Posts Tagged ‘50k’

Last week I found out that my next race was cancelled. I was planning on flying to California to visit my brother. I planned on running the La Jolla Canyon 50k, but it ended up getting cancelled due to an issue with permits. So, I searched around for other races in the LA area that same weekend. Even if I find a 5k, I am running a race while I’m there. Well, it must have been my lucky day. There is a marathon in Santa Monica (where I’m staying) the same day the 50k was scheduled (March 9th). The Beach Jam Marathon starts in Santa Monica and runs along the ocean south to Marina Del Rey then north to the Pacific Palisades, then back to Santa Monica. I’m looking forward to the challenge of another marathon. I always enjoy the scenery, the happy runners I chat with along the way, and the sense of accomplishment that I get from races. Let’s just hope this one doesn’t get cancelled…

-Tim

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2013 La Jolla Canyon 50k is cancelled.

The 2013 La Jolla Canyon 50k is cancelled. I really can’t believe this happened. It was supposed to be my second ultramarathon. If anyone knows of any races on 3/9/13 in the Los Angeles area please let me know. Thanks.

-Tim

The other day I put together my training plan for my first 100 miler. Today was day 1 and I was scheduled for 17 miles. I plan to do all of my long runs on Sundays since I never work Sundays. Well, today I ended up having to work, and it was a shift in the middle of the day. Because of that I had to switch around this week’s training plan, so I ended up doing tomorrow’s 5 miler instead of the 17 I planned on. I guess that’s why they say to write your training plan in pencil instead of pen.

Tomorrow should be a great day for the 17 miles. It’s supposed to be 40 degrees and partly cloudy. That’s about as good as you can hope for when it’s mid-February in Michigan.

Other exciting stuff…
Only 20 days until my next ultramarathon! I’m really looking forward to heading to California for my race. A 50k trail race in the mountains of Malibu sounds absolutely amazing. That day my brother and I will be driving from LA to Vegas to celebrate.

Today also marks a big milestone for Tim’s Running Reviews. I now have over 200 follwers on WordPress! When I started this blog back in October, I really had no idea that it would take off like it has. I wanted to thank all of my followers, Facebook fans, and everyone else who has read, liked, and commented on my blogs.

-Tim

Last weekend when I tried out my GoPro camera, I learned that the head strap was probably a better option instead of the chest strap. I can’t wait to try it out during tomorrow morning’s run. I’ll post a video after I get home from my run.

Also, since I decided to take on my first 100 mile race this summer at the Run Woodstock Hallucination 100 Mile, I stopped at the book store and picked up a couple of new books to read. Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich and Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. I probably won’t have time to start reading either of these until my plane ride to LA next month for the La Jolla Canyon 50k Trail Race. I’ll let everyone know how they turn out.

-Tim

7 weeks left until the La Jolla Canyon 50k in Malibu, CA. Since we don’t have mountains in southeastern Michigan, I have to improvise for my incline training. The only good way for me to train for these inclines is to head to my local sledding hill. It only rises about 35 feet at about a 40 degree grade on the easy side and about a 60 degree grade on the steep side. It really doesn’t simulate the race course, but it will have to do.

Today was this week’s “hill day” so I went out in the cold to put in some work. It was 16 degrees outside with a wind chill of only 9 degrees. I don’t usually mind the cold, but I under-dressed for it today. I planned on doing laps up and down the easier side of the hill until I reached a 5k distance. This ended up being a much easier task than what I had planned for. I kept a very even pace of 9:38. That is very slow compared to my average pace (~7:30) but I wanted to keep it slow because of the inclines. I like to run till it hurts, but I almost feel like I was slacking today. Next week on “hill day” I plan on doing 5 miles at a 9:00 pace.

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Tomorrow is my long run for the week. It is also my birthday! I’m going to head out to my favorite trail for 20 awesome miles.

For those that don’t know, I am doing a fundraiser for the 50k to raise money for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. It is a very important cause that affects one of my dear family members. If you’d like to sponsor me, you can click here. For as little as $1 you can help fund research for treatment of this rare disorder.

I want to thank you all for your support.

Tim

I’ve been slacking lately. Ever since the Akron Marathon in September I have only been running 20 to 25 miles per week. This was such a drastic drop in mileage compared to the 50+ I was was doing before that. I really needed the rest though. My training for my 50 miler at Run Woodstock really wore me down and I battled 2 injuries because of it. A stress fracture on the fifth metatarsal on my left foot during my training, and a traumatic neuroma on my right foot that happened during the race. Although I have been “lazy”, I feel so much better. My body isn’t completely trashed anymore.

I was planning on taking a trip back out to California to see my brother and wanted to do a race while I was there. Last year I ran the LA Marathon with 2 of my friends and I thought about running it again. Although the race was incredible, I decided against it so I could discover some new terrain. The La Jolla Canyon Trail 50k is taking place on March 9th and that seemed like a fun challenge. I am ready for another ultra. I believe I still have it in me right now, but I still have 2 months to train for it. Every race beyond a half marathon that I’ve ever done was run with friends, but this time I’m going solo. I hope to complete it in less than 5 1/2 hours.

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Trail map

The pics I found are absolutely breathtaking. I really hope to get a GoPro camera before then. With stunning views like these, I don’t want to miss a moment of it. During my first ultra I really didn’t take many pictures, so this time will definitely be different.

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La Jolla Canyon Trail

Considering the terrain, I need to do some good hill training. Here in southeastern Michigan we don’t have any mountains, and the bulk of the land is very flat. I do, however, have access to a very steep sledding hill right down the road and have some aggressive hills within 10 miles of here at Bloomer Park and Stony Creek.

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La Jolla Valley Loop

I plan on doing some hardcore hills one day, some fartleks another day, and one long run of 20+ miles each week. This will bring me back to my “ultra-self” in no time. 2 weeks before the race, I will switch to one day of hills, one day of 13 to 18 miles, and one day of cross training (legs and core). It’s a pretty simple plan.

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Chumash Trail

I will also be doing another fundraiser for F.A.S.T. (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics) to help fund important research toward a cureĀ  for Angelman Syndrome. You can sponsor me for as little as $1 here. Thank you for your support and encouragement!

Tim