Before I start this race report I’d like to thank Trail Racing Over Texas for having me on their team for 2015 and allowing me to have the opportunity to race all of their amazing events. I’d also like to thank the team’s amazing sponsors and companies that have continued to support me and my racing including Nathan Performance Gear, Altra Running, Feetures Socks, Victory Sport Design, CarboPro and Amrita Bars. Their assistance helps me race at the best of my ability and for that, I am truly grateful.
The Trail Racing Over Texas Jackalope Jam was one of the most recent additions to the great events that TROT puts on (click here for their full 2015/2016 schedule). The event included options of 6 Hours, 12 Hours and 24 Hours. This event landed on a weekend where I had no events planned, but with races on the next two weekends (Ragnar Trail Hill Country and Big Cedar 50K) I opted for the 6 Hour option and planned to run it as a long training run.
The Jackalope Jam 6/12/24 Hour took place at Carbide Park in La Marque Texas on a one mile loop. This made the mental aspect of the race much more important then most races. I’ve raced for 8 hours on a 2 mile loop when I completed my first 50 Miler, so I was sure that it wouldn’t be too much of an issue. At the event, all timed races started off at 7AM sharp and immediately a racer named Jamie, Tracie Akerhielm and myself separated from the rest of the field. Jamie ran in front for the first 2 miles with Tracie and I right behind before we passed him and pressed forward. I ran with Tracie for the first 9 miles, both of us stopping occasionally to grab items like sunglasses, more water, and fuel.
After Tracie backed off her pace, I maintained my pace, then slowly began to drop my pace per mile with each loop until I hit Mile 14. For the next 14 Miles after that I felt amazing and running seemed effortless. In these miles I ranged from 6:53 to 7:14 per mile and started lapping the majority of the field. I came through the Marathon somewhere around 3:12 during these miles. Coming into the race I had no real plan on how I was going to run, but I finally made the decision that I would hit 40 Miles and from that point onward I would do a combination of walking/jogging until the 6 hours were up in order to save my legs so I could go all out at my next few events. I ran through 50K in 3:50 and then started to slow my pace down.
Eventually, I came through 40 Miles in 5:02 and began my walk/jog routine. I would walk roughly .05 to .1 of a mile and then run for half a mile or so. Even with this approach I still came through my next 4 miles in the range of 8:30-9:30. I then teamed up with my Trail Racing Over Texas Teammate Daniel Bucci for my final loop (Mile 44 and 1st Place) to cap off the event with a speedy 11 minute mile as we crossed the finish line together for a final time.
I had an amazing time at Jackalope Jam running the 1 mile loop for 6 hours. Each time I crossed paths with other runners, we exchanged hello’s and gave words of encouragement. One of my favorite parts of the event was passing by my team member Matt Zmolek time after time, who was running the 24 Hour race. Jokingly or maybe seriously, he would ask why I wasn’t running faster and I would respond with “I’m coming to get you.” Congratulations to everyone who ran the event, set a distance PR, or earned one of the buckles/medals from the race!
Next up for me will be the Ragnar Trail Relay in Texas Hill Country this weekend, followed by Big Cedar 50K on Halloween and then the Trail Racing Over Texas Franklin Mountains 50K (November 14th) and Brazos Bend Marathon (December 12th). I encourage everyone to join me for the Trail Racing Over Texas races as they’re sure to be a great time on the trails with excellent race organization, top notch volunteers, and beautiful courses!
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