Originally posted by ctxcrossx:
Is anyone brave enough to offer predictions on their stone cat performance?
Nope, no predictions here! I'm only doing the wee 2-lapper though, that I can say with certainty! I guess my main goal is to have enough fun to justify the Loooong Drive Friday and Sunday.
I know I'll be in the back of the pack. I would like to do better than my previous time of 11:57. Mostly I just want to finish, though, but hopefully I will not go over 12 hours. I'm going to run the first loop easy and see how long it takes, and then maybe pick it up a bit in the second and third loops if I'm feeling good. I would advise the new runners to take the first loop pretty easy to get a feel for the course, then you can put the hammer down if you want.
The other advice I would give especially to the first-time ultra people is don't spend a lot of time at the aid stations. It's hard because the aid stations are fun, there are usually a lot of people hanging around having a good time, but don't get sucked into socializing with volunteers or other runners. Aid stations are not rest stops! You should plan to spend no more than 1-2 minutes max at an aid station unless you have a specific problem to take care of. While you're running, be thinking about what you need to do at the next station, so that you can be as effecient as possible once you get there. Just fill your bottle, grab some food, and go. You can eat while you're walking. It's fine to rest and relax during the run, but do it on the trail, not at the aid station.
Originally posted by Trail Goat:
5th in 7:59
Minimum goal - finish
Maximum goal - finish without suffering for too long
It sounds like we have the same goal. My really ideal goal is also 7:59. My less ideal goal (but still pretty ideal) would be 8:20 (10 min pace). After that, I'll take finishing strong. Of course, I've never run a 50 or even these trails....I'm worried about the leaves with the roots and rocks....so it should be interesting!
Stone Cat was my first 50 back in 2003. My time - 7:59. You can do it!
As for me I'm not in race shape, having done very few long runs the past 6 months. Anyway, I'm not sure if Stone Cat is a cool down from MMTR this weekend or a training run for JFK the following weekend. I'm mostly headed to SC as one of my college teammates will be making his ultra debut. I suspect he'll dust me!
No goal for me....excepted for finishing of course. I'm just happy & thrilled to be running with everyone and to join that fraternity of 50 mile finishers.
As long as I beat the 13 hour cutoff I will be happy.mOf course, secretly I am hoping to finish in under 10.
Anyone got any flashlight recommendations? I got the headlight covered but want a backup light in place.
ah Stonecat! my first ever 50 a few years and miles ago....and the most mistakes made during a race! but all good as you learn. Here are some things I learned:
-first snow of the year makes for crazy driving and be prepared. Also be prepared when your driver/bf gets lost 3x and drives over the meridian and when you freak he yells: you wanna be an ultrarunner!!!!?? then you have to be prepared for anything!!!! (good advice)
-of course, dont start too fast, but you know that and you will anyway....just keep it in mind!
-as Sarah mentioned, dont get sucked into the Aid Stations,.now these GAC-ers like to have a good time, and a good time they have...and they get 'loopier' after every loop. I don't know if it was just me or the empties I saw! But its too fun and easy to stay and chat: remember this: you are on a mission! In and Out! grab some food and keep going, eat while walking...constant progress forward....
-Drop bags: pat yourself on the back for packing for anything BUT dont waste time here either....I changed my socks after EVERY loop as I was all worried about potential blisters...its funny now but what did I think my feet would fall off if I didnt change socks? as you are running into the end of the loop, think about what you will need, do you REALLY need it, where it is in the bag, etc....but dont be so hurried you also forget something crucial. Asess your needs and address any problems or potential ones.
-Dark. It gets dark EARLY it'll be the first saturday of daylight savings time....and my Kmart Lion King kids flashlight was NOT enough! Go test your lighting choice briefly this week. Dont go do a big night trail run of course, just make sure it all works and is bright enough.
A kind GACer lent me a real flashlight (mini mag) and was great and that was enough, I hadnt used a headlamp before. I was OK with the flashlight.
New ultra runners: 'they' say dont try anything new on race day but you will be surprised what might 'work' for you later on in the race, food wise. Remember to keep on eating/drinking.
Fun Fun!!!!! Let's hope for nice weather!
This is great. I get more excited with each passing day. Does anyone have any idea on the placements of the aid stations? I was hoping for something to gauge my progress with during each lap. Any accurate distance references on the course?
chris: another obsessed person here. Its Friday night? wtf are we doing???
I am not sure about the aid station placement. One 'fer sure' is you hit the start after every 12.5 miles and If I remember there was was a clock there when I did it. As far as the stations go, I think we are going to have to ask on the first loop about placement, but keep in mind that maybe the volunteers wont know either how far til the next one.
also you are right to be concerned about the leaves and roots, though its not a real 'technical' course, at this time of year the thing is the wet and slippery leaves. But the year I did it (the snow year) I didnt even own a pair of trail shoes and I finished under the cutoff. Your goal is higher than that, but I would recommend trail shoes if you have them, for the traction. And be careful of course.
The race website says "Aid stations are at 4 miles, 8 miles, and start/finish of loop".
Apparently people have been asking if they can qualify for the Boston marathon by running this race. Road runners are such fools!
I'm looking forward to leaving work early on Friday and enjoying the pasta dinner Friday night. Does anyone know what to expect at the dinner? Sometimes I find that these things aren't quite enough and I have to get a bit extra after the meal.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE WEATHER!!
Current weather reports are calling for the chance of another coastal storm with a rain/snow mix friday night INTO Saturday.
#1: Don't get rained on.
#2: Don't get lost.
#3: Don't puke.....ok, will never happen, but I'll at least try to miss the trail for y'all.
#4: Finish strong.
#5: Run faster than Haliburton.
Note: On Saturday the course recieved anywhere from 2-3 inches of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Noel. Today... its raining again and we'll have recieved another inch to an inch and a half. Not sure how well the course drains... but I'd expect some mud either way...