MN Runner

December 9, 2010

Salzer goes from 13 to 31

Filed under: Stories,Trail Races — MN Runner @ 2:43 pm

Duluth runner Deb Salzer’s farthest race ever was a half marathon.  So, this fall, she just decided to switch those numbers around and go from running a 13 mile race to a 31 mile race.

Salzer had her sights set on the Wild Duluth 50k, which runs along the Superior Hiking Trail from Jay Cooke State Park to Duluth, MN.  Jumping from a 13 mile PR to a 31 mile PR is a huge leap requiring plenty of hard work and dedication.  So, that’s just what Salzer did.  She started hitting the trails; hard.  Salzer put in miles and miles along the Superior Hiking Trail during the months leading up to her big day… familiarizing herself with the technical footing and the steep ups and downs she would encounter during the race.  The steep climbs along the trail lead to several overlooks including Ely’s Peak, which each provided a panorama of breathtaking fall colors, the St. Louis River, and of Lake Superior.

During her training, Salzer consistently surpassed her previous bests… running further, longer, and faster than she ever had before.  Her improvements were so rapid that she was setting new personal bests almost on a weekly basis.  Well, October 16th, 2010 finally came around after all of the sacrifices and triumphs she experienced on that trail, there were still more to come…

Read all about Deb’s adventure along the Superior Hiking Trail by clicking here.

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