With the 2013 nearing an end, our retail manager, Tera, rounds out race season this weekend for our RW employees. We caught up with her to gather some pre-race thoughts and insights into this weekend.
What race have you been training for?
A: The Santa Barbara Red Rock 50 Mile. It’s an out and back course starting at Rancho Oso heading to the San Ysidro Trail Head and back.
What are your goals going into this race?
A: First and foremost, to get “gritty”. Even though at this point in my career I consider myself a veteran ultra runner, I still have a lot of work to do as far as really digging deep when the going gets tough and overcoming negative thoughts that creep in. I chose this race because it’s an “old fashioned” hardcore ultra that doesn’t offer a lot of support and gains more than 15,000 feet. Just read the race description and it will probably scare the dickens out of you, as it did me. Race director, Luis Escobar, really tells it like it is. So I’m hoping I survive and become a mentally stronger runner for the effort. Considering the intensity of the climbing, I’m going to try and go out conservatively and see if I can negative split the second half. Overall, I expect a long arduous day on the trails and to hopefully be done before dark.
What type of training/racing have you done to prepare for this race?
A: My training weeks have ranged anywhere from 45 to 80 miles/week. I raced the Skyline 50k back in August and set a personal course record despite a short comeback after some down time. My long weekend training runs have been consistent; the longest being a 6 hour run with some tough vertical climbs just a couple weeks ago. I’ve added a bit more road runs with fartleks and intervals, simply because it’s too dark to run on the trails when I head out at 5:30AM during the work-week. Too many kitty cats in the SLO hills. So if the trail ever gets flat, watch out!
Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must come this weekend?
A: Nothing in particular. I’m camping out at the camp site where the race begins with my running pals. We’ll most likely eat pasta and salad the night before. I’ll try to put down a good amount of calories in the morning because I want to be well fueled for a run of that length, but nerves can get in the way. I’ll try eating a banana and bagel, and then a gel right before the start. Camping the night before a race will be a first for me, so I’m definitely bringing a pillow and earplugs!!
What gear do you plan on outfitting yourself with come race day?
A: New Balance shirt/shorts, Pearl Izumi Trail N2 shoes, Feetures Elite socks, Nathan Intensity 2L pack, Amphipod Hydraform Handheld, and Headsweats Go Hat.
Everyone here are RW is wishing you the best of luck this weekend Tera! We know you’re going to rock it!