I texted my coach Jeremy...
I couldn't stop thinking about the amazing weekend and how these ordinary people had worked to do something extraordinary.
It was time for me to do a 50 mile race. So then the hunt was on for a race. Jeremy suggested a handful. Suann and I spent one evening texting back and forth discussing a million races. Amazingly, a lot of them were timeframes that would not work for my race directing life. When I'm directing a race, starting 3-4 weeks before I don't run as much, and I tend to not take the best care of myself (eating, sleeping, hydrating) during that stressful time. Bad timing to do a 50M or hit peak training weeks.
Other items that were considered: big course time limit (12-13 hours would NOT work at my pace), not too rocky (I'm a tenderfoot), and gentle climbs (since big climbs would slow my pace even more!)
Peace, Love, and 50 MilesEnter the Run Woodstock event. They are all about a weekend of "Peace, Love, and Running." September 7-9, in Hell, Michigan. That sounds like something I can get behind. After my last 3 big races I had participated in had a very competitive field - fantastic runner Max King won Gorge Waterfalls 50K, Jemez 50K/50M was filled with an amazing group of ultrarunners, and Chattanooga Stage Race brought runners who train numbers of miles I can only imagine.
They have fun with their event. I'll be running 3 PINK loops, on their very pretty colorful course map. They also have the Hallucination 100M, the LSD 100K (Long Slow Distance 100K), and every other distance down to the 5K.
- 15 hour time limit
- Fairly non-technical gentle course
- Fairly flat (for an ultra) course - 3900 feet total gain / loss
- 3 loops - I don't think I could stomach some courses that are 8ish loops!
- Should be good weather - mid 50s to low 70s
Booked and Committed
While the decision was made, I wanted to lay low as I watched my iron levels go back up. I've confirmed now that we have that under control after treatment.
I've done some speedwork and two-a-day workouts the last few weeks. I've done some midday heat training. I've upped my midweek running. I've been putting in weekend back-to-back trail runs. I'm secure at 35-45 mile weeks. It's time... A New Challenge Awaits.
I signed up this morning, I booked all of my travel, I'm working on getting a pacer for the third loop set up, and I'm proud that I have given myself permission to reach for something bigger! 8 weeks to race day!