Monthly Archives: March 2009


I figured out my race plan. My problem before was my inability to subtract correctly..

Some goals:
50 miles in 2007 reached at 658 pm
50 miles in 2008 reached at 633 pm
2009 Goal: reach 50 miles by 430 pm. Better goal: reach 50 miles by 4 pm!! Hey, 50 miles by 4 pm would be AWESOME for me!! Okay, realistically speaking, let’s go for 50 miles by 630 pm, and better goal would be 50 miles by 6 pm!
75 miles 2007 reached at 0306 am
75 miles 2008 reached at 0200 am
So, if I reach mile 75 at 0200, I would have a 50K to go in 8 hours to make a 10 am. Hmm. That is kind of a bold plan. That would be a 15.48 minute mile. Now, for any one who is not an ultra runner, the typical response might be “Psshaw! You could easily walk that!” Well, you try it after 75 miles before that. Actually, thinking about it a bit, it does sound like a good goal to me. Any feedback?

I got a nice run in Friday. I walked for one mile, at 14 minute pace, then eyed my trail which was parallel and across the road from the bike path I was on…I couldn’t resist, and did one loop of the trail. Felt great! Managed to get my brand new road shoes for Umstead all muddy-they’re broken in now!

I was planning on a lazy Saturday of packing my bags for the race and transplanting my pepper plants to bigger pots when the elves (my parents) called. They are going to visit and take away a dead lawnmower. Then they are planning on tilling up my gardens, cutting up and shredding the dead pine tree in the yard from last summer. Which means Kim will be tilling up the garden, hauling various pieces of tree hither and yon LOL! So much for my day of rest. But hey, you have to take free labor when it shows up!

There are people on my trail!

Okay, well, not a lot of people. But a dad with two kids, then about a 1/2 mile later, two teens. I was thinking Trevor spread the word about the great local trail!

A good run. About 50+ degrees and sunny, great day to run in short sleeves. I broke my new trail shoes in on their first run, new spiffy Wave Ascends. They feel lighter than my previous ones. I kind of rolled both ankles, in fact one is a little stiff, but I’m blaming operator error, not the shoes.

Reg and I are going to run this trail again on Thursday, and he’s going to show me all the trail extensions that I’ve been missing, apparently my 3 mile trail can really be a 9 or 10 mile!

And does anyone know where my camera is?

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!

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!!

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.”

Saturday Run

I had decided that Friday I got to play on the trails, then Saturday would be a road run, on loops-to get me used to mental toughness, because Umstead is a looped course. I also figured Saturday’s run would be tougher, since I had done a hilly trail course the day before.

I had decided to run at Cherokee Park, a nice park within the city of Louisville. They had a nice path, which was actually half of the road, throughout the park. If you just ran the shorter loop, I believe it’s around 4 miles or so-up and down hills.

I ran in my skirt and tank, it was that warm at 830am. I carried one hand held bottle, and set off down the road. I opted for the “Scenic Loop” and just followed other runners down the road. I soon found myself in the neighboring park, Seneca Park, which I had never run in before. The sun was out and hot on me! I turned around at the five mile mark, to make my way back to my aid station (my car)-I was pretty much out of water and in need of an electrolyte cap-I could feel the salt on the face.  When I got back to  my vehicle, I was already at the 10 mile make-cool, half my run down already!

I then just made shorter loops through the park system. I played my Zune this whole run, and had fun people watching all the runners, walkers, and bikers out on this day. I run alone 99% of the time, so I find it fun to actually see others out enjoying themselves.

I had to actually stop at my vehicle and apply sunscreen to my neck and upper arms, I could feel them pinking up. I decided to end my run doing something I hardly ever get to do-with food and a beer! I ran up to Bardstown Road and ended the run at Quodoba, where I celebrated with a huge chicken quesadilla and a beer. Tired, smelly, sore quads, but nothing else hurt. A successful back to back run for me. I am hoping to get a 13 mile or so done at home this week, and then it’s looking taper time!