Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Indiana Trail 100 Race Report

So this race was Indiana's first 100 mile race; very exciting! I was so impressed with how well everything went. They had awesome aid stations, great volunteers, well organized, med people available, heat lamps...you name it.

Prior to the race, I did my typical training- did a 50 miler a few weeks ago and then really just ran one or two times more in between. From the 50 miler, I knew the course would be very easy- nothing technical and not too many hills; six loops that you repeated. So without a doubt, I expected to finish this race. But, it had rained a ton prior so the course was super wet, muddy, sloppy, and there were a lot of water crossings that went up to your ankles and some up to your knees. Then, it got down to 25 degrees at night. Yuck.

It was my bday on Friday and so as a gift, my husband went down to the race with me, along with our other friend. Spent the night in Ft. Wayne at friend's house. I actually got to bed at 7pm, woke up at 2:10am and couldn't get back to sleep, then my husband and I drove an hour to the start line around 4am.

As seen in the picture, I met up with Bill, Chris, and Bernie at the beginning of the race. Ran the first couple loops with Bernie, and those loops were just OK- wasn't feeling great. At some point we met up with Bill and another girl, Karen, and ran together awhile. Third loop was just OK, too; I was losing motivation already.

My phone got reception out there so I had a text list of 51 people that I was sending updates to each loop. It was awesome to hear from them throughout the race and get encouragement. I told them I was down and they pumped me up for the 4th loop. I felt awesome and I left the group behind and passed a good  bit of people.

Thennn on the 5th loop, it was dark and it sucked going through the nasty mud and stuff while holding my flash light and then getting cold. I was walking a lot and I was losing motivation. I wasn't planning on it at all but as I was walking up to the last aid station, all I could think about was resting and getting warm. I sat down inside for awhile and I was so sleepy, I put my head down and didn't want to move. After resting awhile, I decided to call it quits. I knew I only had 2.5 miles left to go on the loop, and I knew that things could change for the better, but I just didn't want to walk another 2.5 miles, especially since there were more cold water crossings. Ugh. So I made it 81-82 miles in about 20 hours. I know I could have walked the sixth loop and still made it under the cut off time, but I just had no desire to walk that much.

I met a guy, Ben (RD of Bad Apply Ultra), who was pacing another guy that quit at the same time and he had offered to walk with me the last 2.5 miles; so nice of him!! Still couldn't do it, though. So we both rode back to the start together. Earlier I had told my husband to just pick me up at 8am on Sunday morning, assuming I'd finish the race by then. So instead of sleeping in a chair by a heat lamp waiting for him, Ben let my nasty self sleep in his sleeping bag in the back of his warm car, while he slept in the front. We slept for like five hours; it was awesome!

And here's a video of the first half of the race:

Anyway, I don't like that I DNF'ed this race because although the conditions were bad, it makes me feel like I won't be able to finish any 100 mile race again unless it's super, super easy. I think 2/3 of the runners ended up quitting which makes me feel a little better, but I still feel like a failure. Sucks.

So, I wore shorts for the whole race except for on loop 5. During the first loops, mud and junk were stuck to my calves for a long time. And then I would sometimes try to run on the side of the trail through the brush to avoid some of the water crossings. So, my legs were pretty jacked up. Well I have never had this happen before- look at my nasty legs! It looks like a rash or something. My calves were all puffy and they burned sooo bad to the touch. What the heck? It looks like chafing; but I've never had that on open legs.


I know, it's ugly. When I got home, I tried to get in the shower. I literally turned on the water and was screaming so much and crying from the burn, that I had to get out without washing. I was so stinky and gross but I didn't care- it was awful. I laid down on the couch and slept from about 1pm-7am the next day. And then thankfully since Monday, I've been fine and able to walk and all that. Recovery was super quick- knees, ankles, feet look a little swollen  but I was already back to wearing high heels at work. Nice. Hope to start back at CrossFit tomorrow again.

Oh ya- the MIRACLE. How am I NOTORIOUS for getting blisters and I didn't have one single one during this whole wet race? That makes no sense!! Does it mean I should always just keep my feet in cold wetness to avoid them? Oh well- that part was awesome.

Here are before and after pics. They look pretty gross and pretty much the same in each pic, right?


Blah. We shall see. The shower incident definitely scared my husband and he doesn't want me doing any more ultras, or at least any more 100 milers. I know the end of the race and the pain later were horrible and no fun, but I just don't like the fact that I didn't accomplish the whole thing. I can't end on that note.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fat Ass (FA) 50k (50 mile) "Race" Report

This was my first FA run; loved it. So generous of people to volunteer their time/money to help us out and to provide all of the fixins! This run took place on the course where our Indiana Trail 100 race will be next month. It consists of a 16.67 mile loop that's mostly on trail and has some rolling hills, nothing super steep. It reminded me a lot of the Hallucination course. It's pretty boring and not technical at all, but it'll do for the 100 miler.

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...

Louisville Lovin' The Hills 50k

I typically don't like paying for 50ks either (I'm cheap, I guess) but this race is actually one I would do again. It was awesome to do everything in one day- drive two hours in the morning, run, then drive home.

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.

Tecumseh Marathon Race Report

This is late but I wanted to write a short note about this race to remember strategy for next year. I typically don't like to pay for marathons but this is one of the good ones that's worth it; fun and technical and hard.

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

Mohican Trail Run 100 M Race Report

Nope- no finish. I'm hoping that was my last 100 mile Mohican attempt; I'm 0/3. I don't know what happened to me- Chris and I stayed together through about mile 63 then he took off and did great. I gave up at mile 70 for no reason. I hadn't taken any meds,  no blisters, no pain- just didn't feel like going anymore. Zero motivation. Oh well!!! The first part was fun, anyway.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Land Between the Lakes (LBL) 50 mi Race Report

It was another great run this year at LBL. Met up with Bryan and we ran half of it together. Beautiful weather in the 60s and just beautiful scenery. My main goal was just to finish because I hadn't run much, and a sub-10 time would be nice. Finished in 9:51.

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

Rouge Orleans 126.2 Race Report

Made it 118 of the 126.2 miles, dangit. I'm pretty disappointed on how it all panned out at the end but oh well; next year, I guess.

The race was two weeks ago on 2/10. It started out in Baton Rouge, LA and finished in New Orleans, LA. 99% of it is run on the levy along the Mississippi and 1% of it is on road. Most of the levy was gravel with small/medium-sized rocks. I started out in my regular Brooks road shoes and I think I noticed my first blister around mile 25 or so. Then later I switched to some new Montrail Masochist shoes I had just bought; they have a rock plate in them and I really liked them, even though I still got a million blisters at the end. I was surprised; I ended up keeping those shoes on for 60+ miles and just switching out my socks occasionally.

I had always been intrigued with the distance of Badwater but never wanted to run in that heat. So, I was super excited when I randomly found this LA race last October. Before worrying about any logistics I just went ahead and signed up- wanted to make it happen somehow. I tried convincing my posse of Bernie, Bryan, and Chris to go and run with me but it didn't work out.

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.

On Thursday night I went straight to the pre-race meeting for an hour or so- it was mainly just information for the crew and stuff. I met Alissa and her mom for the first time that night. I didn't know how the crew thing would work- it was all new to me. They assured me it'd be fine and that they'd just hop back and forth between Alissa and I and get us whatever we needed. So anyway, I went to bed around 10pm that night; wasn't too worried about it since the race didn't start until the next day at freakin 8pm.

On Friday I went shopping to buy my food to give to my crew. It was really hard knowing what to buy since I'm so used to the food already being there for me at the aid stations, and hard knowing what you'll crave after 20+ hours. I just grabbed a bunch of random stuff: oatmeal cream pies, chips, turkey, ham, cheese, bread, pretzels, whatever else. I ended up having too much.

Side story- I also bought blue Gatorade (that just so happened to be low-calorie) because I always get sick of the lemon flavor or Heed on races, and because blue is so good. During the race around mile 10, Alissa's grandpa was crewing for us and just to be nice, he parked his truck with our food in it on the road and then got out to help direct the runners' traffic on the levy. He said one runner came by and grabbed food out of the truck (thinking it was some sort of aid station for him??) and then complained that there was low-calorie Gatorade. Haha! Come on now, quit drinking up all my good flavored Gatorade. It's not for you!
So after shopping, I just hung around with my friends- threw the frisbee around some, went out to lunch...that's about it. I met up with my crew around 6:30pm and just watched some of the Mardi Gras parades. It was really neat.

More pre-race pics:

Since the course was flat my plan from the get-go was to do an 8:2 run/walk strategy at a really slow pace; stuck with that plan until about mile 85 or so and then I just walked more. Alissa was doing great and stayed ahead of me for most of the race. Since there were only about 50 solo ultras that started at 8pm, we were pretty much on our own the whole time after mile four. There were a few good stretches where I matched up paces with a few runners and could stay with them some, but then you usually separate. You could always see runners' lights within a half mile or so but ya, you were alone. I never got scared, though, surprisingly.

I had a fear that I would be super bored during this race because it's just a straight, flat, open path but somehow I was fine the whole time; I think it helped getting a lot of miles in during the dark. But ya, it was pretty much just running on the levy out in the country with not much to look at; an occasional boat or something on the river- hence the one video.

The race temp may have started out in the 40s or something. It was nice the next day, for the most part- sunny but getting windy. I surprisingly bonked early around mile 55 at the aid station and right then it got really windy and cold. I was super sleepy and I just sat down while my crew gave me food. I was so tempted to take a quick nap but it just seemed too early to do so. I finally got up after 10 minutes or something, my crew bundled me in clothes, and I tried to go. After sitting so long I couldn't even bend my knees to run; I didn't know how I'd make it any further. Thank goodness I decided to suck it up- I took my first two ibuprofen, took some salt, put in music, and made my legs move. It worked and I was on a good roll for the next 25 or so miles.

It worked well with the crew. I couldn't see them on the road next to me the whole time like I had thought, but I didn't need to. I would see them every 3-4 miles waiting on the side of the road and they'd just ask me what I needed. Sometimes I could just yell to them what I wanted at the next stop and they'd have it ready for me. Towards the end, I didn't care if I stopped to wait for them so I would just take my time and change my socks or whatever. It was nice having a crew because I could bring my phone with me for once and I was able to text friends the whole time to give them updates, and then the crew would charge my phone when needed.

Around mile 80 or something Alissa was having foot problems so I had caught up to her and we decided to finish the race together. We were doing pretty good- trying to maintain some sort of walk/run strategy. Then, unfortunately, Alissa wasn't able to run much anymore because of being in pain and so I made the tough decision to leave her and keep truckin. My feet hurt but I knew I was doing okay.

Around mile 95 or so I was super sleepy and it was getting pretty cold out and it was dark. I begged my crew to let me sleep in their van so they let me take a 15 minute nap in a chair. I was out in one second and the 15 minutes went by way too fast. I ran another 5-10 miles and I was running pretty slowly and I asked my crew to sleep again so they let me sleep another 15 minutes. This was the first race that I had slept during it before. I don't know if it helped or not....I knew that I was going to get back out there and run after my nap, but I don't know if the nap did anything since it was so short. Oh well. I'd probably opt out of taking naps in future 100 mile races.

I learned that Alissa dropped out of the race around mile 90 or so. I was feeling exhausted and sleepy and cold. There were wind gusts of prolly 20 mph at the time and it was around 25 degrees that night (coldest since '89, I guess). Ya- I had only brought some shorts to run in. It's Louisiana- it was supposed to be between 40-60 degrees! Thank goodness my crew had extra clothes for me- they hooked me up with pants, hat, gloves, sweatshirt, blanket...

Then my friends called me and said they'd meet me on the course and run with me to help me finish. Very awesome! Around mile 108 or something they came out. It was nice to have fresh conversation and they helped me walk, too; took the pressure off my blisters on my feet.

Then the story gets funky. There was a six mile section where my crew didn't have access to the levy so we were going to be on our own. My dumb butt had stopped eating and drinking for about the last two hours because I wasn't hungry and I didn't feel like I was exerting much energy anyway. So we were walking during these six miles; occasionally I'd lose my balance, occasionally I'd think I saw things coming off the ground or weird objects in the sky, I was cold, bla bla bla. We finally made the six miles and saw our crew. Jonathan ran down the levy to them to get me some food and I decided to lay on the ground while he got it. I knew what I was doing- I wasn't going to fall asleep there for hours; I was just taking advantage of the break and I was tired! It had been 118 miles at that point and just eight to go.

The next thing I know, Alissa's mom runs up to me on the levy and is really concerned for me and brings me to their van down the levy, talking about not knowing if I'll be able to finish. I was really confused as to where she was coming from and taken off guard. She was saying they were concerned that I may have hypothermia- I was swollen, off balance, cold, laying down on the ground, slurring my speech, barely walking on my own, Jonathan came running down to get help (he said he wasn't running out of concern...)- other people who saw me were concerned; if I was her daughter she'd pull me.... She started crying some and felt responsible for me and she said that it was my decision as to whether I continued, but I'd have to prove I can walk on my own first and make sure I eat a lot and everything else. I was in a tough spot- I felt weird because of how concerned she was and I didn't want her to worry so much, but then I also wanted to keep going because I didn't have any prior intentions of stopping, but then I also was super, super tired and it was a nice excuse to quit. So, I decided to just quit.

Blah. It sucked. I know I could have finished if I had kept going but yes, it would have taken me forever and would have been super hard. Eight miles may seem short right now, but at the time it seemed like it'd be forever- at least another four or so hours. Of course, I regretted quitting the next day.

So we went back to the hotel, I set my alarm and only slept for three hours, then went on a swamp boat tour thing with my friends. It was a ton of fun. :)

And, as tradition, took some great pics of my perty feet:

That's about it. I'm disappointed I didn't finish but I'll just have to try it again next year, I guess.

Thank you so much to my crew!! They were so awesome and kind. I'm not mad at Alissa's mom or anything like that; I know they were genuinely concerned and it was my decision to stop. And, thanks so much to my friends and family who kept in touch with me during the race. It helped a ton! All in all, it was a really good trip.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Weekly Mileage Recap 2012

cleaning up side bar..

Total: 77
1/1-1/9: 36
1/10-1/16: 26
1/17-1/23: 15
1/24-1/30: 0
February Total: 97
2/7-2/13: 50
2/14-2/20: 3
2/21-2/27: 34
March Total: 136
2/28-3/6: 50
3/7-3/13: 26
3/14-3/20: 18
3/21-3/27: 26
3/28-4/3: 16
April Total: 155.7
4/4-4/10: 41.5
4/11-4/17: 48
4/18-4/24: 38
4/25-5/1: 34
May Total: 91
5/2-5/8: 19
5/9-5/15: 56
5/16-5/22: 0
5/23-5/29: 16
June Total:
5/30-6/5: 6
6/6-6/12: 16
6/13-6/19: 5
6/20-6/26: 71
6/27-7/3: 6
July Total:
7/4-7/10: 53
7/11-7/17: 5
7/18-7/24: 0
7/25-7/31: 11
August Total: 43
8/1-8/7: 0
8/8-8/14: 0
8/15-8/21: 28
8/22-8/28: 15

Total: 185.5
8/29-9/4: 17.5
9/5-9/11: 100
9/12-9/18: 5
9/19-9/25: 63
9/26-10/2: 0

Total: 73
10/3-10/9: 27.25
10/10-10/16: 5
10/17-10/23: 37
10/24-10/30: 4

Total: 69
10/31-11/6: 10
11/7-11/13: 54
11/14-11/20: 5
11/21-11/27: 0
December Total: 64.5
11/28-12/5: 6
12/6-12/11: 13
12/12-12/18: 23.5
12/19-12/25: 16
12/26-1/1: 6

Daily Workouts Recap 05/11-12/11

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
5/8/11: Rest
5/9/11: P90x: Yoga 40 mins
5/10/11: Run 6 mi; Zumba
5/11/11: P90x: Chest & Back, Ab Ripper; Zumba
5/12/11: Rest
5/13/11: Rest
5/14/11: Run 50 mi
5/15/11: Rest
5/16/11: Rest
5/17/11: Rest
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
5/23/11: Rest
5/24/11: Run 10 mi
5/25/11: P90x: Ab Ripper; Run 6 mi
5/26/11: Rest
5/27/11: P90x: Kenpo; Insanity
5/28/11: Rest
5/29/11: P90x: Core Synergistics
5/30/11: P90x: Yoga; Run 6 mi
5/31/11: Zumba
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
6/10/11: Insanity
6/11/11: Rest
6/12/11: Ultimate Frisbee (3 mi)
6/13/11: Rest
6/14/11: Zumba
6/15/11: Zumba, Run 5 mi
6/16/11: Rest
6/17/11: Rest
6/18/11: Run 71 mi
6/19/11: Rest
6/20/11: Rest
6/21/11: Rest
6/22/11: Rest
6/23/11: Rest
6/24/11: Rest
6/25/11: Rest
6/26/11: Rest
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
7/4/11: Rest
7/5/11: Insanity; Run 3 mi
7/6/11: Ultimate Frisbee
7/7/11: Rest
7/8/11: Rest
7/9/11: Run 50 mi
7/10/11: Rest
7/11/11: Rest
7/12/11: Zumba
7/13/11: Run 5 mi
7/14/11: Stretch; P90x: Ab Ripper
7/15/11: Rest
7/16/11: P90x: Chest & Back
7/17/11: Rest
7/18/11: P90x: Arms & Shoulders
7/19/11: Rest
7/20/11: Insanity; Ultimate Frisbee
7/21/11: Run 5 mi
7/22/11: Rest
7/23/11: Rest
7/24/11: Rest
7/25/11: Run 3 mi
7/26/11: Run 3 mi
7/27/11: Run 2 mi
7/28/11: Rest
7/29/11: Run 3 mi
7/30/11: Rest
7/31/11: Rest
8/1/11: Rest
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
8/9/11: Rest
8/10/11: P90x: Core Synergistics
8/11/11: Rest
8/12/11: Rest
8/13/11: Rest
8/14/11: Ultimate Frisbee
8/15/11: P90x: (half workout) Chest & Back; Ab Ripper
8/16/11: Zumba, Ultimate Frisbee
8/17/11: Zumba
8/18/11: Run 6 mi; P90x: Ab Ripper; few arm weights
8/19/11: Run 7 mi
8/20/11: Run 15 mi
8/21/11: Rest
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
8/27/11: Rest
8/28/11: Ultimate Frisbee
8/29/11: Rest
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
9/3/11: Rest
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
9/7/11: Rest
9/8/11: Rest
9/9/11: Run 100 mi
9/10/11: Rest
9/11/11: Rest
9/12/11: Rest
9/13/11: Rest
9/14/11: Rest
9/15/11: Ultimate Frisbee
9/16/11: Rest
9/17/11: Run 5 mi;
Ultimate Frisbee
9/18/11: Rest
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
9/23/11: Rest
9/24/11: Run 50 mi
9/25/11: Rest
9/26/11: Ultimate Frisbee
9/27/11: Zumba, Ultimate
9/28/11: Zumba
9/29/11: Rest
9/30/11: Rest
10/1/11: Rest
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
10/8/11: Rest
10/9/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/10/11: Run 5 mi
10/11/11: Zumba
10/12/11: Zumba
10/13/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/14/11: Rest
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
10/19/11: Zumba
10/20/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/21/11: P90x: Core
10/22/11: Rest
10/23/11: Run 31 mi
10/24/11: Rest
10/25/11: Rest
10/26/11: Rest
10/27/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/28/11: Run 4 mi; P90x:
Arms & Back (1/2 of workout)
10/29/11: Rest
10/30/11: Ultimate Frisbee
10/31/11: P90x: Chest
& Back
11/1/11: Zumba; Ultimate
11/2/11: Run 5 mi; Zumba; Ultimate Frisbee
11/3/11: Run 5 mi
11/4/11: Rest
11/5/11: Run 54 mi
11/6/11: Rest
11/7/11: Rest
11/8/11: Ultimate Frisbee
11/9/11: Rest
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
11/16/11: Zumba
11/17/11: Rest
11/18/11: Rest
11/19/11: Rest
11/20/11: Rest
11/21/11: Rest
11/22/11: Zumba
11/23/11: Zumba
11/24/11: Rest
11/25/11: Rest
11/26/11: Ultimate Frisbee
11/27/11: Rest
11/28/11: Run 3 mi; P90x:
Chest & Back
11/29/11: Zumba
11/30/11: Run 3 mi; Zumba
12/1/11: Rest
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
12/9/11: Rest
12/10/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/11/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/12/11: Run 5.5 mi
12/13/11: Run 4 mi; Zumba
12/14/11: Rest
12/15/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/16/11: P90x: Legs
& Back
12/17/11: Run 18 mi; Ultimate Frisbee
12/18/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/19/11: Run 4 mi
12/20/11: Rest
12/21/11: Rest
12/22/11: P90x: Ab Ripper
12/23/11: P90x: Core
12/24/11: Run 12 mi;
Ultimate Frisbee
12/25/11: Rest
12/26/11: Run 6 mi
12/27/11: Rest
12/28/11: Rest
12/29/11: P90x: Yoga (1/2
of workout)
12/30/11: Ultimate Frisbee
12/31/11: Ultimate Frisbee

Saturday, November 5, 2011

OPSF Ultra 50/50 Race Report

This story starts out medium-good and then ends with a sad personal pity party.

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.