A top-10 list of some takeaways from Saturday.
- Slickrock is frustrating.
- 7:20 pace is the warm-up.
- Slickrock is basically an oven.
- Japanese runners love KT tape on their knees.
- Ibuprofen is an essential nutrient.
- Every ultra should have Mountain Dew.
- Steep climbs are difficult after 20+ flat, fast miles.
- Sand gets everywhere.
- 75 degrees feels oppressive in February; no matter what.
- I want a shirt that says 'red meat athlete #runonbeef'
Saturday was fun, though I was distinctly unprepared for what the slickrock gave me. Not much happened really; once I got to the slickrock at mile 20-21, my body just wouldn't really do what I wanted it to do. Likely this was a combination of low calories and my hips being locked into their stride from those first 20-21 cruiser miles. Running on the slickrock felt akin to performing plyometrics. For twelve miles.
I'm much more stoked about what the RMR ladies pulled off and what my Hokie friends did back in Virginia at Holiday Lake. They had four guys under four hours. Unreal. The weekend as a whole makes me want to get my ass in gear. I see lots of circles on an oval in my future. 17 weeks until Bighorn.