The sun’ll come out … at Sunmart?

November 24, 2006

In brief, my 2006 racing results can be summarized as a strong showing at the Houston Ultra Event Weekend 100K in February followed by a series of disappointments at shorter distances. To try to close out the year on a high note, I’m going back to the Houston area, this time for the Sunmart 50-Mile Trail Race on December 9th.

From my perspective, Sunmart has several advantages. It’s long, so my lack of speed isn’t a big liability, and the terrain isn’t technically challenging, so my lack of trail-running nimbleness isn’t a big liability either. Also, the race covers travel expenses for runners like me… So, my lack of money? Not a big liability!

With L’s continuing indulgence, I’ve done a decent amount of training lately: weekly mileages in the 70s and 80s, and biweekly long runs of 25-37 miles at 6:15-6:30 pace. Those long runs have been a challenge to schedule, not just because of the baby and work but because November has been the wettest Seattle month in over 50 years, and running 20-plus miles in a downpour is more than I can handle. The weather has been so bad that, when I was able to sneak in the first 13 miles of yesterday’s 26-miler before the rain returned, I considered it a real coup.

Maybe it will be sunnier at Sunmart.


  1. I hope you have a great race at Sunmart, Greg. End the year on a high note!!See you in January,Trish

  2. Entrants list looks pretty stacked brother, 50k is looking better by the minute! Catch up with you in H-town. Hal

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