Monday, January 17, 2011

I'm In!

I noticed that registration opened up for the Skyline-to-the-Sea 50k and I'm now signed up!

This is a really beautiful area of California combining the tall redwoods at the start and ending up down at the ocean. The photo (which I stole from the website above) shows the teeny runners waiting to start in the redwoods.

It's a point to point race so you really have that feeling of traveling from A->B under your own steam (and all the views on the way are new).

This will be my second trail race and my very FIRST Ultra. There is a lot of up-and-down so I plan to walk all uphills and run slow pace (11 min/mile) for the flats (if any !).

I'm thinking 6 hours might be doable but I don't really care too much about the time, I just want to finish reasonably "easily". ...i.e. no death march. The timing limit for the course is 8 hours so I should be ok there.

I need to do more hilly trail runs and more quad strengthening so I don't have problems with all the downhill.

I'm really looking forward to this run! I will probably lose 15 minutes just from taking so many pictures ;)

6 comments:

  1. That looks like an absolutely gorgeous course. Kudos to you for having the guts to tackle 50k - I can barely wrap my head around that!! Looks like you'll have a few months to get ready. I'm looking forward to following your training.

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  2. That looks amazing! And I love point-to-point courses.

    I did my first trail run in Australia last summer, also a point to point. The final 15k was divided into an 8k descent/7k ascent. The descent absolutely trashed my quads, so you're very smart to prepare for that!

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  3. I just decided I had the guts to do a 50 miler within the last month, now to pick one out. Sounds like an awesome 50k.

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  4. @rae: Training? training? Uh oh...;)

    @misszippy: Australia would be a neat place to run! Quads seem to be the limiting thing in these lumpy trail races...

    @lee: What was I thinking! Holy Crap! 8)

    @2 slow: oh yah...50 miles ...I'm starting with 31 miles and see how that goes...I'd like to do a 50 or 100k someday! I think 100 milers are CRAZY. (But I would have said that about 50k..?! what happened to me?)

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  5. Wow! Good luck! Sounds like a great race and an even better place to do your first 50k! Definitely don't worry about time on your first one. Your only goal is to finish! I did my first 50k in July. It was quite an experience!

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