Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Change In Plans

I decided to forgo Yasso's 800 speedwork this week as I am running the 50Km Creemore Challenge this Saturday. I ran a slow 10K instead. I will return to my Yasso's next week, but for now, I want to make sure my legs are somewhat fresh for this weekend.

This is only the second year that the Creemore challenge has been running, so it was difficult to find out information about the event, but this is what I have found out so far.

A 25 K hourglass loop with 50% trail, 50% country road and almost no cliffs. The course is hilly (60% uphill and 30% downhill), climbing the Niagara Escarpment twice per loop.

The almost no cliff part is somewhat comforting, but yikes, this race will definitely be a challenge. The winning female finished in just under 5 hours last years, so given the fact this is my first ultra (50K), my first trail race, and the fact that I am not racing it, I will likely take well over 6 hours. My plan is to have a nice long run (6 hours +) on my feet to help prepare me for the Jay Challenge. I am prepared to walk when necessary, and finish injury free. Anyway, it will be a tough week, but it should be very rewarding. I will definately post a race report.
Thanks for reading!


Lily on the Road said...

Oh Marci, I'm so excited for YOU! This will be awesome for you..hope the weather gods look down and give you some sweet weather.

That whole area is just stunning, are you staying for a couple of days? I haven't been to Creemore in a kazillion years. And they make a mighty fine beer now a days too!

Enjoy and I can hardly wait to read your report!

Run safe!

Laura said...

Good luck!!! I've been contemplating my first ultra but haven't had the nerve to sign up for one yet. Can't wait to hear how you do :)

Marcy said...

You are going to do AWESOME!! I just know!! I'm supa excited for you! Can't wait for this report! ;D

Kim said...

How fun! Enjoy your day. I'm planning on my first (trail)50K in December. Sounds challenging. Have a great time and can't wait to hear how it went.

Melanie said...

good luck this weekend and I can't wait to read the race report! you'll do great! :)

Nitmos said...

Wow, good luck with that! How exciting. I look forward to me first ultra one day.

Look forward to the recap.

Barrie RoadRunners said...

Good luck Marci, A couple of us from Barrie are doing both the 50k at Creemore and the Jay Challenge as well. I was going to do speed work as well this week, but ran the 5k at the Barrie Waterfornt instead. Probably not the wisest thing to do, but then again I signed up for the Jay Challenge so that should say it all. Good luck.