What’s Next?


I survived the Cayuga Trails 50 and I’m ready to start running again. My legs feel like they’re back to about 70% and I’ll probably try an easy mile or two later today.

I have a new pair of shoes to start using (GEL Kayano 19s) and my legs are pretty excited about that! I will pour a little by the curb later today for my Saucony Guide 6s – they managed to carry me about 884 miles. Considering I got them on clearance for $50, that’s a pretty good return. In fact, at just over five cents per mile, that may be the best value I’ve ever gotten from running shoes! Anyhow, I digress…

It’s time to pick another race! The obvious choice is the Green Lakes Endurance Runs. The question is: do I race the 50k or the 100k?

Last year, I ran the 50k and finished in 3:37:26. I came in second overall and my time was good enough to be the 64th fastest 50k in the country.

Jan/Feb 2014 Ultrarunning Magazine

Jan/Feb 2014 Ultrarunning Magazine

Should I go with the 50k again and take a shot at Mike Daigeaun’s course record (3:28:27)? Or should I go with the 100k and try and challenge Adolfo Munguia’s record (8:15)? At this point, I’m leaning toward the 100k but that could certainly change once I actually start running again.

Do you flip-flop when picking races?

What is the deciding factor when you select a race?

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12 Responses to What’s Next?

  1. With that time, I’d say you did more than survive it. Congratulations! 🙂

  2. Cassy says:

    I love that clip of Phoebe running! Hilarious episode. In my (very inexperienced) opinion, I would say to maybe do the 50k and go after that course record. You’re so close, so why not see if you can surpass it?

  3. Dan Button says:

    50k gets my vote, sounds like you could have a real shot at the win and possible CR if things go well. Nothing builds confidence like winning! Depends on long term goals though, if you’d like to keep increasing distance, the 100k might be the next logical step with your 50 miler training fresh on the mind. And speaking of new shoes, I picked up the NB 980 Fresh Foam, and after only 3 runs and less than 20 miles, they may be my favorite trainers ever.

  4. Go for the 50k. A course record is so much better then finishing a longer distance. You have the rest of your life to finish a 100k…there is only so long you can run and get a record.

  5. jenna holly says:

    I LOVE that you used that Phoebe GIF, classic!! I second what Hollie said, go for the record!! You’ve got tons of time to get that 100k in 🙂

  6. Hudi says:

    I struggle sometimes between the race I know will push my limits (little chance of podium) and the race in which I will “achieve”. But if I’m clear-headed, the one that will push my limits is typically better for me.

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