Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Still regrouping from Rocky Raccoon. On a day when so many things went right--good nutrition, little muscle soreness, new friends--my feet did me in. I still don't have a full race report, but I'll get one together eventually. Here's the short version.

It was warm. High 70s-low 80s with lots of sun.

I started having chafing and foot issues around mile 30. The chafing got so bad I had to cut the liner out of my running shorts. The seam was killing me. I considered calling it at mile 40, but I changed socks and shoes and kept moving.

After 60 miles, I was allowed to have a pacer, and Nell was there to keep me moving. But I was hurting.

I stopped around mile 65 and pulled off my shoes to discover an enormous red stain around the middle of the toes on my left foot. We made it to the Dam Road aid station (mile 72.2), where they did their best to tend to the huge blisters that had formed on the balls of both feet, in between two of the toes on my left foot, and on the big toe of my right foot.

Nell and I slowly made our way to the Park Road aid station (mile 75.61), but it was a death march. I sat down and again contemplated dropping, but my sister had come to pace me for a bit, and I decided to try to keep moving. I had to walk on my heels to avoid the blisters. It was brutal We made it 2.2 miles down the trail before calling it. At that point, I was averaging more than 30 mins per mile and, assuming I could even keep that pace (doubtful), I wouldn't make it under the 30 hour cutoff.
So... DNF at 77 miles.

Damn. The biggest bummer is that my legs were good, my nutrition was fine, and mentally, I was still in it for the long haul. But the wheels literally came off.

I'll be back next year.

In the meantime, I've got to heal quickly because I am an official pace group leader for the Cowtown ultramarathon (50 km) next weekend.


Dr. Marc and Tanya said...

DNF's hurt, but there is always something to learn from them. Take care of those feet, and see ya on the trails!

Reese said...

By now you surely know that Cowtown is the 28th, not the 21st. Gives us an extra week to recover from Rocky Raccoon. I'm "just" doing the marathon. Might wear my El Scorcho shirt.

Ryan "GandaMan" Valdez said...

Yep, you're right. I get another week. And I will need it.

AnthonyP said...

Sorry about the blister and chafing issues and the DNF. I remember you passed me by and told me about the nasty chafing issues. I know that stuff kills !


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