One of the items on my to-do list is figure out my racing schedule for next year. I have a ton of races I would like to run, but unlike stacking up 10 milers one after another, I can’t just crank out a 50 miler and run a 100K a week later (or at least I don’t think I can; I haven’t tried to be honest, but I know after 85 miles, I was barely walking for a few days, so I think my assumption is good).
I know I am running Umstead 50 miler. This will be my goal race for the Spring. I plan on running Javelina Jundred in the fall and the rest of my schedule is a blank canvas. Races I am thinking about are (and yes I am spending too much time on the crack that is ultrasignup.com):
Eugene Bruckert 50K – The main reason I would want to run this race is Eugene himself, who, at 80 at 199 results in ultrasignup.com. That is ultra cool (pun intended). The main problems with running this one is it is in late Jan and Icy-8 is in February.
Icy-8 – This race would help me start to build trail experience but the timed format allows me to to worry about when the hell the race it will over (answer: 8 hours after the start).
Cowtown 50-K – This would be in a warmer race that VA is in late Feb and is a road 50K, but there is airfare involved and it is only three weeks after Icy-8
Thomas Jefferson 100k – I’d like to run this, but I worry about my recovery for Umstead three weeks later. Also this is only a couple of weeks after Cowtown, so there are some constraints on both ends.
The Running Dead Ultra-Has mostly the same problems as TJ100K and is further away,
Don’t Mind the Ducks 12 Hour Race– This is in NY and is in good spot between Umstead and Endless Summer. It would prevent me from doing any shorter races (since it takes a bit to recover from a 12 hour race), but I have to admit I love the name of this one.
Endless Summer 6 hour race (and Endless Winter if they actually do that)- I like this race so I will do it again if all goes to plan.
Viaduct Trail Ultramarathon– 25 mile out, 25 miles back and you get a railroad spike for finishing. It is in July (so recovery could impact running Endless Summer, but the cost is right–free.
Javelina Jangover – This is on the same course as Javelina Jundred so despite being in August in Phoenix, it would be good for me to run the course given that my desert trail running experience can be counted on two hands with a finger left over to flip someone off (oh, like you would have picked a different finger). The trick here will be picking between the 50K and the 75K. The 75k provides more experience on the course, but I am more likely to be eaten by coyotes, bitten by snacks, or miss out on the post race beer (not in that order of priority).
Labor Pains 12 Hour Race– If I don’t run (or they don’t hold) the Jangover, then this would be a good build up race for a 100 miler.
Then I am also looking at throwing in a smattering of shorter races depending on my inclination and need for training (Ottawa Race weekend anyone?). After Javelina, I am thinking about the 48 hour race at Across the Years, but I have plenty of time to think about that one.
Well, plenty of time to
whine and blog think about it.
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