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but is there an ultra in the New England, New York, New Jersey area that might be a bit easier for an ultra newbie? I'll have run 4-5 marathons by next fall and I routinely put in 70-80 mile weeks, but have little experience with trail running. I'd consider a 50k and MAYBE a 50 miler (although I still think running THAT distance a little nuts)<br><br>
All suggestions are welcome. I'm located in North-Central CT and could drive 4-5 hours max.
 

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Fingerlake 50's has a great 50K and a 50M (and a 25K!!) it is in NY. I highly recommend it. It is usually end of June.<br>
There are a bunch of races in Northern Jersey and on Long Island as well, not very familiar with them though. Check out the Virginia Happy trails club;s site, they list a lot of ultras as well as trailrunning magazine.<br><br><a href="http://www.vhtrc.com" target="_blank">www.vhtrc.com</a>
 

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I suppose I'm indifferent although all of my training would be on the roads, so only moderately technical terrain, at best.<br><br>
ETA - Although, the Metacomet trail runs about a mile from my home. Hmmm......
 

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as long as you get on trails once a week or every other week, you should be fine.
 

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I never run on trails and I was fine for a 50 miler - The recovery just sucks (Takes much longer) Its just a matter of understanding the physical shape you are in and developing a event plan that matches: Physical ability - Race Weather - Pacing strategy - nutrition strategy.<br><br>
Much more complicated than that, but if you have good marathon endurance / aerobic / muscle / conditioning - You should be able to do / enjoy 50k/50m if you get the other things right.<br><br>
Of course - Trail running will make the race a little easier along with a quicker recovery. And ... specific ultra training will also make it go a little better. But ... these 2 factors aren't absolutely required.
 

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If you were willing to drive down to DE, I hear Team Slug puts on a good 50K in Jan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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yeah, it's OK...if you don't mind the race director shooting over your head with buckshot and stuff like that
 

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Trev- sorry so long to get back to you.<br><br>
Not sure what season you're looking for, but there is a calendar on Ultrarunning magazine online. The new year season typically has FA (Fat-ass) events that are less a competition and an inexpensive way to do the distance.<br><br>
Of course, you can always do the double Boston and run to the start. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
With your volume, 50k will be no problem. Same for 50M, for that matter, if you can slow it down a little. Ultra-marathoning pace, on a good day, is basically easy long run pace. If you want to race, however, I suggest building up your long run on a surface similar to the race.<br><br>
Know that depending on the terrain, a good time for a 50k can vary widely. I have a "good" time at a 50k that is 5.5 hours. I also have a 4:50 on another course that is not a good performance as the former. Its not all about times. Weather can change the results by a wide margin.<br><br>
Compared to marathons, energy requirements are increased. That's for you to figure out what works for you. Generally, one needs 200-250 calories per hour to maintain adequate energy.<br><br>
Keep us posted on what you have planned.
 

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I ran Pisgah (50k) as my first ultra this past Sept. Was alot of fun and definitely doable for first timers. My race report is in the forum.<br><br>
I live in Central CT (Vernon) and it was only a couple hours to the race (Chesterfield, NH). I actually drove up on race day and back home after the race.<br><br>
Not alot of info the website but you can get a course map and tentative date. I'll probably run it again next year.<br><br><a href="http://gotendurance.com/Race_Pages/Pisgah/Pisgah.htm" target="_blank">http://gotendurance.com/Race_Pages/Pisgah/Pisgah.htm</a>
 

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<span style="text-decoration:underline;">March</span><br>
caumsett park 50K - LI<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">April</span><br>
Metro/Kurt Steiner - 50m/50K - Queens<br>
Sybil Ludington 50k - carmel, ny<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">May<br></span>LI Greenbelt 50K<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">June</span><br>
Nipmuck Trail Marathon CT<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">July<br></span>Jay Challenge VT 50Kish<br>
Escarpment NY 30K<br>
Palisades Run NY 50K<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Sept<br></span>Pisgah, NH - 50K<br>
VT 50<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Oct<br></span>Ramapo Mt Madness (heard everyone got lost there this yr) - 50K NJ<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Nov<br></span>Knickerbocker 60K - NY<br>
Stone Cat MA - 50M
 
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