I made the decision to downgrade from the 50-miler to the 50k. That means I get 11 hours to go 31 miles. I can practically walk that, so it doesn’t really matter how much training I do between now and then. But to complete the Triple Crown of Moab one of my races must be a 50-miler. I chose the last one in the series, Behind the Rocks, to be my new 50-miler.
The warning above is why I didn’t want to do BTR for my 50-miler. But when I really looked at it, I realized it’s the best one of the all races in the series for me.
|50-Miler||Elevation Gain (ft)||Time (hrs)|
|Behind the Rocks||6,800||14|
Sure, it has a lot of elevation gain. Sure, it’s remote. Sure, there aren’t a lot of aid stations. But when I think about my recent long runs, they had more elevation gain over a shorter distance. They were remote and didn’t have any aid stations. Also, with 14 hours to finish, that means I only need to average like a 15:30 min/mi with an hour cushion, and about a 16:30 min/mi if I want to finish right at the cutoff. I got this!
The only disadvantage of this race is when it takes place – in March. Keeping uphill legs in shape in the winter is fine because my treadmill goes up to a 12% incline. And since I usually hike uphill, snowshoeing uphill works just as good. But I need to make sure I keep my downhill legs strong somehow.
Although this was a tough and sad decision to make, I think it will work out for the best. I was really stressing out about running 50 miles in 12-ish hours. But I feel confident I can do 50 miles in 14 hours as long as my jankle cooperates.
Endlessly seeking adventure.