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…and researches Colorado 50k’s

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True to my 2012 goals, I’m exploring the possibility of running a 50k this year! For those wondering, a 50k is 31.07 miles. Just 4.87 miles longer than a marathon. This seems doable. I’ll leave the 50 milers to those much stronger than I!

I looked at some races this morning and narrowed it down to two:

Greenland Trail 50k on May 5th

The Bear Chase 50k on September 30th

Initially, I was leaning toward the Greenland Trail 50k. It’s nearly 3 weeks after Boston, and I was thinking this would be great timing, coming off of marathon training. Also, I could run it before summer, as there are some pending personal plans that might hinder training during these months (no, I’m not having a baby). This race sells out fast, as it’s the largest 50k in Colorado. If I decide to do this one, I need to register soon.

The boy suggested the fall Bear Chase instead. First, if I became injured training for or running Boston, I wouldn’t feel pressure to run the 50k so nearly afterward. Second, if I choose the fall race, I can focus on training properly for it, i.e. primarily on trails, and a little extra distance. This race’s registration doesn’t open until February.

Luckily, I feel like I have a little time to think about the best option. By the time February rolls around I’m hoping to have a little more direction in my relationships/personal life, which will, in turn, effect my race plans. To bad everything can’t be cut and dry! But, what fun would that be!

XO,

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10 thoughts on “…and researches Colorado 50k’s

  1. Here I barely made it 5K today, and you’re blithely talking about doing a marathon, then a few weeks later, running even further. Yeah. There are soft padded rooms for that kind of aberration.

  2. I like this post very much 🙂

  3. How about both?!?! I mean, surely you can run 3 weeks post Boston, no problem. Get your first one out of the way. ….then- go for the fall 50k and have the boy join the training with you. After all, he did suggest it. 😉 xo

    • Yes, but I won’t be trail training for Boston, so I’m not sure I’ll be prepared for a 31 mile trail race after 12 weeks of roads. I’m leaning toward September…

  4. I’m thinking about running my first 50k this year too – to mark my 50th birthday! At the moment, I’m thinking it will be the Niagara 50k in June: http://www.welovetorun.com/events/niagaraultra.html. But maybe I should be looking south of the border for more options?

    Good luck! Looks like you have a great running year ahead!

    • That would be a great one! Very scenic! Are you going to follow a training plan? I haven’t researched any yet, but will be in the market soon, if you have suggestions!

      • The only programs I found on-line required a LOT more training than I’ve ever done for a marathon so not sure I’m going to follow them.

        My chiro (who is an ultramarathoner and coach himself) recommended I follow a marathon training schedule and just add a little more mileage on weekends. As he said, it’s “only 7.8k longer than a marathon” so shouldn’t involved a lot more training.

        Of course, I don’t have a time goal for my first ultra and maybe you do?

      • That was kind of my thought: choose a marathon program and add some mileage.

        It’s a trail 50k, so I’ll make sure I’m running on a lot of terrain that mimics the course.

        Therefore, no time goal!! Finish!! 🙂

  5. Yes, that was the other bit of advice I read. Be sure to train on terrain that’s similar to what you’ll be running on race day. Good luck! Be sure to let us all know how it goes!

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