My first objective, as it should be with everyone, it to avoid injury. Last year I experienced an overuse injury and an ankle sprain which kept my running to barely there until late July. I hope to avoid any overuse injuries by easing my mileage up and not pushing my training pace faster than 10-15% per week. As for any sprains I guess I’ll just have to be more careful when trail running. I joined a local running club which also provides support from a running coach will help me achieve these goals and keep me motivated with scheduled Saturday long runs.
During our first weekend run recently Ultrathoner and I discussed many races. As with my mountain climbing pursuits there are just too many races and not enough time to sample them all!
I’ve found three ultra runs that I plan to focus on and will fill in training gaps with half and full marathons around the Colorado region when possible.
– 3 Days of Syllamo (12-14 March 2010) – This is a staged race in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The first day is 50k; the next day is 50m; and the last day is 20k for a 150k 3 day adventure. Ultrathoner first suggested this to kick off the running season strong for his 100 mile attempt at the Lean Horse Hundred where I will pace him.
– Laurel Highlands Ultra 76.5m (12 June 2010) – This one day race is in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania. The course follows the Laurel Highlands Hiking trail from end-to-end for plenty of beautiful scenery and challenging terrain.
– West to East Race Across the Peninsula 308k (Late September) –This race is across the South Korean Peninsula over four days. A friend that I made on Denali last year, Mark, recently took a job with his company in Seoul. He is also an ultra runner and is training towards this race. Since it is a blank spot on my ‘have visited’ map and adventure is involved I am planning on going also.
(Request: Can anyone read the website and help me with some minor details on the when/where/how much etc of the race?)
I am also setting up a B list of races to use if any of the primary objectives need to be adjusted.
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