Coming down from the high of your last race you are anxious to start training again. If you are like me, you only recovered as much as you thought was necessary (maybe less) and write up your training plan for what you have your sights on next.
The Cayuga Trails 50 Mile put on by Red Newt Racing is coming up and that means it is all business in this house. Last year's race was Jared's ultra-marathon debut and he came in 2nd place, just 5 minutes under Nike Trail Athlete Mario Mendoza.
This past weekend I ran The North Face Endurance Challenge – Bear Mountain 50k. This was my very first ultra and trail race. I trained particularly hard for this race and I felt ready to run. I was mentally prepared that I would probably have to walk some inclines and that this was not going to be really a race but just a competition with my body and mind.
This past Saturday was the fourth annual Syracuse Half Marathon. A few years back, this was my very first race I had ever run. It is an even that is put on by Leone Timing (Jared's sister's husband's timing company….a friend of a friend of friend of a cousin, hah). Anyways, pretty much every year this race falls on a freezing cold and snowy day. The race's event coordinators would be out until early morning salting the roads for runners. This year they decided to pay a costly amount of money to move the race to April where there was more of a chance to have a better weather.
So I ran my third marathon. It was only a training run, my peak mileage, for the Bear Mountain 50k at the end of April. The course was downhill for roughly the first 2-3 miles and then rolling hills until mile 9. Mile 9 was a bit of a climb but it was extremely short and then it flattened out through the end.
Aspiring adult with a love for running, travel and food (especially peanut butter!). Training for her second ultra marathon.