February 01, 2009

50k Sundays

This will be short and sweet, although maybe short on the sweetness, or sweet in its shortness, or shortless and snorting...pick one of the above and lets roll with it...

50k Sundays. Today was another 50k training day for me (140k this week) and they have been going quite well, and dare I say it, are even starting to get easier. In Jan I ran a 50k in three of four weeks, and all up I logged just under 450km of running which I am pretty sure is a monthly record for me...mostly due to the fact that I only started focusing on run specific training in July of last year, and my mileage thereafter was dictated by the level of injury or soreness I was suffering from. Although I am quite happy with a solid Jan of training, and hoping to build upon it through the coming months, my 450k is still only about as much mileage as 'this guy' logs in ten - eleven days of training! Thankfully I have yet to see anyone else who can handle the miles like 'that guy' (over 8,000km in eight months of running last year...yes this is correct, over 1000km a month while healthy!!), and all up I am just thankful to be feeling better by months end then when it commenced.

I managed to grab an entry into the Orcas Island 50k down in Washington State just before it sold out, and together with about ten others we are heading down on Friday night. It sounds like quite the experience, where two nights accom are included in the race fee of just $55.00! Apparently it's gonna be a bit like summer camp...just without the summer.

On the starting line will be a few true speedsters, namely
-Adam Lint:
3rd Overall: USA Track & Field 50K National Championship
3rd Overall: USA Track & Field 100K National Championship
2nd Overall: USA Track & Field 50 Mile Trail National Championship

-Topher Gaylord, who I was attempting to chase down for 7th during Miwok last year before I decided to take the scenic route at km 75
-and, Brian Morrison, although it sounds like Brian lost some of his fire after Western was canceled last season he is most certainly always a player

Hopefully the race goes well, but out side of 'The Big One' on June 27th nothing else really matters and no race will dictate my training hours otherwise.

On a closing note, good friend and experienced MOMAR racer Sandra Borton recently received some HUGE news:
A 26-year old Adventure Tourism student at Thompson Rivers University is one of a select few students from around the world chosen to set sail for Antarctica next month, on a 17-day ship-based field course to learn about environmental issues, climate change and polar tourism. Follow this link for more info. She is in need of sponsors and donations to help off set the $13,000 in fees associated with this massive undertaking. Please pass along to anyone else who might be interested or able to help out!

Since I have no picture from today, I will close with this classic from Canadian born clothing brand 'Lululemon'



mo said...

I had no idea lululemon was Canadian (another thing to love about ya'll) A woman at the gym suggested checking out their apparel when I mentioned ultra running beauty pageants...
A great quote that became popular in the past 8 years is "the only bush I trust is my own"

Nicola Gildersleeve said...

If you read Antons blog...He was injured for 4 months of last year and hardly raced...maybe his long ass mile weeks aren't the best thing!

Darin said...

Hey Gary I did Orcas last year and it's a cool venue and course. Ours was changed due to snow higher up. The "camping" was good but our cabin we shared with another family had no heat!! Beware and prepare just in case. Myself and Miles Ohlrich were running together in third place almost to the end when we pulled a "Robbins" and took a wrong turn. Still a great training day and the weather was beautiful, luckily, as the kids wouldn't have had much fun in the rain. Have a good time and a great race.

Leslie said...

"That Guy" is a super-stud, but is frequently injured!

Orcas is so much fun. I was fully planning on another trip, it was my favorite race of 2008. This year however, the dates didn't work. I had already booked a week long ski touring holiday, when the date was announced. Take your earplugs for those snoring bunk mates that you may have to endure the night before! Or a large bottle of scotch for a good nights sleep at running camp!

Have fun!

garobbins said...

-Mo, I like the quote, and who among us should not take the time to thank Canada for Lululemon gear!
-Gilder, yup, like I said he only ran eight months...but a crazy eight months of mileage it was!
-Darin, thanks for the tip on bringing a warmer sleeping bag, hopefully I can manage to 'just run 50' in this race!
-Leslie, Anton is The Man, I'm looking forward to seeing him, ever so briefly, at Western this year. Ear plugs are now packed, thanks!