Sunday morning arrived with perfect weather conditions for the Rocky Mountain Road Runners Marathon Training Series (RMRR MTS) event. RMRR runs a spring and fall MTS which consists of a 5 mile supported section of concrete that allows a runner to complete 10 or 20 mile runs. The course is flat with an aid station at the start, 3 mile point and 5 mile turnaround. It was a sunny day without much cloud cover.
I chose to run in a tech tee and Nathan hydration belt. This was pretty comfortable. While I brought both 10 oz bottles, I never had more than 10 oz total liquid on me. I started with water and then switched to Gatorade halfway through the course. I also took on a GU at the turnaround point.
I felt pretty comfortable through to about 6 miles. Then my pace started to really fall off. I started walking the few rises on the course and would walk to take sips of liquid. It ended up taking me nearly 2 hours to finish the 10 mile course. While I would have like to run about 10 minutes faster, I was very happy with the outing.
Much of distance running is mental and I was worried about bonking or worse still cramping up. I feel like I took enough calories and electrolytes to push off either possibility.
As a bonus, I won a $10 Runner’s Roost gift card. Thanks to Runner’s Roost for sponsoring the event. Thanks also to the great volunteers and RMRR for putting on a great training event.