Going the distance is the very essence of ultrarunning. My dear friend Lesley is celebrating her 50th year by running her first 50 miler. She is apprehensive and asked me how she will get through those last miles. Indeed, those miles from your previous longest distance to your new longest distance are the mystery. That mystery is part of the adventure.
Sharing the beauty & Joy of trail running
It’s not as much fun to write a race report when the day didn’t go as well as you hoped. The Gold Rush skate ski race is 3 laps of a hilly course, each lap starting with a ripping downhill and ending with a climb back to Summit Station at Royal Gorge.
I was enjoying seeing friends before the start and I felt fine in the start coral, so I didn’t see the train wreck coming. They changed the direction of the loop this year, going down the steeper side of the loop and coming back up the more gradual climb.
Let me be clear: this race report is about my Coach, Peter Fain, of Run on Dirt Coaching, because my MUC 25k story has a lot do to with him.
Several Run on Dirt athletes toed the line at MUC this morning. At the finish, we compared Coach Peter’s individualized pre-race instructions. Dan ran a 50k PR and proudly finished with not much left in the tank. Chaz, who is training for Western States, had specific orders on how to approach each section of the course and finished first in his age group.