The year ahead is pretty much set. Really excited to be going back to race some of my favorites from the past and also tackling some new races in new places!
The season starts again this year on April 18th at the Traprock 50K in Connecticut. This will be my third go at this race. I had a good race here last year but struggled on the final lap when an injury that I thought I had fully recovered from started acting up on me. This is always a fun start to season and is a good test of ones early season fitness. There’s also a bit of extra excitement going into this as this will be my first race as a member of the Suunto Factory Team (more on that in a future entry)!
Next up on May 9th is the TARC Wapack and Back 50 Mile. This is a new one for me and I’m pretty excited about it. A 50 Mile with 10,000 ft+ of climbing on what looks to be some pretty technical trails. This race is replacing my usual run at the North Face Endurance Challenge which has been canceled this year. While I’m disappointed about missing the North Face race Wapack looks to be the tougher challenge. I think ultimately this race will be better preparation for the races ahead.
In June I’ll be headed to the Catskill Mountains of New York to once again challenge the Wall of Manitou! Manitou’s Revenge is a gnarly 54 Mile race with 15,000 ft+ of climbing over super technical terrain. I missed out on it last year and have been dying to get back ever since. I love everything about this race, the course, the atmosphere, the volunteers, the runners. This will be my 3rd time here. In 2018 I managed to finish in 10th place with a time of 13:11:28. My goal this year is sub 13 hours. A strong race here would make my season!
Eastern States 100! One of the toughest 100 Milers on the East Coast is August 8th – 9th and I will be lining up to run this beast. This will be my second time running 100 miles. I think this race plays to my strengths and I think the races I have leading up to it will be really good preparation. Finish times here tend to lean towards 30 hours, I’m shooting for around 27. That’s 4 hours longer than my finish at the Grindstone 100 last year but if i finish thereabouts it puts me close to a top 10 overall and a possible age group win. Being that this race is in August temperature plays a big part in finish times / finishing at all.
September 13th will be the Macedonia Trail Race 50K. Another rocky, hilly ultra. And best of all it’s my local trails, only about 10 minutes from home and a place i run often! I ran the inaugural 50K last year and even though i ran a conservative race (it was only a few weeks out from the Grindstone 100) I managed a second place finish. We’ll see how I’m feeling post ES100 but as these are my home trails I’d love another strong finish here.
As far as October goes I’ve left it open. I’ve got several tough races spread out through the year and racing is hard on the family and on the bank account. If all goes well and I’m still motived there are a few races I’ve got my eye on. The Cat’s Tail Marathon is one I’ve always wanted to run, it’s usually in late September, Early October. A more local Connecticut race that’s a possibility is Bimbler’s Bluff 50K. And lastly If I’ve had a good season and I’m still feeling strong would be the Mid-State Massive 100 Miler. Only time will tell!
One thing is for sure, the year ahead is full of rocks and hills!