We camped the night before the race for the first time. Between the cold, pouring rain, puppy we brought with us, only one sleeping bag, and not enough warm clothes, I slept all of about three minutes.
I wasn't feeling great from the start but was still pushing through pretty well. I was in 3rd place until about mile 20 and was running 9:45 pace on the extremely mountainous course with 11K feet of climbing (9% average grade).
Then my familiar stomach problems flaired up, and the wheels really came off.
It was a great course and and a great event, so hopefully I can return in the future and do better. I've been having way too many bad runs and DNFs, so the important thing is that I learn from this race to make sure things go better in the future.
Here is what I've learned so far:
- We need to buy another sleeping bag
- We need a foam pad for camping so sleeping on the ground isn't so uncomfortable
- I still need to figure out my stomach problems. My water, soda, and S-Cap approach is not working right now. I'm planning to try a few things to get me more electrolytes so I can hopefully absorb water and food better. I'm going to try NUUN and Clip2 and see what happens.
Hopefully I'll have a more victorious race report after the Promise Land 50K on April 25th!