There is an apprehension to sharing about this race because I feel like I failed miserably.
After a roller coaster of emotions and having the weekend to process it I am now going to try and put it all down here so I can remember the good and the bad and hopefully learn from it.
I felt like I had prepped so hard for this adventure with long 3 and 4 hour runs on Saturdays and easily 1-2 hour runs everyday of the week. I was putting in easily 50 miles a week. Major problem was they were ALL on the treadmill. I should have been out training in the winter cold.
Looking back now I know that wasn't enough miles. I needed to get out there for many more hours if this body of mine was going to be able to handle a longer adventure. If I'm to attempt this again I really need to find a good training plan.
I didn't do any nighttime runs which caused me to panic come race day when it started turning to evening. I bought a really good headlamp but didn't have the opportunity to try it out because I was just worn out. After 10 hours on the trail, I quit before it turned dark. I was so excited to listen to a book on my ipod even while traipsing around in the dark. Pretty sad that didn't happen though.
I felt like there were 4 strikes against me even before starting the race. Wind, cold, little sleep and one more I won't mention. It just wasn't my day.
The morning we were getting ready to head out of town this was about half of the load I had been rounding up and getting ready for hubby to pack.
We arrived at the camp spot and just sat in the rodeo hoping the winds would die down. We watched other people trying to set up and give up because the winds were so extreme. We finally braved the winds and got out and did it. Gale force winds I tell ya!
Rebecca. You can read about her Moab 24 experience. This was her tent after she worked so hard getting it pitched. The wind was just relentless!
This is Rebecca, the only person I knew out here and oftentimes we would come in around the same time but just in opposite directions. (Remember I started over an hour later than everyone else) As the day was getting later and we once again were finishing opposite loops I realized I may not get a picture of her before the sun went down. You can see we are still bundled up and still cold!
The next morning as we were heading North out of town we had to drive by the area we had camped in and I looked back and could see a few people still over there. I found out later that only 2 people out of 10 signed up for the 100 mile run had completed it. Out of 9 people signed up for the 24 hour solo category, nobody completed 24 hours. There were a few more categories and stats. If you are interested in seeing the results go here.
So as we were driving and talking on our way out of town my sweet hubby said, "I think you need to try this race again. Under completely difference circumstances this could be a great race for you." Little did he know I was thinking along those same lines. My heart had softened and I truly wanted to know if I could have a good experience out here. No way am I committing to it now, but never say never.
*Good organization from the RD
*Excellent food and fueling choices at the aid station
*Beautiful course and scenery-It's Moab! How could it not be beautiful?
*Plenty of Port-o-Potties
*I loved having a loop course to be able to rest and refuel. The downside to that was it was definitely easier to stop and rest. 5.37 miles is not a tremendous long distance.
I learned a few things about myself out there. My mind needs to be ready, alert, and excited to go. That has always been the case for me in every race I have run. I am always so just excited to be running a half marathon or a trail run but for some reason it just wasn't happening today. I also learned that helpers along the course are VITAL! Mark was a great support morally but he couldn't be out there for me physically running. I know I definitely will need that to attempt something like this again. I guess that means I will attempt this again. I won't let this race get me down.