Looking at the 2016 running calendar, there is the opportunity for an ultra runner to complete a race every month in 2016. Who will be our Buckeye Ultra Slammer?
This is not a comprehensive list, but I have found an ultramarathon of 50k or longer to run in every month.
January: Rocks and Roots 50K, Run For Regis
February: Rocks and Roots 50K & 50 miler, Old Girdled Grit; Buzzard Day 50k & 100K
March: Green Jewel 50K; Fool’s 50K
April: Forget the PR50K; O24 Trail; One Day for the K.I.A
May: 50’s for Yo Mamma; Playing Possum 50K
June: Mohican 50 & 100 Mile Race; Buckeye Buster 50k; Another Dam 50K;
July: Buckeye Trail 50K
August: Burning River 100; Germantown 50K
September: YUTC; Not Yo Mama’s 100; North Coast 24; Hocking Hills Indian Run
October: Run With Scissors Double Marathon; Stone Steps 50K
November: Bills’ Bad Ass; Fuzzy Fandango 50K
December: Bigfoot 50K; 1st Day of Winter 50K
The HUFF 50K was last weekend. The HUFF-Huntingdon Ultra Frigid Fifty was my first 50K back in 2005. I have officially been running ultras for ten years!
Here is the race report I wrote about my first ultra experience.
A month after the HUFF I was off running for three months with an inflamed IT Band. I had really over trained for the HUFF. I got healthy, overcame my IT band, and have been running ultras ever since.
What’s changed over the last ten years?
There are more women in ultras now than back in the day. Sometimes there would be 3-4 women in a race. I sometimes say *everyone* knows me, but many times I might be the only female out on the trail.
There were far less races back then. The internet did exist, but runners communicated on websites called “forums”. When you registered for a race, you printed out the entry form and sent the race director a check.
Big names I remember: Dean Karnazes, Pam Reed, Akos Konya-anyone remember him? Back then Anton Krupicka was uninjured and won Leadville in 2006.
I remember when the Western States Live Tracking of runners had little pin markers showing where a runner was on the course.
My running career has had its ups and downs. I finished races. I DNF’d races. I gained a bunch of weight. I lost a bunch of weight. I had a podcast. After a few years of barely finishing races, I decided to train smarter. I spent less time in aid stations. I actually formulated a race plan. I got more confident in my ability as an athlete. I asked for advice from running friends, and got better at looking at splits and times.
New races have started-like many new 100 mile races! Races have folded. Remember Sunmart, 12 Hours of Big Bear Lake, Crown King Scramble (actually resurrected now), Kentucky Arches, Olander Park?
Remember the OLD Garmin? I think this was the Garmin 102
Running watches are much smaller now.
Finally there are some colorful running clothes out there. It’s been years, but there is something besides
Tights from Athleta.com
black tights for runners! Tops have become more stylish and colorful too.
Nutrition has also evolved over the last ten years. There are many more products on the market now. One of the first fuels I used was Perpeteum. I am probably similar to many ultrarunners, a product will work for a few years, then suddenly the stomach no longer likes it and it’s time to move on. Currently I am using the Tailwind fuel.
Ultra running is considerably more popular these days as folks have moved from the marathon to the ultramarathon. Races have gone to lotteries for entry. But more Fatasses have sprung up also, where the runner just needs to show up and doesn’t expect bling and social media coverage.
What do you remember about running ultras “back in the day”?
It’s time to get back to training! I had some cross training that I wanted to incorporate into my workouts, but I knew better than to start any new projects right before a big ultra. Now that the race is over with, I’ve successfully recovered, it’s time to move on and get back to training.
Cross Training Goals:
Strength training: Running is a good way to build bone density, but as a 48 year old female runner, I need to think about conserving bone density. The odds of osteoporosis rises in the menopausal female. I take my calcium and Vitamin D supplements daily. I also have my blood work done to make sure my calcium and Vitamin D levels stay in the normal range! Strength training can help prevent and even build bone density in women!
Plank a Day Challenge!
Core strength is good for runners. I’ve never finished a plank challenge month. It’s on, again!
This could be titled, Yoga and Stretching. I need and want to get back into a stretching program. This is one of my goals for November, to get back into stretching. I want to also explore some “Yoga for Runners” online videos and try to make this a regular practice.
How did I do on Day One?
I did some bicep work, for my strength training. I did Day One of Plank Training-Yay! I did some a set of Windshield Wipers and one set of 10 basic crunches. I’m a bit embarrassed to say these were not easy, but hey, I have to start somewhere.
No Yoga or stretching, but I also did not run today. I’ve got my next two weeks schedule, from the Coach and I’m going running tomorrow. When I return, I am going to stretch!