On Saturday, I ran the inaugural Ridge Rumble 50k. It was my first trail race of the year. In fact, it was my first trail race in about six months. However, it was on my home course, and the race director is a good guy, so I couldn’t say no.
I’ve been averaging about 45 miles/week this year – a bit less than in the past. I’ve done some speed work, which is great, but going into the Ridge Rumble, I hadn’t done a run over 15 miles since October.
The truth is, I just haven’t felt like it. My motivation has been low, I gained some weight, the weather has been crap and life has been happening.
Race morning was cold for mid-April. I believe the temperature at the start was 26 degrees and it was windy. It did not warm up much throughout the day. Oh, and it snowed on and off throughout the race. I ran in pants and a coat and mittens – pretty much full winter gear.
Basically, the course is 3 loops – 10.4 miles each – and the race director tried to incorporate as many hills as possible in Green Lakes State Park.
I ran the first loop with Laura Kline and Chris Compson. We finished the loop in about one hour and twenty-five minutes. Chris started to pull away from me right around the 10-mile mark, and Laura got away a few miles later. My lack of long runs was looming large. Around mile 13 or so, I started to walk. It wasn’t much of a power hike – more like a head down, feeling-sorry-for-myself stumble. I decided I would probably drop down in distance to the 20-miler.
After plodding along for a couple of miles, I started to feel better. My stomach settled and I got some energy back. I started running again and I was moving along well. At one point, I was moving really well – so well that I blew by a turn and ran an extra half mile (see below) – oops!
I was frustrated because I thought I might still be close enough to get back into the race, but it was my own fault. I kept moving and I finished the second loop in about one hour and forty minutes.
I was running again so I decided not to drop. Long story short, my third lap was also one hour and forty minutes. My final time was four hours and forty-five minutes. I was the 3rd fella and 4th runner overall. My friend Laura took the OVERALL win! Full results are available here (with some minor glitches).
My next race is the Mountain Goat (10 miles) on May 6th. At some point, I need to get healthy (physically and mentally). I need to shed a few pounds. I need to get more sleep. I need to figure out a way to do long runs on a somewhat regular basis.
When’s your next race? Anyone doing Boston?