Race Recap: Nanny Goat 12/24hr Race

Earlier this year I signed up to run my first 100k later this year and I was/am super excited, but a lot nervous since I had only done a few 50k races.  A 50k jump is a lot of miles to jump. I wanted and needed to do a 50 miler but we didn’t have a lot of options with Sean’s full 100/200 schedule this summer.

Last summer we did the Summer Solstice Run around Chrissy Field and I did the 6 hour race.  It was fun, but a 1 mile loop can get really monotonous really quick.  That was an actual loop course which made it really easy, however the weather was unpredictable as you made your way around the loop.  Super windy & cold on one side and hot on the other.

So when we looked at the available races and saw Nanny Goat, my first thought was, another loop course?  But then as I looked at our other options and more importantly time limits on those races, Nanny Goat looked better and better.

So we both signed up for the 24 hour race.  It was the same price for both so I figured the 24 hour race would give me a better option to get my 50 miles in.

I was in Vegas for work most of the week before the race so I wasn’t able to do my normal pre-race hydration routine.  I did get a few juices, Chia Kombucha and bottles of water down so I felt relatively hydrated.

We drove up to Riverside on Friday evening, fortunately and surprisingly the traffic was really light.  Since it was the holiday weekend, I’m guessing a lot of people took the day off because the only minor traffic we hit was near Temecula which is really odd for a Friday heading up towards LA.

We checked into our hotel and got some dinner from a cute little pizza place in downtown. Yum, yum!

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Once we got back, we got out all of our gear, set all our devices up to charge before getting some sleep.  I did my Flat Jenny at home so I could make sure I had everything so I was all set gear wise.

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A few nice things about this race.

#1 – It didn’t start until 8am so we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to be there.  We slept in until probably 6:15/6:30a.

#2 – We were only 15 minutes away from the race and while it was big compared to the Summer Solstice Race, there was no traffic so we didn’t have to leave early to avoid that.  We got there probably around 7:20am and found a spot in the main lot.

#3 – Since it’s such a long race, we set up our gear near the main aid station with a chair, a full cooler and bags full of extra clothes, battery packs, etc.

They require a signed USATF release before you get your bib so we filled those out and then the lovely Jean Ho, who would cheer us on each lap, gave us our bibs. 93 for me and 94 for Sean.

We also got lots of race swag, a logo’d beer stein, a koozie, a goat key chain and a cotton shirt.  I got a tank in size small (it fits perfectly) and Sean got a T-Shirt.

Once we checked in, we hit up the port-a-potties and then next thing you knew they were yelling at us to go into The Goat Pen for the start of the race.  I didn’t even have time to fill my bottle or grab my headphones but I knew I’d have time later to get everything in order.

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The forecast was for sun and about 82 degrees, but it was cloudy and much cooler when we started and stayed that way until about 2.5 hours into the race and then it was like someone hit a switch and the sun was out.

I took it very easy going 5.5 miles for each of the first 2 hours and then when the sun came out I started walking certain parts of the course.  This was an interesting loop in that it wasn’t a real loop.  You would start out down a nice super flat & well maintained shaded trail section, then turn right to a road/sandy trail until you got to the end where you would make a sharp left turn around a cone with a smiling skull on top.  After making the turn you would go back down the road or sandy side until you crossed the part where the loop began, then there was a dirt trail on the left side.  Another left turn would put you through the orange groves and then on to the grass, which is where you really had to watch because of the pitted gopher holes that were hard to see.  Another left turn left you in shade (pretty much the whole race) and on a section of grass & roots.  Once you got past this section you would turn left again and then onto a road/gravel path past some horses in stalls and then into the barn. And there you have it, the loop in a nutshell.

At the StartThank you to Andy Noise for the on course photos.

I put on my headphones, my Orange Mud Hydra Quiver VP1 and settled in to listen to a book on tape.  For the majority of the race I listened using my Aftershokz.

I found I was able to settle into a nice rhythm and just kept it moving.  After the first 5 miles or so I stopped and filled my bottle and put on my Orange Mud VP1. I would drink a lot in the first 10 – 15 miles.  I remember telling my fellow Altra Ambassador Sharon that I was so thirsty.  During this time, the first 2.5 hours it was quite cloudy and overcast.

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Around 10:30ish the sun came out and boy did it get hot!  I started eating a lot during this time, I would stop at the aid station tables and get watermelon & orange slices.  I kept refilling my bottle with more water.  Eventually they would start handing out Popsicles. I think I had about 4 of them over the course of the day.

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I had a little routine down, run in certain spots, walk in others and it was working.  Every few miles I would walk a loop or two and then start running again.  Eventually my feet really started to hurt.  I felt like I was getting blisters under on the ball of my feet or like there was a lot of dirt/rocks under that part of my foot.

I was able to use my Carbo Pro/Ultima combo for the majority of the race with a few cups of water.  Eventually though, in the last 10 miles, I had a hard time drinking anymore so I know I wasn’t getting nearly enough calories.  The nutrition aspect of ultras is still a work in progress for me.

Also during those last 10 miles I stopped a few times to empty my shoes and generally slowed down. But kept the goal of 50 miles and a 12 hour finish in view.  The last 2-3 miles I was starting to get cold, I think it was the lack of calories starting to affect me.

And in the end, I finished my race with 50 miles in 12 hours and 6 minutes.

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After which I stopped, changed my clothes & shoes, ate a little bit and kept adding on more and more layers.  I seriously could not get warm.

Eventually I was at our set-up at the same time Sean came through to refill his bottles.  He congratulated me and took my photo before heading back out to finish his race.

Sean would eventually win the 100 mile race finishing in 18:54, a 3h 20min PR.  I was so proud of him!  He finished 100 miles 1h 40min faster than the 2nd place person!

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this race.  It was a lot of fun and I would definitely do it again and go for 100 miles.

If you’ve never done an ultra, this is a great way to do it because you are never more than a mile from an aid station and you will always have people to talk to.

Running with Meb

I had the pleasure of being a part of the shake-out run with Meb Keflezighi this past weekend as part of the Suja Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon weekend.  I had seen the shake-out run advertised, and since my birthday is coming up, I decided to give myself an early birthday gift & so I signed myself and my friend and running buddy, Pete up to Run with Meb.

This event took place on Saturday, May 31 at the San Diego Hall of Champions and would include the following: (from the RnR SD website)

  • 3 Mile Shakeout Run guided by Meb Keflezighi
  • All participants will receive a pair of CEP Progressive+ Run Sock 2.0, the same socks Meb won the 2014 Boston Marathon in. which run $60
  • Post Run, light Brunch
  • Limited Edition Run With Meb Bib
  • Photo Opportunity with Meb
  • Run With Meb Gift signed by Meb Keflezighi
  • Guest appearances from other participating Elite Athletes

I told Pete that we were going to do this and he was a “little” concerned about it being a super fast shake-out run, but I assured him it would be for all levels, they weren’t going to just limit the event to super fast runners – LOL.

Saturday morning, we started out with a semi-light breakfast in the morning, well, light for me, just an egg sandwich and some potatoes, around 7a.  The event started at 9:30a and I knew I’d be starving if I waited until after the run to eat so I needed something.

After breakfast we headed over to the Hall of Champions and arrived around 9a.  There was already a line to get the limited edition Run with Meb bibs, so we lined up too.  All in all, I believe there were about 150 or so people there.

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We got measured for our CEP Progressive+ Run Socks, there are both mens & womens sizing and then there are 3 sizes and multiple colors.  I normally wear ProCompression when I wear compression socks during runs, but I do have a different pair of CEP compression socks too.  I found them super compressive so I typically only wear them when I’m in recovery.  Meb wore these when he raced and won the Boston Marathon so we got the same style in white.  This was an awesome gift since they retail for $60.

I tried these new Progressive+ Run Socks out and they are amazing, padded sole and don’t feel nearly as tight as the other style I have.  I especially like the padding on the sole.  I still love ProCompression and they are my go-to socks, but these have been nice since the bottoms of my feet have really been bothering me.

After that, we headed over to some tables that they had set up and Alan Culpepper, the director of the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon & Half Marathon, but also a super accomplished runner, himself, came up to introduce Meb and a few other elites that were there.  He ran in the 2000 & 2004 Olympics, the later with Meb, when he won the Silver medal.

They introduced the other elite runners, including Alan Webb, who holds the American record in the mile, 3:46:91!! That’s 3 minutes 46.91 seconds!! For one mile!  Also introduced were Jeffrey Eggleston, who placed 8th at the 2014 Boston Marathon.  Tyler McCandless, a Newton Running Elite (I love Newton Running Shoes!!), and Andy Wacker, all three of them have run a 1:03 half marathon and train in Boulder, CO.

And then came the main event! Meb coming up and talking to us for a few minutes.  Check out my video of Meb talking with us on YouTube.

http://youtu.be/FtXjF_gth1s

After this, we all headed out for the run.  By this time it was close to 10am and the sun was out, so we grabbed some water and headed out.

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Silly mid run selfie
Silly mid run selfie

I tried to start out kind of slow, we were going to be racing the next day after all and I had a big goal in mind, so I didn’t want to overdo it. I forgot to start my Garmin, so I only ended up tracking 2.84 miles but those were at a 8:54 pace.  I was towards the front of the group, and actually was running with/near Tyler McCandless for a while, he was talking to another runner.  It was a fun run, and great talking to lot of other people, I even met 2 ladies who live in the Phoenix area and are training for the San Francisco Marathon too (I’m just doing the first half).

I high-fived Meb post run, he finished a few minutes ahead of me and then post run, I had to do some downward facing dog, my calves were so stiff, I was a little concerned but we only ran 3ish miles and it normally takes me a bit to get loosened up.

Post Run photo - i don't look like i'd even been running do I? This is why I love Lululemon!!
Post Run photo – i don’t look like i’d even been running do I? This is why I love Lululemon!!

I was waiting for Pete to come in before heading in for a light brunch.  I knew he would be a little bit behind me, but I saw Meb run back to go find the slower runners.

I saw Daniel, who introduced himself to me earlier, he recognized me from my instagram account, how exciting! Lol! It’s the little things, right?  He was with his sister and he was going to be running the marathon on Sunday, his second.  He had done NYC last year as well as his first.

It's pretty cool how you can meet amazing like minded people via social media.
It’s pretty cool how you can meet amazing like minded people via social media.

Soon after this Pete came in and was a bit hot, so we headed in to get some food.  They had a nice little buffet with yogurt, granola and 3 types of breakfast burritos.  It wasn’t anything super special but it was decent.  By the time we had gotten inside most of the tables were taken and they were just about to start with some Q&A with the other elite runners.

Meb ran in with the last of the runners and then got ready to start signing.  They lined everyone up by the number on your bib so obviously being numbers 96/97 we had a bit of a wait, especially since they were grouping everyone in groups of 20.  Eventually it got to the point where they had to speed things up, the first 20 or so people got a lot more time to chat with Meb and have more things signed than we did.  I ended up having my bib signed and then got a photo with him.  It was kind of rushed so I don’t think it’s the best photo, but you can tell I was excited. One with just me & Meb & then the other with Pete added in.

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My autographed bib :) This will be framed and added to my collection
My autographed bib 🙂 This will be framed and added to my collection

After this, there was still a long line of people behind us so we ended up heading out.  All in all it was a good event.  The only thing I think that would have been better would have been if Meb could have done a little Q&A with us as well, but there were a lot of people and only one of him :).

Have you ever done an organized shake-out run before a race?