"TOUGHEST RACE in the NORTHWEST" ***
2014 Theme: Killer Queen. Queen themed music, signage, costumes and pageantry. Pretty cool.
2nd Place out of 2500 runners
|Pre-race. This crew has got me through some pretty crazy racing over the years.|
|Fresh Race Rockers sans socks. Just a nick and I bled like a stuck pig. This was from breaking my stride with my right leg on the down hill to keep my left calf from going. Sweet shoes at 7 ounces. I will review these soon.|
|At the finish party with the winner. Big neck bling. Photo: KTVB Eileen Capson|
|Good beer and good friends at the finish. Brandi, Katie and I hung out and took in the scene for hours after the race. We were on one of the last buses out of there. I partied as hard as my dehydrated body would allow. No more treats until September.|
SCOTT Split Shorts
SCOTT Race Rocker racing flats
VFUEL Gel packet at miles 4 and 7.
Vespa Ultra Concentrate 15 minutes pre-race
Breathe-Right nose strip. I'm liking how these help me breathe. No sponsor or anything, just digging the extra O2.
Pre-Race Chiropractic by Dr. Guy Jeppe of McCall Chiropractic/ Personalized Healing.
Pre-Race Fitness: Cardio= B/B+. Muscle and Tissues= C. Weight= C. Racing Specific Training Miles= D. Heat Training: D. Coming in I had only covered 550 miles this year, with only 400 of those miles from running. In those 550 miles, I climbed over a quarter million feet of vertical (average grade of nearly 500 feet per mile traveled). That makes for pretty strong lungs but sorely lacking in preparation of the running tissues. I have my standard lower leg issues that plague each December to July. I was lucky not to tear my calf in the race. As is customary, I carry my 6 or 7 extra pounds of winter weight until it warms up in July. It was up near 80 deg F, which is very hot for me for April. The snow just left the front yard and McCall is still a month away from any trails melting out. I did some sauna sessions and some gym workouts with extra clothes- it still felt way hot out there. Of course all of these standards are compared against my late summer/autumn peak numbers. For April, I am way ahead of the curve. All signs point to another year of solid growth and improvement.
Race Exectution: A-. I raced hard, didn't settle. I believed until the end that I would catch him and win. I wanted to compete head to head. But, I learned in the first mile that if I did not run my own pace, my calf would have ripped and I would have blown up in that heat. So, I gave what I had. I believe I can run the course as much as 5 minutes faster and will try to prove it next year, using what I have learned.
Fun: A. I tried hard and enjoyed the experience completely. Half Marathons are infinitely more stressful to me than a 100 miler. That is the point. Get out of your comfort zone and get better at running faster. I was happy to not feel too anxious or nervous before the race and had no regrets after. Total fun.
Health: B. My calf is really sore and tired, but no long term damage. In the past few weeks, I tried to get some faster miles in before the race. That caused the calf tissues to stress, as I am accustomed to for April. Thankfully, we have another week of snow in the forecast, so I am hitting the ski slopes some more. That should get me back to normal and ready to resume a slight mileage uptick. Nothing crazy until July.
***Toughest in the Northwest- Unless you count any actual trail race, ultra race, track meet, etc. It's tough as far as your standard corny road races go, but only the "toughest" if you decide to make it that way and run to your limits. Regardless of it's "toughest" status, it is Idaho's classic race. It sells out 2500 plus bibs in minutes. I will be back for more.