This Saturday is the Finger Lakes 50-Miler. It will be my 3rd ultra in 5 weeks! I’ve never been a prolific racer, and I have no plans to change that. In my opinion, the chance of getting injured (or burnt out) increases significantly with [over]racing. With that being said, I really wanted to do these three races (Cayuga Trails, Vegan Power and Finger Lakes) so I figured I would give it a try!
Finger Lakes 50s has a rich history. Despite being in the middle of nowhere, past winners include Leigh Schmitt, Brian Rusiecki, Aliza Lapierre and Nikki Kimball.
The Course: The course is a 16.5 mile loop that you run three times (there is a .5 mile baby loop at the end).
It is not super hilly – there is +/- 4,000 feet of elevation (less than half of Cayuga Trails). This is the course profile for each 16.5 mile loop:
With that being said, this year’s challenge will be mud!! I inquired about the course conditions yesterday and here was the response:
“It was underwater yesterday. A lot of the trails were small streams…”
Well, there goes my plan! I was hoping for a smooth, runnable course that I could knock off in about seven hours. No such luck. Instead, I’m left trying to figure out which of my shoes will suck less (literally and figuratively) in that much mud (I’ve narrowed it down to Scott Kinabalu 2.0s and Inov-8 Race Ultra 290s).
Aside from the mud, the weather should be decent. It looks like it might be dry on race day and the temperature will top out around 80 degrees – not bad for July.
While I don’t enjoy running in mud (I’m way too much of a princess for that), I think it will be a fun race. There are some great prizes and I’m really hoping I can snag one. Going into this block of races, this was the one I wanted the most, so we’ll see what happens!
Do you enjoy running in mud?
If you had to pick between mud and hills, which would you pick?