Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining over 550 trail runners for the Pirates Cove 8K/20K/30K/50K  in the Bay Area headlands near San Francisco, CA. It was an epic adventure of staggering climbs, windy peaks, and a storm that chased us into the hills.  Pirates Cove has also been my first Ultra(Metamorphosis to an Ultramarathon) so this run did have a special significance in my heart. All in all, a great race to sampling for what to expect for Miwok 100K.

Us at the starting line

I started the run with Chakri, Chandrika, Bharti near the Rodio Beach which was alive with runners jumping in place and filling the cold air with sharp exhales of steamy breath. I recognized many faces in the crowd as I shed my layers and got ready to race. Chandrika was running her first trail run and was really exited about the prospect – look I happy she looks 🙂

(All Photo Courtesy of Chakri Gulipalli – thanks for carrying the camera)
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The race report is on my previous post : 3 blisters, black toe and a T-Shirt – remanence of a 12 hour run, SF One Day
Here is my overall pace.

Notice the zig-zag. Due to  run walk ratio I ended up walking twice in  each alternate lap.

Through the run my pace was somewhere in between 13 and 14 min/mile

Detailed statistics here : http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApO1NBD-3Qj5dDRXTHJWbThjb1hCdnI2OS1wVGwxMWc&hl=en

Raw Data at PC trail runs website http://www.pctrailruns.com/SF1Day_Results_Laps_09.html

I successfully I ran for 52 Miles in 12 hours in SF One Day Run last Saturday October 24th 2009 from 9am to 9pm. It was difficult, I’m very sore, with a black toe, few blisters  and very very happy!

The race started at 9 am on Saturday and Reshu, Kiran, Samanvitha Rao aka Sam and I settled ticking away the miles. The weather was perfect for the long run, lots of cool air and low hanging clouds but the fog horn from the bay was driving me nuts. After few hours both Sam and Kiran had few issues and had slowed down. After almost half way into the race, Reshu because of other commitments and Sam, Kiran and Coach Raman because of injuries left. During the first few hours of running with Reshu I had settled into a 7min run:2min walk pattern which I continued to follow through the run. Raj Ghuman ran with me during the last few hours and provided the much-needed support. The last lap was absolutely amazing, I was still strong and running and managed to run the fastest in my last lap – guess I still had it in me.

I want to give a big thanks to my friends who supported me during the race :
Raj : Big thanks for running the last few hours with me. Without you I would have given up much before, you are a great motivator and made sure that I was strong mentally in my last lap.
Kiran / Ajay Guleria : The perfect couple. Thanks for all the support you provided during the run and thanks for setting up the supplies for me. The ensure and the salt really came in handy during the last 3 hours or so when I could not take in anything else. Good thing you did not listen to me and left the ensure bottles. The tamarind + mewa rice and the paranta’s were awesome – although I ate them the next day
Reshu : Thanks for fixing the run/walk routine. It was really the think which kept me going till the end as all I had to think about was the next walk break.
Coach Raman : Can’t begin to thank you for all the support you had provided during the training…. few years ago I couldn’t even  run a mile. Your training both physical and mental was the one which carried me.
Great organization and execution, with well-marked course, stocked aid station, friendly volunteers. Thank you organizers and volunteers! The “schwag”- drip-dry running shirt – awesome.

Random thoughts and notes from the run

  • The golden gate was amazing. It was covered in fog most till noon but towards the evening it revealed its grandeur and the lights in the evening were absolutely stunning
  • Took too much coffee during the last few hours of the run. I was completely wired and had a hard time sleeping even after the run
  • The last few hours were mostly mental. Once the body was set in an “auto” mode it could go on
  • Next time vanilla/plan ensure – after 8 hours or so did not like the taste of anything at all. Also candied ginger really helped keep the food down.
  • I appear to be uninjured. soreness and blisters but no pain 🙂
  • Need to improve apparel – shorts caused chaffing. Also meed to better tape my toes – blisters
  • Need to be more careful while running at night. Got a black toe because I kicked the extension cable on the ground really hard.

Other SF One Day Race Reports

Consumed during the race:
* ~3 Gu energy gels
* Gatorade – 2 scoops
* Accelerate – 10 scoops
* several very salty potato chunks (almost a full medium size potato)
* 1 handful of peanut m&ms
* 1 chocolate ensure  – 250 calories
* ~8 salt capsules (I always forget to take in salt)
* Big pizza slice with meatballs after the race

Goal
My goal is to raise $2100 or $40/mile for – Asha for Education, an organization focusing on providing basic education to children in India.  I encourage each one of you to participate in this good cause by lending your support. No amount of donation is too small.

The easiest way to make a credit card donation on the following page, this way you would immediately get your receipt for tax purposes. Alternatively send me an email and I can pick the check/cash from you directly.

https://www.ashanet.org/siliconvalley/marathon/runnernet2/public.php?2009TASV1045

Give the gift of education to deserving and less fortunate children. Asha means HOPE in Hindi

Donations are made directly to Asha for Education and not to the runners/walkers. Training costs and marathon registration fees are paid for by the runners and walkers themselves. Asha for Education is a 100% volunteer organization. Team Asha promises to keep its operational expenses to a maximum of 3% and to strive hard to make it 0%.

Charity Navigator, a leading independent charity evaluator, ranked Asha for Education as the No.1 charity organization operating on less than $2 million a year, with a total score of 69.82 (out of 70) in the field of International Relief and Development.

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http://www.bryar.com/running/run-50-miles.htm

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