Sure, there is climbing (a lot), crowds (likely 800 +/-), and even possibly some racing (depends on how the race goes for me). But, I have never run more than 4 hours and the race will definitely take me much more than that.
So, I know I need to train to be on my feet and moving forward for large lengths of time. I'm not 100% certain of how long is too long, or is there a minumum amount I should do "long runs".
While pondering this yesterday - I did a decent long run. 18.25 miles w/ just over 1400' elevation gain (and loss). I took my time, took some photos, noticed the most painful body aches during and after the run were my hips, followed by my knees, then ankles. I have been working on stretching and strengthening those areas - and will continue to do so.
The scene of the run: Parked at Spruce Meadows, ran over to and did a lap of the Greenland Trail (as the wind was picking up from the South), then back through Spruce Meadows over to Spruce Mountain - where the wind was really howling, then finally back to Spruce Meadows. A couple ticks over 3 hours by the time I was done. All in all - definitely a long run - longest I have done in a while.
As mentioned, photos taken along the way......
|South end of Spruce from Greenland|
|Pikes Peak from Greenland Saddle|
|Greenland Trail - looking North|
|Always trains going by|
|Even a few ponds along the way|
|Getting closer to Spruce|
|Rugged Rock formations|
|One of my favorite views from up on Spruce|
|Windy Point at South end of Spruce - Pikes in the distance|
|The rock formations along the South end of Spruce|