Yesterday was my third trip to the Seneca Greenway 50K. I really love this race. It's incredibly well organized, I like the course, and it only costs $20!
Man did I end up having a tough day. My last few races have gone well, but yesterday was definitely a relapse of the 2009 debacles. A hadn't run much for a little while with the Jackson Hole ski trip, my legs were still shot from said ski trip (skiing Jackson is tough!), and deep dish pizza for dinner the night before had its revenge. What they say is true: Chicago and ultramarathoning truly don't mix together.
The short of it is that the first 15 miles went pretty smoothly. My legs were tired and much of the first half was covered with snow and ice still, but I made decent time and was averaging around 8:20-8:30 miles. I also got to run a bunch of those miles with Greg Zaruba, which is always a good time.
The wheels started exploding off in the 4 mile loop around the lake with my usual stomach problems. I came into mile 19 in big trouble. All I could really do was back off the eating/drinking and try to plod forward and get the thing done.
It was pretty rough, slow going. I did manage to get a bit of food and Coke down at mile 25. I was in a world of hurt in the last few miles and ended up throwing up a mile from the finish. Well man did I feel good after that! I flew through the last mile to finish in 5:37.
So it was a slow time, but I was really happy I persevered finished. I hung out with the VHTRC crowd for a while at the finish and nursed myself back to health. Big shout out to Zaruba who ran 4:36 in really tough conditions. He's a monster.
Today I felt pretty good and ran another 16 miles. The weather was awesome! It was about 60 and sunny, which felt amazing after a long and cold winter. The trails were all clear and dry around DC, and it was fun to hit the dirt again.
I'm looking forward to training hard, getting back on the trails, and enjoying some early spring running. Get out there and run, everybody!