50k this Saturday!
Any last minute advice, wisdom or encouragment is appreciated!
No time prediction - I will be happy to cross the line and not make any of the volunteers late for dinner1

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Comment by eric p mccarty on September 23, 2009 at 11:55am
I think I was good for 5:30 and now I am with this experience under my belt. I appreciate all of the help that offered Eric and it had a great impact on my running.
Thank you!

10 mile run on the Conestoga trail this weekend - which is billed as arguably the "toughest" 10 mile race in the east! After that I'll start a 50mile training program and aim for a race - Maybe the Rocky Raccoon if I can swing it - unles something nearby comes along before hand!
Comment by Eric Orton on September 22, 2009 at 8:55am
Hey Eric - Nice work! I was just telling one of my athletes the other day how difficult I believe the 50k distance is. Looks like that 6:00 "carrot" kept you focused on that last lap!?
Comment by Tim Gavin on September 22, 2009 at 4:49am
Congrats! Hope to see you on the trails in the future.
Comment by eric p mccarty on September 20, 2009 at 4:54am
Under 6 hours - but barely -5:58

Despite the great advice here I didn't run a smart race - but it was a learning experience for sure and I'm taking away quite a bit from it - namely - listen, AND apply the great advice form here.
You definetely get caught up in "keeping up" with others and I did for the first loop and then tried to break free from groups in the second loop. It's only when the crowds thinned on the third loop that I finally relaxed and ran my race. Fortunetly decent conditioning allowed me to not suffer (too much!) from the previous miles of seemingly small mistakes. But a 50miler wouldn't have been so forgiving I'm sure.

Thanks for reading!

Comment by eric p mccarty on September 17, 2009 at 2:05pm
That's a great attitude Tim and I'll think I'll adopt it as well - just enjoying a beautiful day (whatever the weather) outside!
Comment by Tim Gavin on September 17, 2009 at 11:37am
Thanks Erik, I am so looking forward to just being outside all day . The BRRC Gunpowder Keg is a very nice, low key, well supported event, especially for a Fat Ass. Remember, also that you have to do 3 loops, so don't get caught up into "racing" or trying to stay with other runners during the first two loops. You will see plenty of people going out fairly hard on that first loop who are only planning on running one or two loops. Enjoy your run!
Comment by eric p mccarty on September 17, 2009 at 11:16am
Thanks Tim and Eric...and Eric I'm glad I saw your words before Saturday. I had almost convinved myself to come out hard and get the miles in before I tired. I guess that comes from NOT trusting your fitness. Thanks again.

Tim, I'll be at Gun Powder St. park for the BRRC Fat Ass 50k race. Good luck at the North Face run!
Comment by Eric Orton on September 17, 2009 at 7:34am
Hey Eric - Trust your fitness and focus on a negative split so you do not go out too hard in the beginning. With a race of this distance I often tell runners to treat mile 25 as half way. This helps your mindset early on to just remain patience, at a steady pace. Then see what you have left for the last 10k.
See it as a 10k race, with a 25 mile warm-up. And a fast racer is a fast descender. So stay focused during the times when you have the opportunity to go your fastest....downhill, flats.
Lets us know how it goes. Thru endurance, we conquer - E
Comment by Tim Gavin on September 17, 2009 at 5:52am
Good luck Eric!
Don't forget to have fun while you are out there. Smile a lot and be sure to relax, especially early on. If you are running the North Face run sat maybe I'll see you out there.


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