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Jackie’s races

  1. #1 by Nuno Luis on June 2, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Hi Jackie,

    Great race report on the Angels Staircase. I saw your video a while ago and then me and my girlfriend thought about registering for it this year. It’s quite inspiring. Thanks for that.

    I do have a couple of questions/doubts regarding the terrain and the difficulty of it. Doing a 60kM with all that elevation AND at altitude wouldn’t be a problem, sure it will be hard, but doable. I just ran the Dirty 30, in Golden Gate park, in Colorado, where for the first time I was exposed to extremely rocky and technical terrain – at least from the perspective of someone who is only used to the smooth single tracks and fireroads around San Francisco. Nothing like the cheer madness of taking longer to “run” downhill than uphill in ankle twisting descents of the Rockies.
    So…. I started to be aware that the Angels Staircase might have some similarities. Can you tell me a little bit what to expect? Is the course runnable (apart from the steepness of the climbs), is it an “ankle twister”? Of course, this depends on how each runner/hiker is used to that, but I guess I don’t have much opportunity to train in such conditions…

    Thanks again for your pictures, the video and the report! All the best for your future races 🙂

    • #2 by Jacqueline Windh on June 2, 2014 - 9:19 pm

      Hey Nuno, glad you like our reports!

      Angel’s Staircase was definitely a tough race – but more for the elevation gain/drop than for the footing. It is definitely single-track trails, so if you are not used to running trails at all it wouldbe challenging.

      Some areas on the scree slopes were a bit tough for footing – but not so much that they were ankle-turners, more that they just reallu required constant attention because they were made of small rocks that yes, could turn an ankle if you weren’t watching, but were fine as long as you kept paying attention.

      I remember my neck getting sore from having to just look down so constantly. And being a bit frustrated to not look at the beautiful views – I could only look if I stopped! It’s hard to tell you more than that – every runner has their own level of what they regard as “runnable” or “not runnable” or somewhere between (and ankle turning). To me, this course was pretty much all runnable (even though I didn’t run it all – but that’s more because of not having trained well than the footing!), but there were definitely some long sections that required attention. If you were bonking and losing your attention, you could turn an ankle on those parts. But it is runnable in terms of trail conditions, but some parts not runnable for many (like me) due to steepness (the ups – I don’t remember the downs being too technical to run).

      Hope that helps.

      Oh, and as far as being “hard” – yes, because of all of the elevation, it was a very hard course. We gave two experienced ultramarathoners who have raced several 50 MILE races a ride home after, and they said that Angel’s Staircase was as hard as many 50-milers. It’s just been added to the US SkyRunning series.

      Oh and hey, I am editing the new website http://www.runningultramarathons.com. We are really specializing in race reports and trail run destinations (our Fave Runs feature). We are aiming for it to be a site where ultrarunners can share trail/route/race info. We are trying to get cross-country (and international) coverage of trails and races… so if you are interested in submitting anything from your part of the world, or any races you travel to, please let me know (my email address there is editor at runningultramarathons dot com). The site is new – please help get the word out!

      Let me know if you have any other questions. BTW, the organizers, Rainshadow Running, are great. They’ve put on a lot of ultras, and it shows – great aid stations, great routes, nice people. Highly recommend it if you can get there!

  2. #3 by Nuno Luis on June 3, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    Hey Jackie,

    Thanks so much for your fast reply. It doesn’t sound like would be that complicated, compared to what I already saw at the Rockies – was afraid there would be massive rocks, making things not runnable. The elevation is just part of the fun 🙂 Definitely your tips helped.

    I took a look at your new website and will eventually contribute, when I get something worthy of a race report. I will also pass on the word to my trail buddies.

    Thanks again and wish you all the best, for your runs and for the site,

  3. #4 by Lisa on June 23, 2014 - 9:18 pm

    Are you from Port Alberni, B.C.? My husband and I have signed up for the 35k angel staircase run. We have done the distance before but not the elevation. we were wondering how the altitude affects your running/breathing? Is there any way to prepare for it and how much time/distance does it affect you?

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