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Long-distance running, by its very nature, is a solitary sport and competitors are often competing with themselves as much, or more so, than those they’re running against.
Local ultrarunner Blake Wood tries to do both.
Wood was the top local male finisher in the 50-mile Jemez Mountain Trail Run last month. He placed seventh overall in the tough race, run around Pajarito Mountain on some challenging terrain.
Wood said it was his best race in some time and is hoping it will give him some momentum heading into the Hardrock Hundred.
“I was absolutely thrilled,” Wood said of his finish at the Jemez Mountain race. “I went in with two goals and was able to accomplish them both.”
His first goal was a personal one, finishing the course in under 10 hours.
Prior to the race, Wood said he looked at landmarks on the course and figured out what times he’d have to hit to either have a good shot or a possible shot at making the 10-hour mark, albeit by pushing himself quite a bit.
Psychologically, it was challenging, he said, because he was consistently smack dab in the middle of those target times, never too far from one or the other to feel completely comfortable.
Eventually, he made his time, again, with little to spare. He finished in 9 hours, 59 minutes, 50 seconds.
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