TARC 50 Miler Pre-Race Thoughts

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been fairly quiet about the distance elephant in the room.

I signed up for the TARC 50 miler January 1st as soon as registration on ultrasignup opened up.

Sure last year was a disaster for me, but this year is a new course in a new location with a 7AM vs. 7PM start time. I learned that my choice of light really sucked last year. Luckily, I won’t need it for more than an hour at most this year.

What I did learn was that the new course, at Hale reservation, unlike the familiar and super runnable Weston course, will be hillier and more technical. It’s about an hour from my house, so I never made it out there to research or train.

My training during the winter was nonexistent as the trails were iced over near my house. I ran roads, but barely hitting the mileage I’m used to.

My training during the Spring was unmotivated at best. I was focusing on some new job responsibilities so double long runs on weekend were put to the end of the list of things I mentally wanted to handle. O and the fact that it snowed here well into April didn’t help.

So yea, lower mileage, no double back long runs, and I hit the trails for a total of three times since last fall will probably not helping my case.

And worse, an injury a month before the race. My knee was hurting a little bit at the end of May. I self diagnosed myself with runner knee, took a two-week break after struggling with it for a week and am now back to my perfect running self. However, this also left me with several weeks where I barely hit 30 miles. I’m happy to be back and healthy, but losing the peak of your training to injury isn’t a strength.

I debated DNSing

I was going to cheer on my friends and not even bother running. I had a few slower marathons that left me discouraged.

Then I convinced myself that I’ll only do one 25 mile loop to check out the course.

Now I’m all in. I have 7:45 hours to one loop before I start my second one.

What I do have on my side:

Incredible support from friends and TARC volunteers on the course… I have never ran a race where I felt more taken care of than at a TARC event.

A 15 hour limit which equates to a an 18 minute mile pace.

I’ve “raced” a good number of marathons this season ranging from a 3:22 to a 4:10 across the country – New Orleans, Little Rock, Atlanta, Boston, TARC 50K, Providence, Olympia, Burlington.

I’ve done a lot of things I didn’t think were possible for me.

I ran a 3:24 marathon after training on 4 hour-long 20 miler training runs which included breaks on my living room floor wondering how I can ever go on.

I ran 28 miles in 6 hours on snow and ice with barely a long run in training.

I ran a 50K in the summer heat while as usual being under trained. My first 50K which I regret to never have written about.

I will add a 50 miler to my accomplishments, I know I will.

Go On

National Running Day – Deals & Giveaways

It’s one of the only holidays I celebrate, National Running Day. If you have never ran before, try it today. Five minutes is all I ask. It doesn’t even have to be half a mile.

Normally, I sign up several marathons on this day since there’s always deals too good to pass up. However, since I went on a bit of a marathon binge this Spring, and a half Ironman in the fall that was pricey, I’m going to have to exhibit some self control. But you know what they say, it’s not over until the deal expired. So instead I’ll share what’s on my rader.

National Running Day

Rock & Roll Marathons & Half Marathons – I know we all have our opinions on these events, between the price and the circus it creates. But try as I may, I always half a blast and today the prices are actually reasonable, at least for the marathons. Up to $20 off most of their race registrations

Sparkly Soul Headbands – Is hosting a giveaway. I’ve actually never owned one, so maybe today is my lucky day?

Timex  For every use of #IMARUNNER on National Running Day, Timex will donate $5, up to $20,000, towards the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s Team Boomer program.  Individuals who contribute content via the hashtag #IMARUNNER will also be qualified to win Timex® IRONMAN® watches. I could really use one!

ProCompression Socks – Not really a national running day deal, but still a good one. 50% off all socks with the code “JUNE”

New York Event – Sometimes, I really miss living in Brooklyn with all my heart. Besides my family and friends that still live there, there’s always something cool going on like this “singlet mixer” or NYRR handing out some free stuff.  The New York Road Runners will be set up at East Drive and Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park from 7am to 10am and at Pier 2 on the path at Brooklyn Bridge Park from 5pm to 7pm. At each spot, they’ll be passing out free water, free five-borough bandanas and free National Running Day bibs.

CitySports – 20% off with code RunDay on select running gear. Not the greatest, but if you’re going to buy something anyways, might as well use it.


That’s all I have for this morning but I’m going to keep updating this post as I check my email for more deals so come back later and check!



What are you doing for National Running Day? I’m running! I might buy myself a little running present too… maybe.