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Undertrained Yet Overjoyed: Bulldog 50k Post Race Thoughts/Review

I thought I was being realistic about a top 10 finish even considering my weekly mileage leading up to the race was minimal, but I was wrong. I ended up running a 4:44:09, 13th overall. After I crossed the finish line I was just glad to have ran without injuring myself and having run a race I was proud of.

Bulldog Garmin Race Profile

Before the race I made the decision to put myself in a position to compete for a podium spot by running with the lead pack for the first loop. This was a crazy strategy, but made a lot of sense at the time. I figured one never knows when it may be the day for a breakout performance until you put yourself in the position to do great things. Can’t be scared about running up front! (Note that this strategy only works with proper training:-)

The first few miles were spent waking up the legs to get ready for the climb ahead. This course is great because the first three or so miles are relatively flat so there’s ample time to prepare the body for the heavy climb and steep descent.

I managed to consistently run 4th-6th place for the first lap. I ran a personal record of 1:56:xx for the first lap (previous PR was 2:02:xx at Malibu Creek 25k race). I was just starting to feel some cramping after stopping to refill my water bottles and tried to hang on for a mile before having to walk. At this point I decided I wouldn’t be able to maintain any kind of competitive pace and decided finishing healthy would be the best thing to do. New strategy: power walk the climbs and controlled running downhill. The new strategy led to a 2:46:xx lap. My lungs were fine, but the legs just couldn’t hang. Now I’m excited to race Bulldog next year and run to my potential.

What’s next? Lots of slower miles and lots of climbing. Simple, but effective for me.

Major thanks to:
My wife Cristina and sister Pureza for coming out and cheering me on. Nancy Shura-Dervin for putting on a festive and very well organized race. Nuun for adding some pizzaz to my water. Mark from Mizuno for the pair of Wave Kazans. The Kazan enabled me safely bomb the fire roads down without fear of slipping and with firmer cushioning under-foot to help dissipate shock. A Runner’s Circle for their support of my running. Very lucky to be working for a company that understands my passion and enables me to spread my love of running to others.

Finally, pictures! (Thanks to Rony Sanche, Becky Galland, and Deo)





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Week Seven – Marathon Training Recap

A hot and humid week of running. Felt strong all week. I feel my aerobic level has increased. 7:50 is easy conversation pace now. Just a couple of instances where I’ve had discomfort running and both times were after hard workouts, so pretty normal stuff. The recovery runs and stretching helped with loosening the muscles. Felt great after.

I need to do a better job of hydrating while on the run. I do a good job of getting fluids in prior to runs, but a bad job during and post runs. Perhaps the water bottle I won from ARC will help me do a better job.

Nutritionally a sub-par week. Been using Herbalife endurance products for snacks and post-workout nutrition. I add the meal replacement and post-workout formulas into my fruit smoothies. On their own the powders are too sweet and icky tasting. I also used the electrolyte drink once. It tasted OK. Only juiced twice this week.

Looking forward to more core exercises this coming week. I feel that when I run tall I’m more comfortable and have a quicker turnover. I know to keep this up I need to have a stronger core.

Avg Time: 01:15:26 h:m:s
Distance: 46.35 mi
Calories: 4,808 C
Time: 06:17:14 h:m:s
Avg Distance: 9.27 mi
Median Distance: 7.61 mi
Max Distance: 16.07 mi
Median Time: 01:02:18 h:m:s
Max Time: 02:11:47 h:m:s
Avg Elevation Gain: 370 ft
Median Elevation Gain: 405 ft
Max Elevation Gain: 722 ft
Elevation Loss: 1,852 ft
Avg Elevation Loss: 370 ft
Median Elevation Loss: 398 ft
Max Elevation Loss: 712 ft
Max Avg Speed: 8.4 mph
Max Speed: 13.6 mph
Count: 5 Activities
Elevation Gain: 1,850 ft
Avg Speed: 7.4 mph

Garmin Run Profiles:
Altadena Recovery Run
Rose Bowl Long Run
Griffith 6 Mile Tempo Run
Rose Bowl Recovery Run
Track Ladder Workout (400 – 1600)