Well, the expectations for this year’s race was low. Both my wife and I had originally signed up as singles a month in a half ago with my goal of finally reaching 50 miles. However, training to be frank, the training never occurred. Second, we realized the weekend before that all of our usual babysitters would be gone that weekend. So we decided that we would change to the relay.
This worked out marvelously. It allowed our daughters to run the 6 hour race, both completing a half marathon distance. And it allowed our son to run the 5K, which he has been enjoying lately. It also meant that both my wife and I could run a lap or two with the girls and make a family event out of it.
Really, we didn’t have much of a goal distance going into this race nor much of a strategy. We just wanted to have fun. How it worked out, most of the time we would switch out each lap with me starting. Each lap was 3.33 miles long. I had learned from last year not to go out too fast, so I felt a 12 to 13 minute pace would be fine for myself. In the back of my mind I was hoping for at least a 50K distance for myself or at least 50 miles as a team, but in reality I didn’t really hold out any hope of reaching either distance.
|Crazy time on the first loop - Source: Brazen Volunteer|
|Myles at the 5K - Source Brazen Volunteer|
By the time it came for me to do the 7th lap (my 4th if you are keeping track) the sun had come out and it was getting warm. I had taken a brief catnap and a snack of salami and cheese during the time my wife was out running with our youngest daughter so I was pretty refreshed. My 4th lap was going really well and by the time I got back around my wife suggested I go around one more time. The combined pace for those two laps (my lap 4 and 5) again was 12:10 per mile. At this point, I realized that this strategy was working well and there was now a stronger possibility of us reaching either the 50K to 50 mile goal.
It was time for lunch when I got back. Besides the typical trail aid station / recovery food found at a Brazen Racing event, there was also BBQ and Pizza. I was pretty much excited to have a slice of peperoni and some soda as bizarre as that might sound to a few.
Well the few then also would say that the pizza was also the cause of my slowest lap (lap 6). As usual my first mile was slower, around a 14 minute mile. My pace was strong during mile 2 at an 11 minute pace, wow that pizza was working! Then I fell flat for the final mile to a 15 minute pace, with the overall lap averaging a 13:34 pace.
|Me hitting my stride - Source:Allen Lucas|
My lap 7 was awesome! I felt great and I ran most of it at an 11 minute pace. By the time I got back to my wife I was wanting to go again and her more than obliged. This was a really strong lap also, and I felt great. The combined pace for lap seven and eight was 11:48! In fact, during the second lap I caught up and passed some who were running the 10K on fresh legs. Boy that made me feel good.
|Debating who should go on the last big loop - Source:Allen Lucas|
|Source: Allen Lucas - Thank you!|
As I had mention in last year’s post about this race, I never thought running 12 hours on a looped course would be that much fun. However, Brazen Racing does a wonderful time organizing and supporting this race. This is an awesome race and I would highly recommended it to others.
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Other related posts:
- 2013 Dirty Dozen Race Report - With lessons learned and employed on this race.
- 12 Hour Endurance Run Race Strategy