WasatchSpeedGoat racing tip 4

Runners spend way to much time digging through their drop bags at aid stations. You should be able to run a 50k without any drop bags as long as there is aid stations with the basic fluids and snacks. On a 50 miler you should only need one drop bag with some xtra gu or a food, as long as there are aid stations with the basics. These days it’s like having 7-11’s all the way thought he race, it is easy to get caught up in the drop bag frenzy ! Take a look at what you really used after a race a streamline that whole process. I was running with Charlie Vincent at the Moab’s Red Hot 50k and he nailed it ” I can’t keep up with these younger runners until the the aid stations and then I pass them.” It takes time to figure out your specific needs during an Ultra, but you will find out you need less then you think! Remember next race to run against down time, that will translate to a faster ultra.


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4 thoughts on “WasatchSpeedGoat racing tip

  • Sean Cunniff

    Huh! That’s the truth. I ran most of the second half of the Jemez 50 with that Charlie Vincent character and would pass him during every segment, get a bit of a lead, and then watch him trot by me at every aid station. It drove me mad, but reinforces the point made in the post. You can lose LOTS of time at aid stations for no good reason.

    Baaah!!! If I am allowed, I hereby allocate one scrape for such solid advise!

  • Wixom

    This is very true. I’ve been running with Charlie for years, including at the Moab Red Hot 50k. I’m probably one of the younger runners he was talking about. He passed me twice while I was at aid stations and I caught him afterwards, but this gets harder to do each time. He is relentless. Finally he lost me for good around 18 miles, and finished ~20 minutes ahead. He has pulled this tortoise and hare garbage on me at Wasatch too. I’m determined to trounce him at Zane Grey next month.

  • WSG Post author

    c-ya zane gray Wixom, Sean you are the guy Charlie was talking about ! Thanks for reading speedgoats!