2013 Jackson River Scenic Trail Half Marathon
Training For New River Trail 50k: Weeks 1-3
None. 2013 is the inaugural running of this event.
The first 3 weeks of training for the NRT 50k has consisted mostly of slower paces while I get my body readjusted to longer distance running. I'm running 3 times a week and ending every 3rd week of training with a 1/2 marathon or, in the case of Iron Mountain, a 16 miler.
High concentration of miles in the 8 to 11 min/mile range over the past 3 weeks. Very few of the miles in the 7 min/mile range were ran consecutively, so I was not expecting to run as many sub 8's as I did at todays race.
This is a non-technical, fine crushed gravel trail. There is slight elevation changes, but they are gradual and almost impossible to differentiate from a flat surface while running. I would recommend this race to anyone looking for a half marathon PR due to the relative flatness of the course.
This event has 3 distances racing simultaneously. A 1/2 marathon, a 10k, and a 1 mile. It is impossible to know who is doing what distance, but I knew after the first mile or so that I had 6 in front of me. Just before I reached the 10k turn around 4 of the ones in front of me came running back towards me. This meant I was 3rd over all in the half. I held 3rd for the first 8 or 9 miles, but eventually had to drop my pace from the mid to high 7's down to a low to mid 8. Shortly after dropping my pace I got passed by 2 and held 5th for the remainder of the race. I also managed a 1st place for my age group, but I acknowledge that running a 1h45m half marathon is not particularly fast for a flat non technical trail, so it was just a fluke that some faster runners didn't show up and take the podium spots.
Garmin Data: HERE