For all practical purposes is my marathon training finished for the year, with less than two weeks until my (approx.) 85K (53 miles) Trail race in Feucht, near Nuremberg, there is nothing more I can do to prepare, other than normal tapering procedures.
I took a look at the starter list for the event, the maximum number of participants for the race was not met, there are 18 signed up for the entire distance, 9 others will be running 1 or more stages of the 5 stage race. It appears that I am the oldest participant, although 1 is only a few months younger, most have Ultra race experience and several have completed some tough trail races.
I am definitely back of the pack with this race, which translates into my needing to run my own pace and not be drawn out by the younger and probably stronger participants. The race has a 14 hour time limit, in years past no problem, but this year I will need to be fully concentrated, I don’t have the training base to run well, so I will have to run smart.
The race begins on Saturday, August 23rd at 6:00 a.m., a good thing, as it can get really hot in the summer days of August. The race course is a large loop on the Frankischer Duenenweg, a hiking trail through the forested sections east of Nuremberg. The course is split into 5 stages, 20.6K, 15K, 12.5K, 20.1K and 18K respectively. There are only 4 aid stations on the course, at the end of each of the first four stages, so we will need to carry food and drink.
The URL for the race (in German): http://wolff-sports.de/wordpress/
A Trailer for the run is available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiuKFHxuUBE&feature=youtu.be