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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Run to Town

I got started a little before 8 am. I knew it was going to be hot, so I wanted to get some miles in. The idea was to run to town and back but the hubby had mentioned wanting to go out to lunch before hitting Loews and the grocery store.
Pretty uneventful run. I haven't been out this way in a long time. Things seen:
4 new Amish homes built.
1 new log cabin (English)
1 dead squirrel
1 dead possum
0 dogs chased me.

I got to town at 11 miles, stopped at the IGA grocery store (the only grocery store) and refilled my water in the rest room, and then chose a double chocolate donut with sprinkles and a lemonade as my AS stop food!

I called the hubby while in town (while I still had cell phone coverage) and told him I wanted to do lunch with him. This would call for an early extraction. He would just come find me on the road.

Groan...as I tromped up Stocker Ridge Road (to the top of the ridge) I kept looking for the SUV to rescue me! Nope, of course he finds me on the downhill on the other side of the ridge.

Lunch, in town, pizza, then Loews, grocery store, and a trip to a local icon,


The Yaggi Cheese House"The Yaggi Cheese House". A family owned and operated business, Yaggi Cheese House can be found at the original location chosen by Grandpa Joseph Yaggi in 1924. Yaggi's is on their third generation of family service with owners David & Coke Yaggi.
Many of the fine cheeses sold here today are made locally.
You cannot beat the prices of their cheese.

Then we came home, got the dogs out for their walk, made fruit salad for work on Monday. Then we washed down the front and one side of the house. Whew. Time to relax now!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Salt Fork Run

The husband told me he was going north to Cleveland on Saturday, so I thought "good day for a trail run at Salt Fork"! After a posting on Facebook, Nick thought he would be up to it, and we met on Saturday morning around 10 am. Nick works third shift so I thought that was great of him to come out on no sleep to run..








This is the cute PDF Map from ODNR, about the best you can find.

I've run on part of this trail before. The little sign at the Horseman's Camp states the Blue Trail is a 12 mile loop.


This is how Garmin 305 saw it: Here's the PUD (pointless ups and downs) we encountered out there today!

It turns out this is around 7.2 miles, by my Garmin. I started it as we entered the trail off the Horseman's Camp. This is a nice trail, punctuated by lots of shoe sucking mud areas from our recent rains. This was an up and down trail!


Nick and I had fun out here. No time constraints, we took our times on the climbs, and enjoyed the downhills. Did I mention the temperature yet? We had a freaky 80 degrees and sunny. Quite hard to bam! acclimate to. Hence, just taking the run easy.



I'm so glad Nick came over for this trail run. We've now covered the Blue Trail at Salt Fork State Park, and I know it's not the "advertised" 12 miles. Nick did great, as he had just done the "Forget the PR 50K" on Sunday, and was running at the end of his work day.


Oh, I almost forgot the best part! We went down to the beach area of the lake to cool off. They now have a dog park, fenced in right at the water edge, so folks can bring their pooches to run and play and swim. Nick and I waded in up to our thighs and spent some time just chilling and watching dogs play. A great end to our run! Thanks for coming over Nick!

Trail Run Today

I'm going to Salt Fork State Park for a trail run today. It looks like Nick is going to join me, which is good since I want to explore the entire "blue" trail today. The map says it's 13 miles long, so who knows if that is accurate or not. I've been on part of this before, but I really want to explore the whole loop. One drawback is there is no water.
But I have my Nathan Hydration vest to try out! I wore it when we marked trail, and had a backpack with a stapler, hammer, and wooden stakes in it. So when I removed that 10 lbs, the Nathan felt pretty good.

Despite not blogging, I have been working out. I started the P90X workouts on April 13-and they are really killer workouts. I thought I was in shape until I started these! I was really looking for a change-up in my excercise (non-running) routine. I had my gym membership but was apathetic about going. So when the gym membership expired, I decided to spend the money on the P90x DVD's. So far, I really like the variety-the yoga kicked my ass!!

It will take me longer than 90 days to get through the cycle, because I'm not doing the P90x if I am doing a run. For example, I ran 4 miles Thursday and 5 miles Friday and that was my workout for the day. But I will keep you posted on how this goes.

I really need to get my training plan worked out for Mohican-it's coming soon!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fire Tower Aid Station Report



Actually, I guess the post is about the whole weekend. Regis and I took off about 1030 to go to Mohican...a strange time for us to going there. Usually it's the crack of dawn. So we celebrated by having a beer. We don't usually get to do that before going to Mohican either!

We got over to the race start/finish to find about a zillion bikers there! They were getting ready for a big group ride. Regis and I jumped right into helping Rob, Nick, and Terri. Tom Jenning and then Mike Keller and his girls showed up about the same time, so we got all the supplies split into the various bins for the various Aid Stations. Don and Roy returned from their earlier trail markings, and Don organized the trail marking supplies, and Reg and I left to mark trail.

I took advantage of Regis a bit; he started at the Covered Bridge and came toward the Fire Tower, while I started at the Fire Tower and worked my way mainly downhill toward him. It was a bit challenging to mark trail, because the mountain bikers were out in full force!
It was a nice change of pace to be mainly walking on the trails, got to look around in the woods a bit more than normal. Reg and I finished up, took a beer break, and then headed over to the Purple Loop. Since it was a beautiful day, there were still lots of folks out even in the late afternoon. We finished marking around seven and went over to the cabin for showers and food.

Mrs Baun had sent a lasagna over, and Amy Powell had spaghetti and meatballs, rolls, and salad ready! We tore into the food, with several more beers of course. Matt and Tom joined us before long. Rob was still out marking course-in the dark, on his mountain bike--his first time on a mountain bike, on trail, in the dark.... he eventually showed up right before the "worrying" cut off would begin. I reassured his wife that we knew the trail and could spot his body in a ravine if we needed to go out.

We all got up around 500 ish. Although Reg and I offiicial duties didn't start until later, we decided to go over to the start in case there was any work to do. I didn't do a darn thing but talk to all my friends as they arrived. Kind of a nice feeling, to be relaxed and able to just chit chat and not be thinking about what was ahead.

Rob gave a great speech bfore the race, that he wanted everyone to finish, and something about "if you drop, you'll get a ride in about three hours so you might as well keep walking" that got a good laugh. He then introduced Regis Shivers Jr to say a few words.
For those of you that knew Regis Shivers Sr, he loved his Mohican, and Jr does too. Reg gave a nice speech about Regis, and then started the race. I had to smile at Paul; Paul is a veteran ultra runner, he was just walking out of the start as everyone bolted down the road toward the first hill. Paul knew what was in store for him!

Nothing to do now than head over to the Fire Tower. Wild Bill had introduced me to two friends, Tara and Arabella. Arabella wanted to run but had not registered in time. Bill proposed that she help out at the FT and I gladly accepted the help!

The rest of the volunteers showed up soon, the Gallion girls softball team and parents. It did not take us long to erect the canopies, organize the food and drink and then.......wait......we were ready for action about 930, and our first runner did not show up until 1115'ish? I am not sure because I forgot my watch, but I had delegated the timing to Kristen, who did a great job. Jay Smithberger was in and out very efficiently, and the volunteers soon had the AS duties down pat.

It was so fun to see people that you know come into your area! Trevor, one of the neighbor guys, arrived looking great, in about 8th place!

We really didn't get the big crowd of middle packers that I expected, the runners were well spread out. I think the most we had was about 5 runners arriving, with 4-5 runners just a bit behind. We had enough food and drink at our AS for a 100 miler, but hey, better to have it than not!

My mom had made homemade potato soup, and we started pushing that to the middle pack and then the back of the pack runners. It went over very well, and the amount was just right, we used it up completely!

I think my highlight of the day was seeing Ruta come through. Ruta is an old time race director (although she's not that old!!) She used to put on the Dan Rossi Race before I entered the ultra world. I met her at Umstead in 2007, where I found we're practically neighbors. Ruta's not been training that much lately, and she had said she was only going to run to the second Aid Station and stop. But Rob said there was no DNF'ing, and then Regis gave his speech...and Ruta kept going!!!!

We were down to 5 runners. Three came through. We were still waiting. Our cutoff was 245pm, and about 3 pm we began to pack up. Rob called from the finish line, and I told him I was short two runners. But they could have been missed. So after everything was packed up, I ran the course backwards down to the Covered Bridge to compare runners. It felt good to run!

I climbed up out of the Gorge Trail and ran toward the AS, and got a big cheer! (They didn't know I wasn't in the race.) That was cool! As it turns out all was well, my last three runners were the same last three that had left the CB coming to the FT. Regis and I caught a ride back to my vehicle, and then went over to the finish line. We stuck around long enough to eat some soup, say some goodbyes, and get on the road home as we were both rather tired.

Rob had some mad skilz as a Race Director. He did a very good job and I am very proud of him. All I heard was compliments on the race! Congratulations on a great inaugural race Rob!

Aid Station Report


Two wearers of the 1000 Mile Mohican Buckle-Ron Ross and Mike Jacolenne

guess the post is about the whole weekend. Regis and I took off about 1030 to go to Mohican...a strange time for us to going there. Usually it's the crack of dawn. So we celebrated by having a beer. We don't usually get to do that before going to Mohican either!

We got over to the race start/finish to find about a zillion bikers there! They were getting ready for a big group ride. Regis and I jumped right into helping Rob, Nick, and Terri. Tom Jenning and then Mike Keller and his girls showed up about the same time, so we got all the supplies split into the various bins for the various Aid Stations. Don and Roy returned from their earlier trail markings, and Don organized the trail marking supplies, and Reg and I left to mark trail.

I took advantage of Regis a bit; he started at the Covered Bridge and came toward the Fire Tower, while I started at the Fire Tower and worked my way mainly downhill toward him. It was a bit challenging to mark trail, because the mountain bikers were out in full force!
It was a nice change of pace to be mainly walking on the trails, got to look around in the woods a bit more than normal. Reg and I finished up, took a beer break, and then headed over to the Purple Loop. Since it was a beautiful day, there were still lots of folks out even in the late afternoon. We finished marking around seven and went over to the cabin for showers and food.

Mrs Baun had sent a lasagna over, and Amy Powell had spaghetti and meatballs, rolls, and salad ready! We tore into the food, with several more beers of course. Matt and Tom joined us before long. Rob was still out marking course-in the dark, on his mountain bike--his first time on a mountain bike, on trail, in the dark.... he eventually showed up right before the "worrying" cut off would begin. I reassured his wife that we knew the trail and could spot his body in a ravine if we needed to go out.

We all got up around 500 ish. Although Reg and I offiicial duties didn't start until later, we decided to go over to the start in case there was any work to do. I didn't do a darn thing but talk to all my friends as they arrived. Kind of a nice feeling, to be relaxed and able to just chit chat and not be thinking about what was ahead.




Rob gave a great speech bfore the race, that he wanted everyone to finish, and something about "if you drop, you'll get a ride in about three hours so you might as well keep walking" that got a good laugh. He then introduced Regis Shivers Jr to say a few words.
For those of you that knew Regis Shivers Sr, he loved his Mohican, and Jr does too. Reg gave a nice speech about Regis, and then started the race.

Wild Bill

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mohican Training

Ok. Now that I have a successful 100 under my belt again, it's time to turn thoughts to my second 100 of the year: Mohican 100 Trail Race. I DNF'd this race the two times I have attempted the 100 mile distance, both occurences due to timing out.
So, therefore, no big secret...I need to get faster at Mohican.

Aid Station Time

Aid Stations: The AS will not be the huge food spread that we had at Umstead. With Umstead being a loop, there was only the two AS (which you accessed 8 times each). Mohican is kind of a cloverleaf course. You do every Aid Station Twice, and the Covered Bridge, which is kind of at the center, multiple times.
I just went over the course, and the Aid Stations-19 aid stations! If you spend one minute in each AS, there is 19 minutes. I could have used a cushion of 19 minutes. You hit the Covered Bridge Aid Station 4 times. If you spend 5 minutes there-that's 20 minutes used of your racing time. I am starting to see where my race time went in the last two years.....

Both years I have timed out at Mile 75. I hit 15 AS before that. Eliminate Landoll's Castle, the first AS, which everyone just rolls through. Say I spent 5 minutes at each AS. There is 70 minutes! Holy cow!! One hour 10 minutes!!

Strategy: Roll through the AS. I think I will have my drop bags ready with food for me to eat. That way, I can eliminate the stopping, staring, and trying to figure out what I would like to have at the AS. If I pack the little baggies just right, I can grab the baggy, refill water bottles, and go.

I will try not to change socks or shoes unless it seems warranted. I will have them available, at both Rock Point and the Covered Bridge, if needed. Same with clothing, only if needed. I will have long sleeved shirts/hats/gloves available in drop bags.

Hills

Mohican is full of them. Unending. Not much flats here. Up and down. I need to get working on increasing my walking uphill pace. Right now, our field across the road is empty. (Sometimes we rent it out and there are horses pastured there). There is a great hill that I can do repeats on, so that is going to be a close to home workout!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Umstead Race Report 2009

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Official race time:27 hours 33 minutes.

Race day was nice and cool. It had been stormy and windy on Friday, but the weather forecast was spot on for the race and everything was in place. In fact, everything was in place for this entire race for me. I truly had a great race.

I had my goals for the race: hit the 50 mile mark in 12 hours. Finish around 28 hours.

First loop is the most fun.Most of us went out fast, invigorated by the cool weather and seeing old friends. There is an out and back, called the airport spur, where you see everyone ahead of you. Lots of laughter and greetings as you see folks you may not have seen in months or since last year.

As I approached the Aid Station at mile 6.9, I glanced at my watch. One of my goals was a fast in and out of AS.Folks have pointed out to me that I waste time in AS. That was something I wanted to  improve upon. Fill up of the water bottle, quick glance over the food, eat a banana part, grab a PB bagel piece and out! 1 minute! Woohoo!

First few loops uneventful, I ran them in around three hours. I did notice when I did make another stop at AS to apply more sunscreen and grab a hamburger-seven minutes there-whee! Does AS time  go by faster or what?

It was warming up, and for a “Yankee” a bit on the warm side.  I was really hoping it wouldn’t get all that warm out, not like the high 70’s like in 2007. I was managing my drinking and eating well. I discovered soup at both AS and I switched to that-easier and quick to get the calories into the stomach. I did supplement that on the loops with whatever I had in my waist bag-ClifBlock shots, jelly beans, Pay Day bars.

Going through loop 4 was fun. We were going to hit the 50 mile mark, where some runner’s races were finished and the rest of us were just beginning the countdown. I spent some time running with both a Jim and a Jimmie through here, but I ran my own race.  When someone slowed down or sped up, I just kept going.

Heading into the AS for the 50 mile, I had many things to do. Drop off the visor and camera, pick up the headlamp, swap drug bags, pick up the Garmin. I was very happy to see Gombu, Bob Combs, the president of NEO Trails Club, running toward me. He told me Moose was 36 minutes in front of me. He said he’d run into the HQ AS and help me before he caught up with Moose out on the trail. So that helped cut down some time, especially with him dogging me as I downed more soup.

Bob stayed with me on the airport spur, catching me up on the Barkley. A lucky coincidence, my pacer, Steve Leopard, was just parking his bike at the turnaround-I didn’t even have to call my pacer, he just majically showed up!  Bob, Steve, and I ran for a bit together, then Bob split off to rejoin the Moose.  Bob said he thought I might be able to catch the Moose by the end of the race.

Steve was my original pacer on my newby 100 Umstead, and he commented that I had improved. In fact, he’d been out earlier on his mountain bike looking for me, and wasn’t able to find me until he parked by the HQ and just waited.umstead2 This is a pic Steve snapped of Tammy and myself. Tammy and I have pretty close to the same pace, and ran a bunch of this race together.

It was really great to have Steve with me. We were able to catch up with each other’s lives. Steve has been doing Crossfit and it’s really helped increase his strength and subsequently his running has benefited from this also. Steve paced me in for this loop.umstead3 Mile 56.9 AS pic.

A great feature at Umstead is the pacer desk. They man a station at HQ where you can enquire if there is anyone to go out on a loop with you. Some of the local running clubs volunteer for this, and then there are the ‘volunteer pacers’.  I picked up Dan, who was fired up to get out and run, since his runner had dropped from the race for medical reasons. Dan was an excellent pacer; an Ironman and exercise enthusiast, he made this loop almost effortless. In fact, I didn’t even notice we had walked up the long hill where you make the turnoff to Grayland Trail-now that’s some good pacing!!

Becky was my next new friend, she was from Atlanta, and her friend had also dropped from the race, and she just wanted to get a few miles in. She was also a veteran runner and knew some of the same people I did, and entertained me with stories about running in the Atlanta area.  She got me through that long night loop. I continued to eat and drink and caffeinate and actually started to look at my watch. I knew I wanted to be in the HQ AS by six am to have time to do make my 10 am goal.  I was using the Garmin to keep my pace going, I would continue to glance at it to keep myself honest.

One area I had worked on over the winter, on the treadmill, was improving my walking pace. I  had my pace down to around a 14 minute mile on the tread, which was great for me. Now, I know I wasn’t doing a 14 minute out there, but I would try to keep it as quick as possible. It was a very focused walk, as many people would comment to me later. I would pass runners on the hill by just having a better walk going uphill.

I got into the HQ AS after 5 am.  Becky went ahead to see if there was another pacer available, and there was, Donna! I got some more soup and was ready to head on out. This was the last lap. I was almost to the point of thinking to myself I was having the race of my short running career but held off.  12.5 miles is still a long way to go. Donna asked me if I had my splits worked out and I laughed, and said I just run. But I did tell her I had my Garmin to help keep the race. Somewhere along the way I did tell her I wanted to run in before 10am.

This was actually the coldest part of the day. It may  have been in the forties. I had actually put a short sleeve shirt on 12 miles earlier, and I had thought of adding my gloves. But my hands were just cold and uncomfortable, just like a run at home in the wintertime.

Oh, I haven’t mentioned my blisters yet! Right after I left the AS on lap four, I felt the blister which had formed on my right heel callus burst. Boy that hurt. And I was only about 100 feet out of the AS. But I was not turning around, the idea was to go forward. So I stuffed some lambswool around it, and was able to run. I told myself I would duct tape it at the next AS, but the pain had really dulled, so since it really didn’t hurt any more I wasn’t going to touch it.

Even though I had taped my feet, I could feel blisters form on the balls of my feet, right up by my toes. I always get these. And since I had already taped my feet, what else could I do? I just ran on. I could feel them pop; they did hurt, but nowhere near as bad as 2007. (more on the blisters in the next post.)

Donna and I got to AS # 2 for the very last time, drank some soup and coffee, thanked everyone and started off. For some odd reason, I thought I only had 3 miles to go, so I was a bit startled when Donna said “mile 7, only five left”! Gah. Well, I had been up for 24 hours plus at this time. The Garmin also died around here, so I packed it into the drop bag and continued on.

Now I was really looking at the watch. A sub 28 was definitely, unless something bad happened, in the works. I mentioned to Donna finally that my dream goal was a sub 28.  I started to calculate at a 20 minute mile, always getting to the next mile before 20 minutes. We passed one guy. We chicked two more.We passed another runner on his phone. We spotted Kat ahead of us, whom I thought was behind me. Kat started to move faster. I wanted to catch Kat but she did have a good lead on me.

We turned on the gravel road to HQ. Kat was running ahead of me (I was walking briskly.) This made me smile,to see Kat staying ahead.

I ran down the bumpy gravelly hill. I hit the incline going to the finish. I even ran up that (well, it felt like running to me!!!!) I finished just behind Kat, and an offiical 27 hours 33 minutes!!!!

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

I did it

Umstead 100 Mile race results: 27 hours 31 minutes

Cut 1.5 hours off last year's time. Big report to follow soon.

Very pleased!!! :)