The Ultra Experience

Here's to the adventures of my life which are usually ultra marathon trail running or fly fishing but may include other trips, experiences, thoughts, opinions, or pretty much whatever I want. As co-founder of Altra Footwear my life and adventures seemingly revolve more around developing and promoting the best footwear in the world...and I love it!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Getting Prep'd in Japan- Shinetsu 110k

So I am in Japan getting ready for the Shinetsu 110k ultra marathon.  The real reason I'm in Japan is because the Japanese love Altra but the benefit is that I get to race while I'm here!

In 5 weeks I will have raced a 50k, 100 miler, paced Wasatch 100, and now a 110k.  With as little base as I have, its a bit much.  My right knee and ankle are sore from a rotated Fibia but other then that I am feeling great and ready to race.   I'm hoping to go under 13 hours and place top 20.  Takashi, my host, will be crewing me in what looks to be a tough, beautiful, yet runnable 69 mile stroll through the mountains of Japan.  I'm aware of 3 Americans who have run this race over the years, including Krissy Moehl.  Its become one of the most popular ultra's in Japan and is a UTMB qualifier.  I'll report back next week on how it goes....
36 hrs before the race I'm getting as much food as possible...
Squid, cow tongue, octopus, cow tendon, pork intestines, and lots of sushi!!!
 Altra ad in Japan!
 My hosts Takashi and Manabu
 Looking out on the course from my hotel room.

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