Saturday is Hells Hills and I don't really know what to expect of the race or of myself. I have run a handful of 50Ks, with finish times ranging from 5:19 (El Scorcho, flat and easy) to 7:35 (Toughest in Texas, hilly, rugged, and, well, toughest). Based on what I've heard about the Hells Hills course, I'm thinking it will be comparable to the courses at Rockledge Rumble (6:50) or Isle du Bois (7:17).
At Rockledge, I was in pretty good shape, in full training mode for White Rock. IDB was six days after White Rock, so I was a bit fatigued. Since IDB, which was mid-December, my training has been sporadic and erratic, and I've put on a few pounds, so I'm certainly not looking for a PR. I'm thinking I'll take at least 7 hours, but hopefully no longer than 8.
I'm not too concerned about my time or my finish place. Mostly I'm looking forward to running this trail, which sounds like it's right up my alley. (From the race web site: "A fair bit of rocks, a collection of rolling creek bed drop-ins and rollouts, a twisty turny riot of single-track trails, with the Wall & the Grind at the end of each loop. Not much for elevation. Mostly single-track through a forest of pines.") I'm also looking forward to running with my brother, although he might have to leave his fatter, older, slower brother behind. . . .