"Set your goals high because what a person accomplishes is in proportion to what they attempt."
- Mitchell Naufell
With a little over one week until the Delirium 24hr race, I am trying to finalize my race plan. Since this is my first 24hr race, I am not sure what to expect other than a lot of pain. The course is on a 1.7 mile trail which is flat and fast, and I am hoping to cover a lot of miles… 140 to be exact.
Training has been okay but not great. I haven’t been able to log as many miles as I would have liked heading into this race, but in January alone I have three 30+ milers and another two 26 mile runs under my belt. My pace varied between 8:15 to 9:00 minutes per mile, and all of my long runs have felt relatively easy. I’m hoping my long runs have made up for the lack of overall weekly mileage.
As with all ultras, there are two race strategies: 1) start out slow and hold that pace longer or 2) start out quick, gain time (in this case miles) and do the ultra shuffle all the way to the end. I have discovered that more times than not, option 1 is the best option; knowing this, most of the time I still end up choosing option 2. A part of me wants to see how fast I can run 100 miles and then worry about the rest of the race after that; however, the other part wants me to run a smarter race in order to cover more miles. Hopefully I will be able to find a middle ground between those two options come race day. My ideal race strategy, which I am going to try and stick to as close as possible, is to cover the first 100 miles in sub 16hrs. To break it down even further, I would like to cover the first 50 miles in sub 7:30 hrs then the next 50 in 8 to 8:30 hrs. That would leave me 8 hrs to cover the final 40 miles.
I have wanted to run a 24hr race for a while now, and I am so excited that my first one will be Delirium. I look forward to seeing what I can do, and if I can accomplish running 140 miles in 24hrs. Stay tuned!