Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Another Month Another Race

I'll be heading East this weekend to race another 50 miler: The North Face Endurance Challenge, Northeast region race. This one will be a little more "low key" than my previous race (American River) and a lot more low key than my next race (Western States), but it's hard to call it "low key" as it has a $1000 first place purse and a pretty solid field including my 3rd straight race against Max King.

Racing in New York will be a lot nicer for my family, which all live there, than for me. I'm doing the whole race as a 4 day trip and will probably be more exhausted from all the travel than from the race itself. I'm excited to race again though. It's felt like a long time since American River and I know that I've gotten myself into even a bit better shape then I was a month ago. As my last "tune up" before Western States it'd be great to feel really strong this weekend, but I know that feeling that way is such a fickle thing, not something that can be counted on just because I'm in good shape.

Another thing that's really exciting for me about this one is that one of my best friend's here in Juneau is heading out East to do this one as well. This will be his first 50 miler and his first run ever over ~30 miles. I think I'm more anxious for him than I am for me. I can't wait to see what his experience is like. Hopefully he doesn't decide he never wants to run again because he's become my most consistent training companion.

10 comments:

James Hunter said...
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HEATHERRUNS said...

Best of Luck to both you and your training partner on your upcomming races. Anything should be easier than running in the snow! Power to both of you. I'm cheering on the northern dudes!

mom said...

Yes, this race will be easier for your NY family - we will be there cheering you on. We are so excited that we are going to see you - it will be great to see you race but even greater just to be with you. Can't wait.

chris mcpeake said...

good luck on the 50 miler. It should be kind of cool for you to see your training partner complete their first 50

ultrarunnerbrianphilpot said...

Good luck and have a safe trip!

TonyP said...

Best of luck Geoff. It will be fun to watch you out there. If you need anything while in NY (even though I know your family is out here), let me know.

Boo Radley said...

Hey man, Have a blast at Bear. Enjoy the family. Wish I lived in NY still, I would run w/ ya. Well actually probably run w/ your buddy and see you at the start line!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on another spectacular rum geoff! I think your rooting section overwhelmed everyone else tho. It was great to watch you race again! Love you

michelle said...

LOL. That was "Run", not "Rum"

MOM & DAD said...

It was SPECTACULAR Geoff to be there and see you run that race - you are truly amazing. I agree with Michelle that we were a loud cheering group - 15 of us I believe. It was great fun to follow the race in the car and get to as many points as we could where we could catch a glimpse of you. This was a perfect Mother's Day weekend.