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Since the other one got so long, I figured I would start a new thread about Umstead.<br><br>
So my prep for the 50 is going nicely, I am looking forward to seeing everyone there.
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<b>Toxic Runner</b> and <b>runirishnc</b> I see you guys are doing the U Trail in March. I'm in too, but I am sure I am waaaaaaaaaaaaay slower than you guys...<br>
anyways... I'll probably be there tomorrow in the am for a mid-long...
oh, thank God! you don't know how much mental reassurance it will be to see you there!
I couldn't agree more... you are the best!!!
dg1 will be there too <img alt="wav.gif" src="">
What and when is this event?<br><br>
One of these weeks I could/should come to Umstead for a long run, but it is a 2 1/2 hour drive so it wouldn't be a super early long run.
Umstead Trail Marathon, on March 8th. I just signed up couple weeks ago on the second registration. Difference from the Umstead100/50 in terms of the course is that this one has a bunch of single track trails. It's mixed.<br><br>
If you are up to running really slow just for the heck of it, I can plan for a later run on a Saturday (DH works on Sundays).<br><br>
Oh, and BTW, if you don't have special plans for next weekend, we are running what I call the Crazy Loopy Marathon, it's the Valentine's Massacre Marathon, which consists of 16 loops of 1.6 miles, in Greensboro, NC. Alemma, Batmomm and I are doing the full, Nicole1650 (who's also crewing at Umstead in April) is on a 2-person relay.<br>
It will be a training run for me. Course is paved... I think...<br>
And it's cheap too... $25 <img alt="smile.gif" src="">
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thanks for the U Trail info, IEatHills. I'll keep it in mind although right now I'm not looking for super technical trails-- are they? After Boston!<br><br>
I do have special plans next weekend, but I appreciate you keeping me in the loop. Feel free to continue to do so! I'm not as far away as it may seem.
SGH, I did some hiking one time in some parts of the single tracks. They are rooty, but I wouldn't call them super technical (although I've never seen the real badass trails).<br>
But definitely it makes total sense to stay away from the crazy stuff til you smash Boston <img alt="smile.gif" src=""><br>
I'm always in for Saturday plans and Alemma, Batmomm, Nicole and I are always hunting in the hood for some race/partying. We'll def let you know.<br><br>
well, and since we're talking about it... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src=""> ... I'm pretty much in for the Grandfather's Mountain Marathon in July... <a href="" target="_blank"></a> ... just sayin' ... think about it...
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done with the hijacking... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src=""> sorry
There's a chance I'll be at Grandfather's -- I'm hoping to! Been talking about it. <img alt="smile.gif" src=""><br><br>
I'll keep Saturdays in mind for a later long run in Umstead for sure. The next two weekends I have travel and/or a race, but we can touch base in March. I'd love a change of scenery and to get on some hills. Even if we weren't together the whole time, it would be fun to see each other out there.<br><br>
Fun party races are always welcome on my radar screen.
Yeah, me too. It was my fault. Oops.<br><br>
Back to Umstead in April ...
Outer banks marathon? That is a form of abuse. From Southern Shores to Corolla is flat and Grandma's hind end. I hope the race runs south and there is pebble or two for elevation. Running on the beach is fine - all 10 feet of it. It's really strange, the difference between high and low tide tide is about 2 feet. Most beaches you have to be cognizant of the tides before you can run, not in the OBX, just hit the sand whenever you want. <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src=""><br><br><br>
I vacation in Corolla in April, off season thank you, and running all that flat is enough to drive me nuts.<br><br>
Just a hint, if you're used to(i.e. train on) total flat you'll be fine. If you are used to undulation and try the OBX thon you will be hurting from 20+ - way more then usual. You use the same muscles for the entire race and you may beg for a incline of some sort for break. About four score years ago I did Atlantic city for my Boston qualifier. Never did I experience such pain coming from a mountainous area. I had parts hurting that I didn't know had connective tissue.<br><br>
It was also my first experience with a post race massage. Before I got on the massage table I could barely walk without a tear per step. After some gentle ITB, ham and quad work, I was able to walk again. I felt like the lifetime cripple at the Evangelical fund raiser that could walk after someone laid their hands on me. Only one difference, it was free and did not have to donate my first born and a fist full of money. Since I could walk, I went back and gave her a tip. She was married and so was I but there was polygamy in my heart. <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="">
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I registered last year and had to defer it due to a business trip. We plan on heading over there and making a 4-5 day weekend out of it so the run is only a subset. I run practically little flat distance so next weekend in Jacksonville is probably going to be just as bad. Highest elevation is 30' according to the course profile.<br><br>
Thanks for the advice on the post race massage, now that you have me looking for the bus to hit me at mile 20 I will keep that in mind.
I will be there. Andrew, my podcast co-host should be there too.
I'm in again as crew and potential pacer for someone. I'm also willing to drive down again, but am thinking of arriving a bit early to hang with my sister and other family in the days prior, perhaps. That's not certain yet.<br><br>
So, food...<br><br>
Shall I bring more hummus?
This is shaping up nicely!! Ahh. . .I'll kill for more of that homemade hummus!!
GB and Hummus!?!<br><br>
Woohoo... it's going to be a good time!
<img alt="biggrin.gif" src=""> Perhaps the hummus creator will come along. But probably not.
I'll be there to crew! I don't really know what will be expected of me, but I follow directions well. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src=""> And I live in the area, so if anything needs to be done ahead of time (i.e. gathering supplies, etc), let me know!
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