One of my key races this back half of 2010 was supposed to be the Headlands 50k. “Supposed to be,” because it got canceled about three weeks before race day. Naturally, I whined about it on Twitter and openly considered a self-supported run. To my surprise, @howardsol responded expressing his disappointment as well.
Next thing I knew, Howard (these are real people on the interwebs! who knew?) had put together an alternative, fat-ass type race and dubbed it the Skinnyman 50k. His college buddy, Todd, was flying in from New York and his coach, Phil, an ultra-swimmer, was joining us as well. Howard’s family and Todd’s wife would crew.
I ended up not treating this entirely like a race but opted to train right through the weekend (i.e., no taper/recovery periods) and to enjoy a long run in the Headlands. Because of other obligations, chores and a Dave Matthews concert, I ran only about 25 miles of the course. I will say that I am very encouraged but how pleasant and effortless the run felt. My training is (watch out…here comes a pun) on course!
I actually had a fantastic time meeting some new people and sharing the trails with them. In the end, I was actually happy that the Headlands 50k got canceled and the Skinnyman was born. This was more fun for sure!
My thanks to Howard, et. al. for putting this race together. An extra big thanks to our awesome crew. I’m not sure that I’ve ever been this well taken care of at race.
A more detailed report on Howard’s blog.