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50-Mile Ultra Marathon Preview

Posted by Active Toby on Aug 8, 2007 2:03:00 PM

The Mount Disappointment 50 Mile ultra marathon begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. I’ll be camping at the start/finish line (5,650 feet above sea level) the night before the race. My primary objective for this race is to cross the finish line within the allotted time limit of 15 hours.


My race-day apparel consists of a technical running cap with an attachable neck-cape that protects the neck and face from the sun. I’ll be wearing sunglasses with polarized, photochromatic lenses that adjust tint level based on exposure to light levels. My shirt and shorts are a synthetic material, and the compression shorts underneath will keep my leg muscles supported and prevent chafing. A full application of anti-friction cream in various at-risk areas will also aid in this effort while subsequent applications throughout the day will be necessary. I’ll be wearing my Injinji toe socks inside of my trail runners and I will have a fresh pair of both shoes and socks in my drop-bag awaiting my arrival at the 41.40-mile aid station. I’ll also be wearing a pair of trail gaiters to prevent scree and other small objects from entering my shoes and slowing me down.


My hydration pack contains a 3-liter water reservoir and I will be mixing a concoction of sports drinks that have worked for me in the past. I will also have four additional pre-packaged servings in my pack to re-mix when necessary. My assortment of electrolyte capsules, energy gels, bars and natural fruit will keep me fueled between each of the nine, fully stocked aid stations along the course that will provide additional endurance foods and liquids.


My pack will also contain a blister kit, small amount of duct tape, a few anti-inflammatory meds, driver’s license, medical information and sunscreen that is not oil- or alcohol-based so as to not risk an increase of body temperature because Saturday is going to be hot: 80 degrees by 11 a.m. and near 90 degrees until 5 p.m. This race is 19 miles longer than the Lake Hodges 50K that I finished in 6 hours, 15 minutes, plus it has a total of 8,500 feet of elevation changes so it will obviously be a physically and mentally demanding day.


I’m thrilled for this opportunity to push my limits once again because I’ve learned valuable lessons in training and competition this year. I’m excited to put all of my cross training and sports psychology techniques to use because I am going into this race feeling more mentally and physically fit than I have ever felt before in my lifetime. I look forward to sharing my experience with you next week upon my return. Thank you all for your continued support.

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