Here are my weird faces from my last race! i got to colorado friday and ran the #underarmour 50k on saturday. i felt the altitude difference, going from 100' at houston to 9700' at #coppermountain
i got a taste of reality with the mountain runners. i thought i could compete with the pros, but #mountainrunning is a different sport, much tougher running out in the mountains. i finished 21st place overall, 4th place in my division with a time of 5:47 minutes in this 50k race with 5,600' of elevation gain.
the race started at 7 am with the first miles going mostly uphill. first two miles my lungs were burning, i was huffing and spitting. then my heart rate calmed down a bit, but my legs were feeling heavy with the climbs. mile 7 to 15 was mostly downhill and i pushed the pace. mile 15 comes and you have to repeat the course a second time. by this time i was feeling optimistic as i ran fast going down, little did i know my legs were shot. i started loop 2 hoping to negative split but had to walk most of the next 7 miles going up, feeling so heavy on the legs, burnt, dizzy, stomach achy. it was discouraging to get passed as people ran the uphills while i walked. last 8 miles going down i pushed again and continued to run and pass a few runners.
in the end i was so happy (see finish line picture) to have run the race, be pushed and humbled by the mountain, meet some of the pros, and know that i gave it my best.