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Green Lakes Endurance Run 50K<br><br>
Executive Summary:<br><br>
Course: 4 7.75 mile laps around Green and Round Lakes and the hilly Serengeti<br>
Weather: 68 degrees, humidity 95% at the start, cloudy, rain, breezy<br>
Goal: 5:30:00<br>
Time: 5:29’ish<br><br>
The Gory Details:<br><br>
The weather forecast the week preceding this race had me reevaluating my goal about a half a dozen times. Weather Friday and Saturday was in the mid to upper 90’s with humidity to match. Sleep was very uncomfortable in our un-air conditioned house the nights preceding this event. Weather for the race was forecast to be cloudy, rainy and humid in the early morning with the sun breaking through late morning and highs in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. I suck in the humidity so I committed to myself that this would be a training run. In training I had run 3 laps in 4 hours at an easy pace so I set the following conservative lap times for myself:<br><br>
Lap 1 1:15<br>
Lap 2 1:20<br>
Lap 3 1:25<br>
Lap 4 1:30<br>
Total 5:30<br><br>
I got up at 4:00 A.M. and it was 68 degrees and 95% humidity. Yuck. As I was getting my shoes on I noticed I was sweating already. Oh no. I could see a six hour day in my very near future.<br><br>
The DW and I got to the park and set-up a few minutes before the race start. I met up with runsdangerously and we chatted for a few minutes and were off.<br><br>
The first lap flew by and I was feeling good with the pace. I chatted with several people and was running with a good group of about 6 mid-packers. For the first time since I started running I was having problems with my allergies. As we ran through the grassland of the Serengeti, which was strangely dry given the high humidity and the previous day’s rain, I inhaled every spore in the air. My nose was running like a faucet, my ears plugged up, and breathing was strictly by mouth. It was like breathing through a wet wash cloth. Runsdangerously and I came across the mat for a Lap 1 time of 1:12 and change. A little fast but not bad. The DW gave me a new water bottle on the fly and I headed out for Lap 2 feeling good.<br><br>
Lap 2 was a carbon copy of Lap 1 up until about a ¼ mile from the end when my stomach started turning and I found myself huffing and puffing up the hill to the finish line aid station. I crossed the timing mat at 2:28 and change. I spent to much time at the aid station with my hands on my knees and my stomach in knots. While the DW was tying an ice bandanna around my neck I slammed 20 ounces of Gatoraid and told the DW that I couldn’t keep running this fast and that I felt terrible and was not sure that I could finish the run. She didn’t want to hear any of it and sent me on my way with no mercy. Thanks honey. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Lap 3 was the most miserable 7.75 miles of running that I have ever experienced. I shuffled out of the aid station but once around the corned I started walking. My legs were not tired but I just did not want to run. I thought to myself as I rubbed the stinging sweat out of my itchy eyes, “Why am I doing this? This is no fcuking fun. This is just stupid. This is going to be my first DNF.” I tried to push the negative thoughts aside and started running. I ran…for a one hundred yards and started walking again as the negative thoughts returned. I got passed by several people on the lake trail where I should have been running strong. I didn’t care. I looked at my left hand where I had scrawled my customary SYFPH&R. At that point some small part of my brain decided that a DNF was unacceptable and I started running. I walked a little more this lap but I was making forward progress. I was concerned that this was going to be an hour and one half affair and was not looking forward to what was looking like a 1-3/4 to 2 hour final lap.<br><br>
I caught up to runsdangerously and told him that I was miserable as we climbed through the mist to the Serengeti aid station. We talked about how it was warm enough but at the same time we were freezing. It helped immensely to talk to someone else (I had not seen many folks this lap) and he said that it would all be over in 2 hours or so if we just kept going. I felt a little better after the aid station and pushed the downhill back to the lakes. Once down on the lake trail I tired to pick up the pace to get in at 4 hours but just couldn’t do it. I came into the finish line aid station to the cheers of my kids at 4:03 and change. 1:35 lap time! Yikes! My turtles pace 5:30 goal had slipped away. The DW said she was getting worried as I finally ambled in.<br><br>
Seeing my kids and knowing that I would only have to do this one more time improved my mood greatly. My stomach was settling down and my legs felt good. As I headed out for the final lap it started to rain and this seemed to help calm my allergic reaction to the plant life in the Serengeti. Breathing became easier and my nose stopped running. I reached the Serengeti aid station, refilled my water bottle and got a paper towel to dry my glasses. I literally ran in a fog for most of the last lap as my glasses were streaked by the rain and fogged up. I ran out of the aid station feeling good knowing that I was less than 4 miles from the finish. I ran the downhill to the lake trail as fast as I could (I could hardly see again and the clay was getting slippery) and passed several people.<br><br>
I hit the lake trail and glanced at my Forerunner. I had a little less than 14 minutes to run the last 1.6 miles or so if I wanted to see 5:30. I ran. I saw another guy ahead of me about 200 yards and tried to close the distance. I hit the beach a quarter mile from the finish line and focused on my breathing. 200 yards out I heard my kids and ran the final 100 yards holding my daughter’s hand.<br><br>
I didn’t see the clock as I crossed the finish mat and stopped my Forerunner about 30 seconds later. It read 5:30:20. 1:25 for the lap. At least I redeemed myself somewhat. I haven’t seen the official results but I think it should be 5:29 and something.<br><br>
Thanks to the DW for keeping me going. I could not have done this without her.<br><br>
Lessons learned:<br><br>
I went out to fast and stayed to fast. Start slow and taper.<br>
Run through the doubt. Keep moving.<br>
Anti-fog on the glasses.<br><br>
Runsdangerously and I at the start<br><img alt="" src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b125/dg13092/100_7774.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Runsdangerously and I at the end of Lap 1<br><img alt="" src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b125/dg13092/100_7775.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Suffering at the end of Lap 3<br><img alt="" src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b125/dg13092/100_7780.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Running with my niece near the end of the final lap<br><img alt="" src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b125/dg13092/100_7785.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
50K Done<br><img alt="" src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b125/dg13092/100_7786.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Runsdangerously and I post race<br><img alt="" src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b125/dg13092/100_7789.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Whoa.... way to tough it out on a really hot day!<br><br>
Your niece is kicking your butt in those flipflops <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Good to see runsdangerously is keeping his glasses on this time!
 

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Excellent...you digged deep (no small part owed to your awesome DW) and buried that course. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Great RR.
 

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good job dave!!!! wow. it looks hot and steamy. you had a crazy fast time!!!!! I see Rundangerously got his glasses fixed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Super report, dg!<br><br>
Sounds familiar: Start somewhat fast, feel good to the halfway point, hit a low, then discover that extraordinary moment in the race where one knows that finishing is no longer a question.<br><br>
You're gaining experience and it shows. To make a game plan, refer to it, and make adjustments on the fly shows that you've become a good student of the sport.<br><br>
Congrats on persevering through the tough moments. Way to go.<br><br>
Someday I wish to run a Western NY ultra.
 

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Thanks all!!!<br><br><b>Roots</b> you have gotta' get out here and run one of the WNY ultras now that your stiffin' us at JFK! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Presque Isle is still open for me...
 

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Congrats dg1!!<br>
Family is always such an integral part of success, yet we all forget about it's powers until the race...the tough love of an SO kicking one out of the aid station...the draw of the young ones for the final push. Well done!
 

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Thanks <b>muddy</b>. My wife has always been very supportive. I would've dropped several times during runs if it had not been for her. Tough love when I need it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Coming out of that low spot to finish so well is ultra-tough. Great Job. Great time.<br>
Thanks for the report.<br>
jjj
 
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