Saturday, August 13, 2011
Lunacy under the fullmoon. Last night, I participated in the EvaBank Midnight 5K AFTER HAVING RUN THE 20 MILES BETWEEN HARTSELLE AND CULLMAN, AL!
LOL..so, basically, I was out running between 6:30 pm to 12:30 am. Didn't get home, showered and to bed til after 2 am. Was a little too wired to sleep well; it'll probably catch up with me later today while i'm here at work.
Feel good about getting in a long night run, but think I'll stick to more controlled race event settings rather than hoofing it by myself on a 4 lane highway after dark again; the anxiety factor was a tad too high for me and B. and took some of the enjoyment out of it.
There were some good stretches when I wasn't worrying about oncoming traffic (annoying headlights and the cars attached to them). Running in the moonlight was nifty. I laughed out loud at one point running past a very noisy pond of frogs and 'skeeters.
Aren't I a fun Friday night date? B. drove the car and kept an eye on me, leapfrogging down the road and waiting for me about every mile or so. Best crew/boyfriend ever for putting up with me. :)
Near Falkville, the police noticed B. waiting by the car and pulled over to check things out; and it just happened I was running by at the time (to back up his story). Actually, he told me that the officer was impressed! Had another police officer in his cruiser slow down later on as well and ask me if I was okay.
+ good long run (and only a few days after doing 30 miles of trails)
+ good late night training, 5 hours after a full day (and a gym session in the afternoon)
+ sucessful trial with night lighting; used a sternum light attched to my Nathan vest, and had a small handheld LED flashlight for backup.
+ no new blisters; tried taping completely around my right forefoot (also the ankle I'm still taping) and that seemed to work better to keep the tape in place. however, be careful to overlap the tape and not leave any spots of skin showing between. Wore injinji toe socks; like them too.
Fueling went all right too, I guess. Breakfast was almonds (ok, and a Little Debbie banana pudding roll). Later, I had a nutella and banana sandwich with ginger fig preserves a couple hours before running (a little too rich- regular PB would have been better; although I enjoyed the sandwich, and balanced out the sweet with a side of salt and vinegar chips) from the Happy Tummy at Lowe Mill. During the run, I went through almost three liters of gatorade over the 20 miles. (temperature was about 90 when I started and still mostly in the low 80's even cooled down after dark) Only non-liquid calories consumed were 1 GU and one ring of dried pineapple.
The midnight race was fun! Finished in my usual mid-back pack, 464 in a field of 644 runners. I didn't have a PR, but surprised myself by managing just over an 11 minute pace. I got to the Cullman Civic Center about a half hour before the race start, just enough time to stand in the ridiculously long line at the women's rest room and then find Barry, who by this time was a bit frazzled and anxious seaching for me , with my race number before the start.
While waiting in the restroom line, the women ahead of me commented "looks like you've been running aready", and when I told her I'd just finished 20 miles both she and the woman to the other side of me looked at me like I was totally NUTS!
F upper body gym session; 20.1mile run; 5K/3.1 mile race.
S 3 mile walk/stretch
and, btw, I can fit back into a favorite pair of size 8 jeans!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
bingo wings, bat wings, chicken wings, old lady arm jello; whatever you call it, I wasn't happy with chafing my arm flab in Sunday's ultra. Uncomfy and unattractive... In the kitchen or out on the trails, vegetarian no-meat athletes should not have to deal with chicken wings!
So, I'm going to pay more attention to toning my arms, both biceps and triceps. I've got a set of 10 lb dumbbells I can use at home daily and can do other stuff when I get to the gym as well.
T: 1 mile walk/ 3 mile jog
W: 3.5 mile park run at lunchtime. Am still feeling kind of draggy, but hope I perk up and get in some longer distances later in the week.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Aug 12, EVA BANK MIDNIGHT 5K (think I'll wear my Vibrams)
Sept 4, TUPELO MARATHON
Sept 24, GEORGIA JEWEL 50M
7 weeks til the Jewel.
--get in a few more good long trail runs (20+ miles) Maybe I should do a slow 51K on my birthday? :)
--get serious about food and lose 10 lbs
--figure out shoes/socks/blister prevention strategies
-- figure out flashlight or headlamp; it's possible I'll end up doing part of the Jewel in the dark
My 51st bday is August 24th.; don't know if I'll do a trail run that day or maybe just circles at Delano Park. :)
1 mile walk at lunch time today, as I had errands to run (ditz here overdrew her bank account). May run a few miles this evening if the weather holds.
later again: 3 miles 'round the neigborhood
Monday, August 08, 2011
lol..I finished the Hot to Trot 8 Hour race at 7 hours 59 minutes and some odd seconds. 1.18 mile trail loop, 26 times. I was hoping to get past 50K distance, but ended up so close but not quite at 30.68 miles!
I thought it was a lovely course, scenic, well maintained. There was a series of little slalom like bumps in the first section that were fun to fly over! And I liked the way the trail meandered through the woods along the river. Even the uphill portion every loop didn't get too bad as the day wore on. A few runners had encounters with yellow jackets and got stung, but I'm just as glad to have missed that bit of wildlife interaction.
B. had worked out a race strategy for me, of running the first third slow, the middle third faster and the last part medium paced. But I did my usual jerk-knee response jack rabbit start, went out too fast, and couldn't convince myself it was really in my best interest to slow it down. (OMG, if I don't run fast now, I never will, and, and...) And then, of course, I ran slower instead of faster the middle section of miles. Think I need to try this in a long training run first to show myself it could work as a smart race plan. Or maybe I should try more Galloway method, although the changing terrain on trails makes it more difficult to do a ratio walk/run.
High temperature of 91, average humidity of 81%, 74 F dew point, and heat index of 101. Starting the race, it was a misty 100% humidity. Not comfortable and soggy socks=blisters. I changed socks and shoes during the race. I had taped my ankle and pretaped a couple of areas I tend to blister; however, the high humidity meant running in squishy wet shoes and socks; the tape didn't stay put and shifted, probably adding to the blistering problem rather than preventing it. *sigh* guess I'll reread the blister chapters again in FIXING YOUR FEET and see what else I can try. Also (should have reapplied BodyGlide sooner) chafed my old lady chickenwing upper inner arm flab!
Was also rather dissapointed when my Keen trail shoes began to pinch my toes. I really like the soles of the Keens, and the way they lace and fit around the foot...except, on my feet, the toe box is a bit narrow and the heel a bit loose. I was comfier when I changed into my Newtons, but was still nagged by the blistering on the ball of my right foot. Will try some different sock combinations before I give up on the Keens completely for long trail miles.
Awww...didn't get my avocado smoothie. Turned out my blender and the power inverter were not a wattage match. :( I mostly subsisted on liquids--LOTS of liquids: gatorade, protein enhanced gatorade, water, coke, along with 1/2 cheese sandwich, 1 pac of GU and a couple cookies. B. got me a Klondike ice cream bar, when the blender went bust, but I only ate a few small cool yummy bites of it--any more woulda given me a brainfreeze!
Although I had plugged it the night before, my Sansa Clip music player hadn't charged it's battery. I only got to listen to about 15 minutes worth of tunes during the day. Oh well, I would have liked hearing Cullan's Hounds, but I'm pretty good at filling up the time inside my own head anyway.
First (return) ultra, longest time on feet and longest single distance run in 5 months post ankle injury. The ankle really didsn't give my any trouble (other than one sharp ouch and a scare when I stumbled and tweaked it early on) . But, really I've only been back in training about two months now and the longest race I'd done in there was a 15 km.
lol.. so does it seem like I'm doing a lot of nit picking and complaining about the race? So, it wasn't perfect, but it was a FUN event, a good run, and a good day!
Was nice seeing some of my other running friends. Both Candy and Margaret were running very well! Finally got to meet some other folks I've previously only known online, like Christian and Jason. As is usual in these events, the runners passing me were all nice and would offer encouragement and comments. (B. got several compliments on being the best crew person at the event, and one ditzy runner briefly mistook me for Catra Corbett, because of my wild dyed hair and tattoos)
The race shirt is a nice v-neck performance tee in grey; it's going to be a keeper- I like it. B. also bought me one of the GUTS (Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society) purple tiedyed tshirts. :)
Weekly total= 49.43 miles (highest mileage I've seen in a while!)
M3 TX W7.25 Th4 F4.5 SX Sn30.68
Friday, August 05, 2011
One of my lunchtime errands was a stop at Academy Sports. I picked up two packets of Gu (chocolate flavor), a roll of athletic tape (gold color), a new stick of anti-chafe BodyGlide, and a white (with purple accents) ballcap style hat.
note to self:
- cut up old towel for ice/cooling rags
- make sure to have sunscreen and all blister aid supplies
- remember to bring blender from kitchen
lol..yes, a blender... B. got a power inverter that can connect to the car's battery or cigarette lighter and power the appliance. So, I'm planning on having a nice cold smoothie as a mid-afternoon mid-run treat!
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