A few weeks ago, I noticed that the Salmon Falls 50k was penciled in on my calendar for this past Saturday. I was interested in it because the trails pass through an area near my parents’ house where I grew up but had never explored before. I hadn’t signed up because it was too early in the training season. But at the last minute, I decided that if I treated it like a training run, it could be fun. I had run one 22-mile run before, and this race was only around 2,000 feet elevation. This week was a recovery week on the calendar anyway, so I could use that as my “taper”. No biggie! …HA!
Even though I took it easy from the beginning, my pace significantly slowed halfway through, and I finished in just under 7 hours with some terrible Charley horse cramping in my feet. While I know I went into this unprepared and as a “training run”, I hate to admit that I expected to do better. I can’t help but compare with previous performances and training runs. My time was about 30 minutes slower than my first 50K, which was three times the elevation. It was also about 40 minutes slower than my one 30-mile training run for my 50-mile race last fall, which was also more than double the elevation. I can only appease my ego by reminding myself that I was better prepared for both of those runs: the former, I was 100% trained and tapered, and the later, I had slowly built up to that mileage.
On the plus side, the weather was perfect, I discovered some beautiful trails to explore when I house sit for my parents this summer, and I didn’t injure myself and I’m ready to continue my training. It is good to know that I can recover well, as I have some work ahead of me.
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 4.2 miles easy on the track
Wednesday – 1 hour Power Sculpt class
Thursday – 1 hour core
Friday – rest
Saturday – 50K
Sunday – rest
Total: 35.6 miles, 2,851 feet.