14 Aug '17, 5pm

Three Strategies to Finish Fast In Your Next Trail Race

Three Strategies to Finish Fast In Your Next Trail Race

Around mile 22 of the Speedgoat 50K, held on July 29 in Utah’s rugged Wasatch Mountains, a woman in a yellow shirt pulled ahead of me and attacked a beastly climb at nearly 11,000 feet in elevation. “She’s having a great race,” I thought to myself, as I watched from behind. “She’s a closer.” The runner was Sarah McCloskey, 44, of Alta, Utah and she and I had been leapfrogging for the last 20 miles. Throughout, I had admired her just-right, focused and efficient pace. Then, in the final miles, McCloskey did what every runner hopes to do in a race: She surged and passed numerous others. She moved from around 20th female mid-race to 11th in a highly competitive field, ultimately finishing in a time of 8:30. Approaching the finish, “every person I passed increased my motivation to push harder,” McCloskey says. How can you be “a closer” like McCloskey, without “sandbagging”—tha...

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