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Re: [at-l] Re: AT -- GMM'99: If I'd known it was this hard..
- Subject: Re: [at-l] Re: AT -- GMM'99: If I'd known it was this hard..
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas McGinnis)
- Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1999 17:14:30 -0500
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Subject: [at-l] Re: AT -- GMM'99: If I'd known it was this hard....
Author: "David Hicks" <email@example.com> at ima
Date: 8/27/99 9:08 AM
7/20/99 11:10 PM Thomas McGinnis at UCCLAN wrote:
> If I'd known that the Grandfather Mountain Marathon was as hard as all
> that, I NEVER would have run it. Maybe....
I'm no runner. However, I often attend Grandfather Mountain -- one of the
old guys in a kilt, not one of the runners. Also, as a volunteer for the
USFS, most years I help clear trails used in the Old Dominion-100 -- which
might be your next step up once you've recovered from GMM.
Thanks! Your volunteering is one of the least glorious ways to spend a
Saturday or a weekend, but is sorely needed, both by the USFS AND by the
ultra runners. But me? Do OD-100? Eeesh!
Old Dominion covers one enormous loop in through the Massanutten Mountains,
the Shenandoah River Valley and Fort Valley. It includes 11 significant
climbs, totaling 14,000 feet of gain. "The course is planned to be a fair
test of endurance running 100 miles cross country in one day," organizers
say. "It is a worthy challenge."
****14,000/100=140 feet/mile. GMM is about 2000/26.2 or 76 feet/mile. A
"worthy challenge" indeed. A fair test of endurance.
Actually, I can see myself attempting an ultra pretty soon, at least mentally.
The thing which holds me back is time for training; I am having enough trouble
fitting in time for a decent marathon regime right now. The best time for
getting on a trail right now seems to be with a "long run" in mind -- or trail
maintenance. But we'll see......
But thanks again for the info, David, and thanks again for the hard work.
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