Saturday, August 30, 2014
Last Man Standing Race
The 5-mile trail is gently rolling grass/dirt with not much elevation change. It's wide and well-groomed. Pretty easy. If I run hard, I can finish in 40 minutes. If I run easy, I finish in about 45 minutes. If I walk the hills, and go easy on everything else, I finish in about 50 minutes. Hot weather will slow those times. My plan is to start out attempting 50-minute loops and try to maintain that until I'm done. When will I be done? Not sure. I'll get at least 5 loops (25 miles), but hope to run 6 loops (30 miles). I might manage 7 loops (35 miles). That would likely be my limit. How far will others go? Not sure. It's a fat-ass style run with no entrance fee, no support, no prizes. An ultrarunner's dream. Winner simply gets the respect and admiration of their peers. Nice.
I didn't run very well at the Howl at the Moon 8-hour ultra in August...this is my chance to turn things around and get back on track. Perfect opportunity for a group long run too. With the Tunnel Hill 50 miler in November, this is a much-needed extra long run. And, if I can grab 6 loops, I'll notch another ultra on my march toward 100! This will be #94. Can't wait.