Ultra Running – Coastal High 50 Trail Race

Last Saturday 3rd September I ran a trail 50km ultra in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland south east Queenland.  I ran this one last year although the course was slightly different it still was an enjoyable ultra which encapsulated some of the most beautiful trails that I have ever run on.   My preparation training runs were complete and I felt strong going into this trail race.  I got up very early and drove down to the finish then a bus took most of the runners to the start line which is on top of a mountain.  When I say very early I mean getting out of bed at 1 am then preparing my pre race breakfast which was porridge with some maple syrup, making sure I was on the road at 1:30 am.   BIB pick up was at 3:15 am then traveling on the bus for 1.5 h to the start line.   The weather was perfect after some very heavy rain throughout the night.  The morning temperature was around 9C then as the day progressed the temperature rose to a nice 24C.    The ascent and descent were very close with 1990m ascent  and a 2050m descent.   The trails were technical in some parts with a few creek crossings to make.  Look forward to running this next year.   I am happy with my time, but I know I need to train and be able to run up some hills as this was a thing which slowed me down.  I also had a small issue with a pain on the outside of my knee which was due to running downhill on uneven surfaces.  This happened around the 42 km mark and also after a massive up hill climb which included 900 steps.   I was fortunate to get some assistance with some strapping to relieve my pain and it worked, so I was able to run most of the last 8 kms without too much discomfort.   For nutrition I use Tailind Nutrition and also eat a few dates.  I have a few things I say to myself to keep going one is keep moving forward and one which I read Scott Jurek says which is something like this is what you came here for !!   Looking forward to do this one next year !!!!!

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