Rogaine (Hemlock to FH (almost)) 8:06:00  *** 18.0 mi (27:00 / mi)
shoes: Ice Bugs Men's Blue 8.5
Having sworn that I would never ever do another 12 hour rogaine after the one I did about five years ago, I decided that I will try a 24 hour rogaine instead.
Sandy and I are looking to do the SVO event in May.
I figure I need some longer stuff in the months leading up to the event. I just can't picture myself going out and doing anything close to that amount of time if I don't do at least 12 hours or so first. Not just the endurance factor, but trying to figure out what works for my feet - my weakest link.
I proposed the 50K trail run to Sandy which was being held today from Hemlock to Fountainhead. Since I didn't figure that either one of us really wanted to do 50K on trail, and there are O maps of the area, I mapped out a course instead with the goal of doing eight hours.
First we did the permanent markers at Hemlock, starting at 6:30 AM (a little dark time for me). Then we headed south picking up off trail locations, or cutting off of the trail to pop back on further down using the mile markers as control locations.
We turned around about 2 miles from Fountainhead, and headed back on the blue trail only cutting a few corners. Arriving back at Hemlock under time, we did the permanent course in the opposite order, and arrived back at the car at just about the prescribed time.
My heels hurt the worst the last two hours - putting weight on them was painful. I think maybe I taped my ankles in a way which impacted the heels.
Besides the heel pain and feeling really tired like I couldn't really go another step, I felt pretty good.
It was pretty cold. I wore my new long sleeve tight UA shirt, a short sleeve, and a long sleeve, two pairs of thin pants, gloves, ear warmers. Took my outer shirt off on the return trip. Really like the new UA shirt. Sleeves are plenty long, and the tightness didn't bother me.
I drank about 120 oz, which I probably didn't really need since I had to stop and pee about 8 times.
It is obvious that Sandy is experienced on long events and is a good partner. A very good day.
So, the plan is to get together one day per month over the next 5 months, and get a long training in. The next one will be at least 10 hours. The one after that may include lots of climb.