|Triumph after finishing my first 35 mile day and my 4th 50K
13 weeks to go until the JFK 50 on November 17 - part of my personal 50/50 Challenge. Having run any number of marathons, mainly on roads, I know how to prepare for the 26.2 distance. Even now with three 50k (31 miles) ultramarathons, I have a sense of being ready for those.
The JFK 50 will feature 19 more miles and almost all of it on trails and gravel roads. Both this longer distance (and longer time) and newish surface to me require training. Sunday, August 19 offered me a chance to practice them all at the Turkey Swamp 50k in Freehold New Jersey where I cycled through is lovely county park twelve times.
|A fellow runner in the woods. Note the white arrow indicating our path.
For me, my added challenge was pushing my longest run up to 35 miles from a previous high of 31. I started about 40 minutes before the race and put in 3 miles at an easy 10 minute pace. Then after a 20 minute gap (the race started late), I attacked the race which ultimately measured 32.6 miles for me. These field and trail runs often are longer than advertised. So, in the end I ran 35.6 miles. Slowly. In total, I was out just over 6 hours - a new max for me as well. I finished 10 out of 25.