An incredible and very kind (and very fast) friend emailed me before Swiftwater50k and offered to give me her comp entry to Silverfalls 50k on November 7th.
|From the notorious Silver Falls long run where I hurt myself on all ..those ..stairs last summer. |
It's beautiful though!
I might never get another opportunity to get in unless I park myself in front of the computer at midnight on registration day some year!
* * *Between my last 50k and this one, I have done just a few longer runs. It seems like cheating to run so little in preparation for something so long, but it worked pretty well to get me to the start of the Swiftwater 50k uninjured (and with some speed work, even!).
After Swiftwater I took just a couple of days of complete rest. Running a trail 50k feels so much easier to recover from than a hard marathon. But, then again, the overall pace is about 4 minutes a mile slower for me.. so maybe that is why ;)
With 5 weeks between races, my long runs went like this:
You can add another mile, on average, to each of those green runs. The Garmin 320 measurements never quite match up with the map mileage or what other runners in my group capture.
Each of the three longer runs was an adventure in itself.
I have met some new friends in my local area, thanks to Strava, and am not shy about inviting total strangers to meet me at the Walmart parking lot for a Brice Creek run.☺
One of my favorite runs of the year was the 21 miler (listed as 19.6) that included climbs up to Hardesty Mountain, the Sawtooth trail and Mt. June. The view from Mt. June was awesome and well earned. At the top we rested a bit (while one of us ate a chicken burrito) before descending 11 miles and 5500 ft back to the trailhead.
After this solid training run, I am more aware than ever that my strength is climbing.. or even better, running the flatter gravel, and that my weakness as a trail runner is steep downhill running.
It's not that I haven't improved in downhill running, it's just that I can't quite "let loose" on the steep downhills and make a "controlled fall" out of it. If I start falling, I doubt there's much controlling it!
So, with that knowledge, added to the fact that Silver Falls is not listed on Ultrasignup.com (and will not influence my mediocre ranking there), I have decided I will just take it easy and enjoy this race. None of the pressure, all of the fun, and a great excuse for good food and a bad massage.
Or is it the other way around? :)