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Discussion: how hilly is your 50k? My ...

in: bbrooke; bbrooke > 2020-03-08

Mar 9, 2020 9:49 PM # 
matzah ball:
how hilly is your 50k? My first (and maybe last) had unending little up an down dips, they said not to do this one for your first on the race description, so naturally that encouraged me to sign up(???). Ended up having to walk the last couple of miles.
Mar 10, 2020 5:17 AM # 
This one is relatively mild as trail races around here go: 1,873' total gain.

I did the 25K in 2018 (two laps), so I'm familiar with the course. I would most likely walk the uphill in the 5th mile on all four laps. But still...

I haven't registered yet. I'll wait to see how my 3.5- and 4-hour training runs go over the next 4-5 weeks ("do I really want to do this?!"). :-)

2020-03-09 Greenland Trail 50K
Mar 10, 2020 12:57 PM # 
matzah ball:
I remember a guest from Louisiana saying they fell in love w the 'mountains' in St. Louis (200') so I guess its all relative. Good luck w your training!
Mar 10, 2020 6:09 PM # 
Planning to walk the steep ups from the beginning is probably good strategy! I used to love running with the ultra runners in Tucson because they hiked all the steep stuff. I could keep up!
Mar 10, 2020 8:09 PM # 
I went for a longish run with PG once, and he said at the outset that we were going to do it "ultra-pace": run the downhills, jog the flats, walk the uphills. (Adjust as feels right.)
Mar 11, 2020 1:16 AM # 
You'll do fine, keep with your strategy, and keep eating and drinking, early and often.
Mar 11, 2020 2:22 AM # 
That's why I think I prefer trail races (and potentially "mini" ultras) more than road races & marathons: the implicit permission to walk / hike the steep stuff!
Mar 11, 2020 7:18 AM # 
p.s. Thank you all for the tips. :-)

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