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Avalon 50 Mile Benefit Run

Monday, January 16, 2012

Catalina was a blast!! And once again thank you Pixies for the spark notes, goodies and well wishes. You guys certainly made a difference in my run. Every time I needed a little extra boost I would close my eyes and picture another pixie sharing their fitness miles with me and that would reenergize me. I also used the special pixie magic you guys were radiating to keep it overcast throughout most of the race. Yeah Pixie Dust!!!

Our group of 10 started at Midnight and to me that was the best part of the run. The moon was bright and I was running without a flashlight. Did I say run? It was mostly uphill and we walk the uphill’s but it was still fun. At dawn we arrived right above Two Harbors and running into a tiny picturesque port with buffalo all around us was amazing. I fell in love with Catalina all over again. While climbing out of Two Harbors we reached 26.7 miles. We just finished a marathon distance and we were jazzed. We also lost our coach around then; he had reinjured his knee and urged us to keep going. He later did have to drop from the race around 12 that afternoon. So sadly as we climb out of Two Harbors we started to spread out and lost contact with each other.

The next aid station was at Little Harbor which was mile 33.2. I just completed a 50k!! This distance knocked me out in December but this day is was very, very doable. This was also where our drop bags were so while I was taking off my shoes I found a huge ugly blister on the side of my big toe. There was much discussion around me whether I should pop it or not but it was decided it was best to leave it alone and just bandage it. The soup that I brought to reenergize me didn’t seem very appetizing so I skipped that and opted for some orange slices and pretzels. In hindsight I should have eaten some real food.

Our next destination was Eagles Nest at 38.8 which involved some climbing but some awesome downhill’s too. I discovered on a much anticipated downhill that I could no longer run, I now had a blister on the front of my middle toe. OUCH! Once I got to Eagles Nest I was told besides bandaging the blister to also put Vaseline on it to stop the friction. Who Knew??? I’m going to Google that, Maybe I should have swabbed my entire feet with the stuff before the run? Does anyone know? I was tired and it looked like I was now going to be walking the last 11 miles. It was 1:15 when I left Eagles Nest and started heading to Pumphouse Hill. It took over 2 hours to cover the next 5 miles. We are talking an average of 24 minute miles. And jeeeezz I’m pretty sure the last ½ mile took 20 minutes all by itself. At one point the race director’s car came by and asked if I was alright and if I needed a lift. I declined and made it to mile 44 all on my own. Only 6 more miles to go!

At the Pumphouse aid station I sat down for around 15 minutes, felt sick to my stomach and headed for some nearby bushes. No porta-pottys here. I started throwing up what little food I had and called it a day. I was exhausted and dehydrated. Yes, it was only 6 more miles to go, 2 of them up hill, but I figured I wouldn’t be in until 6 pm and was it really worth it?? Yes and No. I made the right decision for me with the knowledge I had at the time.

When I got back into town my coach said that after being sick I should have rehydrated my body, rested a while and I would have been good to go. I’m still not certain about that but I will take that information into consideration for next time. YES, there will be a next time!!! I loved it out there and it was perfect timing to start the next round of BLC. Seeing all these really healthy people, young and old, has motivated me. This round I will lose the 12 lbs.’ I have pledge and be within goal weight very, very soon!

emoticonI love you Pixies!!! Is anyone up for a 50K next month??

Video clip of an Avalon 50

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
QUERIDAANA 4/15/2012 2:46PM

    Great job. Beautiful pictures. Glad you listened to your body!

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UUCEEJAY 4/5/2012 12:42AM

    50K! Wow !! You did really great! I like the pictures and the vision of you running in the moon light sounds really cool!

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CHIFANG130 1/25/2012 2:38PM

    Wow! That was so emoticon . Thanks so much for sharing it with us! You ROCK it! emoticon

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GEORGIAGIRL26 1/19/2012 11:04AM

    Wow, that sounds like a cool place for a walk or run.
You guys did a very awesome job! Thanks for sharing the picts. Hope that you have a great day today!
Keep up the good work sister!!!! Holly
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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/18/2012 4:17PM

    Wow that sounds so awesome! emoticon

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WMMCCRORY 1/18/2012 10:07AM

    Good job! What an amazing experience that had to have been. I think it's best to listen to your own body sometimes and if you felt you needed to stop, then you did what is right for you. The distance you went is an incredible accomplishment!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/17/2012 9:31PM

    Great job Maureen? Way to persevere, and congratulations on surpassing your previous distance. What a lot to learn.

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CANDOK1260 1/17/2012 4:19PM

    happy you got to do it and you are right listening to yourself and not your coach

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NANCY-GIRL 1/16/2012 10:01PM

    Amazing job, Maureen!! That is an amazing distance & I am so proud to be on your Pixie team!
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WINKERDINK 1/16/2012 9:20PM

    I am so proud of you, you are amazing! Great blog! emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 1/16/2012 5:45PM

    emoticon Loved your blog and photos ~ Simply AMAZING!

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NEVADAPP 1/16/2012 5:18PM

    Wow! You are amazing! Such an inspiration to me!

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COLLINSCJ2012 1/16/2012 4:37PM

    It seems that you have learned a great deal about what your body can and can't do. You will make it all the way next time. You won't see me running 50 miles, but I might walk it and it would take me a couple of weeks. emoticon You are my hero. emoticon

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GEMINISUE 1/16/2012 3:45PM

    This was new for me to read about, very interesting, and you have a lot of stamina to continue with blisters, and am excited about reading your next 50K WOW how impressive. Now heal and relax a bit, Hugs Linda

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HEALTHY4ME 1/16/2012 3:40PM

    OMG I can't even imagine!!! I can't walk even 5 km right now cos of bad knees, but knees or not I will walk the June walk for arthritis!!!
again that is amazing!!

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BLOOIZEANGEL 1/16/2012 1:21PM

    Fantastic! You went incredibly far with blisters. I hope your feet aren't hurting too much now! I'm very impressed and proud to be a fellow pixie. emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 1/16/2012 1:13PM

    I am humbled by your perseverance and dedication, I don't know how blisters couldn't develop after going distances like that unless your whole foot is already a callus
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CELIAMINER 1/16/2012 12:11PM

    Incredible! My lifetime best *walking* is 50 miles. I can't imagine running most of it. Good for you!

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