Monday, February 13, 2012

My First Ultra Marathon Mistakes

SKArunner_me2My first ultra, the Devil Mountain 50,  was total training for me.  I was told to just go out and enjoy it.  so I did until I bonked really hard, but once I crossed that finish line, I forgot all about it.   And man I learned a lot. 

Thinking about it now, I can’t believe some of the things that happened, it just makes me laugh. 

Pre-Race Mistakes

  • Did not fully pack my running gear the night before – long drive and too tired.
  • Used an inflatable air mattress – it went flat in the night.
  • Hit the snooze button too many times.
  • Lost tract of time and missed the start of the race.
  • Wrongly predicted/calculated my pace.

Race mistakes   8G7HP3XTB5CE

  • Too much caffeinated GU early in the race in conjunction with good music – a bit hyper.
  • Ran out way too fast due to missing the start and wanted to make up the lost time.
  • Forgot my headlamp in the drop bag at the last aide station.
  • Did not eat around mile 40, wasn’t hungry – Bonked later.
  • Did not inspect my feet for blisters at any of the aide stations. 
  • Thought a blister on my foot was a rock in my shoe, but couldn’t find the rock?


Johann said...

Those are classic mistakes but can really ruin a great race. I still make mistakes with eating and drinking. I'm quite good with all the other logistics around races.

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