Monday, March 7, 2011

A-OK 25/50K

March 6, 2011  A-OK 25/50K in Atoka (Stringtown), OK

Aaron and Rob  (TATUR's)
The TATUR's had a great showing at A-OK.  The weather was perfect for trail running.  8:00am start was mid-20s, gloves and long tech shirt was good.  As the day progress, temps were in mid 60s though, but the winds kept it chilly at times.

Kurt contemplating a win!

Kurt and Jason (another TATUR) ran a strong race throughout.  Kurt looked strong from start to finish.  He went on to win the 50K (4:30-something), followed by Jason in second place.  Kurt's wife, Shelly, won the womens 50K.  She too look very strong throughout the whole race.
Me and Rob  (TATUR twins)

I was hanging with Rob from the beginning, until we got close to 5 miles.  We got to a rocky section, and Rob twisted his ankle big time.  While he tried to walk it off, I kept on going.  I was finally getting into a groove at about 6-7 miles.  My pace was finally at about 8-9 min./mile.  At about mile 10, I crossed Rob again, and his ankle was not looking good...but he was still moving.

I got back to base camp (halfway) in about 2hr.30min.  For some reason, my right calf muscle started to hurt.  I must've had a mis-step somewhere in the rocky section.  And as I was about to face some more climbs on the second loop, I was really re-thinking if I should go out again.

So I start back out again.  I basically walked about a mile and half until I reached the top where it was more flat sections.  I was able to start running again...but with caution.  I took it easy for the rest of the way.  I was able to get back in one piece without major damage.  My finish time was 5:42.53.  It was a great training run.

Thank you to Mary Ann Miller, the volunteers, Dora (aid station specialist), and some friends who reward me with a special prize for finishing (Navajo frybread and mutton...Yummmm! reason I make the trip to Atoka every year).

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