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Report for Tussey Mountainback Ultramarathon and Relay

run4urlife
Joined: 15 Oct 2006
Posts: 11
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted: Thu 11 Oct 2007 11:54 pm GMT   topTop


Here's a link to the race report on the Tussey Mountainback Ultramarathon and Relay page:

http://www.backcountryrunner.com/trail_races/tussey_mountainback_ultramarathon_and_relay/r3.phtml
backcountryrunner
Joined: 25 Aug 2006
Posts: 188
Utah, United States
Posted: Fri 12 Oct 2007 05:03 am GMT   topTop
So you did this 50 miler shortly after the 50K HAT trail run, this year? Seems that would be a good way to build the training to the 50 miler. My concern might be overdoing it on the 50k race -- but you obviously did just fine! Thanks for adding this race to the database.
run4urlife
Joined: 15 Oct 2006
Posts: 11
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted: Fri 12 Oct 2007 11:55 am GMT   topTop
Yes, I did the 50K (Hinte Anderson) in March of this year, and then the Tussey Mountainback in September of this year. I did the Kentucky Derby Marathon in May and DNFd the Baker Ultra in August. It was not my plan to do two 50s back to back. Since I did not finish Baker, and was already trained, I sought, and found another (Tussey) that I could run and leverage my training base. Last race of the year is NY City Marathon. A great friend and mentor of mine is a ultra vet. He is of the caliber of winning or top finishes in these types of events, and he is the guy who suggested that I give them a try, given my tenacity and my ability to recover quickly. (It was NOT for my speed! HA!) Anyway, I will always be indebted to him for introducing me to this awesome sport.
backcountryrunner
Joined: 25 Aug 2006
Posts: 188
Utah, United States
Posted: Sat 13 Oct 2007 09:41 pm GMT   topTop
That was pretty gutsy to try another 50 the next month, but then again a DNF can be painful to swallow, so I can understand -- and it does take a lot of work to get to a certain level, so why not take advantage of the conditioning. That's great you have an "ultra mentor" -- I pretty much discovered trail running on my own 6 years ago, and besides people I've met briefly at trail races, I still don't know anyone else on a first-name basis that regularly runs on trails. Shows what a niche sport this is.
run4urlife
Joined: 15 Oct 2006
Posts: 11
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted: Sat 13 Oct 2007 10:58 pm GMT   topTop
Well thanks. I was really emotionally devistated by the DNF. My coach and dear friend (also a one time ultra finisher-JFK) suggested seeking another race, to leverage the training. It was the weather that caused the DNF (identical to Chicago Marathon as a matter of fact). So I do feel really lucky to know two ultra runners locally. It may not be a coincidence that both are coaches for the Leukemia and Lymphoma's Team in Training program. The reason I mention it is that I visited a chapter in Detroit this winter and met their coach there, and he too is an ultra runner. You might want to check them out for that reason.