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Just a few notes about how I prepare for a 50-mile race such as Squaw Peak 50.  Because I’m so anal about split times, I like to construct a spreadsheet that contains a list of the various aid stations, mileages, my goal time, and any previous year times if I have run the race before.  I analyze the elevation profile and set a time goal to arrive at each aid station.  Surprisingly I can usually come very close.  I always tend to start faster than planned, but usually always back off back to my planned pace.   I usually keep a close eye on the clock during a race.  It helps me to push myself at times when I get lazy.

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I am starting preparations to head to Moab to again run the Moab 100 on Saturday. There were actually three types of races running at the same time on the same 5.37-mile loop course. In addition to those running the 100-solo event, are runners running the 24-hour solo (as many miles as you can do in 24 hours), and 24-hour relay teams. Any 100-miler who doesn’t finish, is credited a 24-hour finish for the miles completed in under 24-hours.

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My next major race will be Across the Years, near Phoenix, Arizona, on December 30.  This will be my first attempt at a 24-hour run.   This type of ultra is a challenge to run as many miles as you can within 24-hours.   I hope to at least run 110 miles.

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I’m still smarting from my Leadville DNF two weeks ago.   Stopping was probably the right thing to do, but still, all the focused training time and expense seemed to be wasted on moments of exhausted weakness at midnight near Fish Hatchery.  But what is done, is done.   That huge investment can now be rolled forward on the next race, The Plain 100.

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