I would like to shout out to Tim Westaway, who coached these ULTRA RUNNERS for this race. What a great job Tim - THANK YOU. Tim is challenging himself this weekend as well in Ohio at the Mohican 100 (mile) race. He started at 5AM on Saturday and needed to finish before 1PM today = 32 hour time limit = WOW (sorry I have not been able to get his results) We will have him come and talk to us about the experience.
So the other guy who did the 50K was me and unfortunately I did it without partaking in Tim's training program = mistake. I have only averaged about 20 K per week running since the first of April, hoping that my cycling would be good cross training for this long run = NOT. I did finish , thankfully however my advice is solid for anyone wanting to do an ultra in the future - train for it and follow Tim's plan and advice!!!
BTW - there were other runners from Sarnia. Susan Duffy, Judy Jones and Fred Unternahrer also completed the 50K event. Pat Cranston also accompanied Jim Corkery and Michael Fiddick to run the half marathon. Pat won her age group. Also in the half from Sarnia area were Cindy Robinson, Jamie McGill Worsley and Domenic Iacobelli .
Congrats also to all those runners who took part in and or supported the Boys Home Run this past weekend
ALL of the new training programs are on our web site. Hence no matter what your race goals are - there is a training program for you. Talk to us if you are having a problem picking out a goal.
Since this is the start of new programs, I believe it is wise to visit (revisit) an important topic, especially for those who have just finished a long bout of training and are contemplating a new round of training.
OVER TRAINING SYNDROME
Please take a look at this link and digest the information - it is important
Those who ran an ULTRA on the weekend should really take, at least, this week off before starting a new program
I am hoping everyone is having fun, since this is what running is really all about. Do NOT take yourself too seriously, since very few or none of us will ever make a living from running. The best we can hope for is to improve our fitness and our health. It has been proven that running too hard too much can have a negative effect on your life span. The tipping point seems to be as follows:
Train slower at around 6 minutes per kilometer (10 minute per mile) with a moderate amount of speed work, and total running 3 to 5 times a week, and yes run fast when you have a race but not too often. This formula, it turns out will add 20% to your life span.
Training and running fast all the time (and too much) , seems to negate the positive effects of exercise and actually decreases your life span, turning arteries and your heart into rock hard structures = not good and a 20% decrease in your life span.
We have some holidays coming up at the end of June = July 1st which falls on our run night. On July 1st, we will have our run at 8AM from OnEdge, so that you can spend the rest of the day with your families.
July 1st will also change our Saturday and Sunday morning run times = 7AM instead of 8AM - please spread the word.
Talk soon - see you all this week
Dick for FoF