Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter Beast of Burden 50 mile Race Report 2014: I can't put my arms down!

On January 18th, 2014, I ran the Winter Beast of Burden 50 mile race in Lockport, NY.  This is a race on the Erie Canal towpath with a 50 mile and 100 mile option.  If you’re here on my blog trying to decide whether or not to run it in 2015, read on.  This race is fantastic, and flawlessly run, and the camaraderie amongst the participants was among the best I’ve experienced.  But the cold and the exposure were much more intense than I had anticipated.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Winter / Spring 2014 Racing Plans!

Wow, it's been entirely too long since I blogged!

I meant to get up a race report for the Nipmuck Trail Marathon, but now it's way too late.  That was back in early October!  A quick recap?  They handed out these 6 oz ultraspire cups, in an attempt to limit cup use.  I got the idea to go all minimalist and run with nothing but the cup.  That seemed like a great idea till I had a hypoglycemic fit during the last mile, and almost passed out.  On the plus side, I finished in 5:35, which was almost 40 minutes faster than my time from two years ago! 

Next on the agenda is the Beast of Burden 50 miler, on January 18th.  That's near Buffalo, and the whole point is to run in extreme weather.  As bad an idea as El Scorcho?  No, this one is worse because El Scorcho has a 25k / 50k option.  The Beast of burden is a 50m / 100m race.  Much worse than El Scorcho.