Be careful what you wish for - and be prepared for the consequences! I had been praying for the end of winter and return of sun and warmth... little did I expect it would arrive all at once - yesterday, in time for the NJ Ultra Festival! Despite all the miles of training (in 30 and 40 degree temperatures), it wasn't preparation for running in an ultra (or any shorter distance, for that matter) in 80+ degrees!
The heat took its toll in spades. Not only did I drop down from the 50 Miler to the 50K, but my time for the 50k (roughly 7:32) was perhaps my slowest 50k performance - ever! What I had hoped would be a solid 50 miler turning into a very tough 50k training run. It would have been a much different day (goes without saying, obviously) had we run 50/60 degrees - but 70/80 was not fun :(
I'll write up a race report later this week. Still, despite the heat (it was still 75 degrees when I finished up at 5:00!), I really did enjoy the day out on the trails. The double loop course (2.4 miles around the lake and 2.6 miles through the woods) was challenging - and filled with some spectacular views and "obstacles" - including a rope crossing!
Here are the official results from NJ Trail Series.