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it was an inauspicious start to the day. when my alarm went off i just laid in bed listening to the rain outside and wondered if it would stop before the race. luckily it stopped within the hour. when don arrived, just before 7, he mentioned that he had just driven by a major accident on i-95. when emmy (ctmarathoner) arrived a few minutes later, she was on the phone with rob - who was stuck in the traffic jam that built up behind the accident. now, we three would go in one car, while rob would weather the delay and drive up to the race by himself.<br><br>
we arrived in wurtsboro without incident, with rob not too far behind us. i went in to pick up our bibs, while they waited for rob. just inside the high school was my friend todd, head of the orange runner's club, with his two young sons. they would man the mile 6 aid station today. after quick hellos, i went and grabbed our bibs. that's where i met up with anthony (anthonyp) and his friend kristen, and was soon introduced to his friend tom. soon the bib craziness started.<br><br>
i gave don his race number. emmy was, supposedly, right behind him - but i didn't see her. so i went back to the car to wait for her. still, there was no sign of either emmy or rob! soon don to look for her. while that was going on, i ran into christine, the race director of the finger lakes 50s. she hung out with me until don came back with emmy. but i still had rob's race number - and there was no sign of him!<br><br>
hopefully, he would see us in the parking lot. before he found us, though, john (jholtthief) and doug (pithydoug) found us and we all chatted for a while. eventually rob came out of the high school with a newly issued bib! not finding us, he took the precaution of getting a new number - better safe than sorry! with 5 minutes to spare, we split up and headed over to the start. one final hello, to barbara, before i lined up with emmy for the start.<br><br>
there was a record turnout for the race. the largest contingent seemed to be the runners from the albany running exchange. the had such a large presence that they had set up their very own club tent(!) in front of the high school. myriam got this huge crowd of runners underway with a very understated, "go." and off we went to tackle the 3.5 mile uphill climb.<br><br>
mile one went well, mainly because the first quarter of it was relatively flat. but by the start of mile two, things got difficult for me! at the very early point in the race, and granted we were climbing relentlessly uphill, the first hint of "this may be a long day," started to creep into my mind! at the two mile mark the course did a quick jog left, across the overpass, and another quick jog right to continue the climb on the other side of the highway.<br><br>
myriam was there, taking pictures of the runners, and cheered us on. i said something like, "this may be the last time i'll be smiling," or something similar. halfway into mile three, i found myself walking! i don't have a problem walking -but that usually that occurs near the end of a race - not at the being. emmy caught up, said a few encouraging words, and went on ahead.<br><br>
mile 3, with a couple of walking breaks, took me 10:08 - the slowest mile, by far, of the day. but, in long races, a lot of things can happen before we reach the finish. so it's important to keep on going and try to push through the bad patches. my target of 2:25 was seriously compromised by the early breakdown in mile 3 - so i readjusted my sights to a 2:30 target.<br><br>
we reached to "top," so to speak, of wurtsboro mountain at roughly the 3.5 mile point. that's when i started to rally back. mile 4, in 8:51, kicked off a 5 mile stretch of cut-downs: 7:59, 7:26, 7:19, 7:01 for an 8 mile split of 1:05:34. things were looking up for me - thanks to the downhill slope of the previous 5 miles!<br><br>
my split for the half way mark, 15k, was 1:15:22. then i reached the half marathon mark in 1:44:10, and the 25k mark in 2:04. at that point the whatever good vibes i had managed to summon up for the last 10 miles had all but disappeared. the last 10k of the course was a series of rolling hill. but they were spaced too close together to generate any meaningful recovery on the downhills. with only 5k left, it was a real struggle.<br><br>
lucky for me, just before the 15k mark todd drove by and cheered me a little, having just taken down the mile 6 aid station and was headed back to the high school. then, just after mile 16, myriam drove by, also headed back to the high school, and gave me a high five from her car window. then i put my head down into the wind and cranked out the last 2.5 miles, finishing in 2:29:22, an 8:01 pace. amazingly, i ran a negative split for the second 15k!<br><br>
what relief to get it done! this was the slowest of my 4 wurtsboro 3ok races. it was 4 and a half minutes slower than my finish last year! it was way off the sub 2:20's i ran in my first two trips to wurtsboro. but, even with the walking in the early miles, still enjoyed every minute of it. then i found out that emmy finished in 2:24:30! not only was it a pr performance for her, but it was good enough for 3rd woman overall! awesome!<br><br>
inside the high school, rob and i got some choice seats next to the pizza. in a rare example that sometimes too much of something isn't a necessarily a good thing, the proximity of all that excellent pizza may have led me to eat a wee bit too much! oops! this was not a good pacing day for me - either running or eating!<br><br>
when i got home that afternoon i went back out for another 4.5 miles. to reach my target of 70 miles for the week i would need a double either today or tomorrow - so i decided to get it out of the way sooner, rather than later. so far, for the 6 days i've run 64.1 miles.<br><br>
on deck is the trrc 10k tomorrow!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa79/rundangerously/wurtsboro%20mountain%2030k/019.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
don, emmy, rob, barbara, and me<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa79/rundangerously/wurtsboro%20mountain%2030k/008.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
john, christine, doug, and emmy<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa79/rundangerously/wurtsboro%20mountain%2030k/005.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
me and anthony
 

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Impressive run RunD,<br>
Trying to pace a hilly course can psychologically scarring.<br>
You seemed to push through and hold it together mentally and physically quiet well<br>
Congrats on the neg. split.<br>
That was a nice contingient of Kicksters.<br>
Thanks for the pics and report.<br>
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Great report, Frank! 4 1/2 yesterday afternoon, huh? Not me, man, the couch was callin' to me! My goals for the day ran the gamut from easy training run, to maybe a 2:20, to well, 2:25, TO OKAY, 2:30?, and ended up as "Ouch, lets just get this over with!" I think you went by me around mile 14ish. Nice course (for a road race), but, like you, those last 5 miles put a hurtin' on me! See you at HAT in a couple weeks.<img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif">
 

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good job! what a weekend you had!!! Great races, great people <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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thanks meredith!! we sooooo missed you yesterday <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
you probably missed my weather too <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> It was low 40's, mild and a little drizzly, but nothing too bad. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br>
I'll be seeing you soon at Umstead <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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I loved the race but the topo map was a bit misleading. The scale of the map made it look like once you crested the hill at about 4 miles the rest was kind of down and back to the finish. The course has a lot more honesty than I expected.<br><br>
Since I was using the race for a training run I ran with one of my hot babes who is training like many for Boston. I could have run faster but running 28 and 6,000 feet on Monday took the wind out of my sails. My colleague is rather new to much of this yet did very well. Running side by side and pointing out the little things will really help her. For instance, she tended to push the ups to the point that she slowed dramatically about 3/4 of way. A very inefficient use of energy. i got her to slow and run up and over.<br><br>
She was still in good shape the last few miles as we went up the hill easy to conserve. As we would come upon a runner she would tend to run like hell as she passed. I explained that's fine for cars and oncoming traffic but again conserve and simply hold a steady pace. if it's the last 100 yards it's a different story.<br><br>
This isn't all goodness on my part I got her to promise to visit me when I'm living in assisted living home in a few years.<br><br>
I didn't hang for the results but found out later. I'm glad Emmy was third overall as my training partner(not the one I ran with) got first in 40-49 and my friend got third in the 40-49. Let's just say she was one happy lady to snag some iron. I backed into second but that's because there aren't many post menopause runners left out there without a wrap around walker.<br><br>
In general a wonderful race. Once we got off the main road and into the secondary roads it was a beautiful course(for a road race, that is). The post race boxes and boxes of pizza and pasta was a hell of feast. lots of accolades for the RD and the Striders club.<br><br>
That's one ugly picture of me - caught me hamming it up between two foxy ladies. They said they didn't know Spitzer. <img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif"><br><br>
See ya at the HAT and/or Bull Run
 

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meredith, i just added a countdown clock for umstead - now it's scaring the daylights out me <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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doug, running a 30k over the mountains is a neat way to meet girls <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
but, seriously, the last 10k - those rolling hills - had to be the toughest part of the course!
 

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Doug --congrats on the 30K and don't hedge your performance. --you did well!....sounds like you had a good day out there. You had a hard week with a 28 mile run followed by a hilly 30K, and you got to run with a good-looking woman, and hang around a bunch of women....you should have stayed for pizza and more women<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Congrats on coming in 2nd in your age group. See what happens when you reach a certain age and show up? haha...but seriously, the 60s male age group is tough. I am so glad that your 40s ladies friends got hardware --yeah! This course does have some rolling hills at the end and I learned, 2 years ago, to save something for the end. The HAT run for me (not Frank) will be a hike...but looking forward to it!<br>
see you in a few weeks.
 

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> Doug --congrats on the 30K and don't hedge your performance. --you did well!....sounds > like you had a good day out there. You had a hard week with a 28 mile run followed by > hilly 30K, and you got to run with a good-looking woman, and hang around a bunch of<br>
> women<br><br>
I was happy with the run I still felt ok the last 5 miles which was a good test of recovery. As for the ladies, guilty.......<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><br><br><br>
>.you should have stayed for pizza and more women<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Believe me I stayed and ate about 6 yards of Pizza. I left as she was trying to do the results and people would not shut up so she could speak. The guy I ride with wanted to get back home to do some snowshoeing.<br><br>
> I am so glad that your 40s ladies friends got hardware --yeah!<br><br>
I think she moved her husband to the sofa so the medal rides shotgun.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br><br>
> The HAT run for me (not Frank) will be a hike...but looking forward to it!<br>
> see you in a few weeks.<br><br>
The HAT may be a hike for all of us with all the rain we are getting in the NE. I have run that race in the mud and it's a real SOB. Have some screw or very aggressive treaded shoes close by.
 

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ha!<br>
my Western States one just dipped below 100 for the first time. OMG <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 

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I had to read your report as I am running my first 30k trail run in June and am feeling slightly terrified about it. Sounds like a tough way to end a 70 mile week but it was good to hear you enjoyed the event. You did great!
 

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thanks choovie!<br><br>
i'd guess you're going to have a blast w/your 30k! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
will this be you longest distance following the progression up from the deadwood half two weeks earlier?<br><br>
good luck!
 

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Well, I am currently trying to devise a training plan as the 30k will be a new distance for me. I'd like to build to 18 miles 2 weeks before Deadwood and then use Deadwood as more of a training run for the 30k. I want to come out of Deadwood feeling good and not too beat up. The <a href="http://www.bighorntrailrun.com/30K/index.html" target="_blank">Bighorn 30k</a> is more of a traditional trail run. I'm open to suggestions if you have any!
 

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i followed that like to big horn site - what an awesome looking trail run that is!<br><br>
except for one (escarpment trail), all of the 30ks i've done have been road roads. you've probably got plenty of trail running under you belt already - that's the only real bit of advice worth mentioning. aside from having built up you base mileage during training - the more on trails the better - knowing the course, aid stations, and what sort of stuff you want to carry during the race, are probably just as key.<br><br>
good luck - can't wait to read about how you do.<br><br>
oh, you can also post any trail related stuff over at the extreme running forum. lots of serious trail junkies there that can give you more meaningful tips - probably for big horn itself!
 

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WTG on your race. I loved your pictures! Can't wait to meet you at Umstead. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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