I was looking over my racing schedule for this year and now that I have added the Stone Cat 50 miler, it kind of looks a little ambitious .....It reminded me of George's quote which was something like being short on ability but long on attitude...though I'm a bit short on both, but I do have a Little insanity working for me so that helps.
I guess there are two ways to look at it (glass half full / half empty ) what better way to prepare for my first 50 miler than to run the Brad 50K two weeks before....does that qualify as part of my taper? For your normal ultra runner, it would be a stroll in the park.
The plus about Stone Cat is I know I can handle the terrain, so the mental part will be my problem. Last year I ran the Marathon there with very little training and 2 months of almost no running. My goal was to finish (get the jacket) and enjoy the experience...I accomplished both.
In essence, I only have to pull off the marathon twice, that surely can't be unreachable. I think Stone Cat makes perfect sense for a first 50 miler because it is not very technical and being 12 mile loops, I will only have three opportunities to quit. I suspect if I can get past the third loop, I should be OK.
Latest runs and stats:
Brad connector 6.8 miles 1:12:02 (10:36 pace)
2 miles easy
2.5 mile (with wife) 28:56 (11:35 p) then 3.1 race pace on combo road trail 24:01 (8:09 P)
Twinbrooks 3.3 easy 29:26 (8:56 P)
LL Bean course plus 6.8 @55:36 (8:56 p) then 1.3 cooldown @11:23 (8:46 P)
Brad east 7.3@ 1:14:44 (10:15 p)
Road speed up run 8 miles @1:05:12 (8:09 p) then 1 mile cooldown 9:19
Brad east 5 miles @ 50:19 (10:04 p) then the O trail 2.4@ 33:09 (13:49 p)