May have just done something spectacularly dumb – Signed up for the Beaudry Lemming Loop (12 hours)

So I have thinking about this for a while – all through the summer at least. I decided to sign up for the Beaudry Lemming Loop that is run here in Winnipeg (well usually just outside Winnipeg but the venue has moved due to flooding this year). It is a looped trail run where you see how far you can go in either a 24, 12, 6 or 3 hour window. It runs this weekend – the 12 hour I signed up for starts 6 am on October 4th.

I wanted to challenge myself after a hard summer of training and the 3 hour would have been interesting but I really wanted to test my long distance endurance so that means a longer time period would be needed.

The 6 hour time frame just didn’t frighten me – I did several runs over the summer in the 2.75 to 4 hour mark and 6 didn’t seem like too much of a stretch. Hell, I have had marathons take me that long and if I was going to do this I knew I wanted to hit ultra-marathon distances of 50 km or 50 miles. I should be able to hit 50 km in a 6 hour period but I’m not a big trail runner so if I ran into some obstacles or if it was really muddy and slowed down to much it might not happen.

I’m not crazy enough yet to try a 24 hour run at this point – plus it would conflict with too many other family responsibilities¬†on Friday night.

So now that I have signed up I need to come up with a plan. The Hokas I was testing out will most likely be part of the plan as will some of the fueling things I tried over the summer. I will probably be spending most of the week freaking out….but also organizing what I will need to bring with me and trying to determine what my plan will be running wise. (most likely run/walk cycles right from the beginning)

I’m not exactly sure what my goals will be for this run besides not dying but I want to hit 50 km at least. As long as the trail isn’t a mud bog this should be more than possible. Part of me would also really like to hit 50 miles – again this should be possible if I can stay healthy and keep moving at a good pace. Anything over that would be kind of a miracle so I won’t put any stretch goals out there – I will be ecstatic with anything over 50 km frankly.

Planning for the weather should be fun – so far it looks like it will hit freezing overnight (those crazy¬†24 hour runners will be out in that) and then up to 10 Celsius (50 F) during the day and no rain. I expect I will need a few changes of clothes but won’t be able to finalize until later in the week when the long range weather guess becomes a short range weather guess.

….man the things I get myself into.

2 comments

  1. Bill says:

    Ted,
    Congrats on your decision! I think it’s a great idea and I will be on the lookout for your post-run comments. You should be finishing up right before we start the TOT10 Saturday night. It takes a big set to take this on with less than a week to prepare. Once again you’ve inspired me to keep pushing the limits.

    • Ted says:

      Thanks Bill!

      I have been contemplating this race for a while and it is one of the reasons I have done several long runs and tried out different fueling strategies through the summer. So I’m not going in completely unprepared – just prepared enough to be very worried instead of petrified.

      The nice thing about the race is it is a fairly short loop so I don’t need to figure out how to break the fuel and gear up at various drop points that are many miles away from each other. I will be able to drop a cooler with my stuff and some bags of gear near the start line and will throw some extra stuff in my vehicle that will be parked not far away (so if I need to grab anything extra it will be fairly easy). Instead of deciding what the minimum I need to take will be for the race I will be able to take everything I might need and have it handy. That takes some of the planning pressure off at least.

      I think the big thing will be the mental game after about 6 hours in – should be an interesting test.

      Good luck on the TOT10 – definitely a run I would like to get to someday!

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