04/24/2017 – 04/30/2017
The rule of thumb is not to increase your weekly mileage by anywhere from a max of 10% to 20% depending on what website you look at. Well, screw those rules. Last week I didn’t run much mileage wise, but I ran hard for one monster day. This week I doubled my mileage. Whoops. Although I actually felt better at the end of the week! Honestly though more than anything it probably had mostly to do with the terrain, the effort, and my perceived confidence after last week’s success.
Tillamook Burn 50 miler in Oregon was this weekend and I finished my second race in as many weekends. This was a positive, confidence building, key part of the end of the fourth of five training blocks. I’m nearing the crest of the hill (mountain?) and with only three more big training weeks I can smell the hay being cut and starting to dry. I am cautiously optimistic. 7 weeks until Bighorn 100.
Questions to you:
• What’s the farthest you’ve ever travelled for a race?
• At what point in your training cycle do you see the other side of the fence?
• Running is as much a mental state as a physical state. How do your emotions affect your perceived running effort? How about your actual effort?
Can you handle 130km of burly Squamish goodness in just over twenty-four hours? The concept here is simple – race the 50 miler and 50 kilometer events on back-to-back days.
Seems simple enough, except that I’m undertrained and underprepared and a little anxious, but yeah, I’m running the Squamish 50/50 this weekend.
04/11/2015 – Zumbro Midnight 50 Mile – Zumbro River Bottoms Management Area, Thielman, Minnesota
Starting at midnight, this laid back, old school, low-key three loop course winds its way up and down the windIng, rugged, beautiful Mississippi River Valley Bluff Country trail. With never more than 300 feet of continuous climbs, Zumbro suckers you in, strings you through countless mud puddles, trips you with leaf covered rocks, and spits you back out through stretches of sand that somehow, of course, finds its way into your socks and shoes. Before you know it, you will have covered 7500 feet of vert, seen the sun rise, and have thanked more volunteers than you can count.
The Zumbro “Midnight” 50 is my second event of the year and takes place this coming Friday night/Satuday morning (04/11/2015) in Southeastern Minnesota Bluff Country, about 2 hours south of Minneapolis. The looped course (three loops of 16.7 miles!) trail run is almost entirely in the Zumbro River Bottoms Management area within a portion of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest with 9,294 feet of vert gain and hovering between 700-1,100 feet above sea level.
This is really a part of a bigger race weekend as I’m flying into St Louis on Thursday to meet up with a friend, we’re driving 8 hours north to Minnesota for the Zumbro “Midnight” 50 on Friday night/Saturday morning, hopefully finishing up the race around noon, driving 8 hours back to St Louis by Saturday night, (hopefully) running the Go! St Louis road Marathon on Sunday morning, then flying back to Seattle on Monday. Typing that out now seems a little crazy, but it’s all a part of my grand master plan for Mohican 100 in two months and Squamish 50m/50k weekend in four months.
09/20/2014 – Yellowstone-Tetons 50 mile Endurance Run – Mesa Falls to Driggs, Idaho
Starting at Mesa Falls, this point to point 50 mile road run begins with soft rollers, interrupted by a gentle middle 15 mile uphill section and eventually flattening out for the final 15 miles. It’s all road and exposed, but you knew that going in, so there’s no crying in ultra running.
08/16/2014 – Squamish 50M – Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
The race report in 32 short descriptions: Oceanfront start, railroad flat, headlamps on, sweaty humid, Garibaldi aid, still lakes, buttery trail, here we go, short and steep, bike rollers, technical downhill, Galactic Scheisse, fogged in vista, Word of Mouth, somehow still going downhill, Quest University, gnome tree, switchback uphills, hunting rabbits, sit-down on trail leg cramps, hydrate more, is that chafing?, run tentative, oh my, yes, that’s chafing, Mamquam Falls, only 10k left!, renewed energy, Mountain of Phlegm, stairs – seriously?, rock climbers, finally flat, downtown finish! 50 miles. 11,000 feet of vert. The Squamish 50.
The Yellowstone-Teton Endurance Run – 50 mile is my ninth event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (09/20/2014) starting at Mesa Falls, Idaho and running south through Idaho along the western edge of the Tetons. The 50 mile point to point run is mostly all on paved, packed dirt, and gravel road with only a few thousand feet of vertical gain.
The Squamish 50 is my seventh event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (08/16/2014) starting in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada and running north through the headlands around Alice Lake Provincial Park and ending back in downtown Squamish. Technically a point to point race, the 50 mile trail run has both 11,000 feet of vert gain and descent and is a really a clockwise loop with the start and finish about 1km apart.
07/12/2014 – Mt Hood 50 – Clackamas Lake, Oregon Starting at Clackamas Lake this 50 mile race is split between two out and backs, both along the heavily shaded Pacific Crest Trail. Heading north first, the trail is slightly longer rolling past lakes as still as paintings and stunning vignettes of the majestic Mt Hood, before returning back to start/mid-ish-point/finish line and continuing south to the buttery smooth but resoundingly hilly complete single track and finally finishing with 5,500 feet of elevation gain.