|Golden Gate Dirty Thirty Course Shot|
I got out to the Golden Gate Dirty Thirty on June 4th to watch lots of friends run a really tough & beautiful 50k course. I spent some time jogging around a bit and snapped a few pictures. My cousin Scott rocked his first ultra finishing in 6:40! This is one race I want to run!
Four days away from the San Juan Solstice 50 and I'm dealing with all the typical taper crazies. Due to the huge snowpack that is affecting almost every western mountain race, a decision should be made by tomorrow as to whether or not we'll run the standard course. If we can't, they have developed an alternate course that is no slouch. 49.63 miles. 12,799' total vertical ascent. The high point of the course is "only" 12,193' instead of 13,334' on the standard course.
While I feel as good as I've felt in the last year, I'm not feeling all that prepared for the stats just listed above. The highest I've been all year is 10,200', but I'm guessing not many other runners have been able to train up high either.
I'm a little torn with this race since it is my last before Leadville. On the one hand, I want to push it hard and see what I can do. On the other, I want to be thinking about Leadville and take this opportunity to practice the pacing strategies, nutrition, and gear that I'll be using there. I'm resolving to try both, but err on the side of racing. I figure I have nine more weeks to practice for Leadville on my long runs. I won't be a jack rabbit out there, but I will be looking for every opportunity to run when it makes sense.
One thing is for certain, expect a lot of pictures in my race report!
I recently came upon the list below and thought I'd share it here. There are some good nuggets of wisdom and I plan to read the book before too long.
Ten Commandments of Endurance by Marshall Ulrich in "Running on Empty"