Race Report: Afton Trail Run 50k

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    Race Report: Afton Trail Run 50k
    By Trevize1138

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    My first test of my year without metrics is done and the tl;dr for this race is a 20 minute improvement over last year's time at 6:24 vs 6:44 in 2018. I also did roughly 20/31 of the miles unshod, ditching my trusty Luna Origens after the first 11 miles due to slipping around underfoot from humidity.

    The course is a 25k loop done twice and I noticed on that first lap that tecent rains had created a few spots of mud and lots of tacky dirt and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. There was also about 3-4 miles of fairly rough gravel I wasn't looking forward to but I figured suffering through that was worth it for the rest of the tactile experience.


    Curiously enough, those rough gravel spots may have allowed me to have a stronger finish than I otherwise would have. The gravel is about 1/2 way through a loop and the worst of it was this 1/2 mile switchback downhill. Once done with that it was almost all blissfully smooth surfaces and grass until the finish. People who had previously passed me as I winced down the gravel were now being reeled in and left behind.

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    One person I battled it out with is an old friend. He'd done this race about 6 times now but this was the first year in huaraches and he loved 'em. He was feeling particularly strong on the hills, running up them when everybody else was walking and just flying downhill talking about how "freeing" it is to run in sandals. We both talked about how many "flip flops" comments we got.

    Yesterday and today we've both been paying for those fast downhills. I'm walking backwards down stairs still and getting out of chairs is a challenge. I'm going to really focus on a proper, safe recovery time then back to it. Next test of my year without metrics is a 100k Oct 19th. Every step after the 1/2 way point of that one will be a new accomplishment for me and I don't have the free time to put in more than 45-50mpw (as near as I can tell without strict logging of miles). Don't know if I'll be doing that one unshod or in sandals yet because that depends on what kind of late October weather we get here in MN.

    Thanks for reading!
     
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    Congratulations! Always nice to have fun AND improve your time! Nice report - look forward to hearing about the 100 in October.
     
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    Well done!
    That grass section looks almost luxurious (if you quietly ignore the distance of course...;)) -almost looks like you're running on deep pile carpet...
    Interesting that you've equated the gravel section with a stronger finish too...
    As they say: 'every cloud....':barefoot:
     
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    Ha! Yeah, I think the gravel helped keep me from going too fast in the middle and therefore I had more to give at the end. Still up for debate in my mind whether I would have been faster overall had I kept the sandals on. I just wanted to go barefoot through mud puddles!
     
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    Thanks much for the report. I hope you don't mind that I added your pictures to it. Congrats to you!
     
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    Fantastic effort!
     

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    I think about that too when I’m out on the trails but tend not to if I’m running since the bottom is an unknown.

    Your race is an inspiring read, I’d like to try a barefoot trail race eventually. Everything local (trail wise) is either mountainous (mainly rock) or townie (asphalt). I don’t think my feet are ready for it yet, hopefully next year.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Unshod on asphalt is dreamy. Nice and smooth. Concrete is even better. And I'd take mountain rocks over industrial crushed gravel any day.

    Part of the reason I was able to take off the sandals is thanks to a lot of unshod training. In addition to teaching me a lot about how to run efficiently it gave me another viable equipment option for race day.
     

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