While I’ll have more to say later, I did, in fact, drop out of Saturday’s Hellgate 100k. By 10 miles in I was feeling very weak and despite pounding Clifshot for the next couple hours, my energy never came back. I called it quits at aid station 4. I had no real reason to drop other than I was tired. My legs were fine, I hadn’t turned an ankle, no kicked rocks – just tired. Pretty weak, huh?
In retrospect, there are a few things that may have played into me feeling so poorly. First, there’s that little matter of running hard (even if not “racing”) three 50 milers in 15 days just three weeks prior. Also, I worked all day Friday before the 12:01 a.m. Saturday start. This was a mistake. I had a somewhat stressful and extremely busy day in the office on Friday and I didn’t remember how much that can take out of me physically. I won’t make that mistake again… at least until I forget the lesson again.
I’ll hope to expand this post in the next couple days. However, work continues to be crazy – I was in the office for 9 hours on Sunday and almost 13 yesterday. With the need to get runs in, that doesn’t leave much time for anything else.