Samstag, 21. Januar 2012
Race review: Red Hill Marathon (42.2 km) - 21.01.2012
But it's not been exactly how I expected it... I eventually got it now: I am not a Desert Runner. In case I would ever write about plans for a race in the heat, like a desert run, please dear blog reader remind me of my words: "I am not a Desert Runner".
Now back to the race: Red Hill is my qualifier for the Two Oceans Ultra, which was my first intention to run it. Since it's also a very scenic run in the area of the Cape of Good Hope National Park, it's been a very good choice. The organisation is great, water tables very excellent organized.
But the name says it's all: It's a hilly race. From km 27 - 29 alone I did only walk instead of running.
But the hill wasn't the problem: At 6am we already had 22.5 °C and later it went up to 27°C, which is 10 - 15°C warmer than I like it for a race day. For the first 14 km some clouds covered the sun and I was able to run a pace which was good for a 3h 30min finish.
And then the sun came out and the hill showed his tooth, and gone was the idea of a great time. I knew the heat could become a problem, with 30°C during the last few days. So I changed to my minimal goal: an easy finish in about 3h40. But from km 17 on it went uphill most of the time up to km 29...
It was not an easy run at all... I paid my toll to the heat and there was a time during the race when I was scared not even running a sub 4h run. Unbelievable. That's been a tough mental game, and in the end I won it and was able to finish in 3h52 at place no 112. This is my worst marathon time ever... so we forget it immediately.
I was so dehydrated, even that I consumed water and Coke at every single water table (!) what I usually never do, I poured in 3 liters of liquids into my body within 1.5h after the race. And I "gave back" approx 250 ml ;)
If you look at my average heart rate of 161, I was not running as hard as I can - but the heat made it impossible for me to run faster.
Now: The minimal goal of finishing the marathon as my qualifier has been achieved, the entry form for Two Oceans has been signed and now I'm recovering with some good food ;)
Next week I'll be training less from an athletics perspective, instead I'm going to train some executives for my clients in leaderships skills.
Distance: 42.2 km
Time: 3h 52min 44sec
Pace: 5:30 min/km
Average Heart Rate: 161