We are excited to announce this year’s team! Without further ado, here is the new team’s roster:
Kelly Agnew, Ogden, UT
Dave Bloom, Phoenix, AZ
James Bonnett, Scottsdale, AZ
Mel Branta, Scottsdale, AZ
Jamil Coury, Phoenix, AZ
Nick Coury, Phoenix, AZ
Anthony Culpepper, Silverton, CO
Chase Duarte, Vail, AZ
Justin Lutick, Fountain Hills, AZ
Rich McKnight, Scottsdale, AZ
Holly Miller, Scottsdale, AZ
Kristina Pham, Phoenix, AZ
Cristian Rios, Phoenix, AZ
Kristin Steele, Surprise, AZ
Jenn Thompson, Boulder, CO
This is the first year we have accepted open applications for Team Aravaipa, and the process has been enlightening to say the least! I initially intended to keep the team to 10 members as it was last year, but with 75 applications and so many qualified runners, we quickly expanded the limits. Though every person would have brought something new and unique to the team, we had to narrow it down to a select few. What qualities stuck out in the selection process? Today I’ll share a bit of the behind-the-scenes process of what brings the team together.
Team Aravaipa was started in 2010. We saw a young but growing community of trail and ultrarunners, many just beginning to develop their competitive potential. The team became one way for Aravaipa to support promising runners to represent Arizona on a national level. In the last three years, Aravaipa has grown and so has the goals of our team.
The competitive focus of Team Aravaipa is as strong as ever. Many of our team members are looking to hit the podium at big events, qualify for national teams, and set records.
This year we added a few spots for runners that aren’t necessarily running to win, but add a lot to the Arizona running community in countless ways.
The Aravaipa community has grown beyond borders. Not only do we have races outside Arizona, but many out of state runners visit so frequently that they are truly members of the Araviapa family.
We look for qualities beyond the resume of a runner. What does a person give back to the community to keep it strong? Attitude, volunteer history, encouragement to other runners, and many other factors played a big role in who made the final cut.
After the application period closed on November 1, I printed out a hard copy of every application. To give every applicant equal consideration, I hadn’t read any up to this point. Going through each application, I made notes on what qualities stuck out at me from each of the responses. My first impression going through the stack was how many great people were applying. I’d made a push when announcing the team for every type of runner to apply, hoping no one would sell themselves short because they weren’t winning races. The response had been bigger than I’d imagined, and our “Everyday Runner” spots became more competitive than the competitive ones.
Beyond making the selection far more difficult for me, this was truly flattering. So many of you connect with Aravaipa and the Arizona running community as your second family, that being an ambassador is second-nature.
The final selection was made by Jamil and myself, after much deliberation. It was a challenge to have limited space, as we wanted to keep many more. At the end of the day, we picked a team that we feel is well-balanced to represent Aravaipa and enhance the community around us.
We will be selecting a new team for 2015. I can only hope to have this hard of a time making the selections next time around, it’s a good problem to have!
This Sunday, December 1 will be the second of three training runs along the Black Canyon Trail 100K course. We will be running approximately 18 miles from Bumble Bee to Black Canyon City Trailhead. There will be two on course water / aid stops at approximately mile 4.4 and 11.4. This section is mostly single track trail winding through saguaros and breathtaking views of the Bradshaw Mountains. There are also several stream crossings in the latter miles of the run!
The course will be minimally marked with orange ribbon and some flour arrows at key junctions, but we make no guarantees! Please download and bring these maps and pay attention on the run.
Schedule: Please meet at the Black Canyon City Trailhead at 7:00am to carpool together up to Bumble Bee. We will start just south of the bridge over Bumble Bee Creek around 7:45am (where we finished our first training run).
This is a completely free run and anyone is welcome!
Directions to Black Canyon City Trailhead (Where we meet at 7am)
1. From Phoenix, take I-17 freeway to exit 242 Black Canyon City / Rock Springs
2. Turn left onto Velda Rose Road and go 0.2 miles
3. Turn right onto Old Black Canyon Hwy
4. Take first left onto Warner Road and go 0.2 miles
5. Turn right into trailhead
Directions from Black Canyon City Trailhead to run start at Bumble Bee
1. Get back on I-17 North
2. Drive 5.9 miles and exit #248 Bumble Bee / Crown King
3. Turn left towards Bumble Bee and follow paved road down hill
4. Turn right onto dirt and follow until you see a trailhead on the left side of the road before the bridge over Bumble Bee Creek.
Contact: Questions? Email Jamil at email@example.com or call 602-361-7440
RSVP: On Facebook group or email Jamil
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/573135722751089/
This upcoming Sunday, November 10 will be the first of three training runs along the Black Canyon Trail. We will be breaking up the course for the inaugural BCT 100K race to be held February 15, 2014 into three sections on November 10, December 1 and January 19.
Here is information for those of you wanting to join on this first training run:
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2014.
Directions to Bumble Bee (end of run, park here to carpool to run start):
1. Drive north from Phoenix on the I-17 Freeway
2. Take exit #248 towards Bumble Bee / Crown King
3. Turn left and drive 2.1 miles on pavement (road descends downhill)
4. Turn right at the bottom where it turns to dirt and take Crown King Road for 2.9 miles to a small dirt parking lot on the left side of the road. If you cross a bridge over Bumble Bee Creek you have gone too far.
Directions to Mayer High School from Bumble Bee (we will carpool as a group):
1. Drive north on Crown King Road for 5.6 miles
2. Turn right onto Forest Road 259 and go 1.3 miles
3. Turn right staying on Forest Road 259 and go 2.8 miles
4. Continue straight onto Antelope Creek Road at town of Cordes and go 2.8 miles
5. Take right onto Duffers Drive and then go 1.3 miles
6. Turn left onto Spring Lane and go 0.6 miles through the town of Spring Valley
7. Turn right onto Mule Deer and the high school will be straight ahead
Format: This is a no fee, limited aid, limited course marking training run. You must plan to be self sufficient in terms of navigation, personal safety and aid between stations. Aid is not guaranteed to be there for all runners, so plan accordingly and do not assume aid will be there for you. Please study the maps on this post, utilize the posted GPS files and follow signage for the Black Canyon Trail.
Distance: The first 18.3 miles of the Black Canyon Trail 100K course. This will be a point to point training run so car shuttles will be necessary.
Shuttle: We will meet at the end of the run (Bumble Bee, AZ) about 1/4 mile south of the bridge over Bumble Bee Creek. Park here by 7AM and we will carpool in as few vehicles as possible up to Mayer High School. We will plan to start running from Mayer High School at 7:30AM.
Aid: We will have at least one vehicle providing aid at approximately mile 7.4 and 12.4, but depending on how spread out runners are, you may or may not receive aid at one or both. Treat it as a bonus, but not guaranteed.
Markings: The course on principle will be unmarked. There is signage for the Black Canyon Trail at most questionable junctions, but we recommend studying and printing maps to bring with you. The front runners may carry a roll of orange ribbon to hang at some junctions, but do not expect or count on this.
Cost: Free. If you want to bring a snack to share at the finish and camp chair to hang out post-run please do so.
Contact: Questions? Email Jamil at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-361-7440
RSVP: On Facebook group or email Jamil
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/752292708129777/
This year’s Javelina Jundred men’s field has shaped up in the past couple weeks to be quite impressive. We’ve got the Javelina men’s course record holder, the course record holder of The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, and a past winner of the Badwater 135.
Set the course record on this course in 2011 at 13:47 and is a veteran 100 mile runner with numerous wins and records. He recently set the FKT on the John Muir Trail.
Smashed the course record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning this summer – finishing Western States, Vermont, Leadville and Wasatch 100 milers. He also won Leadville and has a 100 mile personal best of 12:44 at Rocky Raccoon.
Has podiumed at Badwater the past 5 years and won the race in 2011. He has a 14:30 100 mile personal best at Rocky Raccoon and recently won the Yellowstone-Teton Endurance 100 in 15:34.
Joe placed 2nd at the 2012 Hardrock just behind Hal and was running tied for the lead through half of Hardrock this year before dropping. He should be ready to go after missing out on the Run Rabbit Run 100 due to the Colorado flooding.
Hailing from Tucson, Arizona Catlow has wins at the Old Pueblo 50, Zane Grey 50 and Flagstaff 50. He placed 6th at his first 100 miler this year at the San Diego 100 and it will be fun to see how he stacks up against this field.
With 3 finishes at Javelina, he is experienced on this course and has a course best of 16:34 which he ran last year. If it is hot expect Mark to do well. He placed 2nd here in 2009, 2nd in 2010 and 4th in 2011 the year of Hal’s record.
Jeremy won Bear 100 this year and Cascade Crest last year both in the 2nd fastest times ever at each race. We’ll see how he can run on a flatter course this weekend.
Also from Tucson, Sion has competed at several of Aravaipa’s Insomniac Night Races this summer with a second place finish at the Vertigo 63K and first place finish at the Javelina Jangover 75K.
Christian is a Phoenix local and at just 20 years of age already has some impressive ultra victories under his belt. He has won his last 5 trail races he has competed in – all at Aravaipa’s Insomniac Night Races ranging from 31K to 65K in distance. Expect him to be running up with the leaders.
With lots of mountain running experience including finishes at Hardrock, Jason should run in the top 10.
What are your thoughts? Anyone we are missing?
Aravaipa Running is proud to announce the Aravaipa Youth Runs! In partnership with the Scottsdale-based Naturopathic Specialists, Aravaipa will be offering select races to youth under the age of 18 at no cost. The first race to be offered is the McDowell Mountain Frenzy on December 7, 2013 with a 1.6 mile run. Runners of any age are welcome, though children under 13 must have an adult accompany them during the entire run.
The program intends to introduce youth to the joys of trail running in a safe and friendly environment. Exercise and diet are critical part of a lifelong healthy lifestyle, and Aravaipa Running stands behind encouraging this at all ages. Aravaipa also offers healthy and vegan options in the post race meals at every race. Kids participating in the run will receive the full race experience including technical t-shirt, finisher glass, chip timing, and post-race refreshments, all through the generous sponsorship of the Scottsdale-based Naturopathic Specialists. Dan Rubin, a doctor at the practice and frequent runner of Aravaipa events, fully supports the runs:
The more science and medicine progress the more obvious it becomes that prevention of chronic disease should start at a young age. Exercise is an absolute basis for such prevention and it seems these days, that exercise has taken a back seat to more sedentary and indoor activities usually engaged in front of a screen. Likewise, “modernization” of exercise has encouraged our youth towards computer-generated and fantastical representations of real sport. I support efforts which direct our younger generations towards the beautiful outdoors, towards the self-propelled activities that our bodies were meant to perform. Ultimately it is important that our youth recognize that health, happiness and stimulation can still be found is such activities. I salute Aravaipa Running for their dedication to kids’ wellness and Naturopathic Specialists, LLC, is proud to be a partner is this endeavor.Phoenix Top Doc, Dr. Dan Rubin
Youth or their parents may sign up online through the sign up form. Details of how to complete registration will be provided within a week. Youth entry for this race is limited to 50 participants.
Team Aravaipa is a group of Arizona trail and ultrarunners committed to bettering themselves, the trail and ultrarunning community as a whole, and being ambassadors for Aravaipa Running and its races. We are now accepting applications for the 2014 team! Applications will be accepted through November 1 for the 2014 team, and team announcement will be made in December 2013.
Who should apply?
Team Aravaipa is for ultrarunners along with shorter distance trail runners.
Team Aravaipa is looking for local runners with ambition and drive to compete on a national level*.
Team Aravaipa is looking for local runners with a presence in the community.
Team Aravaipa is looking for runners who push their boundaries and aren’t afraid to face new challenges.
Team Aravaipa is looking for runners with the desire to continually improve their running performances.
Team Aravaipa is looking for enthusiastic runners who are motivated to encourage others to succeed.
*While competitive performances are looked at strongly in the application process, not all team spots are for competitive runners.
We will be accepting several runners based on factors other than competitive potential.
Comped entry into all Aravaipa Running events.
Team racing jersey.
Aravaipa Running apparel & gear.
Team members are expected to:
Be an ambassador for Aravaipa Running at races and on the trails.
Compete in many organized trail and ultrarunning events in 2014.
Be a positive and visible part of the Arizona ultrarunning and trail running community.
Contribute race reports to the Aravaipa Running blog.
2014 Application Download:
Heading over to Memorial Park on race morning of this year’s Silverton Alpine Marathon & 50K, I was hit with a few drops of rain. The skies were cloudy and dark in the pre-dawn hours leaving me wondering what the runners would be in for during the race. As darkness gave way to light as runners checked in and prepped for the day’s event, the skies looked ominous, but were holding out. Nineteen 50K runners took off at 7am for the short out and back on the last part of the course. The first runner, Dennis Pollow Jr. was back through the start/finish line in Memorial Park at 7:32 and was off to complete the marathon course.
Marathon runners took off at 8am, set to chase down the 50K runners who had all made it back through Memorial Park by the time they started. The course follows the Alpine Loop jeep trails in the San Juan backcountry through the old mining towns of Howardsville, Eureka, Animas Forks and Gladstone. En route, runners climb over the 12,960 foot California Pass at mile 16 and the 12,730 foot Hurricane Pass at mile 17. One of the unique parts of the race is the marathon & 50K times are typically about 1 hour apart, meaning it is truly a race to see whether a marathoner or 50Ker will finish first!
Runners were treated to aid stations spaced 4 miles apart on the course staffed by experienced and enthusiastic volunteers, runners themselves. Leah Fein from Durango who has previously won the 50K has staffed the Animas Forks aid station the past two years and even went for a run to the top of California Pass before her shift started! Dan Novak of Ouray has been helping at most of the Kendall Mountain Runs for the past 15 years and also the Silverton Alpine events for the past 4-5 years.
Heading down from Hurricane Pass, our lead marathon runner and now Silverton local Andy Wellman passed the lead 50K runner and went on to win in a time of 3:39:36, a great time on this tough course! He was followed up by Marco Zuniga of Durango who finished in 3:55:52. He recently placed high at the Pikes Peak Marathon and was contemplating whether or not to run almost up to race start. Our first female marathon runner was Keri Nelson of Gunnison who won in a time of 4:44:35. Keri holds the course record at the Kendall Mountain “K2″ Double. Elizabeth Davis was not too far behind, finishing second in 4:57:52.
There was no stopping Leila Degrave of Leadville who ran a very strong 50K to set a new course record in 5:04:23, placing second overall. She handily beat out the lead female marathon runners. There were a total of 19 finishers in the 50K, our ultimate finisher being Hurricane Carter of Crested Butte in 8:13:32. The marathon saw a total of 28 finishers and everyone enjoyed a great post run barbecue in Memorial Park. Thanks to Julie Danjou and Blaze Braford-Lefebvre for helping at the barbecue, Montanya for donating a free Coor’s beer to all finishers, Ken Webb of Quiet Bear Art for the race awards, Megan Kimmell for holding packet pickup at Mobius and Rodger Wrublik for the equipment used at the finish line and aid stations.
The clouds built up around the course most of the day, but it didn’t rain until the last 30 minutes of the race when we only had 2 runners left out on the course. Thank you to all of the runners and volunteers for making this summer’s Silverton Alpine Running events a fun recreational opportunity for the town. We’ll be back next year. Until then, Run Steep and Get High!
We are excited to work with two researchers from CSU Fullerton on their study of the impact of creatine on endurance running performance. The study will be held at our two upcoming events in September, the Flagstaff Endurance Runs on September 14 and the Javelina Jangover Night Runs on September 21. We encourage all runners planning to attend these events to consider participating in the study.
What is involved in the study?
There are two parts to participating in the study. The first part is administered pre-race, and involves filling out a short questionnaire and taking a 10 minute cognitive ability test. The second part is administered post-race, and involves taking another 10 minute cognitive ability test. The study will analyze the change in cognitive ability after an endurance run in the context of several factors being studied.
For those not wishing to participate in the cognitive ability test, taking only the short questionnaire is still valuable to the researchers.
What do I need to do to participate in the study?
Runners interested in participating should show up at the race start 1 hour before their scheduled race start. The instructions, surveys, and cognitive tests can take up to 30 minutes to administer, and this will provide adequate time to prepare for your race after the study. After you finish your race, please check in with the researchers again to complete the second cognitive test.
Though anyone can choose to participate the day of the race, the researchers will appreciate advance notice to help in their planning. Interested runners can contact Norma Quirarte at (email@example.com) and indicate (1) your name and contact email, (2) your event (Flagstaff or the Jangover), and (3) the race distance. Providing this will also allow the researchers to follow up with the results of their study down the line.
If you have any questions, please contact Norma at the email above!
The Estrella Mountains stand as looming giants south of Phoenix, the rugged peaks jutting high in the sky. nestled below the majestic giants are the single track trails located in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park, not as daunting but not to be underestimated. Like the rest of the night series, the temperatures were warm but manageable as the sun sunk in the sky. Runners who had participated in Sinister, Adrenaline, and Vertigo had an idea of what lay ahead. With options of 15k, 31k, and 62k, over 175 runners arrived planning to run between one and four loops.
The loop’s elevation profile.
The course rolls through the foothills of the Estrellas, climbing gradually for the first half and descending the second half, with a few extra hills thrown in for good measure. Total climbing for the loop is around 700 feet. The trail is rocky like the mountains it is born from, with both wide and narrow single track sections. The winding stretches on the back side make the course compact together, giving runners lots of opportunity to see each other on the loop.
The 62k field was filled with ultrarunning veterans, including Siniser, Adrenaline, and Vertigo ultra winner Cristian Rios alongside Adrenaline and Vertigo ultra winner Jenn Thompson. Lisa Raykowski returned after her victory at the Vertigo 31k, and Amy English was back after winning the short distance at the previous two Insomniac races. The ultra competitors lined up as the sun dipped low in the sky before sprinting off to catch their only trail miles in the light. The 31k runners followed as the last streams of sunlight escaped over the mountain silhouettes. Finally, the 15kers clicked on their headlamps with the last glint of the day faded as a muted glow. With the sound of the horn, all of the races were underway.
The 15k race begins.
The trails at Estrella are rocky like the mountains they’re born from, and tough like the runners that tackle them. The course is full of open expanses that allowed runners to see each other for miles, headlamps bobbing across a wide landscape.
Runners start as the day finishes.
The sky turned to black and the runners continued on their first loop. Cristian is first through the start area as usual, with a quick transition and several minute lead on the field. A few more men follow before Jenn comes through as the women’s leader. The rest of the 62k runners continue to come through as the time ticks on.
Lights stream in to the finish area.
The 31k runners hit the halfway point as they arrive at the main aid, Andrew Builder and Lisa Raykowski leading the men’s and women’s races. Spectators sit back and enjoy the new “Aravaipa Cafe”, lit with overhead light ropes and situated with bistro tables, cool refreshments, and even minty treats. They cheer on the runners coming through, venturing back into the darkness for more.
Refueling at the aid station with Fluid.
The first 15k runner to finish was David Fiesoli from Italy in a time of 1:09:42. On the female front and clocking her third consecutive win was Amy English in a time of 1:30:19. As more runners finish the atmosphere builds, runners enjoying the post-race refreshments of iced coffee, mac & cheese, and vegan quesadillas. Cristian comes in from his second loop with an even bigger lead in the ultra, but is forced to stop as the result of injuries a week earlier when hit by a car while riding his bike. The lead is quickly picked up by Trent Peelle, veteran of the Javelina Jundred. Jenn holds strong to the women’s lead. Andrew Builder comes in to claim the 31k crown in 2:54:24.
Flying Miller Kick!
Everyone is having a good time out on the race course, especially Michael Miller with his gravity-defying finisher leap to 3rd. Shortly Lisa Raykowski comes in to win the women’s 31k in a time of 3:14:44.
Lisa Raykowski takes the 31k title.
Mark Cosmas and Jay Danek have a photo finish.
More and more runners finished as the clock flipped past midnight. Runners having a great time and cheering each other on.
The girls come in together!
After Trent called his race at 3 loops, the men’s lead was taken by Paul Bonnett, who kept his lead the final loop to win in a time of 6:47:46. The indefatigable Jenn Thompson three-peated for a winning women’s time of 7:46:39. Her boys volunteered throughout the race, and jumped to greet her at every lap.
Iced coffee bar at the finish line.
At the end of the night, John Vanderpot rounded out the 8 finishers of the 62k, taking the remainders of the iced coffee with him to make the long drive home to California.
All had a great time at Hypnosis and we look forward to next year.
The final race in the Insomniac series is the Javelina Jangover on September 21-22, featuring distances of 7k, 25k, 50k, 75k, and 100k. Come out for a full-moon night run!
Recognition goes out to our sponsors for the race: iRun for their continued support of the trail running community, Nathan providing gear and 20% off products to the race, Fluid for providing the sports drink, Black Diamond for providing discounted headlamps to runners, and Activate for handing out samples.
I’ll start by saying there were two things I failed to execute on this run… I needed two water bottles (only had one) and needed to fuel at a higher level, in spite of a good finish.
All week the monsoon effects were drying out and temps were looking favorable for better conditions than Vertigo two weeks prior. Check; great. This holds up to be true. The start temp is lower and the air is drier. Compared to Vertigo, a 6.5 mile loop, this is 9.5ish. Each had an aid station midpoint or so. Check; great. I’ve run the course before with Xterra, and while this is backwords of Xterra, this is still a plus. Check; great. Since fall 2012 I’ve been running in Saucony Xodus 3.0 trail shoes; a 4mm drop, the shoes felt great from the start, even though I previously had been wearing Brooks Cascadia’s. Current pair has 200+ miles on it, so I inspect the shoes and while a few lugs are missing on the Vibram sole (have learned this sole is not ideal in wet conditions), good to go. Check; great! First Endurance EFS electrolyte mixed in bottle… good to go! J
Beautiful desert evening, dry compared to previous weeks, and a meteor shower on tap to boot. I arrive at Aravaipa City 6:45PM; get badge, find some shade. Legs feel good, no stomach knots, just a desire to put in a long run. Following the 7pm ultra start, we line up and get the go signal at 7:30pm.
The first 4 miles were wide track, fairly smooth, some sandy sections, with a gradual uphill climb to highest elevation on loop. Carried a modest pace, and time went by quickly listening to Jay Danek chat with Paulette Zilmer. True to form, Jay flies downhill… tonight was no different, as my headlight filled brightly with his dust. Trail became more technical at this point, with some gnarly ankle twisters waiting to ruin your night… found that downhill I had to adjust light more down on trail for these rocks, only to lift at the subsequent uphill (glad I put new batteries in before race). Into the aid station we went, greeted by wonderful volunteers yet again. Refilled the bottle, scooped up some potato, and off to finish lap 1.
Trail had a lot of U-turns and S turns (with them gnarly rocks in wait) that makes one feel like you are going more backwards than forward. A very sandy descent down into the wash, a short ascent back up across a service road, and more S-turns leading to final loop switchback. It was great during the climb to look back into the valley and see the march of headlights; at this point the ¼ moon was nearly gone on the western horizon. After cresting the climb, one can see the Start/Finish line with all the lights aglow, but careful. The initial downhill had some rocks in strange places, so attention is required. Once off the steepest part, the runner is free to fly to the finish.
Lap 2 was a repeat, and par for the course, all the hills seemed longer and taller. I came up to Pat Devine, his first race adventure, first distance past 14 miles, first night run, and we chatted into the aid station. I didn’t stay long at the aid station, and headed off to finish the course.
Overall, I like this course. I ran my 20oz bottle dry prior to final ascent, and finished dehydrated. Elevated temps and I just don’t agree, so I’ll either carry two bottles next time (and fuel better) or run the shorter version. Undecided!
NOTES / THOUGHTS on HYDRATION and FUELING
This is the 4th night race I have done, starting with the Javelina 25k last fall. The desert dry heat and winds can play on your mental state and lead one into a false sense of hydration; one would think that I know this at 49, but I still make bad choices. Mrs Coury summed it up best after a visit to the first aid tent at Cave Creek Thriller in 2012, saying ‘it’s not just how you hydrate during the race, but how you prepare your hydration 24-48 hours before the event. I like my coffee, but this means day before and day of race, no coffee. She mentioned that on the day before, drink some electrolyte. I’ve learned to watch the fiber in the diet; too much means a visit to the PJ more times than necessary. And for me, no yard work day before; it takes too much out of my hydration effort.
Friday I ran 5 street miles with 3 miles 12x repeat fartlek (200m at 10k pace with 200m jog) to keep legs loose for race day. It was nice out Friday morning, and I always drink a 16oz glass of orange juice before early runs. However, I did have a cup of coffee, and with temps being cooler (so it seemed) I failed to drink any electrolyte. Saturday morning I decided to trim a few bushes that were annoying me… I had light sweat, but came in and drank 12oz liquid after 15 minutes exposure. No big deal, right? Tried to take early afternoon nap; nothing doin’. Just can’t sleep. At 4pm, I eat a large baked potato, and have a glass of electrolyte. This time is was 12oz with Nuun active hydration, while during the race, my first water bottle is always filled with First Endurance EFS electrolyte; this has worked well for me to keep legs from cramping (not a pleasant experience).
I believe I started the race rested, fueled and well hydrated. I sipped on the bottle every mile, and made sure it was empty at every aid station. Given the demise at the finish, two water bottles (one with water, one with electrolyte) would have worked much better.
As for fueling, I did eat at the aid stations; mostly diced boiled potato, but also chips and pretzels. I had a liquid shot with me, but chose not to use it; bad choice. I had some other goodies in the pack as well, but as they were on the backside, chose not to swing the belt around and get them out; another bad choice. So I am now going to be looking for belt that will hold 2 large bottles in back, with snack pouch in front. I just don’t like carrying the bottles… but I know this is another option.
Live, learn, move forward! Happy trails to all. J
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