For the fifth year in a row, Boulder-area ultrarunners ushered in the new year with the informal Southside Fatass 50k race. And for the fifth year in a row, my conditioning would not be nearly the level to run a 50k in the first days of the January. Yes, I’ve been running pretty hard lately, but my longest run in the last four months was only 13 miles. I’m definitely not in injury-free ultra shape quite yet. However, thanks to the geometry of the course, it was pretty feasible to hit the more interesting, western half of the large loop and skip the boring eastern half at the beginning and end. So I decided to join in the fun anyway with a 33k “half-ass”.
[For those of you keeping score at home: Marshall Mesa, Community Ditch, Dowdy Draw, Springbrook, Gosshawk, Fowler, the steep climb up Rattlesnake Gulch, then back down hitting the other half of the loops before finishing Dowdy and the long Flatirons Vista trail and back to Marshall via Greenbelt Plateau.] Continue reading