50K Prep & Goals



I'll be standing at the 50K start line for the Texas Trails Endurance Run this Saturday! Here's some information about my 50K training and my race goals.

Long Runs

My long runs leading up to this 50K have been 18, 20 and 22 miles long. One of the two 22 mile runs that I did was at the race location: Huntsville State Park, north of Houston.

Running 4 Days a Week 

I've been running four days a week in training. That's down from my usual five to six days a week. I didn't want to deal with any hip flexor problems like I did for a recent race so I added in more running rest days. Also, I rode my bike twice for 45 minutes each week. The aches have stayed away.

50K Race Goals
  1. Start at an easy pace!
  2. Stay on course! I made a wrong turn in May at the Hog's Hunt 50K trail race and I ran 39 miles instead of 31.
  3. Finish! All finishers receive a finisher's shirt and hoodie. I like finisher's shirts even more than medals. 
Even though I'll probably be a little nervous at the start line, I can't wait for Saturday. I hope to be able to write that I'm a two-time 50K finisher by Saturday night.

Photo: Garner State Park, TX, where I camped, ran and hiked recently.

Comments

  1. Good luck on Saturday and hoping for now wrong turns!! You have trained well and I think you're gonna have a great day! Enjoy the trails.

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    1. The sort-of-confusing online race map makes me a little nervous, but I'll definitely ask about the route before the race!

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    2. LOL....You'll be fine I'm sure :)

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  2. Oh my goodness I can't believe you ran 39 miles! That's awesome though, over achieving, love-it :) I am sure you will have a great race Saturday, how wonderful your training went so smooth.

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    1. When I realized what I'd done, running the longest distance I had ever run before sounded like fun - just making lemonade out of lemons!

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  3. Goodluck at your 50k. I think that is what of my goals eventually. What no finishers medal??? Sweatshirts are nice since theyvare practical but I still think everyone should get a medal that finishes. -L

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    1. Finishers get medals, too, and I'll put mine up on my medal hanger, but I like clothes even better!

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  4. Good luck Tina!! I'll be cheering for you! I'm sure you will go the right way this time. :D

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  5. Very excited for you, Tina. These seem like very manageable goals and I wish you the best!! I think it's cool that you get a hoodie if you finish. I have never been given anything but t-shirts and medals.

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    1. The Houston Marathon gives out a mug that's perfect for a homemade smoothie!

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  6. Very impressive ! Sending good vibes your way for the race.

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  7. WOW! That's a lot of miles. Good luck! Hope the weather is good. A hoodie is great idea.

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    1. Yeah, I think it's great that not only do finishers get a tech t-shirt, but they get a hoodie, too... Just a little more incentive to finish!

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  8. Oooh, have fun!! And good luck with the navigation piece. I think the 50K distance is pretty cool.

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    1. Thanks, I'm looking forward to "only" running 50K this time!

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  9. Good luck! Very interesting that you reduced your days of running & added cross training and your aches went away. What was your average weekly mileage, and how long was your training plan? Very curious!

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    1. I guess you could say I've been training since my last race in May. I slowly increased my mileage to 55 miles a week (only 2 weeks at that high mileage).

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  10. Good luck Saturday!!!

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    1. Thanks, Abby, I hope it goes as well as your recent half marathon!

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  11. So exciting! Best of luck to you - you're going to do great!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer, I'll keep your recent 10 mile PR in mind as I push forward on the trails!

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  12. You will be awesome!! Can't wait to read your recap!! Enjoy a light week this week in preparation!

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    1. I'm starting to carbohydrate load a little already. Apple cinnamon oatmeal makes a good snack!

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  13. YAY! Race week is finally here! :) Very exciting. I hope that you're able to meet all of your goals and especially that you stay on course! But hey, when it comes down to it more miles means more bang for your buck. So at least there's that.

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    1. Ha, ha! Actually, there's a 50 mile race option and I'm kind of afraid that I'm going to end up running 50 miles!

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  14. So excited for you!!! After your previous "39 miler", this one should be a piece of cake ;) Fingers crossed for no course confusion and best wishes!

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    1. Thanks, Christina, that's a great way to look at it - should be a piece of cake after my last "50K"!

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  15. Good luck in your race and enjoy the beautiful trails! Hope the weather is warm in your area as our trails are all snow-covered here :) I've never ran anything longer than the 26.2 and give you credit - you're one tough lady!

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    1. Thanks! No snow expected, but we may get a thunderstorm, which makes me glad that it probably won't be cold.

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  16. Best of luck at your race this weekend! Sounds like you're well prepared for the distance and should have a successful race!

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    1. Thanks, I'm really looking forward to it!

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  17. Good luck on your race on Saturday!! Sounds like you have a good plan! :) And so cool you will be doing your second 50k!!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad that I've stood at the start of a 50K before. Experience is good!

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  18. Best of luck, you will be great!!

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  19. All the best this weekend Tina! You'll be great! I don't think I've ever gotten a finshers shirt....except those that I bought. : )

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  20. I cannot wait to hear how this goes! You've been working hard...I'm sure it will pay off!

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  21. You are so ready!! I feel like cross training makes such a difference in keeping the aches away for me, too. Can't wait to hear about it!

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  22. Good luck! You sound ready.

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  23. Good luck in your 50K! You will have a great run! Cna't wait to hear all about it!

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