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Feb 10 2015

Jackpot 100 Mile Ultramarathon Race – Feb 14-15, 2015 – Nevada

Jackpot 100 - FinishersJackpot 100 Mile Finish BuckleFinished my 2nd 100 mile distance race, but 5th time going the distance – the other were timed races. Seems each time they are so hard, difficult, and I hate running 100 miles, but in the end it's the people you're surrounded by that make it all enjoyable, worth the effort and pain, because everyone is pushing so much, so hard, everyone is suffering and when you come to the end, the rewards are getting to be with some of the greatest athletes on the planet. As for how the race went for me, here's what I remember two days after finishing. It was a long drive down (nearly 1,000 miles, plus over 1,000 miles drove on the way back), Salmonand this always makes for a long stressful journey before hand. Got to the race about 30 minutes before the start and was immediately met with so many friendly faces from Six Days in the Dome race, and quite a few from Across the Years. In all 9 out of 40 runners from Alaska were at Jackpot which was soo cool to see (Ed The Jester, Mark, MaryLou, Yolanda, Ken, Josh Holmes, Andy Noise, Stacey Costa, and I).  I rushed to get my table, food, and extra clothes set up. Little did I know that we weren't running past where I set up! Found this out on the first lap, I'd set up about 100 feet from a turn around point. So over the first couple hours, I slowly moved a couple items at a time – taking extra distance and clock time to do it. MaryLou CanadaUntil I talked to Mare Cara, and she offered to move my remaining gear after her six hour race. When she was done, she continued throughout the evening and night crewing wish was so helpful and amazing! The day was hot. Yes very hot, but I didn't mind. I started around 13 or 12 minutes a mile (still waiting for Garmin upload), and over a couple hours sort of started going faster. I wasn't sure if it was too fast, assumed I shouldn't be going 10:30min/mile pace, but everyone seemed to suggest to go with it for now. From about hour 3.5 to 5.5 I ran with MaryLou who was doing the Six hour portion of the race, and I never thought I'd be able to run with her (Canada's number 2 woman for the 24 hour World Championship team this year), but we got to catch up and run a pretty strong pace. My splits were about:
Marathon: 4:48 (faster than some races I've run), 50km 5:51 – 2nd fastest I've ever run that distance, and 50 miles in 10:46 – a personal best by 70 minutes. I knew though on the 50th mile that I would slow and it would take me over 140% more time to do the next 50 miles, which would put me near 26 hours. (This theory is derived from it takes 40% of the time to run the first half, 60% of the time the 2nd half – but for me sometimes it takes 65% of my total time for the 2nd half of the race). I slowed considerably even though it finally got dark and cooled off.
50 Miles I hit 100km / 62 miles just before midnight or 15 hours. At this point I was pretty tired and worn out, and seemed to be going about 3 mph, so slow, but kept at it. There was lots of good and bad I noticed about my race. The Good: my feet were absolutely impecable, no pain, no blisters and I was so happy this was not an issue. I wore Altra's for the first time ever, and love them! The other good: my training at a fast walking speed has worked. I've been training walking at 5mph, and when I did this during the race, I was able to walk pretty quickly, except until around mile 81. The bad: I never had a real nutrition plan. Normally I eat a lot, of solid, raw food like fruits, nuts, rice, avacado and bacon. I had some smoked salmon I ate, loved that, but non of the aid station food was really for me (not a mark against the aid-station food, I just can't really stomach processed junk food, sugary stuff ( or any bread type food like sandwhiches, pizza) anymore).
DSC_6886 I don't do gels – maybe two I had just because they were there, and I never ever do salt because it makes me swell up. Even though I had my own food, and there was aid station food which technically was enough calories, I was so disorganized in what to eat when, it was an oversight in all the planning and training before the race. My own chicken noodle soup was great, canned olives, some fruit (just a little) and some trail mix. I drank water for sports drink. Until Giovanni Guevarra gave me some coconut water, I enjoyed that a few laps. He also gave me some rice with sausage stuff, and sweet potatoes, I loved them. Especially the rice rolls. My friend went and got me some orange chicken from Panada Express, which I always love to eat. I liked it, but the food wouldn't stay in. I had to keep using the toilet every lap, so every hour. So for the rest of the night, I didn't really eat too much, just ketp walking the laps. SushiIn the Morning, Danielle M. Zemola went to get me some sushi, oh this was so delicious! I ate it, I was about at mile 92, and it gave me energy, the boost I needed, and just tasted great. Note to self: get sushi before my next big ultra!
The night I kept stopping to rest every mile or two, I'd doze off on the benches along the course for 4-7 minutes max, and then do a quick walking pace till I got too tired again. The sun eventually came back up, it got hot again, I just kept going. At 24 hours I was at 88.5 miles which is a PR for me (previous was actually 74.5 miles) so that was good, but it would take me 3 more hours and 45 minutes to do the last 11.5 miles. Sad, slow, but it's how 100 miles work I suppose. 
Things started getting real emotional the last 7 miles, knowing I would finish, but just wanting to be done. 5 miles to go a friend walked a lap with me, then the last lap I did at a 12:00 min/mile pace finishing in 27:44. Fastest 100 I've done by nearly 2 hours, and satisfied with a finish where I have absolutely no injuries or blisters and recovery feel totally awesome, no sore muscles except for my arm from a previous weight lifting injury. 
Giovanni
I respect and understand that the 100 mile is a race of experience. Simple as that. We learn, we experience and apply, learn again, and get quicker the next time.
Ed CatmurSofieEnding, as quite a few of us sat under the shade at the end, it was amazing how everyone quickly caught up, exchanged info and photos, after being out there on the course for 28ish
Nataliehours. Got to meet Natalie, who finished her first 100 in 26 hours, Sofie Romero who sported the best tanline of the race, and so many others. This is what 100s are about! The people. Sure, everyone competes out on the course, they even help each other out. But when you have a few minutes to relax afterward, it feels so good to share in the common experiences everyone went through. Thank you Danielle for your help, Giovanni and family and Mary Lou so much, you guys are awesome!

My remaining Schedule: 

March 1, Caballo Blanco 80km / 50 mile – Chihuahua, Mexico
March 27-29, Pickled Feet 48 Hour – Boise, ID
April 11, 24 Hours of palmer Lake, Colorado
June 27, Mt. Blanc 80 km Skyrunning ultra – Chamonix, France. (PLEASE HELP ME GET TO FRANCE AND COMPETE FOR THE USA BY DONATING – ABOVE. YOU CAN HELP).

Random other things I’d like to Consider:
Nolans 14 – Sawatch Mountains, Colorado 100 miles, 45,000ft gain
Self-Transcendence Ottawa 24 Hour – Indoor September, Ottawa , Canada-  

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Pre-race thoughts:

I am running for 100 miles at the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival on February 14-15, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.  This is only my 2nd 100 mile race!  Yes, I have 4x 100 mile buckles, but three are for timed races over 48 hours, 72 hours, and 6-day races.  My first 100 mile was the Centurion Running south Downs Way 100 in Southern England completed in a time of 29:37:10. (Video on right) I said after my last 100 that my next 100 I would attempt a sub 24 hour. So guess this is it.  See from my previous post on my current running streak (560+ miles in 60 days), my training has been for 2 months straight with the goal of running Jackpot 100 mile.  The time is here, we will see how things turn out on race day.  Tapering is done, training the best it could have been for the winter in Colorado, lots of treadmill miles, or snowy trails, plus a week in California, it's as good as it can be.
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The venue is a flat 2.38 mile loop; temperature is forcast high of 81F, low 55.  Perfect for me.  Goal: whatever my body allows as I push hard. I've trained by running every day for 60 days since December 15, 2014, a short build up time, but averaging 10 miles/day, with some big weeks. I've lost 10-12 lbs in 2 months down to 175, not my race weight but better than in 2014.  If all goes well, a 24 hour should be attainable.

Here is the split calculator for various times for this course specifically.

Jackpot100mile Split Times_Spreadsheet2015Weekly Miles

 

Jackpot 100 Mile Race – February 14/15, 2015
100 Miles 16:40 18 Hrs 20 Hrs Miles 22 Hrs 24 Hrs 26 Hrs 30 Hrs Time
6 mph 5.6 mph 5 mph 4.54 mph 4.16 mph 3.84 mph 3.33 mph Speed
Laps Distance 10:00 min/mile 10:48 min/mile 12:00 min/mile 13:12 min/mile 14:24 min/mile 15:36 min/mile 18:00 min/mile Pace
1 2.38 miles 23:48 25:42:00 28:34:00 2.4 31:25:00 34:16:00 37:08:00 42:50:00 2.38 miles
2 4.76 miles 47:36:00 51:24:00 57:07:00 4.8 1:02:50 1:08:33 1:14:15 1:25:41 4.76 miles
3 7.14 miles 1:11:24 1:17:07 1:25:41 7.1 1:34:15 1:42:49 1:51:23 2:08:31 7.14 miles
4 9.52 miles 1:35:12 1:42:49 1:54:14 9.5 2:05:40 2:17:05 2:28:31 2:51:22 9.52 miles
5 11.9 miles 1:59:00 2:08:31 2:22:48 11.9 2:37:05 2:51:22 3:05:38 3:34:12 11.9 miles
6 14.28 miles 2:22:48 2:34:13 2:51:22 14.3 3:08:30 3:25:38 3:42:46 4:17:02 14.28 miles
7 16.66 miles 2:46:36 2:59:56 3:19:55 16.7 3:39:55 3:59:54 4:19:54 4:59:53 16.66 miles
8 19.04 miles 3:10:24 3:25:38 3:48:29 19.0 4:11:20 4:34:11 4:57:01 5:42:43 19.04 miles
9 21.42 miles 3:34:12 3:51:20 4:17:02 21.4 4:42:45 5:08:27 5:34:09 6:25:34 21.42 miles
10 23.8 miles 3:58:00 4:17:02 4:45:36 23.8 5:14:10 5:42:43 6:11:17 7:08:24 23.8 miles
11 26.18 miles 4:21:48 4:42:45 5:14:10 26.2 5:45:35 6:17:00 6:48:24 7:51:14 26.18 miles
12 28.56 miles 4:45:36 5:08:27 5:42:43 28.6 6:17:00 6:51:16 7:25:32 8:34:05 28.56 miles
13 30.94 miles   5:34:09 6:11:17 30.9 6:48:24 7:25:32
8:02:40
9:16:55 30.94 miles
14 33.32 miles 5:33:12 5:59:51 6:39:50 33.3 7:19:49 7:59:48 8:39:48 9:59:46 33.32 miles
15 35.7 miles 5:57:00 6:25:34 7:08:24 35.7 7:51:14 8:34:05 9:16:55 10:42:36 35.7 miles
16 38.08 miles 6:20:48 6:51:16 7:36:58 38.1 8:22:39 9:08:21 9:54:03 11:25:26 38.08 miles
17 40.46 miles 6:44:36 7:16:58 8:05:31 40.5 8:54:04 9:42:37 10:31:11 12:08:17 40.46 miles
18 42.84 miles 7:08:24 7:42:40 8:34:05 42.8 9:25:29 10:16:54 11:08:18 12:51:07 42.84 miles
19 45.22 miles 7:32:12 8:08:23 9:02:38 45.2 9:56:54 10:51:10 11:45:26 13:33:58 45.22 miles
20 47.6 miles 7:56:00 8:34:05 9:31:12 47.6 10:28:19 11:25:26 12:22:34 14:16:48 47.6 miles
21 49.98 miles 8:19:48 8:59:47 9:59:46 50.0 10:59:44 11:59:43 12:59:41 14:59:38 49.98 miles
22 52.36 miles 8:43:36 9:25:29 10:28:19 52.4 11:31:09 12:33:59 13:36:49 15:42:29 52.36 miles
23 54.74 miles 9:07:24 9:51:12 10:56:53 54.7 12:02:34 13:08:15 14:13:57 16:25:19 54.74 miles
24 57.12 miles 9:31:12 10:16:54 11:25:26 57.1 12:33:59 13:42:32 14:51:04 17:08:10 57.12 miles
25 59.5 miles 9:55:00 10:42:36 11:54:00 59.5 13:05:24 14:16:48 15:28:12 17:51:00 59.5 miles
26 61.88 miles 10:18:48 11:08:18 12:22:34 61.9 13:36:49 14:51:04 16:05:20 18:33:50 61.88 miles
27 64.26 miles 10:42:36 11:34:00 12:51:07 64.3 14:08:14 15:25:21 16:42:27 19:16:41 64.26 miles
28 66.64 miles 11:06:24 11:59:43 13:19:41 66.6 14:39:39 15:59:37 17:19:35 19:59:31 66.64 miles
29 69.02 miles 11:30:12 12:25:25 13:48:14 69.0 15:11:04 16:33:53 17:56:43 20:42:22 69.02 miles
30 71.4 miles 11:54:00 12:51:07 14:16:48 71.4 15:42:29 17:08:10 18:33:50 21:25:12 71.4 miles
31 73.78 miles 12:17:48 13:16:49 14:45:22 73.8 16:13:54 17:42:26 19:10:58 22:08:02 73.78 miles
32 76.16 miles 12:41:36 13:42:32 15:13:55 76.2 16:45:19 18:16:42 19:48:06 22:50:53 76.16 miles
33 78.54 miles 13:05:24 14:08:14 15:42:29 78.5 17:16:44 18:50:59 20:25:13 23:33:43 78.54 miles
34 80.92 miles 13:29:12 14:33:56 16:11:02 80.9 17:48:09 19:25:15 21:02:21 1 day, 16:34 80.92 miles
35 83.3 miles 13:53:00 14:59:38 16:39:36 83.3 18:19:34 19:59:31 21:39:29 1 day, 59:24 83.3 miles
36 85.68 miles 14:16:48 15:25:21 17:08:10 85.7 18:50:59 20:33:48 22:16:36 1 day, 1:42:14 85.68 miles
37 88.06 miles 14:40:36 15:51:03 17:36:43 88.1 19:22:24 21:08:04 22:53:44 1 day, 2:25:05 88.06 miles
38 90.44 miles 15:04:24 16:16:45 18:05:17 90.4 19:53:48 21:42:20 23:30:52 1 day, 3:07:55 90.44 miles
39 92.82 miles 15:28:12 16:42:27 18:33:50 92.8 20:25:13 22:16:36 1 day, 8:00 1 day, 3:50:46 92.82 miles
40 95.2 miles 15:52:00 17:08:10 19:02:24 95.2 20:56:38 22:50:53 1 day, 45:07 1 day, 4:33:36 95.2 miles
41 97.58 miles 16:15:48 17:33:52 19:30:58 97.6 21:28:03 23:25:09 1 day, 1:22:15 1 day, 5:16:26 97.58 miles
42 99.96 miles 16:39:36 17:59:34 19:59:31 100.0 21:59:28 23:59:25 1 day, 1:59:23 1 day, 5:59:17 99.96 miles
100 Miles 16:40 18 Hrs 20 Hrs   22 Hrs 24 Hrs 26 Hrs 30 Hrs  

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