50 miler will be a true test.

White-River-50-Course-Map_thumbTo the left is the map for my next race.  It is the White River 50 Mile Endurance Run on July 25th.  This will be my 17th marathon or longer race.  It will be my second go around at this distance.  I did this race last year in 11 hours and 46 minutes.

This year will be a little different though.  I have not been training the way I used to.  Before I focused solely on distance endurance and paid no attention at all to speed or speed type work.  This time around with the help of my wonderful coach who uses scientifically based training methods, I have been doing more runs of a higher quality (faster!)  With these methods I have set  personal records at every distance that I have ever run and this has happened in a 6 month period of time.  I am looking forward to seeing how the mixture of quality workouts, long runs spaced further apart, and lower milage will pan out during the long haul of 50 miles.

It will be a true test of my physical and emotional/mental training thus far.  It is also a great practice run for the 100 miler.  Although 50 miles is not anywhere near the same as 100, the basic concepts of training and endurance remain the same.  From what I hear, the first 50 miles are physical and the second 50 miles are mental.

Anyhow, I am not shooting for a PR in this race but I am assuming that one will occur just simply because all other shorter distances have improved so much.  I have my caloric, fluid, and electrolyte intakes well established for what works with my body.  If my stomach remains strong throughout this should not be a problem.  I know I can make the distance if injury is not a problem too.  We will see I guess.

5 Responses to “50 miler will be a true test.”

  1. July 13, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Good luck on your race!! I enjoy reading your blog!

  2. July 13, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I would love to have a coach to help me with running!! I’m still working on the 5k’s at the moment. Hopefully one day I’ll get good enough for a half marathon! haha

    Anyway, give it your all! Good luck!

  3. July 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I never cease to be amazed at your races. You are truly an inspiration.

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