"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

There are no easy races any more

I'm already looking past this year's ultra-ultramarathon-athon to next year. I was thinking I'd go back to the MNTRS series and maybe, if I got in great shape again (rather than the pear shape that's come with the long and slow stuff), pick off a course record.

Well, Wynn's got the In Yan Teopa, so that's out.
Hexum's got most of the North Shore ones, so they're out.
The Nerstrand 1/2 Marathon in 1:22 is pretty solid, as is Afton.

HMMM. Better look at the short stuff.

The Great Pumpkin Chase is Luke Watson's! 14:49!! On a friggin' trail!!!

I'm going to have to use my pull to get next year's series director to add a first time event, or I'm going to have to get really fast, well, really fast.


Anonymous said...

I'm going to try for sub 1hr at In Yan Teopa this year. I don't know if anyone has done that yet. It sure would be a lung screamer.

Hexum seems to just about own Tofte Trek 10km. How bout the Moose Mtn Marathon. The CR could definitely go lower, no disrespect to Andy's fine race there last year, but the history of times there at the marathon are almost similar to the winning times of Superior 50km and that is 5 more miles.

Anonymous said...

I still think you'll have your best race at Leanhorse.

nwgdc said...

I remember reading about the switchback thing at UTMB...and am intrigued by that.
I see an American (Meltzer or Jurek) dedicating a summer to that race and winning...they're way too good not to have the talent. It would simply take someone the dedication (and dollars) to spend a month over there to learn the course.
Foreigners have fared very poorly at Western States in the past and I see not change in that with Olmo this year, but it's still fun to think about. That field is UNBELIEVEABLE!

I believe I saw that the WORS trail series has a $25 series pass to enter all the events. And the results from last year had ME considering some of the races...which means you would be a FAVORITE in them!

SteveQ said...

Wynn, Moose Mtn. is doable, but it's not my distance or course. Runnin' in the Ruff is sub 34, so that's iffy. The Chester Woods 10 Mile or Sour Grapes 1/2 probably are the easy ones.

The way my season's going, I'm not planning much at Lean Horse; it may just be a slow finish to allow me to also finish Superior three weeks later.