Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I was never going to wait until September to run my first 50km trail run. That would be too organised and planned for me.
I’ve just gone and entered the 50km Flinders Tour Trail Run at the Glasshouse Mountains. The cut off is a bit tight for me (7 hours) so I’m going to take the early start option to give myself 8 hours to complete the event.
The really crazy thing is that the event is being held the day after I complete a 4 day bushwalking trip with my parents at the Conondale Range Great Walk. We’re walking 56km from Wednesday to Saturday carrying all our own gear. Then camping near the start of the trail run on Saturday night.
I’m excited about the challenge. I know I can complete 50km in 8 hours because I completed a 45km trail run in 7:30 last November when I was still struggling to run more than 7km in training. That 45km trail run was also held on beach sand and I ran it in bare feet. This run will be held on forestry trails and I’ll have my trusty new Vibrams to protect me.
My goals for the event are to:
- relax and enjoy the experience
- not get caught up in the stress of the start (I always go out too hard due to lack of trust in my ability to take it slow)
- practice eating often enough to stay fueled
- finish within the extended cut-off.