It's been a couple weeks since I ran the DoWackaDo trail race and I've been having trouble figuring out how to write a report about a DNF (my first).
I signed up for the DWD 25K months ago. But as the race got closer and I started looking at my Palo Duro 50K training schedule I realized that I was going to need a 24 miler that weekend. I decided to bump up from the 25K to the 50K so that I could get in a good training run for Palo Duro. I knew I wouldn't be fully trained going into the race but thought I could at least walk out last 5 or 6 miles if I had to.
I decided do some food/hydration experimenting with this race. I was wanting to take in only "real food" during the race and try to get by with no gels or sugary sports drinks. I made my own energy bars (dates, puffed brown rice, honey, dried cherries, sesame seeds, cashews, cocoa, cacao nibs, coconut oil, almond butter, flax seeds and chia seeds) and carried a couple in the the back of my vest. I also packed dates and beef jerky in the easy to reach front pocket of my hydration vest. I brought several cartons of coconut water to mix with plain water to carry in my vest.
|Energy Bars made
|Dave at the Roger Miller Museum
I got up rested and ready to run!
|Beautiful western Oklahoma sunset
|Our home sweet campground
|Kimmie and I before the race
|Brad, Kim, me, Peg and Melissa
|Peggy, Melissa and I
OTRA friends showed up Saturday morning so I visited with them until the race started. The gun went off and the first hour of running was about as perfect as it gets. The temps were in the low 50's and the early morning light so pretty. I concentrated on not going out to fast and just relaxing into the run. So far so good.
Something happened to one of the trail markers so most people took a wrong turn and we ended the loop with 12.3 miles instead of 16. They remedied this with a short out and back near the race start and the sign was fixed so that the next loop was the full 16 miles. Well let me tell ya.....the part we missed the first loop was the TOUGHEST part of the whole course! Loooooong extremely steep uphills. And the sun was out and the day was heating up.
|Plenty of steep hilly fun!
As for my nutrition experiments..I'm happy to report that everything worked. I took two S! caps during the race, ate one energy bar, 3 dates and a handful of beef jerky. I did get behind in hydration and I think it might of been because the water/coconut water got warm. Warm coconut water is kinda ick which caused me to slow way down on drinking. I forgot to put ice in my vest before going out for the second loop. I never really felt low on energy at any point during the race, just felt overheated and dehydrated. So I have to give all the food a big thumbs up and I'll probably do the same thing for Palo Duro.
Joel puts on a GREAT event and I can see this race getting bigger every year. Everyone seemed to have a great time and there were some talented athletes out there. He added a 50 mile race this year and a few finished despite the heat. I'm sure I'll be back next year, we had a blast!