Castle Peak 100K. Last 53 miles of the race. Stupidly decided to start another move to get the HR monitor working again but it failed. Just as well though since I felt comfortable running by RPE instead. Felt great most of the race. The Palisades section though towards the end was extremely difficult. I was getting tired (like everyone, sure), it was dark, the altitude was affecting me and it was very steep. Last but not least there were many sections where you had to use a rope to get through some very steep parts and rocky sections. My shoes weren't ideal for this section either. But overall the race was fun. I passed lots of people on the downhills, even though I was only running at 10-12 mile pace. Some of those people re-passed me going up the next hill, so I can see that gravity may be on my side in future races like this. Aid stations were tremendous. Loved this race and hope to be back next year.
Marin County Turkey Trot 5K. Only ran it because my granddaughter Gaby was running in the 1 mile kids run. I was totally not into this race and it was obvious that I should still be resting still. My average HR was only 156 which is evidence enough that I am still wore out from the 50 miler 5 days ago. If I were fresh my HR average would be in the mid 170s for this distance.
North Face San Francisco Endurance Challenge 50 miler. My first 50 miler, felt pretty good considering, but of course last 10-15 miles were tough. Fell twice and cut myself both times. A 60 year old bleeds a lot easier so it was a hassle constantly wiping off the blood with paper towels on a crowded downhill technical trail. Was hoping for 10:30, but I got close. My watch measured over 51 miler and I think it's right. Only ate M&Ms on the course, but I was very full at the start and my bladder was full of low calorie Gatorade. Now I got to eat some real food, lol. As for the watch, the SSU gave me no trouble whatsoever, no HR dropouts thank goodness. I had 25% battery left at the end. The Stryd battery ran out though toward the end. I estimated my heart could handle 145 bpm on average at that distance and I was close. I think I paced myself well.
Santa Rosa Marathon. Felt very good most of the race but (as expected) the last 5 miles was very tough. Slight uphill and the temps climbed into the mid 70's. But still I went fast enough the first 15 miles to get another PR and to have an extra cushion for qualifying for Boston (-5:28). Finished fifth (out of 33) in my age group.
Golden Gate Trail Run 50K
Rodeo Valley Trail Run 30K
Trick or Trot 5K
Golden Gate Trail Run 30K
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