Sunday, September 01, 2013


No I am not talking about those sexy shorts for hot summer days.  Two words that runners fret and stress about.  "Cutoffs"  It is the maximum time a run may take to complete a section of the course or risk being asked to stop running by race officials.  As this is my first venture into 50 miles I fear not making the cut.  I attempt to predict my time to exactly at what time I will be at the aide stations.  Why?  This is my first 50 I am not going to win that is for DARN sure.  I am driven by fear of getting cutoff.  I have 13 hours to complete this event.  If I take my time from my solo 50k (6:30)  7:17 with rest stops, I should finish in 12 hours.  If I take 5 minutes at each aid station that is 12:40, that is pushing it.  What if I have to take one good poo and I am stuck for 30 minutes, game over.  That 50k was on terrain that was very hilly,  5000 ft of elevation gain over 31 miles.  The 50 has 6300 ft in the whole thing.  SO this 50k was harder terrain than that,  so that should buy me more time?  Oh and that 50k was a week after a marathon, boom more time!  Right? Who knows.  So what pace to I run at?  Do I need to push myself or listen to my body?  I know this much I will not be going out doing 8's or 9's, unless it is down hill.
My plan for race  11's is what I would like to hold as an over all pace.....

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