Running in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan: follow the river...s - I like discovering cities by foot, I mean running. To share my experience for others to do the same. Nowadays though, there are so many runs already docume...
Friday, July 13, 2007
RUTH ANDERSON 50KM ULTRAMARATHON
At first, I was entered in the 50 mile option, but due to a training injury I decided to do the 50km option instead. I met a bunch of the UltraHolics gang at the start. After warming up a bit, we all went to the starting line. This race takes place around Lake Merced in San Francisco. Mostly a paved bike path around the lake, but some "trail" option (unpaved jog path next to the asphalt for parts of the run). The gun went off and we started running. I was in a very comfortable pace and found myself with the lead pack (two faster runners were up front). As I was running past Mile 1, I passed someone who looked familiar. It was John Mintz - the runner who took first place in the San Francisco One Day 12 Hour run (my first Ultra). I chatted with him a bit - he was doing the 50 mile option. After a bit I picked up my pace and ended up catching the top 2 runners.
I ran with both of these guys for a bit. They were going for the 100km option. They were both from Europe. One was training for the Basel 24 Hour run (which I was also eyeing at that time - it is a one day race around a track in Basel, Switzerland which is a frequent business travel destination for me. I ended up doing Quicksilver 50 Mile instead (race report below)). After a bit, one of the runners took off at a pace I decided not to match.
We finished the second loop averaging to the second 7 minute miles. The loops were 4.5 miles long. I was in second place at that time, but then the other lead runner took off to catch the first runner. This left me in 3rd place - a position I matained almost all the race.
The laps went by and I felt really strong. I came up on Rajeev who was grabbing a drink at an aid station. I shouted "No loitering." and we started running a bit. He was nursing an injury though.
As I came around the 6th lap, I was beginning to get a bit tired. I passed the race organizers table and told them that I was only doing one more lap (runners can decide their distance 50km, 50 mile, 100km, during the race - but one foot into the next distance and the runner is bound). As I went into my last lap, I was pretty tired. I had pushed a sub-3:20 marathon and needed just one more lap. I had to stop a couple of times to stretch out my legs. I then popped into a port-a-john for a quick stop. When I came out, I saw another runner ahead of me. I caught up to him and we talked a bit. He was going to do the 50 miler, but decided to do the 50km instead. We ran together for a bit but then he picked up the pace. I couldn't hold on. He came through the 50km in first place - around 3:51. I came to the finish about 3 minutes later with a 3:54 and a second place finish. I was very happy as this was only my second Ultra ever and I achieved a second place overall finish and I went sub-4 in the 50km. RESULTS: http://www.run100s.com/results/ra07.txt