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The sub-title for this race could be easily be "around and around" for the 12 loops that make up the distance. The course, even with two hills - the first, just after one mile, and the second, just before two miles - was very runnable. Throughout the day, a raw, nasty wind repeatedly gusted up as we approached the turnaround and then returned as we started another loop. That unrelenting wind made the course a lot tougher than it would have been on a warmer day.<br><br>
My friend Emmy met me at 7 and we drove down to Long Island together. Just after 8 we pulled into a full parking lot - a rare sight for a local ultra. But this race was also the USATF 50k national championship. Michael Wardian, the winner of the JFK 50 miler in November, was a serious favorite to run under 2:51 and set a new national 50k record. His 2:55 missed the national record by 4 minutes, but he did set a course record. What I found amazing was his marathon split was roughly 2:20!<br><br>
One great thing about this race was getting to see so many friends. At the risk of leaving someone out, i ran into the following Broadway Ultra Society runners: Ritchie who manned the registration table, ran some of the course, and did the awards, Byron, Phil, Al, Nick, Admas, and Ruth. I also got to meet up with some friends from the Kickrunners and Runnerworld Forums: Meredith and her husband, Eddie, Stacy, Anthony (his 3rd Caumsett), Ira, and Brennan. Before the start, Nick said a few words about Ted Corbitt and, after a brief moment of silence in his memory, we got underway.<br><br>
My last 50k, the Mid-Hudson "Recover from the Holidays" in January, was basically a training run. Emmy also ran that race with me and we both finished in 5:10. It was the unofficial kick-off to my Umstead training cycle. Now mid-way through training, Caumsett would be a tune-up race. My time goal was a 4:30 finish. I wanted to get in a solid 20+ miles in an 8 minute pace, or better - and a marathon split under 3:40. Last year my pacing yardstick was a 23 minute loop. I would use that same goal again today.<br><br>
The first loop is short - maybe a third, to half, a mile - to adjust for the overall distance. The full loop is 2.61 miles. Ten loops is approximately the marathon distance. I ran the first loop in 15:54. I caught up with Brennan and we ran together for the next three loops: 20:23, 20:07, 20:33. Brennan then went ahead and I began to wonder if I hadn’t gone out a bit too fast. Each of those loops was under an 8 minute pace and, cumulatively, on target for a 4 hour finish. Since no amount of wishful thinking would get me across the finish line in 4 hours, I dialed it back a bit. The fifth loop was 21:22. Still a bit fast, but a more realistic 8:07 pace.<br><br>
I started the sixth loop with a 2 minute bathroom stop, and still managed to complete it in 23:03. I wasn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth, but last year I ran a solid race for 10 loops - only to crash and have to crawl through the last 2 loops. I didn’t want to repeat that experience, so I again dialed back the pace. Loops 7 and 8 were in 22:35 and 22:29, respectively. From that point on i felt the fatigue begin to hover over me. The ninth loop, in 23:29, gave me a cumulative split of 3:10. At that pace I could try for a sub-4:20 finish.<br><br>
The 10th loop was a solid 23:53 and my watch showed 3:34:06 - a probable marathon split between 3:35-3:36. While the 10th was my first loop at a 9 minute pace, my overall pace was approximately 8:10 for those 26 miles. If I could keep it together for the final 2 loops, a sub 4:20 was a realistic target. Last year, at this point in the race, I had slowed down significantly - my 9th and 10th loops each took 25+ minutes, and the final 2 loops took 28+ and 27+ minutes, respectively. Those 4 loops ended a chance at a 4:30 finish last year. Today, I felt the same fatigue, and the unrelenting wind gusts were just as demoralizing, but I didn’t hit the wall.<br><br>
Loop 11 was 24:07, a 9:09 pace. I slowed even more in the final loop, 24:50, a 9:26 pace. Still, I finished in 4:23:00, an overall pace of 8:28! While this was not a pr for me, it was the fastest 50k that I’ve run in well over a year. Given all the ups and downs of my February training, I was extremely pleased (if not relieved) to have gotten in such a solid performance. Right behind me, in 4:26 was Emmy. It was her first sub 4:30 50k and a pr! Even more impressive, it was her third straight week with a long race. Last week she ran the Albany marathon in 3:41, and, the week before, she ran the Martha’s Vineyard 20 miler in 2:33.<br><br>
The food and awards ceremony was inside the field house. I was a little bummed to learn that despite a 20 minute improvement over last year’s finish, I actually dropped two places - from 2nd to 4th - in my USATF age group! Oh well, just have to run faster next year. On the other hand, aside from her pr performance, Emmy was the first masters finisher and collected prize money! After the awards ceremony came even more socializing. Between a turkey sandwich and two cups of lentil soup, I talked with Anthony, Ira, Ritchie, Phil, Al, and Nick (among others). Then Anthony, Emmy and I went back outside to support the runners still out on the course.<br><br>
All in all, couldn't have asked for a better day! Next up, the NYRR Colon Cancer 15k in Central Park next week.<br><br>
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It was great to meet you yesterday! However, I must point out that it was not my first ultra, but rather my second <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> LOL<br><br>
See you at the NYRR Colon Cancer 15k!
 

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Great report. It was awsome to see you out there. Now that we know how close we all live to each other, we'll have to schedule some runs and races to road trip to.
 

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Nice run and great report Frank!
 

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divaleh - what parenthetical?? and what's that really COOL shiny thing in you avatar box? emmy (and our friend don) also going to the 15k!<br><br>
anthony - it was so great hanging out w/you. thanks for the tip on the sidebar! i put one together yesterday!<br><br>
dave, we missed you out there! what's up next for you?
 

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It's ok. It was my first <i>official</i> 50k, though - since my virginal voyage was a "non-event" <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to meet the local crazies!
 

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Thanks for the report, Frank. You ran a really smart race, and you're going to do great at Umstead.<br><br>
I'm pretty sure we had some 7-minute miles in there, as I looked at my watch between the first and second mile markers. That surprised me, as I really only run by effort these days, and I had no idea I could run like that pretty much effortlessly. (However, late loops in the race was all about effort.)<br><br>
Of course, my real motivator was to finish before Glen decided to leave me out there on L.I. After he looped me once about halfway through, I just really hoped he ran out of real estate before he looped me again.<br><br>
Oh, and on you dropping a couple places despite besting last year's effort by 20 minutes, Glen was saying how much better the field was this year. He bested last year's time by 2 minutes, but dropped to 7th or 8th place from 4th.
 

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So Brennen ---did Glen drive you to the train? That was nice of him to wait for you <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">. But you had such an awesome time -you weren't that far behind him. I loved Glen's remarks that the asphalt beat him up more than any trail race ---true. Also, Phil did say the men's field was tough this year. I am mad that Frank didn't tell me about his 23 minute strategy could've used that to push along...I didn't pay attention to the times as I run by effort also --I only knew I had to hang back and a couple loops with Alicja were 24 minutes. She told me all about her upcoming arctic adventure.<br>
Meant to ask you ---are you running Massanutten this year or pacing and running another race later???<br>
What a fun time I had meeting everyone --every ultra, Stracy, is more experience under your belt!! Congrats to you! We are still learning and so are lucky to have the wisdom of Meri and Glen, brennen, etc.<br>
So RD ---am s happy that you got a solid race in after being MIA all of Feb.<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"> great report!
 

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Glen dumped me at Shea Stadium, and I took the 7 home (he had to do something up in the Bronx). Still got home in plenty of time to head with my wife to the Ginger Man, where we had some nice beers.<br><br>
Of course I'm running Massanutten! All roads (and trails) lead to Massanutten ... then they lead to Cascade Crest in August ... and maybe a genuine attempt at Hot TWOT in October. ...
 

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Brennen --sounds like you had a nice post-race celebration --I was too tired to make dinner so thank goodness for take-out Chinese. Should have run a few more miles, though-haha....Nick was talking and talking about MMT --he is marking the course this year...said that one 8 mile section is up and down a mountain with no aid because it is so steep no one wants to go up and work an aid station ---and so on. and of course you have done it...so glad you are back for more punishment.
 

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Great race report! RD-- you were flying and looking great every time we saw you out there <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> The weather was good, except for the wind. Imagine how well the race would hav been with out the wind? sigh. Oh well.<br>
I am looking forward to seeing all you back at Umstead in a month! It is such a great race, with lots of loops <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I'm just hoping to get the miles in to run the Mountain Goat 10 miler on May 4. How about you?
 

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thanks jesse!<br><br>
dave, merigayle mentioned that you were in recovery mode! what happened? hope it;s not serioius! i'm doing a few shorter races this month, leading up to hat and umstead. but really looking forward to going back to wurtsboro, mid-month.<br><br>
tim!! welcome back!! it's been a while since you posted! see you at hat!!
 

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PF. Think its finally starting to get a little better and I'm slowly increasing the mileage and keeping my fingers crossed...<br><br>
First ultra, if all goes well, will probably be Finger Lakes.
 

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NOOOOOOoooooooooo say it ain't so! <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 

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i'll echo meri..... "say it ain't soooo!" <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 
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