So the big day is finally here! I am running my second 50k tomorrow and I could not be more excited! This will also be my first time going to Wisconsin, my first time flying for a race and also the first time I have changed a race length after I signed up. I am still incredibly grateful that The North Face Endurance Challenge Series allows changes in distances because I would be really freaking out right now if I was still trying to run the 50 miler!
SO today I want to share with you the five things I am so glad I did to get ready for this ultra!
Moving to the mountains for the summer
This was such an awesome opportunity. Not only did I avoid the heat of a central Florida summer, but I also had easy access to great trails and a job that meant being on my feet usually for at least 10 miles a day. When training for an ultra, time on your feet probably just as important as actually running (at least to me) and this summer I got tons of that!
Training in the Ampla Flys
I am sharing a full review of these shoes tomorrow, but I can honestly say I had NO idea just how much of a differnce they made until I ran a trail half marathon last weekend. The Ampla Flys have helped me develope a more efficient footfall and toe off that I had worked at previously with little to no success. Last weekend running in my usual trail shoes I felt such an awesome improvement. It was a little mind blowing and made me really excited for the 50k tomorrow!
For me this has meant not only going to the gym, but also cross training and working at a barn all summer. My entire body is more fit and I very much believe it has made me a far more efficient runner.
Getting closer to racing weight
I am about 5 to 10 lbs. lighter than the last time I started a 50k and I am feeling so good. I was never really over weight, but I have gotten trimmer and a little lighter and I can feel a big difference. I still haven’t found my perfect racing weight, especially for ultras where you really need to balance muscle with less pressure on your joints over time, but I think I am getting closer to figuring it out.
Hydrating early and often
If you wait until race day to start drinking water you are going to suffer. Last year I did a decent job of hydrating early, but I still lost a ton of water weight (like over 10 lbs.) running my last 50k. This was also in part because it was probably 95 degrees out with a ton of humidity. This summer I drank a LOT of water and I have been drinking it like crazy this past week.
Now I know not all of these are something everyone can do, but I hope it gives some insight into how I have been getting ready for this race!
If you have questions about ultra training let me know! I am far from an expert, but I can try 😉
Also, if you happen to possibly want to Tweet me tomorrow that would be awesome! I am kicking off at 7am (Wisconsin time) and would love any encouraging messages you might want to send 🙂