If "weak" is running a 50K in ~7 hours, I want to be weak too!
Nice job Greg.
My next step is making time to start getting some big training runs in too. Next on my list is crossing Joshua Tree (~38 miles) on the CRHT. As a training run I likely won't actually run the whole thing (will likely fast hike 50% of it), but will do it mainly just to get in nonstop time on the feet.
I did something different tonight. Feeling tired, but wanting to stick to my goal of running everyday in 2012 (1 mile per day minimum), I went out for a quick mile on the streets...but I walked fast instead. I did it out of curiosity; I haven't timed a walking mile in....ever?
I clocked a blazing 12:15. Any faster and I'd have had to get the race walking hips and arm pumping going...which I don't really know how to do.
(Which leads to my other goal of starting a punk-rock long distance race walking team. But that's another story.)
Anyhow, I never breathed hard. Coming from running, I feel like I could do this all day. Could I?
So say I slow down to walking a 13:00/mile. Where would that put my time on a 50K?
Holy crap, I says...that's about 6:43:00.
My last "official" 50K race was just under 8:00:00. Now it had 10,000 feet of climbing at elevation and I was seriously undertrained for it...but that's a big time difference.
My fastest 50K (on trail with ~8000 gain) was a bit under 7:30:00.
Tonight's walking pace would put me on course to beat both (though it's not close to my road marathon PR), though I walked on road, no elevation, etc.
My, my, my....Are most of us middle to back of the packers better off race walking anything over 30 miles???
Food for thought....
If I remember right, I swear I heard Chris Wallace say he used to race walk (though I may be totally wrong) I'm curious....