Green Lakes 50K (After – Part II)


I woke up the morning of the race at about 3:40am. I was feeling good and I managed to get in a decent breakfast. I left for the race around 5:15 and got there around 5:30. Thirty minutes to get set up, check in and warm up a tiny bit. It was still pretty dark out and quite humid, but it wasn’t hot. Everything was going as planned.

Fake It Til You Make It

Fake It Til You Make It

Loop 1 (12.5km)

The race started at 6am and I took off with Michael Daigeaun. I knew he was running the 100km but it seemed like a good idea for us to run together for a bit. It was starting to get lighter out and I could almost see the ground. By the time we had covered two miles, it was light enough to see just about everything. We had a nice pace going and I felt comfortable. I was sipping some Gen UCAN and I managed to get down a gel. First loop: 51:41

Michele and Norah Cheering For Runners

Michele and Norah Cheering For Runners

Loop 2 (12.5km)

I switched out my bottles and started the second loop. Michael and I were still running together and there was nobody else in sight. About halfway through the loop, I opened up a slight lead – maybe fifty meters or so. I had a second gel – but I had a really tough time getting it down. Somewhere after the long descent, Michael went by me and he opened up a small lead. I couldn’t tell if I was slowing down or if he was speeding up. Second loop: 53:16. Uh oh, I was slowing down. I was still on course record pace – but just barely.

Megan and Norah: Where Did The Sun Go?

Megan and Norah: Where’d The Sun Go?

Loop 3 (12.5km)

At the start of the third loop, the wheels were starting to come off the bus. I wasn’t able to get anything down and my head was spinning a bit. What the heck was going on?! I was mostly able to keep running, although I did walk a few steps on the big ascent. It was time to switch to survival mode. I knew I was still winning the 50k but Michael was out of sight in front of me and I had no idea who was behind me. Third loop: 59:49

Cruising To The Finish

Cruising To The Finish

Loop 4 (12.5km)

Before starting my final loop, I managed to have two orange slices and a cup of water. Suddenly, I felt amazing! Just kidding, I still felt like shit. I had a brief chat with Tim, the race director. It went something like:

Me: I feel like shit.
Tim: You’re dropping over my dead body.

And off I went! I was still running okay on the flats but I was reduced to a walk for some of the big hill. Thank goodness it was my last trip up that S.O.B. I made it to the top and I spotted Michael. I guess I wasn’t the only one hitting a rough patch. I’d like to say we duked it out like a scene out of Rocky. However, at that point, it probably looked more like Grumpy Old Men. As an added bonus, right around that time, it started pouring. Not a sprinkle. Not a shower. Buckets. I managed the last few miles and felt a wave of relief when the finish line came into sight. Fourth loop: 1:02:55

Final Time: 3:47:39 (1st place)

Obviously, I missed the course record. And my time was ten minutes slower than my time from last year. With that being said, I won (yay) and I managed to work through a prolonged tough patch. I can’t really identify a single factor that held me back – it just wasn’t my day. After the race, it was great to see Megan, Michele and Norah – and it was nice to chat with Tim for a minute. I was also happy to see Michael kept running – he had mentioned to me that he was considering dropping – however, he pulled it together and finished the 100km in a course record of 8:02:35. As I was leaving, my buddy Rick tried to convince me to race a 5k later that day – I decided to pass on that one 🙂

In case you missed it yesterday, Michelle won the shoe giveaway!

Full 50K results are available here.

Full 100K results are available here.

My next race will be the Virgil Crest 50-Miler on September 20th – it’s less than four weeks away. More on that in the near future!

How was your weekend?

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23 Responses to Green Lakes 50K (After – Part II)

  1. Amy Dawson says:

    Amazing job! Having done this race with a goal of “just to finish” it is really fun to read your report when your goal was to break a record and win! The weather was rough, but great job in spite of it!!

  2. Congrats on the win and even finishing.
    I had a fantastic weekend and wrote my Monday post about. No racing but a good SLR.
    Cheers – Andy

  3. Tim is really one of the best RD’s. Love that you had a chat with him like the one you quoted. And your Rocky imagery was fantastic. Maybe simply because I live in the city that is obsessed with Rocky.

    Good job out there. Way to fight through the low points. Those were not great conditions out there and really required battling. Best of luck at Virgil Crest!

  4. Okay so I have to ask…on days like this when you’re up at 3am and go to a race, what time do you end up going to bed?! Your whole day is just shifted so early that I can’t imagine being able to make it much further than dinnertime without passing out haha. Congrats on the run!

  5. Shawna says:

    wow, congrats!! such an amazing job!

  6. fitfunmom says:

    Congrats on the win! I came in 410th 😉 in the Santa Rosa Marathon but it was a win for me — I qualified for Boston — my first BQ!

  7. Congrats on your win! & toughing it out – it sucks when it’s just not your day. Somehow you still managed to make a 50K sound like 4 easy loops through a’s very deceiving 🙂

  8. congrats on the win, dude!

  9. Hollie says:

    Nice win. Sorry you didn’t capture the course record but toughing it out when you felt so terrible is an accomplishment in itself. Nice job.

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  11. Congrats on the win, like you said…sometimes it’s just not our day. But a win and solid race, still awesome!

  12. lljkline says:

    Congrats Jason!!

  13. charissarunning says:

    It sounds like you really had to push through some tough moments. Congratulations on sticking it out and on winning! You did amazing! And best of luck on your 50-miler coming up 😀

  14. bpangie says:

    Heh. Not sure how I missed this… Anyway, congrats the big W. I’ve talked with Time a few times via e-mail – always thought he was a good guy – top notch not allowing you to drop. Haha. Good luck at Virgil Crest.

    There’s a 6 hour race Oct 4 in Amherst NH. Smart thing for me would be to not do it, but… Any interest?

    • Jason says:

      I think I’ll be pretty spent after Virgil Crest and I’m doing another 50k on November 1 – but we definitely have to meet up at one of these! How are your legs feeling? Have you started a new run streak?

      • bpangie says:

        Yeah,’d be spent. Not sure I’ll do it on account of the achilles being beat to hell (It was a conscious decision…)…

        Doing 25-30 mile weeks now. Took the day after off – I could hardly walk — but did a mile the next day. Hurt but my legs felt so much better afterward.

        Any plans for next year?

      • Jason says:

        Just a watch list as of right now: Beast of Burden 50 in January, Cayuga Trails 50 in June, Vegan Power 50K in June, Finger Lakes Fifties in July, Green Lakes 50K in August, Virgil Crest 100 in September, Mendon Ponds 50K in November, JFK in November… still considering some other races. How about yourself?

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