A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my work schedule had me in the Akron area all day on a Saturday. I thought to myself, hey, that's real close to the Burning River 100 course. So, I left a message on the race message board asking where I should run to get a feel for the course. I found out that ultra runners are awesome. Kurt responded with some recommendations, then said he would set up a group run with water drops for when I would be in town! There wasn't a big turnout since the Mohican 100 was that same weekend, but John (who will also be running BR as his first 100 miler) joined us for a 20 mile run on the Burning River course.
Kurt has run this race all three years, so he was a great tour guide. As I requested, we ran two of the most difficult sections of the course. The course is slightly technical, but not too bad, and there were some good climbs and descents, but nothing too rigorous. The worst part of the sections we ran was the mud. It was shoe sucking off mud. There were detours around the worst sections, and both Kurt and John assured me that the course should be drier by race day. Also of note were the stairs, there were at least three long stair climbs, the worst was called the piano stairs, because there were 88 of them.
This run also turned out to be a heat acclimation run. Temperature was about 85 and it was humid. I actually sucked my Nathan hydration vest dry in a 10 mile section. One thing I was happy about is that I am getting less tentative on the downhills. I know this because I did three full-on face plants. Fortunately the ground was fairly soft and not rocky so there was no blood, just a couple of bruises and lots of mud and dirt. Hey, you can't call yourself a trail runner if you look like you ran on a treadmill when you are finished.
Just in case anyone is interested, here is what I have done in the two weeks since my 24 hour race.
Monday after the race - 3 miles in 56:37 - 18:53 pace. This was mostly walking with short one minute shuffles mixed in.
Tuesday - 3.21 miles in 40 minutes - 12:28 pace
Wednesday - 3.87 miles in 45 minutes - 11:39 pace
Thursday - 7.37 miles in 1:30 - 12:13 pace
Friday - 3.79 miles in 50 minutes - 13:12 pace. Heat index was 105!
Saturday - 8.13 miles in 1:40 - 12:19 pace
Sunday - 3.15 miles in 50 minutes - hill workout
Monday - 15 miles in 3:10:16 - 12:42 pace
Tuesday - 4.48 miles in 55 minutes - 12:17 pace
Wednesday - 9.08 miles in 1:50 - 12:07 pace
Thursday - 4.58 miles in 55 minutes - 12:01 pace
Friday - 3.8 miles in 55 minutes - hill workout
Saturday - 18.53 miles in 5:23:26 on the Burning River course - 17:28 pace
Finally here are a couple of pictures from my weekend.
Kurt and John, my Burning River tour guides
Just one of the sets of stairs
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