Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Inspired by Future Race
Hi there! Look - one of our sunflowers is almost there!
Ok, onto my actual post. I want to share with you this race I found out about recently. For starters, I love reading about ultrarunners. For those of you who aren’t quite sure who I’m talking about, an ultrarunner runs distances longer than a marathon. These runners race in 50K, 50 mile, 100K, 100 mile, and above races. I find it incredibly fascinating, inspiring, intriguing...
I found a training plan for a 50 miles race online and the highest training run was 28 miles. My highest run for the marathon is 22 miles (that’s my goal anyways) so that’s not that big of a difference. The major distinction in training for a 50 miler is the back-to-back weekend runs – long runs on both Saturday and Sunday. This gets your legs acclimated to running on tired legs which is essentially what you’re doing for the second half of the race.
So as you know I’m training for a marathon right now (and you probably think I’m a bit nutty because I haven’t even completed that yet), but I like to think big and into the future. Even though I’m currently training for one race doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about my next – it gets my excited and motivated! Here’s the description for the race I found online that I just had to share. The race is located about 90 miles outside of NYC.
Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve, a vast, nonprofit nature preserve situated in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The course winds along carriage roads and paths through the forests and over the ridgelines of the Preserve, lands which The Nature Conservancy has described as “one of Earth's last great places.”
The entry fee is a bit pricier than a marathon and I’d have to raise $250 in charitable funds for the Mohonk Preserve and its mission to preserve and protect the beautiful lands that lie within its boundaries. But what a good thing!
Here’s the site with lots more information on this challenge: http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/
It’s May 3, 2014, so a while away... I have no idea if this is something I’m up for yet, but man it’s definitely something I’d like to do someday. I imagine running 20 miles, eating lunch, running another 15, eating dinner, and finishing it. This could just be a fleeting thought, but definitely something on my mind. I think I'll see how the marathon goes first, but at least now I know the challenge is out there.
Is anyone else intrigued?
Would you ever do a race longer than a marathon? Do you prefer the trails or roads when running?