While 2014 had been off to a running start, I’ve just haven’t found time to provide updates on T6F. It’s just one of those things that seems to fall through the cracks as the days roll into weeks, weeks to months and you realize the site has not been updated for what feels like an eternity! One goal that will be here before I know it is the Diablo Trails Challenge 50K. Thankfully my 5oK training has started and it’s going to be a great adventure!
Following up on the January 11th post, Diablo Trails Challenge 50K, I have been training for this run by running the same trails I will be running come April 19. The best part is just how close the start of the race is to my house, it takes me about 15 minutes to drive to Round Valley Regional Preserve and within 50 feet of the parking lot, the Diablo Trail begins.
I have mapped out all 31 miles on Garmin Connect, as well as in Google Earth. as I will be running with my Garmin Forerunner 210 and have broken the challenge down to four, approximately 8 mile races. Based on what I have mapped and time spent running the first portion of the race, the big climb begins at mile 3.75, where you gain 1487 feet over 2.33 miles. While the challenge won’t get any easier, the second incline happens right out of the first aid station, as you climb 1003 feet over 1.6 miles.
PS – You can download the .kmz file for the Diablo Trails Challenge 50K. Remove the .zip extension and change it to a .kmz and then double click (if you have Google Earth installed).
While this will be the longest distance I have run since taking up the sport last year, much of this race is going to be a mental challenge. Physically, I will be ready to spend some 7 hours running trails, but it’s the mental aspect that could tell your body, “I can’t do this any more.” In order to deal with this challenge, I have started running with music (again!), I find it mind off the silence and occupied with lyrics running through my head. Not quite sure if there is a benefit or not.
Mileage is going to have to continue increasing, as I look towards putting in some 20+ mile runs near the end of this month and will even consider running the entire 31 miles in March. The hills alone are worth the training, even though I have yet to run up some of these steep hills, even walking them, as I have been doing has helped my overall conditioning.
These trail runs haven’t been necessarily about setting records or posting low times. This is a challenge I want to finish. There won’t be many 8:30-9:00 minute miles posted, I do expect a few over the course of 31 miles. I am looking to average about 12:30/mile, obviously that number drops dramatically walking up the steep inclines, but will work out with all the downhill running I will face during in the second half of this race (more so the last 8 miles). Without knowing what the conditions will be like, one can only hope for good running weather; temperature about 59, maybe a thin overcast layer. Lots of rain or high heat is going to be a killer, neither of which I want to face, as I stare at my first 50K.