Okay, another quick post, which never guarantees anything from me!
So if you have been reading this blog, you know my goal is an Ultra, and Pineland Farms was initially my thought of debut. I have basically eliminated PF from my race calendar, and have turned my focus to the Eastern New England Trail Running Series. I have one race under my belt, and look forward to the next race a week from Saturday and then the third about a week after that. So all is good in the hood, right?
Then yesterday afternoon I get an email from Trail Pixie wondering if I'd be interested in going over to Bradley Palmer for a run. Hmm, let's see pounding out three lonely miles on the roads, or running trails with an actual human being? Yeah, no contest.
So Trail Pixie and I headed over to Bradley Palmer, and she gave me the tour of the 3 mile loop used for the Mother's Day 6 Hour Run put on local Trail and Ultra enthusiasts, Gil's Athletic Club, or GAC for all 'in the know'.
As we plodded along I thought about how a couple of weeks ago I was open to the idea of making a really conservative attempt at the 6 hour, then after my 4 hour training run, which broke me hard, I was all set to run ENETRS races and get myself to a little bit of a better place for an Autumn ultra. Now as I sit here and think about it, I am more open to the idea, especially after covering the course, and hearing Trail Pixie's story of her 6 Hour Run last year.
Yes, I am probably under trained, but the 6 hour allows the flexibility of tapping out at the end of any loop. It is a three mile loop, which means less gear and more opportunity to have a personalized aid station stocked with all the things that could make it doable. Most of all though, it is a great challenge, and will undoubtedly be a learning experience, and will certainly challenge both mind and body, which will be huge for the possibility of running a 50 miler in November.
We'll see... I got my supply of Succeed Ultra and S-Caps this week, so I am going to experiment this weekend on a three hour run, but there is that positive attitude that looks at the Six-Hour Run and thinks, "Why the hell not?"
Happy Trails Everyone...
Consult the GAC website if you might be interested in the Mother's Day Six-Hour (There is also a three mile walk): Http://www.gaconline.net
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