Running 10:00  1.0 mi (10:00 / mi)
shoes: Saucony Omni 6
Warm-up before Out of Bounds half marathon.
Running race 2:00:45  13.1 mi (9:13 / mi) +300m 8:36 / mi vdot: 36.2
shoes: Asics Dirtdog XC Spike
Out of Bounds half marathon at Bristol. Started out in lead. Even I was in the lead - it did not feel I was pushing speed. I knew that I will lose ground on uphills but I was hoping to get gain on downhills. However I was concerned how my back will hold up since it was problem entire week. First serious downhill was decent, on second downhill I started to feel my back and I got to go more tentative then I was hoping for. Lost ground on up hill as expected. Next downhill was disaster - I ran so slow that it was not even funny. My legs were holding up good but my back was not anymore. I was considering quitting at the end of the hill since usually downhills are the place where I gain ground and I was losing it on downhill. When I got on the bottom I thought - I am here, if I quit, I doubt I'd go for a run later. So I decided to complete the race instead.
I was 6th at the bottom of the hill. I lost another position since. Worse part of it - when I finished my legs were fine, I was not even dying like I usually do at the end of the running races, I had so much gas left in the tank. It was rather frustrating to feel that way at the end. Highlight of the run - I refueled with liquid carbs at the last aid station.
Choice of shoes was not the best as well. Spikes would be fine - that's what I recalled from last years run - however not half inch ones. Way too many rocks on trails. I had to navigate trails because long spikes were hurting my feet if I constantly hit rocks.
I should have left quarter inch ones in instead. O-shoes would have been the better choice.
Definitely race I could have won or at least be in top-3. Oh well... Moral of the story - got to take better care of my back. It is not like I did not know about my weak spot.