiful and difficult ultra!

  I am excited about my new blog even though I’m sure no one will read it. I’ll be sharing my experiences with training and racing through this seasons upcoming schedule. Mokelumne river 50m, Speedgoat 50k and the Overlook 100k. I’m sure I will add a few races here and there but these are my main races with the Overlook being my A race. Continue reading