After the back to back long runs in TN, I thought I'd go down to LBL & run a lap or two on the course since I'm having concerns about the 50 miler. I was planning on a good rest, then on Thursday or Friday I'd get the run in.
It turns out the Western Kentucky Running
Club (WKRC), the people who put on LBL, lets their race day volunteers
make an official run the weekend before the actual race. I thought it
an ideal time to join them so I could try out my new toy AND get in a
confidence builder over the course.
I believe most of the
volunteers were running 1 loop (23k). I would do 1 loop & if I felt
like it, I would continue on with 2 loops (marathon). For the race
this weekend, if my back doesn't give me problems, I don't think I would
have trouble with finishing 50 miles. The problem is the cutoff at 36
miles, which is at 2:15 pm (a 13' pace). Pacing is critical -- I'm
so worried that I won't make that cutoff that I usually start too fast.
Course was in great condition -- it was cool & breezy along the lake.
I started the run too fast on the road (I do this about every year) --
got caught up talking about the GoPro & whatnot. Even so, I fell increasingly further & further behind the main group of WKRC runners.
concentrated on my pace -- I wanted to see how long I could maintain
the 13'/mile average. After the quick start I slowed down & by the
end of the loop my average was down to the 13'/mile. Since I felt OK I
continued with the 2nd loop. I averaged around 14'/mile on the 2nd loop
-- I think I could have averaged 13'/mile, but I didn't want to push it
this close to the race. I don't know if I could have made it to 36
miles at that pace, but at least I know now I do have a chance -- it was
a problem with the GoPro. I'm getting a thumping noise when I'm
running but it goes away when I turn my head to the side. I believe it
has to do with the strapping, but haven't figured it out yet. A bit
disappointed the rechargeable battery only lasted about 110'. I have some more
batteries on order. Here's a 19 sec clip: