Hi Steve! No problem for the hijack! :) I love
the "stop and run no matter what" plan. That should keep you at a superb base of fitness for whatever you throw at your body this year. Nice!
And Betsy is a saint to humor those efforts. But I know she's wisely doing it for her own
good, as does my wife. Man consistently running == good relationship. :)
Algonquin: yes! I ran it in 2018, and did pretty well (4:35:20, 8th place). Here's my report:https://attackpoint.org/viewlog.jsp/user_3338/peri...
You are correct: the course is dead flat, and generally fast, except for some longish (~10-20m) stretches of ankle-deep water. For perspective, 8-hours for 31 miles is 15:29s ... so even with a 50/50 walk/jog and you can easily
get it done: even at 1/3 running, say 13 min/mi for 10mi, you can walk the rest at 16:40s to 'get it done' in 8. I'd suggest that you can do much better than that! Practice fast walking
, too (relaxed, use your arms like when you run), and you can casually do 15s. Mindset is: "I'm walking on purpose, with a purpose", not "oh no, I'm walking" (sob, hanging head, shuffling). :)
It's a pretty good race. Folks are amazing
(some of the best!!), aid is fine, good food and atmosphere at the end, great course markings, and an okay race. The main thing missing is the sorta boring location. You can 'Watch' it in Ultrasignup (log in, then on the race page, click Watch, and enter some details) to get notification when it's about to open for 2021 ... it sells out incredibly quickly (like hours).Uberendurancesports
has some great races throughout the year! Never sell out (that I know of). Generally on the easy side, and really a great gang of folks involved. Searching on Ultrasignup
can be fruitful, too.HAT Run 50k
on Mar 21st in Havre de Grace, MD is upcoming ... and I'm running it! 24 spots remaining as I write this. It's got a good bit of climb (they say 3%, hmm), but the terrain is quite nice otherwise.Batona Trail Races
-- 33miler Oct 10th in South Jersey Pine Barrens ... is similarly 'easy' to Algonquin ... I'll be doing the 55miler.
I'm excited about this stuff! Keep in touch.