06 September 2010


Richard picked me up at 6 AM and we proceeded to his house to pick up and fill up hydration bladders for our training run. We drove up to the hiker's parking lot at Monte Sano State Park to take on the first 12 miles of the Mountain Mist 50K course. We hit the trails around 6:30 AM at an easy 10-11 minute pace and kept it there formost of the 12 miles. We used the "locations" of the race aid stations as our excuse  to slow down for some food and drink intake. The weather was absolutely perfect for a run, in the low 50s when we started the run and barely in the high 60s when we finished. The only thing I was struggling with today was my footing. My left footket getting caught on roots and rocks and I barely avoided a nose plant multiple times. I'm not sure if it was fatigue or something else. I am also still experimenting with my trail shoes. I am going to continue to wear my Inov-8s, but I amalso going to start running in a pair of Mountain Masochists by Montrail to see if they keep me blister free on runs beyond 20 miles.


  1. Ultra Kraut, it looks like you are having a very good build up to Pinhoti. I am doing Dizzy Fifties in November and was wondering if you have any tips as far as race strategy on that course and maybe what the terrain is like. Thanks and I look forward to your reply

    roy wells

  2. @wells2123 Roy, it is a perfect first race as it was my first ultra last year. Check out http://connect.garmin.com/activity/19331594 to see the data for my 2009 Dizzy Fifites race. I came out too fast only to have to walk in the last 4 miles. Still managed a sub 6 hour 50K finish, which isn't too bad for a first timer and "mid-packer" like myself. The course is relatively flat yet technical. It is a figure 8 course that hits the same aid station every 4-6 miles. The entire course is runable, if you do hill training. Great atmosphere, great RD. Definitely a trail race. HTH.

  3. Ultra Kraut, Thanks for the info. If ever in Nashville look us up. Highland Rim Ultrarunning Club. We have a great park in Nashville with about 20 miles of trail.



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