Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I'm leaving on a jet plane tomorrow.... here I come Utah.
*** If you haven't yet hit up Coy over at First in Philly, I recommend you do so. She is a great read and full of korky off the wall posts. Love her.
What do you give up to be a runner?
Monday, March 21, 2011
What do you dream of the week before a big race?
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Going into race day I was a bit nervous. I had heard this course was technical... um, at the time I wasn't sure what that meant, now I know it means lots of roots, rocks and other obstacles on the trail. I heard the hills were killer, and it had rained a lot the week before the race, so I was anticipating the trail to be muddy. (it was, but only in a few spots) I hadn't trained on trails at all, and I didn't have trail running shoes.
Race day couldn't have been more beautiful. Temps at the start were in the 40's and at the finish close to 60's (which started to feel a little warm) This race event has 4 different lengths. The 23k, (14.29 miles) which is what my hubby ran, the marathon, 60K (37ish miles) and the 50 miler. There were about 400 runners total and all distances started together. We started out in the town of Grand Rivers Ky, and the first 1.7 miles were on the pavement, then the next 22.8 miles were on an 11.4 mile trail loop, which I ran twice. (hubs ran the loop once)
Once we hit the trail, it was single file line, which makes it difficult to pass a slower runner in front of you. We learned pretty quick to keep your eye on the ground in front of you. The leaves from the fall were still covering most of the course, so it made for many irritating twists of the ankles, because we couldn't see what we were stepping on. I was kicking myself for not buying trail shoes. There were a few muddy spots, but for the most part, pretty dry. The scenery was gorgeous... just wish I could have taken my eyes off the ground to enjoy it more. The lakes we ran around were beautiful and smooth as glass. My favorite little section was when we finally came down off the MANY hills and ran through a swampy section with frogs singing to each other. Who needs an ipod when you can listen to the frogs croak. Loved it.
Hubs finished his loop and ran his 1.7 miles to the finish line on pavement. He finished in 2:32, which is great considering it was his first race EVER, and the trail slows you down quit a bit. I ran on the trail for one more loop, and ate the dirt not once, but twice. The first fall (my left toe grabbed the tip of a tree root) was at about 16 miles, and I ate it hard. Both knees, hands and my right shoulder hit. Once I made it to the next aid station, I was able to clean up a bit and get back on the trail. I was very hesitant after my first fall and slowed my pace, which was OK, because the hills were coming up. I walked up each hill, they were mostly short but STEEP, and went on for about a mile and a half. My second fall was about mile 22 or 23 not real sure, but no blood was shed.
Look at this gorgeous view, to bad I didn't get to enjoy it much.
This is my hubby taking the lead for a bit.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thanks for all the up lifting words on my last post about my bum hip. It is doing much better. No pain at all yesterday. I did an intense 60 minutes on the elliptical, and continued to ice and stretch through out the day. This morning I was almost giddy with excitement to try running. The 5 year is out of school of Fridays, so I had to do a treadmill run at the YMCA. (hence the witnessing of the Walkman hilarium [is that a word]) I was hoping for 3 pain free miles, and I got 4... YAY me!!! I kind of pushed the speed, but it's hard not to play with the buttons while on the dreaded mill. I finished my YMCA time with 25 minutes on the elliptical. I love to sweat. There is something so rewarding about all that stinky sweat I seem to fling across the cardio room. I dread running on the mill, but I sweat buckets, and feel so cleansed after a run on the mill, followed by some elliptical time.
Tomorrow is an easy 10 miler, which I will run with my hubby. Land Between the Lakes is next Saturday, and I am anxious to see how the hubby does with his first race EVER. It will also be my 14Th marathon, and 2 weeks before my 50 miler. Three Cheers for some fun running ahead.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Last night my sweet hubby, rubbed my legs out. When I woke up this morning, the pain was gone, but I can still feel that something is going on there. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my kids and not have to work outside the home, so after my Power pump class at the YMCA, I came home and have iced it every other hour for 20-30 min. I am hopeful this is just a random act of sabotage, from what, I don't know. I plan on trying an easy 3-4 miles on Friday, most likely on the treadmill, to see how it's doing. I have missed running so much, and it's only been 2 days. I hate having my body tell me I CAN'T run.
So I am crossing my fingers, toes, and everything else that I will be able to run my marathon on the 12Th and of course run and finish the 50 on the 27Th.