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Well yet again the Guana 50K trail run has kicked my butt. The short version is at the bottom.<br><br>
I had high hopes of setting a PR on Saturday morning but the weather didn't cooperate. According the temperature gauge in my truck it was about 60 at the start and by the time I got back into my truck it was 73. As most of you know when the weather gets warm I get slow.<br><br>
The planned start was 7 AM but since there was a line to get into the park past the parking toll gate the race director delayed it 15 minutes which also gave the sun enough time to get up so no one would need flash lights or headlamps.<br><br>
I started off at a comfortable pace listening to one guy talk my ear off, which was a great distraction. I did talk some also but he was talking enough for the both of us. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I got through Laps 1 and 2 in a fairly comfortable pace and I felt strong. Much better than last year. I headed back out for Lap 3 still feeling good. I got to the water stop and I was feeling a little tired but that is to be expected after almost 3 hours of running. I got my water and gel pack and headed on back to the transition area.<br><br>
I got in and a buddy from work tha twas running the relay portion and was done with his 2 laps helped get me some gatorade water and gels etc. After a long 2 minute break I headed back out for the final lap. I got through the soft sand portion of the course and through the palmetto trail okay and I was really starting to struggle. I finally hit the 4 hour mark of running and I finally had to walk. :argh:<br><br>
From here on it it was pure hell. I was walking jogging running at varied intervals, cursing the course, the weather and everything else. It was a lot of walking and just a little jogging. My mind tried to get me to keep on going but my legs and body were like heck no.<br><br>
I hate when my body gets like that. I know a lot of it was due to the rise in temperature but I have lived here for 9 years now and I still can't race well in the heat. Oh well. Maybe next year.<br><br>
Short Version:<br><br>
Lap 1:Water stop: 3.67 miles in 30:03 for a pace of 8:12 (I did stop for about 30 seconds but I didn't take a split on the rest time)<br>
Lap 1:Start/Stop/Turn around area: 3.62 miles in 35:02 for 9:41 pace<br>
Lap 1 Pit Stop: 38 seconds<br>
Lap 2 Water Stop: 3.66 miles in 31:15 for a pace of 8:32 (I did stop for awater but I didn't take a split on the rest time)<br>
Lap 2Start/STop/Turnaround: 4.11 miles in 36:20 for an average pace of 8:51<br>
Lap 2 Pit Stop: 48 seconds.<br>
Lap 3 Water stop: 3.12 miles in 33:54 for a pace of 10:52<br>
Lap 3 Start/STop/Turn around: 4.31 in 42:10 for a pace of 9:47<br>
Lap 3 Pit Stop: 2:08 - Yeah I was starting to feel the heat<br>
Lap 4 Water Stop: 3.72 miles in 43:16 for an average pace of 11:37 (I did stop for awater but I didn't take a split on the rest time)<br>
Lap 4 Finish: 4.42 in 55:18 for an average pace of 12:31.<br><br>
Totals: 30.78 miles in 5:10:54 for a pace of 10:06. My Garmin did lose the signal a few times so that is probably why the distance was a little short.<br><br>
The standings havent been posted yet.<br><br>
Last year I ran this course in 5:23 and change so I did improve on that. But I was still 5 minutes off my time from 2004 when I won it in 5:04 and change. I was not close to my 50K PR of 4:25 and change. Hopefully some day I can make a run at that again.<br><br>
For now I am going to rest and recover and start working on my cross training again for the rest of the heat season down here.
 

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You still did great!!!!! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Your race was a lot harder than mine!<br><br>
Let's see. You ran 833.33 times as far, but it took you 2,166.55 times as long. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Great job!
 

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Well, I suck at heat too.<br><br>
That's not a bad time considering how badly you crashed. And I always think of those crashes as "mental training"
 

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Congrats - 50K on trails is harder than most people will ever understand. I really do not like racing anything over a 10K if temps are >70F.<br><br>
All winter long when you habe good temp and we in WI freeze our buts off - is a great trade off for when you get your butts fried. Yesterday it was 50F around here.<br><br>
Whats next on the calender
 

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DUDE!<br><br>
Good job Floridaboiler!
 

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Heck, there's no way I could have managed in sand and heat like you did. Take the PR, smile sweetly, and savour the moment. You're a heck of alot older than in 2004 anyway. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Congratulations!
 

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Nice job FB! I always love reading your race reports, and it sounds like you ran a very good race on a tough course.<br><br>
I wilt with the heat, too. And from what I understand, it takes the body about 2 weeks to acclimate to the temp difference when it gets warmer out. So although you've been living down here for a while, if the temps pop up for a day or two, you might as well be visiting from up north.<br><br>
This is one of the reasons why the Palm Beach Marathon was so tough last year -- it was in the 60's all week, then high 80's on race day.
 

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Nice report and running. I just did my first 50k trail run a couple weeks ago and thought the turtles must have been running faster than me. You really can't compare trail runs to road runs. Your times and report are great.
 

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Congrats, FB!<br><br>
It was fun to follow your training thru the winter and leading up to this race. Sorry to hear you did not not have ideal weather. I know what its like to get smacked with a hot race day. Its hard to have the discipline to dial it back like you did.<br><br>
It sounds like a fun race, and your attitude it great. Recover well.
 

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Some of it was on soft sand?? Aarrrrgggh! How can you do that? You are a stud! Congrats on improving over last year, even in that heat.<br>
Nice finish time!
 

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I did get some pictures today and added them to:<br><br><a href="http://purduejax.org/currentrun" target="_blank">http://purduejax.org/currentrun</a>
 

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You look identical in every race picture except the clothes! lol. Great pictures, thanks for the link <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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