Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ups and Downs

No, not my mental health or confidence level for a change.

Just some road ups and downs.


This is on my 10K route.  It's about 3 miles to the steep hill, where there is just farmland, no houses or dogs to bother me.

I didn't even count them.  I turned on the last IMTalk podcast, and trudged up the hill, and then ran down it as quickly as possible.  Kind of backwards of how most people tackle hill repeats, but I wanted to tax my quads as much as possible.  I had a certain amount of time alloted for the work out, then I began the three miles back to the house.  Wow, now I was tired!

Montrail Bajadas

I wore these exact shoes for the Massanutten 100 Mile Race. They had about 20 miles on them prior to the race.  This is what they look like now!!

I believe a shoe should last more than 140 miles.  I think it is ridiculous how much the uppers are shredded on these shoes.  How am I supposed to keep scree and other rocks out of my shoes with all these wholes in them?

After this blog post is completed, I am going to contact Montrail and hopefully show them my pics.   I want my money back or another pair of shoes. Shoes should last more than 140 miles!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yes You Should

I actually got a workout in last evening after work. I was pretty happy about that.  It did mean I got home pretty late, after 8 pm, so the evening was pretty short.  But since I am off work today (schedule change) it was much easier to rationalize in the workout.

We are going out of town today, so I am not sure if a workout will happen. If anything, it will be of the gardening variety, as I need to stake my tomato plants and prune them already. And assemble Wilma the Scarecrow out there.

I am also off Thursday.  I had been thinking on a road trip to trails out of town; then I thought better of it, time wise.  I  am going to do hill repeats on my steep dirt road in order to work out the eccentric movement of the quads.  I am more interested in running the downhills fast than the climbing uphill.

I work Friday, but the late shift, so that is good for my 10K loop.

Saturday I may go for a long run at Salt Fork. There is a 50K race at SF Saturday, called the "Buckeye Buster".  I may do some of my miles on their race course and see if I run into friends out there.

Just trying to get those quality workouts in there right now.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Trail Run Today

I got out early this morning, as we were to have company at lunch today.

I parked at the Lodge, and first did one loop of the "Bigfoot 50K" loop.  Then, I started out on the loop again but then just ran side trails as I find three loops of the 50K course kind of boring.

It was a pretty warm day out there.

Yes, I do have awesome calves.

I made sure I stepped into the lake first thing and ran with wet feet the entire time.  We're almost at drought status here; so most of the streams were dried up.  But every chance I found to get my feet wet, I dunked them. (My feet will be wet for the entire Hardrock course.) 

I was keeping an eye on the time, and had to cut my course short as to get back home at noon.  So I got almost 4.5 hours on the trail, running, jogging, hiking.  Good time on my feet.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Attitude Adjustment

Sometimes you can’t change your situation. All you can do is change the way you think about it.

I was getting out of the shower this morning, thinking about Hardrock (yes that IS how much I think about this run)  and I kind of had a little epiphany.  

I've been worried and scared about this run since I was selected in the lottery.

I was also thrilled, too, don't get me wrong.  But I've been worrying about training, the climbs, the elevation, the course markings too.  

As the race gets closer, I've been more and more concerned.

But all this worry is an energy sucker. If you have ever been in a race, chasing cutoffs, you can realize what an energy drain this concern over cutoffs can be to you.  And if you have ever built a nice cushion, where you know you can successfully finish the race in the time allotments, what a relief that is off your pysche.

So I have decided to stop with the worrying. Yes, I am concerned over training, long runs, weight, the course, the cut offs, the markings,

But that is an energy depleter. And I need all my energy right now, to visualize a positive result for my Colorado trip.

Yes, I can still get in some good training.  I can still try to get off the 10 lbs.  I can and will study the course description and map to get as familiar as I can from the couch.  

There is nothing I can do about the altitude adjustment, so actually that's not really been a worry..that will be what it is.

I can't do anything about the different trail conditions until I get to spend some time on them.

So, onward from here, I am choosing to be positive. I will train as much as I can consistently train.  My focus will be to get in the best shape that I possibly can in the next four weeks and remain injury-free.

There will be no more worry about the race cutoffs, what happens, happens.  The only action I can take now, for training for that, is to adjust my attitude.  The new energy is going to feel awesome going in the opposite direction.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost
 One of the few poems from my youth that I can recite the whole poem..and it's all due to the book, "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton, which was also made into a movie in the 80's..

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Two days off from cardio and my IT band is feeling much better.  I've been stretching.

 I barely felt it on my feet all day, and I didn't feel it during the  night.  That's how much it had been throbbing.

I had a great workout today. One hour climbing on the stairmaster/climbing thing at the gym, followed by some upper body weights, followed by my stretching routine.  The IT band seems pretty quiet after this.

So maybe I was just a bit too enthusiastic over the weekend.  Who knows.  I think I am walking a fine line right now, of needing to train, yet still having to remember I *just* ran a 100 mile race two weeks ago, that my body is still somewhat beat up from.

I am starting to have the full mental swings about HR.  Thinking about MMT for the last six weeks had kind of sublimated them down.  Now it's HR, 24/7.  

At some point, I will write about all my feelings  for HR 2012.  It will be good to get them out of my system.

Perhaps that will be the post I publish as I leave Ohio for the West.

 After I get on that plane for Colorado, my blog shifts to "living the dream".   Running and hiking with my friends, with that to be the plan all day, then recover, then do it again, and again.with no responsibility other than to acclimate to the conditions of the mountains..and then culminate this big dirt bagging trip with the most beautiful trail run in the United States?  That to me, is "living the dream".  I alternately can't wait for the date and wish I had four more months to train.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The I Post

NO, not the ibuprofen post. That should be a whole post of its own, one day.  (Note to self)

Actually, "I" could either stand for Injury or IT Band.

No, I am not injured.

But my IT band has woke up again.

It's been asleep for a long time.  Occasionally, after a 50K or so, it may ache a little bit.

My knee hurt last night, to the point whenever I woke up, I could feel knee pain. I was hoping it was just residual bruises, as it's the same knee that I have fallen on three times in the last month.  

But no, as the work day went on, I could feel it was at the insertion point of the knee, of the IT Band.

I went to the gym, did not climb, focused on upper arms.  The IT twinged as I moved about.

I came home and stretched, the best  I could with a 29 lb German Shepherd puppy biting me in the face.

And I am going to continue to stretch. Once upon a time, I was a champion stretcher. I had a nice 15 minute routine, and lots of flexibility.  I've turned into more of a curmudgeonly stiff runner.

I'm going to get the flexibility back. I am going to stretch the IT Band.

Thoughts of an injury has never entered my mind, for a long time.  Perhaps since my original IT Band injury in 2006 or so. I've been very healthy. I mean to keep it there!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tick Tock

Time moves on.

It's been a good recovery week. I did no physical activity until the weekend.

Saturday I resolved to walk 4 miles around the block. Well, I jogged the downhills, most of the flats, and walked the uphills.  Then I weeded the garden, and raked up 4 cartloads of grass clippings for the garden.

Sunday I took the dogs for their walk, then decided I had time to run my 10K around the block before the husband and I went to a matinee.  

I felt fine on the run. Scooter (the dog) joined me for his 1/2 mile or so trot.  I walked most of the uphills and was amused to see my 10K time in the exact normal range that I run it in, maybe two minutes over.  It doesn't seem to change my pace, to run a 10(4) mile race the weekend before.

So it will be a regular work week for me, and then, this is my upcoming weekend to work, so that is always a reduced mileage week. 

So I will play it by ear. I still need to get started on my upper arm work, and my core work. I will tentatively plan out a training schedule for the week, but will listen to my body.  If I am just tanked by the end of the work day, I may change my workout plan.  Note I did not say bail on my workout.  I don't have the luxury of time not to make every day count now.

I really haven't gone into the post MMT analysis, but that's okay.  That will be something I will pull out, with pleasure, in March of 2013, with the idea of drilling down to a sub 30 hour finish (yes, with crew and pacer I believe!)  But that's a whole other post, and an "A" Goal for 2013.

I've just now started to print out other people's splits for Hardrock, and will start to analyze and compare.

That is pretty much what the next month-all 53 days-will be filled with.

Tick tock.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Recovery, Day..Four?

Recovery is the step-child of the training plan.  We carefully plan out our goal race, craft our splits, develop our pacing, our aid station packing, race day nutrition, and then....what?  Sometimes it's a black hole or abyss, after the race ends.

For some, with a target goal race planned and executed, recovery is easy.  You can do whatever you want. Or nothing. Maybe that was your big Race of the year, and now you don't plan to run anything else, for months.

But for others, like me, there always is something else on the horizion, another race in the works.  For this, yes, you do need to recover. But then you also need to jump back into training.

The big question is, WHEN.

And I don't think there is a good answer, other than the "listen to your body" answer. 

I got home Monday, about 4 pm. I slept in Tuesday morning, but had to work my 10 hour shift. That was difficult. I got home and almost immediately went to bed.

I was fortunate enough to have Wednesday as my regular scheduled day off, so I slept in, hiked the property with the dogs, went out for lunch and a movie with the hubby, and prepped my lunches for the next two days.

My body feels pretty good. I am tired. I woke up still kind of tired. But the legs are not that stiff.   The husband even commented that it seems I am recovering quicker.

But I don't want to push it.

I have a list of some things I need to work on for Hardrock, mainly core and upper arms. 

I am also planning on doing some longer hikes, versus runs, in the next month here.  I am going to be doing alot more hiking than running, so I do need to work on my power hiking. I think it would be more valuable time in hiking for 6 hours than a 6 hour run at this point in time.

Meanwhile, I am getting back to healthy eating. I've made salads for work, cut up veggies for work, and now have fresh strawberries from the Amish to eat and also blend into smoothies.

I'm going to sleep more, and I will take time to recover. I don't plan on a workout Thursday or Friday, but I think Saturday will be a good day for a hike and maybe a little running mixed in.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Faces of MMT

I did carry my camera during the race, but I only pulled it out a couple of times. It's far more easy to take pics during the more relaxed atmosphere of The Ring than a 100 mile race..

But I did take a few self portraits, and I found it a bit interesting to see my condition as the day(s) wore on.


On the way to Woodstock. It's getting warm out

Climbing out of Habron AS, on the way to Camp Roo

The next day..on the little road to Jawbone Trail

Pretty happy on the TOP of Jawbone, getting ready for the last rocks on Orange


Monday, May 14, 2012

MMT 100 2012 Race Report

I finished the 2012 MMT as a solo finisher, in 33:56:25.

For the longer version, please read on:

After getting in the Hardrock 100 for 2012, I abandoned the idea of getting a pacer or crew for MMT. After my rock star pacer and crew of 2011,  that was a hard act to follow.  There was also a rule for the solo division: no headphones, aka no music.

I carefully planned out my splits, AS drop bags.  I wanted to improve slightly on the pace on the first 50 miles, then keep to my 2011 splits for the later miles. 

If I could keep my finish time around last year, without the pacer/crew, that would be a very good goal. 

Race morning dawned cold. I started in a race singlet. I knew I would be warm, in no time.

I actually jogged up quite a bit of Moreland  Gap Road.  So I actually ended up in quite a crowd of runners when we started up trail, onto Short Mountain.

I tripped about one-half mile on Short, and it got it's blood tribute, as I cut my knee open.

Conga Line on Short

Being further up in the pack, I got caught up in a long line of runners on Short.  That meant, we were actually walking.  There was even a few times where we came to a complete stop.  I was actually getting bored!

I heard Jen mutter behind me "We have got to GO" and I took that as incentive to move up in the pack.

Finally, a runner stepped off the trail, and the speed increased.  Then I got around a few more people, and actually broke into a run! 

Team Chapman

After leaving Edinburg Gap, I started chatting with Joe.  Joe was running his first 100 mile race, in honor of John Chapman, an Armed Service member, (Air Force) killed in action in 2002.   We got to share quite a bit of trail between Edinburg and Powell's Fort.

Joe had brought many people with him, including his mother and John's family. They were all in red shirts, and were at many of the Aid Stations, cheering in ALL the runners.  It was pretty neat, it felt like we had a little marathon cheering section.  It was good to get some positive energy off them, and I appreciated them being out there this weekend.

All is Well

I make the climb over Elizabeth Furnace, where Paul "The King" Lefelhocz catches up to me.  Paul is one of our NEO TC members, so we get to share trail time up and over the climb out of Elizabeth Furnace.

I am still ahead of all my planned splits, which I am pleased with.

I meet up with Rudy, as we run up the road, toward the Veach Gap AS.  We see a sheriff's deputy getting a long branch out of the woods, and he tells us to go left of the vehicle, as there is a rattlesnake curled up in the road behind the vehicle!  I hope this is the only rattlesnake I will see this weekend.

I climb the long climb out of Veach Gap.  This reminds me of the long climb out of The Wild Oak Trail, up to Little Bald Knob.  I am still ahead of schedule.

Habron Gap

I am at Habron at 1909, my planned time is1925. This is also where I picked up Mongold last year, so now I am on my own, no one is holding my hand.

I pick up my light instead.  I also ditch my maltodextrin hand held bottles.  The malto dextrin was moving a bit too quickly through my system, making me have multiple bathroom breaks. (This also happened at Reverse Ring with the malto.)  I had five stops on the road to Habron, which can start adding up.  So I decided to ditch the MD, and just get calories off the AS table.

Hydration: Or a Rookie  Mistake

I kept running out of water.  I could not understand it. I had a 70 oz bladder, and I was out of water well out of before every AS.  (Very late into the race, I wondered if I was carrying the 70 oz bladder, or the 50 oz bladder.  Guess which one it was...)

Habron to Camp Roo

I pass my friend Rudy here, and I don't see him again until the finish.  Last year, this was where I had just picked up Mongold as my pacer, and I can honestly say I really didn't notice the climb, as we were just talking and gossipping the whole time.
So this year, I am all alone! So I notice the climb!

I finally make it back up to my beloved orange (The Massanutten Trail) on the ridge.  I am again with Paul and a few others, but I stop to adjust my headlamp, and never do catch back up with them.

I get into Camp Roosevelt about a half-hour behind my projected split time now.  Since I am now eating off the Aid Station table, I will spend more time in the AS. I decide to not look at my watch. I  have to eat and get calories in; it is what it is.

Kern Mountain

Ah,Kern's.  If anyone is a Star Trek TNG Fan, there is a  Klingon named "Kurn" (pronounced Kern) so I have always Klingon-morphised Kern Mountain into seeing it as Big Bad Klingon.

After running Reverse Ring in February, with the non-ending 20-30 mph winds on the west side of the MMT, I had almost gone psycho with the wind noise and could not wait to get off Kerns.

This was no different Sunday morning, during the MMT 100. Although it was a bit warmer.  I did get to share some trail with Mark McK, so that helped break up the monotony, as we tried to remember how much more trail we had to cover.  We both knew the ending section, to the road!  I kept waiting to get to "Q's view" as  I knew that would be at the farther end of the trail.

Paul C. and I pretty much ran down the road to the Visitor Center together.  This also seemed longer than I remembered...

Training for Hard Rock

I picked up my trekking poles at the Visitor Center.  I wanted to try them out on some climbs, late in a race, and the Bird Knob Climb seemed like a good place to do this at.

I did notice the poles took the pressure off my quads.  However, I could feel it in my upper arms. (Note to self: start doing upper arm work before HR).

Made the climb to BK, and Ant Hill Road seemed so long!  How come I remember these sections as being so much shorter?

Finally, we are at the AS, at the famous Pesta Family Corn Chowder.  I am not feeling that hungry, but I have been looking forward to their Chowder since Reverse Ring!  I carefully eat a stays down.

I start the one-mile down hill, to the Brown Trail, but sadly, I am moving slowly.  Way slowly.  And now I am climbing up Brown Trail. Slowly.  I get to the top, and now there are downhills.

In fact, lots of downhills. After the first section of downhill, my quads are warming up and unlocking.  I catch up with Jeff and Tara, who are running MMT as their first 100 mile..."huh!" 

I don't know whether it's the chatting, daybreak, or the chowder, but I run every downhill off BK. I kept wondering where the hell Picnic Area AS is, but the distance is between 6.5 or 8.5 miles.

I finally arrive.  This is Quatro's AS,  so this is double bonus.  I tell Q "I need calories" and I try to get as much food in as possible.  Now I heard it's "8.9 miles" to Gap Creek II and my heart kind of sinks.  I've been running out of water at ALL AS, and I know I will run out again. 
(Note: I am too proud/stupid to ask for an additional HH or water bottle. It's my own dumbass fault.)

Picnic Area to Gap Creek II

Note: I don't like this section. This was my low spot last year.  I need to come run this section on a training run and get more familiar with this.

Okay, you leave Quatro.  You know you have to cross Rt 211. But the trail goes on and on and on.  You still haven't even gotten to 211 yet!

I kept expecting Roy Heger or Gary Knipling to catch me.  Gary and Roy had (at that moment in time) 14 and 12 MMT finishes.  Now, usually, Gary is actually never behind me at MMT.  And Roy usually passes  me at miles 30 to 40 in a 100 mile race.  So, with them still behind me, so late in the race, it was kind of unusual, but they are veterans,they know what they are doing.

This section of trail is about the least familiar section of the whole MMT for me.  I know I have "Dry Creek Run" to go up.  But I just don't remember alot of this.

First, though, you have to actually cross Rt 211.  This seems to take forever. I FINALLY Get there. I am hot. I know I am going to run out of water. I keep looking for Gary and Roy. I have to use my inhaler.

I am not even sure how to describe the section through here.  I know where I am, I know where I need to climb.  I finally cross where Waterfall Mountain is. And now I am doing switchbacks, across the same damn creek.  All we are doing, is climbing, switch backing, and going back again.  And it's hot. And I am getting way over-heated. I'm getting a bit worried about heat stroke/exhaustion/ whatever you want to call it.

A runner catches me and I whine to him "Will we get to Dry Creek soon"?  And he indicates it is still a distance off.

I hate everything right now.  I am too hot, I am worried I will time out (irrationally) of the race at mile 95 and never live it down. I am hot. I am out of water. I am not to Dry Creek yet.

All I remember from Dry Creek was fading here. Then we crested the ridge, and there was a big downhill, to the road.

Dry Creek isn't that bad.  Of course, mentally, I am awake and fine. I'm a bit pissed, so that helps with adrenalin.  Now I want this section I remember, as a downhill run.

Well, I do get to the downhill. And, like pretty much every part,the section is far longer than I remember.  This downhill takes me a looong time, to finally get to the road.

Crisman Hollow to Gap Creek II

I've been thinking about the ice at the AS for..oh, three or four hours.  Once I was not climbing, the heat wasn't bothering me so much, but all I want is to get  ice on my neck and back and have a nice cool beer.

It's amazing. I hit the road, and I catch up with with 3 or 4 runners I haven't seen in a while.
Again, another section longer than  I think. But all I am thinking is ice, cooling down, and 8 miles to the finish.

Gap Creek II

I finally get to mile 95.  (This is actually a 104 mile race). I've got one more climb, up Jawbone, then down the other side, about 4 miles of road to the finish.  I drop my trekking poles, I get water. I get ice in my bra and a fresh shirt. I drink coke. I take coke and ice in a hand held from my drop bag.  I leave with the PA group but they quickly out pace me.

All I got to do, is climb Jawbone. Which really is not that big of a climb. I summit Jawbone, and then start the run down. I now catch up with the PA group, give them the briefing on the last remaing rock sections to the Moreland Gap Road.


Now I am off to find Billy.  Bill has now finished MMT 6 times. But Bill has nausea problems. I have already heard Bill hasn't ate since Habron Gap.  Mle 54.  But he's still out there.   I've been hearing he's only minutes ahead of me.

I catch Bill about 1/2 mile or so from the finish line. He's walking.  That's fine. Now we are both walking. We are going to finish. Well under the cut off time.  So I would rather spend time with my friend, and hear about his day,and night, first.

Our friend Bob catches up as we are casually walking up the little hill to the finish.  He yells at us, but also understands our position.

Bill and I stop and wash the mud off our legs before we head to the finish line.  The Rippers come along and we wave them on.  Bill and I are still walking, and waiting for Bur to announce us, before we have to break into a trot and run across the finish line.


We finish in 33:56:25. I finish, feeling physically great.  That low spot, from Picnic to Gap Creek II, is long gone.  Maybe I should also add, feeling mentally and emotionally great also.  I am very pleased,  to be finishing a 100 mile race, on a good high point.


I am very pleased with my 2012 finish. I did this with no pacer, no crew, no music.  I made a bunch of mistakes, which resulted in some good suffering on my part.  Several of these mistakes were stupidity, so I hope I can correct them.

I love running in the Massanutten Mountains.  It's a hard course.  It's a beautiful course.   It is a well organized race, with awesome volunteers.  It is not for everyone.  But I cannot think of another spot that I would not want to spend two days in May at.

Thank you to all, the Virginia Happy Trails Club, volunteers, crews, for an awesome weekend in the woods!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I'm Almost Outta Here

It's the eve of leaving town.  I just about forgot to make a final blog post,with working late and adding last minute items to my list.

Slim posted this list earlier.  This is a list of all the Ohio finishers of the MMT 100:

OH24:41:00 Regis Shivers Jr1999M28
OH25:11:25 Jim Harris2011M46
OH25:52:10 Jim Harris2010M45
OH26:34:28 Kevin Martin2010M39
OH27:08:00 T J Hawk2002M44
OH27:12:15 David Peterman2007M44
OH27:41:38 Lloyd Thomas2009M37
OH27:49:50 Jim Harris2007M42
OH27:54:00 Regis Shivers Sr1999M50
OH28:27:00 John Nichols1997M33
OH28:33:00 Greg Trapp2006M43
OH28:46:29 David Corfman2011M48
OH28:46:29 David Peterman2011M48
OH28:50:00 Greg Trapp2005M42
OH29:03:00 David Peterman2006M43
OH29:10:00 Regis Shivers Jr1998M27
OH29:21:26 Greg Trapp2010M47
OH29:25:00 Roy Heger2006M51
OH29:26:30 Bob Combs2011M44
OH29:34:00 Bob Combs2006M39
OH29:38:38 David Peterman2010M47
OH29:43:00 Jerry Brandt2006M33
OH29:44:00 Ronald Ross2002M43
OH29:47:56 Ray Bovaird2010M43
OH29:52:00 Ronald Ross2001M42
OH30:09:06 Bob Combs2010M43
OH30:12:00 Kevin O'Grady1995M36
OH30:15:12 Gabe Rainwater2009M21
OH30:15:54 Greg Trapp2011M48
OH30:25:00 John Nichols1998M34
OH30:44:00 Bob Combs2005M38
OH30:44:00 Jim Harris2005M40
OH30:44:00 Wesley Fenton2000M39
OH31:00:18 Ray Bovaird2011M44
OH31:01:00 Mark Bodamer1999M40
OH31:08:00 Donald Baun1996M46
OH31:12:00 Wesley Fenton2003M42
OH31:14:00 Roy Heger2004M49
OH31:20:54 Bob Combs2008M41
OH31:22:00 John Nichols2006M42
OH31:24:17 Greg Trapp2008M45
OH31:26:00 James Hurley1999M30
OH31:28:00 John Nichols2005M41
OH31:28:11 Roy Heger2011M56
OH31:29:00 Arthur Moore1995M57
OH31:50:00 John Nichols2001M37
OH31:50:27 Kim Love-Ottobre2011F45
OH31:50:30 Roy Heger2009M54
OH31:53:20 David Peterman2008M45
OH31:55:00 Paul Layne2002M40
OH31:57:00 Bob Combs2004M37
OH31:59:59 Greg Trapp2009M46
OH32:06:41 Roy Heger2010M55
OH32:07:11 Roy Heger2008M53
OH32:15:10 Bob Combs2007M40
OH32:22:27 Wesley Fenton2008M47
OH32:29:56 Greg Trapp2007M44
OH32:37:55 Bill Losey2008M36
OH32:51:35 Paul Lefelhocz2011M42
OH32:53:13 Brian Musick2010M29
OH32:57:00 John Marten2006M44
OH33:00:00 Arthur Moore1999M61
OH33:23:00 Roy Heger2003M48
OH33:27:00 Roy Heger1999M44
OH33:32:00 Roy Heger2005M50
OH33:41:00 Greg Schoener1996M36
OH33:41:00 Wesley Fenton2007M46
OH33:51:31 Bill Losey2009M37
OH34:00:00 Roy Heger2000M45
OH34:00:26 David Bushroe2011M46
OH34:01:00 Rob Apple1998M36
OH34:05:23 Roy Heger2007M52
OH34:12:27 Thomas Mays2009M35
OH34:14:00 Frederick Davis III2002M54
OH34:19:20 Bill Losey2011M39
OH34:26:00 Joseph Kowalski2005M37
OH34:31:53 Tom Bauer2008M57
OH34:32:44 Bob Combs2009M42
OH34:33:00 David Schwabenbauer2006M41
OH34:36:28 Mark Calcatera2010M61
OH34:40:00 Robert Lisey2002M52
OH34:44:00 Mel Nowlin2001M40
OH34:48:52 Brandon Russell2011M39
OH34:57:34 Bill Losey2010M38
OH34:58:00 Ray Bovaird2007M40
OH35:02:17 Ray Bovaird2009M42
OH35:06:00 Roy Heger2002M47
OH35:07:50 Mark Calcatera2009M60
OH35:25:00 Bill Losey2003M31
OH35:25:00 Bob Combs2003M36
OH35:26:00 Shane Sampson2004M40
OH35:38:53 Daniel Fox2007M51
OH35:42:03 Stephen Wirick2008M55

Notice anything on this list?

 I'm the only female finisher, from Ohio. Seeing my name on the list of all the Buckeye finishers, it kind of tickled me. Wow! That is/was a big accomplishment!!!

 Well, as Roy Heger (going for MMT # 13 I believe) sez, you are as only as good as your last race.

 I hope this year there are TWO female Buckeye Finishers. Another NEO TC member, Shannon, is running MMT this year. Hopefully there will be two females finishing from Ohio!

My bib number is 111. Easy to remember! And if you would like to follow along, here is the Link!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Good Sleeps

Not much to say today.

I've been getting in some good sleeps.  This is important, to go into your race well rested.

My work schedule has worked in my favor-I had a four day weekend, and I only work two days this week, and all on second shift, so consequently, more sleeping in.

Actually, sleeping in around here means to 7 am.  Today we made it until 730 am.  Once daylight hits, the puppy is UP.

My drop bags are packed, my sleeping bag rolled up, my duffel bag with race clothes and post race clothes packed.

I've looked at the MMT map again.  This time, I was looking at intersections of different trails on the course.

During both The Ring and RR, I would come across a trail intersection, and wonder how far I had until the next intersection.  So I have fixed some of these intersection numbers on my little aid station note.

For example, when I am on the East Ridge, on the MMT, and pass the Milford Trail Sign, I will know it's 1.4 miles to the Indian Grave intersection.

Just another way, to cut up the race, in smaller slices, than just running Aid Station to Aid Station.

Just like that old joke: "How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time."

Monday, May 7, 2012

My horoscope for the Day

While perusing "My Yahoo" Page (I forgot it even existed) I found my horoscope for today:

"Just because there are some emotionally charged things going on in your life right now does not mean you can lose your objective reasoning. First of all, things could be a lot worse -- your dramas are fairly minor if you look at what's going on in the world around you. Don't throw yourself a pity party today -- no one likes them very much! If you can keep your sensitivities toned down, you will see things accurately -- apply caution when making conclusions. "

Actually, my only drama/emotionally charged item/pity parties are just swirling- or is it swilling-in my head right now.

I'm wondering if I have too much stuff packed in drop bags. Whether using trekking poles is a good idea.

Whether I can make it through the rest of the week without falling down again.

Oh well, I have my bags packed. Lists are checked off.  I will run..or maybe just walk around the block tomorrow. And not hurt myself.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ants in My Pants

Or, Try Not to Kill Myself Before Saturday

I decide to go out for my usual 10K around the block. I want to use the trekking poles on some uphills again just to..feel better about them. 

Everything is going well.  No Scooter dog, no Gump dog.  I climb up the big hill, about 3 miles in, crest the hill, pick up the poles, and start running.

WHAM! I am down, hitting on my right elbow and knee and hand...the same side I fell on at Raccoon Creek Park last week.  I roll over and stare at the rock jutting up in the dirt road.

WTF?  I've run this loop probably 40 times or so.  Some in the dead of winter, with ice, and snow, and mud. I've never fallen.  And now?

I'm a bit shook up so I walk down the road a bit.  Nothing seems to be broken.  I've got a bit of road rash and some fresh bruises.  Well, at least I will show up at MMT "pre-bruised" and scratched, so I shouldn't look  too different after the race.

Second Brush with Death

Well, maybe not death, maybe just an asshole.

I am running up the State Route that I live on. I am on the right hand side of the road, because the left side has absolutely no berm (it hugs the hill.)   I have, 30 seconds previous, yanked my headphones off and placed in a pocket.

Dunlap Creek Road is a RIGHT HAND TURN from the State Route.  Yes, you can just VEER onto it.

But I am crossing the road. I hear a vehicle behind me.  RIGHT behind me.  Some asshole in a truck has just turned, RIGHT behind me.  I continue to run across the road yelliing

"Thanks alot you FUCKING ASSHOLE"+!!!"

I don't know whether he heard me (he probably did, I was pissed and loud) or my facial expression.  His brake lights came on.

I kept going, as there was another truck behind Asshole Truck.  I thought, you asshole, just try it. I'm the one carrying pointy trekking poles.  I'll put one through your heart or better yet, your truck.

Interestingly enough, there were some kids on an ATV in a side yard that slowed down to see the festivities.  Asshole carried on, and I ran up the hill, all the way home.

So, my little run around the block that was supposed to  help with my taper nerves?   Not so much.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Drop Bag Day

Today was the day I assembled the drop bags. They are "mostly" done.  I still have to wait for my windbreaker to dry, and I won't buy my pecan pie from WM until Wednesday.

Drop bag assembly is always more complicated than it needs to be.  I had my lists ready to go.

Well, first I had to measure my main fueling source, malto dextrin, into bottles for the drop bags.

Then I had to find items. Like my pink visor and my CrossLites (attic and plant room, respectively.)

I feel like I have alot of "stuff" but most of the drop bags contain little more than a bottle of Malto dextrin, a baby wipes (actually 2) and a solid snack of food.  I found at Reverse Ring I was having more bathroom stops than I liked, hence putting some solid food in me between AS.

I  have clothing and shoe options at Camp Roosevelt (mile 63) and Gap Creek (miles 68.7 and 95.)  The clothing and shoes are "just in case".  The temperature could drop into the night hours and  I might need long sleeves, even gloves and a hat.  I did not get cold at all last year (in fact, with all the climbs, I never really did even cool off.)

I have a lot of calories available, but I am going to keep my time in aid stations to a minimum, since I am in the solo division this year. That means I have no pacer, no crew, and only accept help from the actual AS volunteers.  My plans are to grab my drop bag, get my maltodextrin fuel, refill the hydration bladder, and be on my way.  

I will eat food off the AS table, especially soups as the miles wear on. But with fueling mainly with my own MD, I'm not spending time browsing the great AS tables that the MMT Race provides.

I do have two spots where I will be eating the AS food provided: the famous Pesta chowder, on Bird Knob, and then grabbing a Quatro sandwich wrap-wrapped and ready to go-at the Picnic Area.

Not long till I have these treats now!