Race Report: 2014 Bear Chase 50 Mile
The Strava Race Analysis chart says it all:
My goal was to run a sub-8 hour 50 miler, and through mile 19 I was right on that goal. Then things went to crap and I suffered badly through the rest of the race. Bringing it home with a two and a half hour positive split. Ouch!!!
Obviously, I started too fast. Not in a general sense, but for what I had to work with on that particular day. I missed running this race last year due to it being rained out and rescheduled. I replaced the race with my own solo 50 mile time trial and clocked 8:34 on a course with around 5,000′ of climbing.
I figured I had a shot at slipping under 8 hours on this easier course, all else being equal.
It turned out that attempting to run a 50 mile PR after completing the Leadville 100 and also another marathon in the previous few weeks was not a great idea. I have done similar things in the past and thrived, today I wilted.
I think the difference was in my training base over the year up until now. Even though I had done some big runs, my legs were still too green to pull something like this off. They needed to be toughened up a lot more.
Ultimately, I didn’t even come close to breaking 10 hours. I suffered in the heat, and found that my legs could do less and less running as the day wore on. I tried to move as well as I could, but there just wasn’t anything there.
I enjoyed myself despite the suffering, and would definitely run the Bear Chase again. David and Ben do a fantastic job of directing the race, and the volunteers are top notch! Thanks to the Running Guru photographers, I did get a great pic to salvage the day: