As the Race Director, Thank You for your patience in our delayed opening this year. I was strongly considering career relocation options over the past 6 months and wasn't sure I would have the opportunity or privilege to RD 2015 GLER and held off on opening registration until those issues were resolved.
We anticipate that our GLER Team will hold another highly competitive and enjoyable set of trail ultra-marathons again late this August.
Green Lakes Endurance Races
100 km & 50 km trail races
Saturday August 6 BOTH RACES START AT 0600AM
Affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America
With somewhat mediocre ultra training season I thought that GLER 50K would
be perfect race for me that I can say that 2013 was not complete waste for
me. Big thanks to Tim Hardey for taking over RD duties. I enjoyed it and I
plan to be back in the future.
Weather conditions for racing August were perfect - it is August and most
likely it will be hot but it was not as hot as it could have been. Also I
thought course provided enough shade to recover from running in open sun.
It took me about 2 aid station stops to adjust my aid station strategy for
the race. I happen to run within vicinity of Bill McGovern during first two
loops. I was ahead of him before aid stations but I would lose time at the
aid stations to Bill. I was carrying handheld water bottle and fuel belt
for gels and salt caps. I noticed Bill was running hands free and no fuel
belt. Since Bill is experienced runner and I knew that he have done GLER
before I readjusted aid station strategy by ditching fuel belt at the start
and consuming one gel per aid station. I consumed gel while on run and at
the aid stations I would just top off water bottle. At main aid station I
would grab two gels for next loop. This allowed me to get in-and-out aid
stations within a minute or so.
Even training this year was not as good as last year at the end of first
loop I felt I could run just a little bit faster than Bill and once I
passed him during second loop I did not see him till finish.
Initially my plan was to make sure I don't have another DNF but I am not
going to pretend about not being competitive runner.
I managed to be smart enough not to try hanging with lead guys during first
few miles and by meadows they were far enough to clear any illusion in my
head that I could win or get to podium. However by end of first lap I came
up with a goal not to be lapped by lead guy. I finished 3rd lap at around
3:20+ - about few minutes clear from winner.
Going into 4th lap I contemplated about relaxing a little but then I came
up with new goal - not being lapped by 100K runner. At the end I was about
15 minutes ahead of first 100K runner finishing his 5th loop.
When getting closer to finish I got greedy with setting and resetting my
goals - I was thinking of braking by personal record in 50K trails and I
missed it by 20 seconds finishing at 4:43:32 (where my previous best was
2010 Mendon Trails Runs 50K at 4:43:12).
In retrospect I think my mini-goals helped me to keep focus on running and
not to waste unnecessary time. Funny that considering limited quality
training I had this year I should have been happy with just finishing but
for about 2 hours after finish I was unhappy with myself for not setting
new PR. I am over it today however.
I was pleased with results of refueling strategy I utilized by consuming
20oz of Perpetuem mix per 10K loop, topping of with what I felt like it at
each aid station - Coke, Ginger Ale, Mt. Dew, Sprite, one gel per aid
station, few salt caps at the end of each loop.
Pace-wise first lap was fastest at 1:05, next two were about 1:10, last one
was at 1:20. Effort-wise first one was the easiest, last one was hardest.
During third lap I started to have intermittent cramps in different spots
in my left leg. I kept re-adjusting stride to ease stress on cramping
muscles but overall I managed to keep my forward momentum without stopping
and without significant speed lose.
Below are tidbits of observations/comments about the race and participants:
- I have been noticing rise of Hokas popularity since 2010 in ultra-running
community and this event was no different. One of runners I know call them
now as ultra running shoe. However when I lapped Christine Raynolds I asked
here where are Hokas - her response was she is over them. She felt that
Hokas caused problems with feet without any warning. I know another runner
who have been running in them since 2010 and had to take serious time off
to heal injuries. I have not asked about potential cause yet but I do
wonder if Hokas were to blame.
- Jim Miner can run down hills very, very fast. As fast as race leaders if
- Instant updates to social media sites by runners from race course is
becoming common occurrence. I am not big fan of this new trend. I think it
is cool to utilize technology to keep in contact with fellow runners,
friends and family members and smart-phones are here to stay. However it's
getting to be too much at races that every 5 minutes we check for updates
or update or status. I have been guilty of such new bad habit myself and I
decided that I will use smartphones to take pictures only during race day
and do all the updating from home, and enjoy company of other ultra runners
while I can.
- Another goal was to be best Latvian 50K finisher which I did… Valdis
Aistars was other Latvian fighting for this prestigious honor... :).
Speaking of Latvia connection to this year's GLER - I met another GLER
regular - John MacKenzie - who said he dated Latvian girl for 12 years,
have been to Latvia few times, was familiar with history, geography of
Latvia and even knew few phrases in Latvian. Juli Aistar - Valdis' wife and
ultra runner that Patrick Mchenry calls "Queen of The Road" - could
communicate with me in Latvian as well.
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