Hi group. I'm going for Chris' northbound fkt of 5:27:06 tomorrow. Looks like a nice day. Also going for jberry's "only fell twice record," which is also a big challenge. Will use my Garmin 205 if it holds a charge (not that I know how to post pictures) and will be taking splits at all normal major landmarks anyway, as backup and to compare to old runs. Will report back if I make it all the way!
Chris wrote that he finished in 5:27:06 and averaged a 9:36 mile. I think that the 9:36 must be "moving average" and not "gun time" as a 5:27:06 is about a 10:14 average and a 9:36 per mile pace for 32 miles would yield a 5:07:12. To try to "unify" the gun time and moving time records, I'm going to go for the 5:07:12 time as a "total time from start to finish/no stopping the watch" time, which most records are. Hopefully, I'll either be ahead of both of his times or behind both: beating one would make a bigger mess!
Northbound report. My very old Garmin was out of commission, so I decided to make time comparisons vs. Chris and Barney's final time based on their "average" pace per mile. Temperature was 84* and 73% humidity at finish = "real feel" of 91*. Sunny, humid day. Tough day to run hard, but it worked with my family's schedule. ---->> After getting off to a good start, I was a few minutes ahead of Chris' pace and even with Barney's southbound FKT, so I decided to try to stick to that. I was only 30 seconds behind his average pace arriving at Connetquot HQ and going in for water, but made that up and more, arriving at Vets 2:02 ahead of Barney's average pace. I lost all but 39 seconds of that lead getting through Lakeland (the course is blocked off here due to boardwalk construction until September--I had to go way around so as not to break the law but was too frazzled by those events to remember to get water there), but bumped my lead up to 3:31 by the time I reached the Old Nichols Road crossing, and was still feeling strong. The gap ebbed and flowed--down to 2:20 at Motor Parkway (hot on the sand where I drank and walked a lot) but back up to a run-best 5:00 lead forty minutes later at Rte 111, now feeling less strong and out of water (finished it just after 347: an hour earlier than anticipated). Here is where the self-supported part of my run came back to bite me on the bottom. Left glute and hamstring crying, I lost 4 minutes from 111 to Fence 1 at Blydenburgh. My body was dragging through this part and I knew I was losing a lot of time. Lost another minute from there to Caleb Smith HQ. My lead was down to 9 seconds as I entered Caleb Smith with almost 10 miles still to go. Tack on another 2:30 to pee (first time) and refill the water bottles and I was down 2:21 and not optimistic. Lost another 1:19 by the time I hit the SCOPE building (+3:40) but whittled that down to only 31 seconds by the time I left the golf club parking lot and hit the woods just over 4 miles later. By then, my left hamstring wouldn't let me lift that leg onto or over any high roots, so I lost over 3:30 from there to the San Remo Wall (+4:14). Pushing as much as I could on the roads, I got it down to 2:45 by the time I got back into the woods, but lost another 49 seconds by the Old Dock Inn (+3:34) and another 2:14 on the hills of the bluffs. My leg hurt so badly that I couldn't even run the last downhill half mile from Snake to the end of the trail. My total time was 4:46:48, so I got Chris' northbound time but not Barney's overall best time on the route. Only stumbled once and did not go down! Note: if you try this route during the warm months, wear a hat! I was swatting about 75% of the time I was running in trails. I was this close to running to the 7-11 on Old Nichols to buy a hat. Next time, I'm going to try the southbound route to avoid hitting all the hills at the end. That was tough.
Hello Group. Tomorrow, 11/6/16, I'm going to try for Barney's southbound record (which is also the "best crossing in either direction" record) of 4:41:15. He told me that he thinks it is faster to go southbound because it's easier to tackle the hills while you're still fresh. I hope he is right! Again, since I don't have a working gps watch, I'm going to pace off his "average pace per mile" as I don't know his splits. Will take splits at all the usual places and will post afterwards.
I forgot to update this after my attempt on November 7. Didn't make it. I was on pace until I got to the bridge and just started losing time during each section after that. Finished in 4:51:28 as I ended up mailing the last three+ miles in. Barney has set a great time. It will be fun going after it again in the spring.