Rajeev Patel from San Jose, CA (Male)
Occupation: Software Engineer
Age on race day: 47
2007 Lean Horse 100 Mile Ultramarathon - Hot Springs, SD
This was my 18th ultramarathon and I finished in 25:39:00.
I consider myself an intermediate runner. The reason I run is because it is my life. It defines me in every aspect. I quit smoking in September of 1991 and took up running in order to control weight gain.
I didn't follow a specific training program for this race. I average about 40-50 miles per week, and I run 12 months out of the year.
The 2007 Lean Horse 100 Mile Ultramarathon was better than expected. This was one of the most amazing races I have ever run. The course was beautiful but not spectacularly so. I was running without crew or even cell phone coverage. That took me totally out of my comfort zone and the finish time, a PR, was made more special.
The course was moderately hilly in the first and the last 16 miles. The other 68 miles were on the George Mickelson trail, an amazing running surface composed of crushed limestone. The highlight of the first day was the sight of the Crazy Horse monument off to the side as we passed by on the trail.
The race had mile markers every 5 miles so I knew (a) exactly where I was and (b) what pace I had run the previous 5 miles in.
The volunteers were simply superb. Hot Springs is very small town and that added to the immense charm of this race. I am certainly going back next year.
My recovery wasn't bad. I injured my ankle somewhere around mile 77 and was forced to walk the last 22 miles. Given that I was scheduled to run another 100 miler a month after Lean Horse, I ran very little in the intervening 30 days. That helped me get to the start of the Rio Del Lago 100 miler with "fresh" legs.