Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I think most people ran one or two loops yesterday and I wanted to make it a 50 mile day since it had been since Hell last September that I had run 50 miles. Chris and I planned to run it together but because of some miscommunication, that didn't happen; we started at different times.
The official start time was 9am but I started a little before 8am since I wanted to get more miles in. So since I was starting earlier and since this was a FA event anyway, I supplied the majority of my food/water to make sure I had enough. I carried tons of crap on me and then had extras in the car to refill after each loop. There ended up being light aid every 4-5 miles but even so, I got pretty hungry in between. Makes me nervous for the 100 miler- should probably carry food on me then, too, to be safe. Sucks because it's more weight but whatever.
So I had woken up at 3:30am, drove three hours, then got to the parking lot with just a few empty cars in it. I didn't know where to go but a girl pointed out some flags nearby so I just started following them, hoping for the best.
Before the race even started, my quads were already shot from the CrossFit 13.3 WOD I did last Thursday, and then from playing frisbee that night. They felt like they do after my 50 mile races. I was moving soooo slowly but I was determined to keep going. Since there weren't too many hills, I did 8:2 minute run/walk intervals from the get-go and I think I'll stick to that for the race, too.
The first loop went fine except that after I passed mile 14, I got off course and went in a random loop for 2-3 miles. Instead of ending up at the start/finish line, I ended right back up at the 14 mile aid station. I was soooo annoyed. Nothing worse than getting off course and wasting time/energy, especially when I was already struggling to run 50 miles on my own; not running it as part of an official race or anything. For a few minutes I wanted to just say screw it and quit then but I made myself keep going. Turns out that someone had moved the flags for some reason. They were fixed by the time I passed by there again.
One thing that I wasn't used to was that I was completely alone for the entirety of the 53 miles. I didn't even see anyone around me except for a few seconds when a few people passed me. Then halfway through my phone battery died so I didn't have any music out there, either. Ugh.
On the next two loops I kept being afraid that I would hit a low spot and get weak and really wanna quit. I had a mental battle struggling with the fact that I was going so slowly and it would take me forever to finish. But thankfully, I never hit that low spot- I was determined to get the miles in and I did. Finished the 50 miles in about 11:05 and the total run in about 11:40ish. It was a beautiful day with sunshine and no snow; got lucky because today we're getting 5-8 inches...
I thought this race was going to be super easy- I've done hard hills before (Mohican, Gnaw Bone) and so I figured I could tackle whatever hills they had in KY, especially for just 31 miles. Nope.
There were only a handfull of hills during the first 10 miles and I ran super fast; felt great. Then around mile 11 or 12 I hit a wall. All the big hills started coming and it sucked. Relentless, non-stop. I wanted to quit and I may have had I been in Indy, but I made myself keep going. Those hills beat Gnaw Bone's and Tecumseh's.
I've been doing CrossFit about 5-7 times a week since last November and that seems to be my main exercise with running as my "cross training", running 0-2 times a week. So anyway, I had a lot of confidence that my overall improved fitness would outweigh my lack of running and I'd still have a good race. I ran the first 10 miles fast, passing a lot of people, thinking that my idea about training was right. Well when I hit the wall shortly after, I went through this huge mental battle wondering if I've been wrong and naive all along. I was really confused and discouraged.
So luckilyyy at around mile 19, I got another wind and felt like my old self again. I had energy and motivation to keep going and I finished strong. So who knows about my training regimen but oh well; my second wind convinced me to just keep doing what I'm doing. I got 4th place among females- of course I wanted at least 3rd but asi es.
Was a good day- good weather, beautiful out, nice to get miles in for February. Will do it again.
The weather was absolutely perfect- 50 or 60 degress; ran in shorts/tank top. I believe I made it through with just a handheld water bottle and a small bottle in my Nathan pack.
The majority of the course is single track and hard to pass people for at least the first 5-10 miles, it seems. I'm not fast on the uphill but I am on the downhill so it was super frustrating to be stuck behind slow people for miles, especially on the downhill sections when I could be going fast and passing others. But, there is seriously no space to pass so if you tried, you would force the other person to kind of stop to let you by. PLUS, you would annoy them because everyone wanted to pass, but I don't think many would because they were being nice.
Welp, I was feeling good and energetic, the weather was awesome, and so I decided to pass early on; if I hadn't then I would have been stuck in the back forever. It sucked in the beginning because the group of people I had just passed on a downhill passed me on the uphill two minutes later. We leapfrogged for just a couple of times and then I finally was able to stay in front. Well worth it. I think I ended up passing around 50 people and had a PR on the course; 4:35. So I guess for next time, I should start closer to the front or just remember to pass people even though you feel guilty.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
This video will serve as my race report. I wanted to take more footage of the pretty lake and woods but I was too focused on the run at the end.
So because I felt so good, I totally thought I was going to finish around 9 hours, in the top 10-15 overall, and maybe in the top 3 females. Well hot damn! I was 54th place out of like 95. I didn't even know there were 54 people doing the 50 miler. And the first female ran some crazy sub-9 time.
Oh well, I still had fun and it was a good run for me.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The tricky thing about this race was that there were only major aid stations about every 25 miles and so you basically needed a crew to survive. I didn't know what the heck to do- none of my friends/family would want to come out to just crew for me for a few days (and I definitely don't blame them; didn't even ask them) so I posted pleas on the race's fb page but no luck. I was getting pretty dang nervous and just planned on trying to figure out how to run without a crew. There are a few runners who do it but it just makes things so hard. I'd have to try to carry like a huge bladder on me along with five attachable water bottles or something, and then have to find random places on me to carry food. Hmm.
So finally like in December this girl, Alissa, posted on fb that her family could help crew for someone so I jumped right on it. She was one of the few finishers in last year's race and her family had crewed for her and learned a lot; it was the perfect situation. How her family was so gracious and willing to help, I have no idea. It was awesome.
Here's her family and I pre-race:
Now that I had a crew I had no doubt about finishing. My pre-race mileage was really low but that was normal for me- I knew it'd all be mental after a certain point (well, minus the possibility of stupid blisters sucking).
I drove down on Thursday with a few of my friends (Ducky, Jonathan, Stephen) who came along just for a fun road trip. It was nice they came with me since the race is Point A to B; they made their way to New Orleans to pick me up on Sunday.
More pre-race pics:
And, as tradition, took some great pics of my perty feet:
Friday, February 17, 2012
February Total: 97
March Total: 136
April Total: 155.7
May Total: 91
August Total: 43
December Total: 64.5
Cleaning up the side bar...
5/1/11: P90x: Chest &
Back, Ab Ripper
5/2/11: P90x: Plyo
5/3/11: P90x: Shoulders
& Arms, Ab Ripper; Zumba
5/4/11: P90x: Yoga
5/5/11: P90x: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper; Run 6 mi
5/6/11: P90x: Kenpo
5/7/11: Run 13 mi
5/9/11: P90x: Yoga 40 mins
5/10/11: Run 6 mi; Zumba
5/11/11: P90x: Chest & Back, Ab Ripper; Zumba
5/14/11: Run 50 mi
5/18/11: P90x: Chest & Back, Ab Ripper; Zumba
5/19/11: P90x: Plyo; Insanity; Zumba
5/20/11: P90x: Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper
5/21/11: P90x: Yoga
5/22/11: P90x: Legs & Back
5/24/11: Run 10 mi
5/25/11: P90x: Ab Ripper; Run 6 mi
5/27/11: P90x: Kenpo; Insanity
5/29/11: P90x: Core Synergistics
5/30/11: P90x: Yoga; Run 6 mi
6/1/11: Run 6 mi; Zumba
6/2/11: P90x: Chest/Back/Triceps, Ab Ripper
6/3/11: P90x: Plyo
6/4/11: P90x: Back/Triceps, Ab Ripper
6/5/11: P90x: Yoga; Ultimate Frisbee
6/6/11: P90x: Legs&Beck, Ab Ripper; Insanity: Cardio
6/7/11: P90x: Kenpo; Zumba
6/8/11: P90x: Ab Ripper; Run 3 mi
6/9/11: Run 3 mi
6/12/11: Ultimate Frisbee (3 mi)
6/15/11: Zumba, Run 5 mi
6/18/11: Run 71 mi
6/27/11: P90x: Chest & Back; Ab Ripper
6/28/11: Run 6 miles; Zumba
6/29/11: Zumba; Ab Ripper; Ultimate Frisbee (4.11 mi) 6/30/11: P90x: Shoulders
& Arms; Insanity
7/1/11: P90x: Yoga, Core Synergistics
7/2/11: P90x: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper
7/3/11: P90x: Kenpo
7/5/11: Insanity; Run 3 mi
7/6/11: Ultimate Frisbee
7/9/11: Run 50 mi
7/13/11: Run 5 mi
7/14/11: Stretch; P90x: Ab Ripper
7/16/11: P90x: Chest & Back
7/18/11: P90x: Arms & Shoulders
7/20/11: Insanity; Ultimate Frisbee
7/21/11: Run 5 mi
7/25/11: Run 3 mi
7/26/11: Run 3 mi
7/27/11: Run 2 mi
7/29/11: Run 3 mi
8/2/11: Ultimate Frisbee
8/3/11: P90x: Ab Ripper
8/4/11: Ultimate Frisbee
8/5/11: P90x: Legs &
8/6/11: Ultimate Frisbee
8/7/11: Ultimate Frisbee
8/8/11: P90x: Chest & Shoulders & Triceps
8/10/11: P90x: Core Synergistics
8/14/11: Ultimate Frisbee
8/15/11: P90x: (half workout) Chest & Back; Ab Ripper
8/16/11: Zumba, Ultimate Frisbee
8/18/11: Run 6 mi; P90x: Ab Ripper; few arm weights
8/19/11: Run 7 mi
8/20/11: Run 15 mi
8/22/11: P90x: Legs &
8/23/11: Run 3 mi a.m.; P90x: Ab Ripper; Run 3 mi p.m.
8/24/11: Run 3 mi; Zumba; Ultimate Frisbee
8/25/11: Run 3 mi; Ultimate Frisbee
8/26/11: Run 3 mi
8/28/11: Ultimate Frisbee
8/30/11: Run 3.5 mi; Ultimate Frisbee
8/31/11: Run 4 mi; Zumba
9/1/11: Run 3.5 mi; Ultimate Frisbee
9/2/11: Run 3.5 mi
9/4/11: Ultimate Frisbee;
Run 3 mi
9/5/11: Ultimate Frisbee
9/6/11: P90x: Biceps &
Back (3/4 of workout); Ab Ripper; Zumba; Ultimate Frisbee
9/9/11: Run 100 mi
9/15/11: Ultimate Frisbee
9/17/11: Run 5 mi;
9/19/11: Run 4 mi; Ultimate Frisbee
9/20/11: Run 5 mi; P90x: Core Synergistics; Ultimate Frisbee
9/21/11: Run 4 mi
9/22/11: Ultimate Frisbee
9/24/11: Run 50 mi
9/26/11: Ultimate Frisbee
9/27/11: Zumba, Ultimate
10/2/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/3/11: Run 6 mi; P90x:
Chest & Back (1/2 of workout)
10/4/11: Run 5.25 mi; Zumba
10/5/11: Run 5 mi; Zumba
10/6/11: Run 6 mi; Ultimate Frisbee
10/7/11: Run 5 mi
10/9/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/10/11: Run 5 mi
10/13/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/15/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/16/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/17/11: P90x: Chest
& Shoulders & Triceps (1/2 of workout)
10/18/11: Run 6 mi; Zumba
10/20/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/21/11: P90x: Core
10/23/11: Run 31 mi
10/27/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/28/11: Run 4 mi; P90x:
Arms & Back (1/2 of workout)
10/30/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/31/11: P90x: Chest
11/1/11: Zumba; Ultimate
11/2/11: Run 5 mi; Zumba; Ultimate Frisbee
11/3/11: Run 5 mi
11/5/11: Run 54 mi
11/8/11: Ultimate Frisbee
11/10/11: Ultimate Frisbee
11/11/11: P90x: Legs &
11/12/11: Ultimate Frisbee
11/13/11: Ultimate Frisbee
11/14/11: Run 5 mi; P90x:
Ab Ripper, Chest & Back
11/15/11: Zumba; Ultimate Frisbee
11/26/11: Ultimate Frisbee
11/28/11: Run 3 mi; P90x:
Chest & Back
11/30/11: Run 3 mi; Zumba
12/2/11: P90x: Legs &
12/3/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/4/11: Some Ultimate
12/5/11: Run 4 mi; P90x:
12/6/11: Run 5 mi; Zumba
12/7/11: Run 4 mi
12/8/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/10/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/11/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/12/11: Run 5.5 mi
12/13/11: Run 4 mi; Zumba
12/15/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/16/11: P90x: Legs
12/17/11: Run 18 mi; Ultimate Frisbee
12/18/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/19/11: Run 4 mi
12/22/11: P90x: Ab Ripper
12/23/11: P90x: Core
12/24/11: Run 12 mi;
12/26/11: Run 6 mi
12/29/11: P90x: Yoga (1/2
12/30/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/31/11: Ultimate Frisbee
Saturday, November 5, 2011
My mom told me that her coworker's husband, Jay, was running the OPSF 50 mi race in Spencer, IN in Nov. so I looked it up and decided to sign up since it was in the Fall and was close to home. Bernie did it with me and crashed at my house last night. We ate a ton of food at Bazbeaux with some good beer---yumm.
Anyway, we met up with Jay in the morning and got to running. The course had a five mile loop, then a 14 mile loop that you did three times, and then you ran the five mile loop again. I guess they said it was 52.8 miles all together.
At first glance the course seemed pretty easy with a few hills but nothing major at all. Then as the time passed you noticed all of the gradual climbs and it made the legs pretty tired. Because of the recent rain most of the course was super muddy so your shoes were super heavy and then there were a million puddles and little creeks so my poor feet were soaked. Speaking of, why are my feet so screwed? I think my big toe is purple already and might come off. Off 50 some miles?? Ugh.
At the aid station at mile 31 is where the pity party kind of begins. First off, I was previously told that there was one 50 mile girl ahead of me. When we got to mile 31 I was looking for her but they said she was actually doing the 50k. Sweet, so I'm first girl. Then somehow we ended up taking a really long break at the aid station and in the meantime, the dang 2nd girl shows up and a minute later the 3rd girl shows up! Ugh. Then the 2nd girl spends one second at the station and then leaves while we're still there.
When we finally left I knew she was at least a few minutes ahead but I wanted to catch her. Finally at the next aid station I caught her and took off but I knew she was near me. Bernie and I cranked that stupid loop out and went faster on it than we did for the 2nd loop and were rocking it; we even passed a few others. I was feeling good and I knew the 2nd girl wouldn't catch me.
At some point we came upon like four huge horses (with riders) that just so happened to be standing RIGHT in the place where we needed to access to continue on our trail; no other way around it. Why did their riders think it was cool to stand there while us tired runners just looked at them and were afraid to push the horses away? Oh, you don't understand? Here, I drew you a diagram of how it happened:
The red represents the path that Bernie and I took. Yes, we almost ran on top of the horses, getting our clothes snagged on thorns and almost falling over while the horses kind of acted spooked and looked like they were going to attack us and while the riders just laughed at us (on the inside, I'm sure) while they looked down on us lowly peons without horses.
We hit the end of the loop and were ready to start the final last five miles, which should be nice and easy and quick. Welp, we get to a T in the road and there is no dang course marker so we randomly picked to go left. We went left for about .5 miles or so and realized that wasn't the right way, so we walked back all sad and annoyed and then looked around in the other directions and finally hit the right path after seeing other runners (we did end up seeing Jay and his wife again so that was nice). We had wasted about 30 minutes doing this.
At that point we had probably already run close to 50 miles and I was just ready to call it quits. Who wanted to run another dumb five miles after all that?
But anyway we started truckin and besides getting chased by some random dogs, the five miles were pretty easy and I finished.
What's dang annoying is that while Bernie and I were in la-la land getting lost, ole girl came up and beat me by 20 minutes and then the three people who we had passed finished, too. We were on track to finish in 5th place and now I think it was 8th or something. I don't even care about my place. What bugs me is that we worked our butts off to catch the girl and maintain the lead, and then right at mile 47 we got screwed. Ahh! How come those other people didn't get lost? Not saying I wanted them to but how did they know to go the other way?
Overall, it really was a good race. Everything was well marked except at the end, where I heard someone took the sign down (but really, why did it have to happen at the end? Reminds me of my sad tale at Gnaw Bone). The course was fun and challening enough and it was beautiful out and perfect temps. It was fun being out there with Jay and Bernie. And, Jay did AWESOME, especially for his first 52 miler!!! Enjoy the video.