Mission failed! Sundown Ultra 100km
- Mistake no.1: I traveled on the race day. Travel to the country or town where the ultra race is going to be held at least a day before. If the traveling going to take more than two hours, it is better be there one day before.
- Mistake no.2: I didn't get enough rest. Ultra marathon is not a 5-hour race. You must get plenty of rest and it is advisable to change your sleeping pattern a bit, in case the race is going to be through out the night.
- Mistake no.3: Body was not in tiptop condition. Make sure you are injury free and in tip top condition. I had stomach discomfort during the race because I had very late lunch, but since I didn't target for podium, I thought I can just brush it off from my mind.
- Mistake no.4: I didn't pace properly. Pace yourself accordingly. My first 50km was ok, I managed to complete in 7:35 hours but I slept for nearly 2 hours in second loop. This is due to not enough rest and sleep; my legs just refused to run and I walked like a drunk driver all over the places. I almost hit incoming runners and trees along the way.
In reality, things could go wrong. We will fail at some points and only through fails we learn important lesson and not only to become a better runner but also a better person. Nonetheless, I completed an enjoyable 77km journey. I accepted and learnt how to deal with my failures and used that to my advantage. I hope to be fully recovered by the time for Berlin Marathon end of this month. Well done to all finishers and my running buddies in LeSabuns Ultra, FRC & Freedom FREAKS. By the way, Yumiko-san completed her first 100km ultra in 14 hours! ユミコちゃん、おめでとうございます。
|Many good friends were there|
|Didn't feel good since the beginning of the race|
|I was in pain|
|Food spread was great, night scenery was magnificent|
|After running 77km, I decided to call it a day.|