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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fallsburg Marathon

This Saturday, I will be running the Fallsburg Marathon in Lowell, MI. This marathon consists of approximately 50% roads (asphalt and gravel) and 50% trails with several good hills. It should be a very good training run for Hallucination 100 Sept. 26th. To get all my planned mileage in this week, I will have to do another run on Saturday. As of right now, I am leaning towards a shorter run before the race on Saturday. That will give me a little more time on the trails in the dark. I am confident about my night running at this point, but the extra practice can't hurt.

Along with the trail marathon, I am also planning on running the actual Hallucination 13 mile loop tomorrow. My plan is to drive to Pinckney (MI) early, getting there around 4a.m. This will give me a chance to run the loop in the dark. If I can maintain a decent pace, I would like to do two additional laps. At this point, a 39 mile run is significantly longer than my other long runs, but I should be prepared for it. Based on the advice of some more experienced ultra runners, I have started cutting my crosstraining back a bit. I am also consolidating my weekly runs to make fewer runs, but also longer runs. It will allow greater stressing of my body along with more recovery time. This week's mileage should be in the ballpark of 75-85 miles. This should be my highest total of this training cycle.


  1. Hi - I found you on the RW forum. I'm an ultrarunner, trying to become a barefoot runner ... but not necessarily a barefoot ultrarunner (yet). Thanks for all the info!

  2. Hello! Do you plan to barefoot Hallucination 100 course or some of it? I to am running this event and am familiar with the course. I've run it a number times, but live 2.5hrs away, so I don't get there as often as I'd like to. On the other hand, I do like that single track because it has a great mix of hills that allow for walking. I would say there are at least 2 if not 3 larger hills that definitely need to be walked without question. I don't intend to become a barefoot runner, but find it interesting and pretty cool that others take this on. Good luck to you in September. Maybe we'll run into one another. -Craig

  3. Good luck with the marathon this weekend. Sounds like a fun one.