I started this blog as a hiking blog. The first posts were strictly about hiking but the blog has evolved into hiking and trail running. The blog has gone back and forth between both activities. This summer I did much more hiking than usual because I wanted to get out in my camper. I have one more trip planned then my blog will have a change of direction. My blog direction change will come after I finish blogging about my summer hikes and after my first tune up race in August. My blog will primarily be about me training for my first 100K.
I have 14 weeks till my first 100K. I have done a lot of trail running but nothing like this distance. I do not train like most trail runners i.e. find a tried and true program per a coach. I run as much as a can and listen to my body. I do not particularly like long runs so I do races in place of a weekly long run. I have set up a race schedule that will hopefully get to the point where I can finish a 100K. I have a midday 30K in August to start and find a baseline. I have four half marathons also on my race schedule. I will rerun a 25K that physically and mentally broke me down last year. Plus for a bonus run I will do my third 50K.
My 100K race.
After my first 50K, I vowed to not run another 50K. I was also told once you run your first ultra I would to run many more. I guess I was wrong. I finished my second ultra and have already signed up for a 100K. The Prairie Spirit Trail run was located in Ottawa, KS, which is about an hour and a half south west of Kansas City. Unlike my first 50K, I had no crew or fellow runners to help pace. I ran alone with the use of a drop bag. I did not use my drop bag as much as I thought. I had a change of clothes, some extra food and pain aids. I did not change clothes and probably should have changed shirts. I did eat some additional food but the aid stations were well stocked. I did use the 2Toms anti chafe pads. These pads saved the race for me.
The race started in a snowstorm and ended in the bright sun. The 2Toms came into play early because the snow made my clothes wet from the start. The 2Toms eased the rubbing and I had no chafing problems the entire rest of the race.
The race was a very flat and fast out and back course. The 50K runners had a short out and back before heading on the main trail out and back. The first manned aid station was located in Princeton and that is where I had my drop bag. I thought I was running slow but I was way ahead of my predicted pace. I had to tell myself to slow down so I would burn out early. I have this problem in my long runs. I start off way to fast and have nothing left at the end of the race. I slowed myself down by taking pictures and this aid station is also where I had my first application of 2Toms.
The next manned aid station was at Richmond. This is also the 50K turn around. I was still ahead of schedule but the race changed entirely at this aid station. The aid station to the finish would be into a 25 MPH head wind with gust up to 45 MPH. It felt like a 10 degree temperature drop and it was a tough run. I could not get any pictures because my hands had 2Toms on them and it was just to cold to take off my gloves.
I got to the Princeton aid station on the way back and still felt pretty good. I was still ahead of pace so I readjusted my finishing time and sped up. I should not have changed my plan. I struggled the last 5 miles. I also ran out of water with 2 miles left. I felt the slight uphill to the finished line and it hurt. I did have a somewhat sprint finish to get my time under 6 hours and 30 minutes. My official time was 6:29:27 which is over 2 hours faster than my first 50K and 30 minutes faster than my predicted time.
I met a bunch of good people at this race. I am going to be back here for the 100K and might pick up another two trail races in Kansas. They told me that there are hills in Kansas so I will sign up for those races.
Next up is a super hilly race in Texas.