The Cayuga Trails 50 is now twenty-five days away and I have a big decision to make: beard or no beard.
As you can see in the picture above, I had a beard for the one ultra that I’ve done. It was about a three-week beard. Since I was new to ultras and new to beards, I went with something pretty conservative. However, the beard (and not my training) allowed me to run 31.1 sub-seven-minute miles.
Now, with my first 50-miler on the horizon, I am confronted with a decision. I’m already at three or four days, so it’s now or never. I do have options, and the beard/facial hair subculture of ultrarunning is constantly in a state of flux. Consider the following:
“The J.C. Special”
“The Mustachioed Ultramen”
“The No-Beard Beard”
Which look do you recommend for the race?
Do you have any superstitions about racing?