I had an interesting thread of comments on my last facebook status update two days ago and it has motivated me to write this post asking 2011 WS runners to share. Hopefully it will generate a good discussion, and collectively, we might learn something. That status update was that Lewis Taylor and I, because we only ran 20 hours and each had CPKs under 5000, were able to run the Butte to Butte 10K 8 days after WS without any issues. He ran 35:27 and I ran 38:15. This then led to people sharing their CPKs and how their recovery had been going. One fast guy who ran four hours faster than I did and finished with a CPK over 20,000 said he couldn’t have run 6 miles on Monday.
I was prepared to run under 18 hours or very close to it this year but due to stomach (and head) problems only ran 20:47, the seventh slowest of my eight WS finishes. As a result of being trained and then not being able to run very hard the last 35 miles, my recovery has been quick. I was sore for a few days and then running by Wednesday. My toes were not that good and just lost my third toenail, and I’ve been in the occasional post-big-race funk, but I ran the 10K Monday and then did a 5 x 1000 track workout today and felt amazingly good. My CPK was 4400 and my quad soreness was close to nothing. I had heard from Twiet years ago that the winners of WS are often around 10,000. That seems to be about the right combination of preparing well but also running well. Below that and perhaps you underperformed, above that you either weren’t trained or you ran way harder than perhaps you should have. I would have preferred to be a little more trashed and having run 18 hours but you gotta do it on race day.
I know of at least two very good runners who had CPKs over 100,000 and both struggled in the snow. I do wonder if there is any connection to the unfamiliarity of the snow running and the high CPKs.
So, if you care to share:
1. How well did you prepare for the downhills, the distance, and the snow of WS?
2. What was your WS finish time? How hard did you run? Did you struggle in the snow?
3. What was your CPK? Was that higher or lower than you expected? Do you think the snow running contributed to a higher CPK?
4. How has your recovery been? Are you back to running normally now?