The Vegan Power 50k is Saturday. This is one of my all-time favorite races. Great people. Great course.
Let me set the stage – the course is a 5ish-mile loop in the Berkshires (Massachusetts) that you repeat six times (there is a 25k running concurrently that is three loops). There is roughly one hill per loop so it looks like a fast course – but it’s not! The course is riddled with twists, turns, roots and more roots! Everybody falls – it’s like a rite of passage on this course.
I’ve run the race twice before – 4:19:41 in 2015 and a sizzling (if I do say so myself) 4:08:49 in 2016. The latter was nearly a perfect race for me, and I’m pretty convinced that I can’t break four hours on this course…
But that doesn’t mean I won’t try! I have much less mileage in the bank than in other years. My high week for the year is only 60 miles. I’m also super light on long runs – I’ve only run more than 15 miles twice this year. And I’m slowly getting over bronchitis. Enough with the Debbie Downer! In general, I’m pretty fit. I’ve gotten some decent speedwork in this year, and I had a pretty respectable run at the Mountain Goat 10-Miler.
So my plan is to do my best! I’m using this as a building block for Cayuga Trails in July and Eastern States in August. I’ll be running in the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra – one of my all-time favorite trail shoes, and it is perfect for this course. It’s going to be sunny with a high around 80 degrees. I’ll be throwing back Tailwind and Huma Gels every now and again. I’m looking forward to catching up with the awesome BURCS crew, as well as my friends with Strong Hearts Vegan Power.
Check back next week for a full report!