A Pirate Ship along the Course
50.21 miles; 11:34:00. We started at 6am and finished around 5:30 in the evening.
Miles 0-23: felt great for the first 17 miles. We ran the Afton course backward for about 8 miles, then hoped on pavement and ran into Afton. The pavement section was about 7 miles. Back in the park, we retraced our steps to the car. The last three miles were rough because we had planned to be back at the car a little sooner. Bonking at mile 18 of a 50 miler?!
At the Car: Coke, trail mix, new socks, new water and more Infinit.
Miles 23-39: We ran the Afton 25k loop but...dropped the campground section and added an extra down and up the mile long gravel road hill. I needed to take salt tablets about every 30 minutes. We maintained an 11:30 min/mile pace.
At the Car: Coke, trail mix, new water and more Infinit.
Miles 39-50: Painful. Longer than 11 miles. Slow. False summits around every corner. Salt tablets every 20 minutes.
I learned two important lessons on this run.
1. Put your head down, don't look up, and keep moving. This will come in handy on Sugarloaf and Hope Pass at Leadville. Last year, I kept looking up hoping to see the top.
2. Switch to a flat foot running form occasionally, especially when running up hills. I've been a die-hard heel-to-toe striker all my running life. This form has done me well, and enabled me to run relaxed and avoid a lot of injury. But Anton runs flat-footed.
Now, I don't accept the idea that this is the ideal way to run because our prehistoric ancestors ran this way. This seems too difficult to substantiate. I think it's sufficient to say it works because it simply works for some people. I've been experimenting with it the last few runs. A lot on this run. It takes some strain off the calves, seems very efficient and uses some different muscles. My only problem was that I stubbed a few roots because the foot doesn't lift very high.
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