As I mentioned in a previous post, this Fall – Winter period ahead will emphasize long distance trail running. Why? I really enjoy trail running, especially at “all day pace.” Also, it’s a great way to get in a solid run focus with accentuating the type of training and racing that is least likely to break me down. I’m just more durable at slower paces and on single track.
So here’s my race schedule:
- 12/04/10 – Run at the Rock (14 miles)
- 01/08/11 – Carrboro 50k Trail Run (50km)
- 01/15/11 – Little River Trail Run (10 miles)
- 02/05/11 – Uwharrie Mountain Run (40 miles)
- 03/26/11 – Bel Monte Endurance Run (50km)
The primary focus of my preparation is for the 40 miler. Twice, I have raced the 20 mile version and it is way difficult. The 40 mile event is the same course, but I’ll turn around and go back from whence I came. But way more tired. It’s a scary prospect, but doable if I prepare properly and I rather enjoy the preparation. That combination of things is the big appeal.
After Bel Monte, the rough plan is to cut back on run volume and intelligently increase the quality to see if I can use the run base gained from this ultra running foray to translate into some road running speed. We’ll have to see if that’s viable once I get to that point, though. More important is staying uninjured so I can begin preparing for Long Course Triathlon Worlds next November.
Also worth mentioning, I’ll be doing these trail runs as a member of the Bull City Track Club. The shop is 3 miles from my house, which is hard to beat from a convenience standpoint. Also, the shop has a road and trail running emphasis. I look forward to getting a chance to train with some of my new team members, but those that I know of are super fast, so we’ll have to see how that works out.