I will be running on Valentine’s Day and loving every minute. (Thank you to my Valentine, Byron, for giving me the time to pursue running.) This is week eighteen of a twenty-four week training cycle. This 50K (thirty-one miles, sometimes more, you just never know really) is part of the larger picture as I ultimately run 50 miles in March. In seventeen weeks, I have ran approximately 724 miles, that averages out to about 42 miles a week. My lowest mileage week was week one at thirty-four miles. My highest mileage week was sixteen at fifty-one miles. WOW! When I look at the numbers and then begin to think about the time I have put in, it is a lot for this runner who ‘moonlights’ as a stay-at-home mom. 🙂
This is my fifth trail race. I’ve run two marathons on the trail and two 50K’s on the trail. This will be my third 50K. I really like this distance. This may become my favorite, with marathons a close second. This time around, I followed a plan from Relentless Forward Progress. This plan measured each run by distance and not by time. For each trail race prior, I ran by time and not by distance. This was VERY tough in the beginning. It took a month to get used to. I have never run so many 40 mile weeks. I also chose to maintain my strength training, even on those peak weeks!! I hit the weight room twice a week, consistently. I am glad I did, but my body went through a serious adjustment.
So the question is run or race on Saturday? I do not know yet. What I do know is the first 2.5 miles is on the road and the last 2.6 miles is on the road. I want to run these, like I am running on the road. I am not going to go slow. The other thing I know for sure is that this race has 6-8 creek crossings. There is nothing special to do for these, just run!! Each aid station will be approximately 5-6 miles apart. When I am fresh, this will take an hour to reach. If I am tired, these aid stations could take 1 1/2 hours to reach. So, I need to make sure I am drinking well and planning my drinking so that I have enough to drink between each aid station. The unknown about this race is the elevation and the climbs. I will visit these ‘fresh’ on race day. Because this is part of my training cycle, I could just ‘run’, but who knows?! It might be a perfect day for a ‘race’!!
Here is what I am wearing: my new Oiselle ‘go joggings‘, my lululemon arm sleeves, my Ultra Dirt Bags Shirt (‘natch), my compression socks and my new Hoka Kailua Trail shoes. I will wear my Ultimate Direction vest to carry my drinks and food.
Here is what I am bringing to eat/drink: I will be drinking water, Perpetuem, Power Ade. I will be eating Salted Caramel GU (so good), Hammer raspberry gel and Hammer apple cinnamon gel. I will consume one gel an hour. I will also bring two peanut butter ‘think thin’ bars. I will drink Power Ade and water in the beginning and switch to Perpetuem from middle to end. I will eat something at each aid station, about every 5-6 miles. They usually serve peanut m & m’s, gummy bears, chips, soda, sport’s drink, pretzels, peanut butter & jelly and sometimes salted potatoes.
Some miscellaneous items that I will carry? I will have endurolytes tablets and take one every hour. I will bring Ibuprofen, benadryl, chapstick and toilet paper. I will also have my shuffle and headphones. 🙂
Stay tuned for a race recap. . .