Hi. In two weeks I’m making my first ever attempt at running 50 miles. I’m doing it at the Delano Park 12-hour run in Decatur, Alabama. I set my sights on this race last year, thinking I couldn’t manage more than 40 miles. I made it to 40 in about 10 hours and then decided, since I reached my goal, I was D-U-N. I managed 43 walking and waiting on my family, but didn’t feel like doing more once I made it to my goal.
This year I’m doing things different. I’d like to make it the full 12-hours (Goal #1) and I’m hoping to do 50 miles in that 12 hours (Goal #2).
Anytime after 12 noon (6 hours in to the race) people can come run with you. SO!
My goal is to try to do a 50K before that 6 hours is up. I’ve done a 50K in 6:18 before, a hilly one, and this course is flat, so I think I can do 31 miles in 6 hours. No problem.
That’s the FIRST part of my plan.
The SECOND part is to then hold a 12-minute mile pace for the next 4 hours. This means I should be done with my 50 miles in 10 hours. I can ONLY do this if people run with me. I’m looking for friends who A) Need a long run B) Don’t mind driving out to Decatur to do it (on a soft and flat surface) and C) Can hang with a 12-minute mile pace.
I need this for four hours, so I’m hoping a few people need long runs that day and can join me.
THEN! I need someone to come out at 4pm and walk with me for two hours. This will be the HARDEST two hours because I will want to stop SO BAD. But since Goal #1 is to make it the full 12 hours, I want to make sure I do that. And hopefully, I’ll have either already done the 50 miles, or I’ll be close enough that I can walk the last 2 hours and make it to 50.
So! Any takers? Anyone want a long run/walk on a VERY soft almost all flat surface? I’ll reward you with hugs and maybe kisses.
TWO WEEKS. I’m giving you plenty of time to plan your long run/walk around my schedule. LIKE THE GOOD FRIEND I AM.