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Running Background:

I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for hobby.

Training:

I didn't follow a specific training program to get ready for this race, but I did train for about 8 months averaging 40-50 miles per week.

Race Day:

The 2007 Lean Horse 50K was about what I expected. This was a good introduction to the ultramarathon world for me. A few years ago I ran my first marathon, and this year I ran multiple marathons for the first time in one year. I was unsure about trying an ultra, so I had it "penciled in" on my calendar. As time drew closer, I knew I wouldn't be satisfied just sitting at home waiting for another year. I chose the 50K instead of the 50 miler since my training volume wasn't where I had planned and I was also planning on a few marathons later in the year. All that coupled with the fact that it would be my first, I went with the 50K.

Race day was great. Foggy and cool to start and it gradually warmed up to the 80's by the time I finished. Very scenic course, and it was only amplified with the slight gain in elevation and coming out of the low fog with views of the sunrising over the fog-covered valleys. The rolling hills along Argyle road where numerous, but it gave me a chance to walk a little. The return trip was probably the toughest for me with the downhills near Cold Brook. My muscles were fatigued and joints hurt so nothing could help alleviate the pain from the jarring except getting down quickly without hurting yourself.

I plan on participating again hopefully in the 50 miler and eventually the 100 miler. They were right - this is addicting and I can't just do one.

Recovery:

I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I took about 3 days off from running and did light weightlifting. I also scheduled a massage for a week after. Other than that -- just basic hydration, nutrition and stretching.

Running Gear Recommendations:

Montrail Continental Divide Shoe
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Start slow, take breaks. Run your own race (i.e. have a plan and stick with it). Take a preview of the course and watch the weather forecast so there are no surprises.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to continue to run ultramarathons.

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