Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Well, I finished!! It rained pretty much the entire time, and since the race was on trail, we had lots of mud and puddles (oh yeah, and slick trestles). In the beginning we could go around the puddles, but by the end they pretty much took up the trail. The first half felt great, then my knee hurt from mile 14 on. My splits averaged 9:44 in the first half, and 11:11-ish in the second. My lungs never gave out on me, just my knee. I stopped to stretch that quad several times which helped, and also put on my runner's knee strap (and took it off, and put it back on). Knees were kinesiotaped from the beginning. Not sure if it was the muddy terrain or a couple of rough hills that did it to me. I did not have this kind of knee pain in any of my training runs, many of which were well over that 14 mile mark (incl three 20-milers).
I think I fueled fine (6 GU packets, plus Gatorade). May have paced a little too quickly in first half.
The big question then becomes - will I ever want to do this again? That day I said no way, but now that my knee is feeling better I think, maybe? If I can get a handle on the knee issue, I do think I might want to do it again. It would also be nice to run in better weather conditions.