It’s been a little over two weeks since my 50-miler. My body finally feels recovered. While there is a part of me that has enjoyed going on short, easy runs every day, there is another part that wants to start training hard again. Yesterday, I decided to take the training wheels off and go with a few mile repeats. I ran them here:
I did three repeats (with plenty of recovery) and I split 6:05, 6:01 and 5:54, respectively. Not bad at all for a first “hard” run back! Now, I know I’m ready to get back to work!!
And that is the perfect segway into my racing plans!
I’m planning to run the Cazenovia 10-Miler on Fourth of July. The course consists of lots of rolling hills as it circles Cazenovia Lake. I ran the Mountain Goat 10-Miler in 57:21 earlier this year, so using that as a reference point, I’ve come up with a goal of 58:20 (5:50/mile).
Green Lakes 50k
I just about lost sleep over this one but I’ve decided on the Green Lakes 50k. I really wanted to do the 100k, but I couldn’t seem to get my legs on board. Last year, in my first ultra ever, I ran 3:37:26 (6:59/mile) and came in second. This year, I will be going for the win and taking a shot at Michael Daigeaun’s course record of 3:28:27 (6:42/mile).
If all goes well at Green Lakes, I’ll also run the 50-Miler at Virgil Crest. This is another Ian Golden race – so of course, it’s a monster. He describes the course as a “nasty serpentine configuration.” It gains/loses about 12,000 feet over the course of 50 miles. Cole Crosby has the course record in 8 hours even – and the second fastest time ever was run by ultra superstar, Aliza Lapierre (8:29), and she was the outright winner in 2009.
The course profile looks something like this:
This is not a sure thing, but it is in the back of my mind. I came in second last year and I’d like to try for a win this time around. Also, I’d like to get my marathon time under 2:40… we’ll see what happens!
There is a very slim chance I’ll give this one a go…
Have you finalized your race plans for the rest of the year?
What race are you most looking forward to?