|One of my favorite pictures from the Bangtail Divide 38K course outside of Bozeman, MT.|
I have thought about this idea over the years several times. Recently it has come back into my thinking as I once again train for a rugged, hilly 25K trail race. It is something I call Sub Ultra. Now, let me say this, I'm not necessarily stuck on the name. I'm willing to change it. I am also willing to have any of you tell me the idea is stupid. But let me try to describe it first, and then tell me your thoughts...
|A pic from one of the bluffs/hills at the 2015 Zumbro 17 Miler in MN.|
|Racing on the Continental Divide for 14K outside of Butte, MT.|
Since I have run so many different distances on both roads and trails, I have learned that each distance needs to be respected and each distance is trained for in a different way. My mile on the roads had me training much different than my Vertical K up Killington Mountain. Long run training for a 50K on the trails is so completely different than intervals on the track pursuing a PR/PB in a 5K on the roads.
|Start of the Hardin Hill Run 5K/15K Trail Race I helped direct, September 2015, IA.|
So, what am I really saying? I am not completely sure. That's why putting this down in print is a bit difficult. I guess I am wondering, are there others like me? Do we form a group within a group? Is there a trail and/or road running niche for those of us who enjoy racing the non-standard race distances? Is it Sub Ultra? Non-Standard? Anti-Marathon? (Probably not the last!---I'm not saying we don't race halfs, 5Ks and Marathons, but they aren't my preferences either.)
Is there a group within running, especially trail running, where we are open to all distances as I have been, but prefer the above 5K and less than 26.2 range?
I would love to:
1) Have you give me your thoughts and comments.
2) Ask questions so we can further think about this together?
3) Tell me what your past racing history is like and how it connects to this.
4) Do you think that this is a niche within trail running that is getting overlooked? If so, what do we call this niche? Is it really a niche, or is this what trail running is/was?
|Finishing a trail 5K with one of my daughters, the day after I raced and PRed in the trail marathon, TNF ECS WI, 2014.|