New Meetup: Laurel Highlands ultra-training backpacking

From: Mike C
Sent on: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 11:24 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Running for our Lives!

What: Laurel Highlands ultra-training backpacking

When: April 4, 2009 12:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: If you're training for an ultramarathon or some other endurance event, then join us for a wicked few days of low-impact metabolic training. We're backpacking the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail end-to-end in 3-1/2 days, in non-stop 20-mile chunks. It's not just athletic training - it's a challenge, great scenery, great adventure, and lots of fun!

Why backpacking? When training for the Baker Ultra last year, I knew that there was no way I could run 50 miles - for part of the race, I'd be hiking like a maniac. So why not train for some manic hiking? Better yet, with the resistance of 35 pounds on my back, over rugged terrain? So I did this trip solo a few weeks before the race. I really believe that the trip was excellent metabolic training, similar to doing a long slow run for days on end. Every afternoon, I dragged into camp tired and hurting. Every morning, I woke up totally refreshed, ready to strap in and bust out another 20.

Anyone that RSVP's for this hike should be seriously training - putting on miles during the week and routinely doing 15+ mile long runs or 20+ mile fast-paced hikes on the weekends. And PLEASE don't come if you're looking for someone to guide you. It's athletic training. Therefore, we might not stay together on the trail, if someone wants to go at a faster pace to maximize their workout. This means you might fall behind, left to find your own way to that night's shelter area. Or you might leave us in your dust.

Technical details - we'll sleep in the shelters, no tents required. Well water available every 8-10 miles, although some wells have brown, mineral-filled water. Water filter recommended. No lunch stops - bring high-energy snacks like you'd eat during an event. Saturday we'll start after noon, 14 miles and 1300-foot gain. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are all 20-mile days. Tuesday day has the grueling 800 & 1200-foot steep, rocky ups and downs through Ohiopyle.

It's cross training, it's metabolic training, and it's an event in itself. If you're endurance training, why not use it to do something different? A friend and I are doing this whether anyone else signs up or not, but we hope to pick up a few adventurous, like-minded individuals who want to hike their asses off!

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