|Very very rocky in some sections - I don't see a path, do you?|
|One of the monster downhill grades|
|So steep, they are stairs!|
- I will be finding out how my body reacts in altitude conditions (7000 ft minimum at this race).
- I will be doing some enormous climbs, up to the top of Pajarito Mountain at 10,440 ft and back down.
- I will be running on my feet for probably 10 1/2 to 11 hours. Funny how 8 hours doesn't phase me too much anymore (I've run over 8 hours 4 times before), but 11 hours feels very different in my head from 8.
|Watch out for loose rocks!|
So I did what anyone else with a running coach should do: I sent him a note about where my mind was at right now.
He had a great response that reaffirmed why I am doing this. It will be an excellent amazing training run for Chattanooga BECAUSE...
- Jemez will be further and longer than any day in Chattanooga
- The elevation gains and grades will be much harder at Jemez than Chattanooga
- Jemez is supposed to be pretty technical, maybe more so than Chattanooga, plus I'll be exposed in unshaded terrain on sunny days more than the woods of Chattanooga.
- I'll deal with all this on top of altitude, and I won't have altitude at Chattanooga.
- Good chance Jemez could be as warm as or warmer than Chattanooga.
So I keep my wits about me, stay calm, keep moving forward, and Jemez will be such a great training race!
|One of the views I'll be rewarded with!|
My goals with Jemez from my coach are simple, well, as simple as they can be completing 31 miles in hard terrain... :-)
- Get in and out of the aid stations quickly. Something he's worked on with me and I showed I can do when I set my mind to it at Hells Hills 25K this year.
- Powerwalk those uphills. Be smart about running and walking at the right time. Run when I can, powerwalk when running isn't the most efficient.
- Keep on top of my food and hydration. I've worked on that this spring and this is another chance to show that, especially when dehydration is easier at altitude and makes altitude sickness worse.
Note all pictures were courtesy of Bill Geist, the race director, from the race website