Overall, it was a great event and I am overjoyed at having completed my first utra! It was quite hard going at times and I think that is just what I was looking for. I chose Ohlone partly because it is right in my "backyard", but also because simply running 4.8 miles longer than a marathon never seemed like a major challenge. The near 8,000 feet of up-and-down over the course of 31 miles that comprises Ohlone assured that it was no simple marathon+5. If you'd have asked me mid-course when I thought I'd do another ultra, I'd probably have said something like "I think I'll focus on shorter events after this". However, it was only a matter of hours after the event that I was already looking for my next 50K and trying to figure out a training schedule to complete a 50 miler. I guess that's how the sickness begins.
Some interesting questions/observations after the event:
- I need to learn to be a better walker in order to improve my trail running.
- I actually feel better physically than I did after my first marathon.
- Why do my toenails hurt?
- I expected to be exhausted after the race, but I was actually wired and couldn't sleep until midnight.
- Though I would have thought it impossible, my desire to run on roads is even lower than before.
- With DOMS now setting in, and walking starting to be painful, why do I find myself thinking more about running another ultra?
- I've been fantasizing about running a 100 miler since learning of their existence. Having finally completed a 31 mile race, a 50 miler seems much closer than before. However, a 100 miler actually seems much, much further away.