Sunday, March 22, 2009

10 Miler

Went off without a hitch. Ran it on the high school track-didn't feel like messing with water bottles or routes or anything. Also, I don't like to run from my house when the husband is out of town. Too afraid the dogs will jump the fence and follow me (as they've done when I've gone to the pond without them.)

Realized I have Umstead in less than two weeks!!!!!!!! Started making my lists for the trip. Umstead is a very easy race to pack for. Two AS, one is at the main HQ, so you can pack the kitchen sink and not feel guilty about burdening a volunteer with your stuff, since you're the one who's hauling it in there.

This year I will pack the drop bags and put them in the suitcase. If TSA decides to yank it all out, so be it.

It looks like I will have two pacers! Both Steve Leopard, my original Umstead pacer, and Jason, who paced me last year, will be available to get some miles in with me. That's so cool. I hope I will impress them with my blistering speed walk throughout the night lol. (It has gotten faster!)

Too soon to start watching the weather in Raleigh yet!

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Trail Goddess Run!

So I get out for my run after work. It's kind of nice out, mild but overcast. I run about a mile on the bike trail, noting my shins are tight. Run is kind of eh at this moment. I eye the trail on the other side of the road and decide to run my trail.
As I start up the trail, another runner comes toward's Trevor! The only other run I ever see out here on the trail. We stop to chat about Mohican, and then I ask how far he goes on the trail. It turns out he just makes about a 1 mile loop, and doesn't know about the longer loop around the golf course. I ask if he's got the time, I'll show him more trail!
Such a fun run! I think I chatted his ear off. It was just nice to share dirt with someone, and especially show him a longer trail to run on. Trevor will be running the "Forget the PR 50K" and has been training well for it. This extra bit of trail will be helpful to him.

Sharing the trail with someone just really lifted my spirits. I felt like I had gotten a much needed lift to my pysche, so whether you knew it or not, Trevor, thank you!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Why I Like Running Ultras

Some various snippets from some commentary around the internet. Pics are from Jefferson Memorial Forest, this past weekend run.

From Brian McNeill race report:

" I'm still in search of the white-whale of a Boston qualifying (or "BQ"as road-runners call it) time. I ran well again, dropping my PR by a fewmore minutes but fell 00:57 short of the standard. This marathon stuffis crazy. Seconds really do matter. No time to pose for pictures, greet friends from elsewhere in the country at an aid station, go through dropbags, eat turkey-cheese sandwiches, change socks, or push fist-fulls ofGummi Bears into my mouth (not that they have real food at road races). "

This is a snippet from a report, on the Kickrunners forum, on a runner's first ultra:

Quote: "My mind is in a whole new place as to what my body can do. "

And then the reply by another ultra runner: " ....& therein lies the hook."