Heartland 100 DNF

The good news is that I got to enjoy a 48 mile run in rural Kansas last weekend. The bad news is that I didn’t make it the full 100 miles.

Abbreviated races deserve abbreviated race reports, so here’s the short version of events:

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Allison and I made the 10 hour drive from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Cassoday, Kansas after work last Friday. We arrived around 3:00 am, but managed to get a decent night’s sleep by taking turns driving.

I woke up at 5:00 am to get my race number, choke down some coffee and donuts, and do some stretching after the long drive.

Slapping on the IT band strap

Slapping on the IT band strap

Pre-race

Pre-race

Lining up to start

Lining up to start

The race started at 6:00 am, so the first hour or so required a headlamp. Since I was planning for a 100 mile race, I set a very easy pace – alternating between jogging and fast walking to average about 4.5 mph.

I was actually pleasantly surprised by the scenery. Kansas is notoriously “flat and boring”…but the terrain was actually pretty cool in places. And there was even some “wildlife” (cows wondering across the course).

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Mile 10

Mile 10

Allison’s dad had also driven out from southern Indiana, so I saw the two of them for the first time at the Lapland aid station at mile 16.8. At this point I was 18 minutes under my 25-hour goal pace, and still feeling really good.

Unfortunately, this is where I made a tactical mistake. I changed out of my reliable Montrail shoes into a pair of Hoka’s. I’d had previous knee problems running in the Hoka’s, but wanted to try them out for their extra cushioning, nonetheless. I ended up wearing them from mile 16.8 through mile 36.5…by which time I had developed some nasty tendinitis inĀ the anterior right knee.

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Mile 32

Mile 32

Aside from the tendinitis, I was feelingĀ fine. I listened to music for awhile, then switched to an audiobook for a few hours. I was still ahead of schedule when I met Allison at mile 36.5. Over the next 6 miles my knee really started swelling up, and the pace suffered as a result. I stopped a few times to stretch, and had fallen slightly off pace by the time I reached the Matfield Green aid station at mile 42.5.

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A little less than 3 miles outside of Matfield Green, I stopped to take a “bathroom break” and noticed coca-cola colored urine.

Between the tendinitis, the likely rhabdomyolysis, and my inability to hold the pace I wanted, I decided to pull the plug. Live to try again another day. So I doubled back to Matfield Green and took the second DNF of my running career.

It was a little disappointing having driven all the way to Kansas and not finished…but it was still a great time. And six days later, my knee is already healing up nicely.

Pace

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Published in: on October 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm  Comments (4)