Tarawera Ultra Final Thoughts

We are back in Thailand for a week before I have to get back to work. Our project to get clean drinking water and hot shower water into the house is taking longer than first planned, but I decided that 5 days off from running is enough. Just a short 2 mile run to see if anything was broken and get the legs working again. I want to use last weekends 60k finish as a stepping stone to better things. That means working harder starting now. Seems like a good week for 2 a days. If it cools off before dark. Afternoon temperatures are running at 103 F.

During this run, I realized that I wasn’t done with the Tarawera Ultra report. So here are some more thoughts. My gear selection worked out for me with no issues. I wore my CamelBak Ultra vest and didn’t even feel that I was wearing anything. Not noticing something is probably the best review a hydration vest can get. No chaffing, no heavy feeling.
I wore SmartWool socks and wore through one toe. But I had applied lots of 2Toms Sport Shield roll-on on all my toes and did not have any blisters. The hole in my sock was probably from all the steep descents which caused my toes to touch the end of my shoe. 2Toms Sport Shield was a pleasant surprise. I was prepared to have blisters. I accepted the fact that my feet were going to be trashed. And guess what? My feet were is good shape after the run. I also applied the 2Toms on the insides of my legs and on my nipples. No problems there either. A recommended product. At least it worked for me.

One final thought. How many runners had the same surprise as I did? When I was running along, people who were passing by in the opposite direction kept saying things like “Good Job Mike” and “Way to Go Mike”. I thought to myself, “Maybe they all recognized me from this blog”? Then I remembered that we all had our names printed below our race number.

Tarawera Ultra Race Number and Finisher Award

Tarawera Ultra Race Number and Finisher Award

12 weeks until the Bali Marathon. 14 weeks until the Voyageur Trail 50 mile.

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