Monthly Archives: July 2009


Shadow Lake AS Mile 21.9
Swap out gel flask.Drop off light.
Cranbery juice & Boost

Station Road G 36.6
Change into TRAIL SHOES
Change socks if needed

Boston Store J Mile 56
Pick up LIGHTS
Change short sleeved shirt
Spare contacts here

Happy Days Mile 70.3
Glasses here
Long sleeved shirt/skirt

Pine Hollow Mile 75.1
Spare light here

Covered Bridge
Long sleeved shirt
Road Shoes if needed

The above is what I am going to print out and carry. It’s just a reminder of what I have at drop bags and what I might want to do. Like the socks/shirts, I will know where I have them in case I want them. I’m also carrying the AS chart, since I don’t have them memorized. I will be running from AS to AS. I also have a pretty good idea of where a bunch of local runner friends will be. That also helps the mind. Instead of “two more miles to AS K”, it’s “hey, I get to see my friend Nancy in two miles, whooeeee!!!!”

Note to friends: I will NOT stop to talk. I want to get my stuff out and go. If I am standing around at the AS, I should be putting my hydration vest back on or stuffing food in my face. HOWEVER, if anyone wants to jog down the trail a mile or two with me, that would be nice. Relentless forward momentum people!!!


Nick asked me about my splits so I finally worked something up on Wednesday.
What I did was look at runners from 2008 race.I looked for people that I knew, or knew about their speed in running, and took splits from them. I ended up looking at Rob Apple’s splits. Rob’s pace is around mine. Rob Apple’s name should be pretty familiar-he’s run over 500 ultras, so he’s probably been in a race with you!


I almost forgot! This is a high techy race. There is a webcast, and you can follow me during the race. My bib number is 22 (like my age lol) Click here to check in!!

Burning River Packing

I have started making my lists for the drop bags. Yes, I realize I am usually packed by now, but I have Monday, Thursday and Friday off this week from work so I do have plenty of time to get stuff organized.
Thanks to Nick’s excellent post about his drop bags, I have a better idea on where to leave my trail shoes. I have an almost brand new pair of Saucony Trigon Ride road shoes to start out the race in. Then I will, as Nick is planning on doing, switch to my trail shoes-the Scarpa Alpine Cross-at the Station Road Aid Station.

I believe I am going to have seven drop bags in total. With this being a point to point race, once you pass that drop bag (except for the loops) you won’t see that stuff again, so if I want something special, I need to bring it along!

Special food items I am going to place: my own Boost and my own cranberry-pomegranite juice. Boost gets the calories in quickly, and I can also just carry the small 8 oz container down the trail if I don’t feel like drinking it right there.

The cranberry-pomegranite juice was something new I tried at Mohican. Individual plastic bottles of 6 oz of juice. This sweetness was a welcome taste for me out of my drop bags. Also, as a female, I have had symptoms of developing an UTI during these long runs. (Sorry for the TMI) Drinking cranberry juice helps with this. Also a good way to get some sugary calories into the body too!

12 Hours of Big Bear Lake

This was my second running of the timed event, the 12 Hours of Big Bear Lake. Located at the Big Bear Lake Campground just off Bruceton Mills/Hazelton, West Virginia, this race, in its third year has grown in popularity. The first year there were 17 registered runners. Last year, around 50. This year, around 150. You can run this race as a solo runner, or there are three relay team divisions-2 person, 4 person, or 5 person event. This means if you are on a relay team, you’ve got serious downtime in between your laps. Which gives you more time to cheer on your solo running friends-which I greatly appreciated!!

This event was to be my “heat training” long run in preparation for the fast approaching Burning River 100 Mile Race. Well, race day temperature had to be around 68 degrees or so…it took a mile or so just to warm up the muscles…

A bit of pre-race excitement: Friday night, some “punks” came over the border from Pennyslvania, raided the aid station that Heather Parks, Race Director, had set up-stole the popup tent, slashed the water jugs, and stole the Hammer Nutrition (serious death penalty there-do NOT steal the Hammer products!!!) Somehow, the campground police caught them, Heather saw her pop up tent in the punk’s vehicle and snatched that back. Far as we know, they’ve got underage drinking, trespassing, vandalism, and theft charges looking at them. (Me during all this excitement? I woke up when I hear a car go by very fast on the gravel road, I saw blinking lights, and heard someone “call for backup” then I realized how warm my sleeping bag was and went back to sleep).

Also the night before, at our campfire, we met up with two Liberty students (I can’t remember their names). We had a good conversation with them about their running, Dr. Horton, and the Beast series. They were at Big Bear to get a qualifying 50 miler in so they could run Grindstone in the fall.

It was a very cool morning, it had to be in the sixties when we started. The relay runners made a beeline for the woods, while I just started walking. It was going to be 12 hours people, no need to get into a line on the trail.
Well, actually, there was about five of us in a line. I passed a tall thin man, and we started chatting…as the conversation went on, I realized I knew him! This was Jim from California, whom I had run with at YUTC two years ago! I had to stop and give him a hug before we continued on.

The 6.5 mile loop is very runnable. The first two miles are on a downhill, the third mile is an almost impercetible uphill creep. There is only one hill, just about mile 4, then some flat, and a bit of a downhill. I will have to look at the Garmin to check it.

I carried a handheld for the first loop. On loop two I was to don my hydration vest-not that I needed it for this run, but this was training for the Burning River. I had set up my stuff outside of the aid station. I came into the AS, donned my hydration vest, and got out quickly. About two miles into this loop, I realized I had forgotten to drink my Boost! Doh! Luckily I had some Hammer gels on me, and had that for nutrition.

It was just a beautiful day for a trail run. Since we were around 3000 feet, there was fog for the first two loops around the pine forest portion, just surreal to run through. I picked up my Zunie for company on loop two, but keep one ear plug off so I could hear the relay runners. Probably the only negative comment I have for the day: relay runners, a “hello” or a “on your left” is still a nice practice to follow, especially when I step off the trail for you.

I just kept it up, using Booster and gels mainly. This ended up with some extra bathroom stops, so I did switch to solid foods for my last loop. I also tried “Monster Mash” energy shot drink, which I think I will stash in my BR drop bags. My BR music playlist was also tested out and accepted.

I was hoping to run 8 loops, but checked the time and saw that I would only have enough time for 7. As I started loop 6, I was starting to get tired. So I decided that six would be a good ending for the day, as I have BR in two weeks. I picked up the camera on the last loop, but never had an SD Card in it, so only got a limited number of pictures!

I picked up some hardware…I didn’t walk back up to the race start for the awards presentation. Julie’s daughter brought down my nice plaque, but didn’t know what place I had got. Heather, the RD, stopped down later, and couldn’t remember what place I had got, but she said “she’d gone deep” in the placings, so I imagine this is for fifth or or six female LOL!!! I do love the plate though!!!

Gator Update

Well, apparently, the second alligator-the four foot long one-has just apparently gone away. LOL.

NEWCOMERSTOWN, OH — Until another alligator is seen in the Tuscarawas River, Tuscarawas County law enforcement officials are considering the recent alligator saga near Newcomerstown to be closed.

Newcomerstown resident Shawn Parks, who captured a small alligator in the river near the Rt. 258 bridge on Monday, agrees.

Parks said he returned to the site four or five times Tuesday and didn’t see the second alligator that he previously saw in the area, the one he photographed Thursday.

His theory is that someone captured the other alligator, which he said was about twice as big as the one he caught Monday.

I like this one’s comments:

Detective Capt. Orvis Campbell said he doesn’t know for sure there was a second alligator, but noted there are some rumors to that effect.

Umm, the one that the newspaper has pictures of? That one? LOL.

Campbell said he and Sheriff Walt Wilson spoke to a person who was rumored to be the owner of the alligator found in the river, and she denied it.

He added that the woman said she does have an alligator at her home and offered to let him and the sheriff see it.

Campbell said his department didn’t receive any further reports of alligators in the river on Tuesday, and it probably won’t do anything further unless another one shows up.

Gator in the Tusc!

WEll, the little town I live outside of has had ALOT of excitement. Alligators in the river.

We drove “to town” on Sunday, and wondered what the 4-6 yahoos were doing, leaning over the bridge, looking down into the river.

Apparently two “pet” gators got loose from their owner, who seem to reside in a riverfront location. One gator has been caught, the second is still at large.

” Newcomerstown resident Shawn Parks said he’s visited the Rt. 258 bridge over the Tuscarawas River every day since last Wednesday when an alligator was seen sunning itself on a log jam.

Monday, Parks caught an alligator on a fishing line – although not the one he photographed last week. The one he caught was just a little over 2 feet long, he said. The one in his photograph, which was published Friday by The Times-Reporter, is estimated to be about four feet long.

“The bigger one is twice the size of this one,” he said.

Authorities had been considering the possibility that two alligators were in the river, based on reports of sightings. The two reptiles had not been seen together, however.

Parks said he caught the alligator by using a fishing hook baited with chicken liver. “The gator laid on the log jam, and I laid the chicken liver about five feet in front of it,” he said.

“As soon as I laid it down, he jumped up and grabbed it. And once he bit it, I hooked it and he walked to the side of bank,” Parks said. He added that an unidentified passerby parked his car, went down to the river bank and grabbed the alligator’s mouth and held it shut.

While the two were holding the alligator, Parks called Newcomerstown Police Chief Tim Miller for assistance. He said the chief arrived in about 15 minutes and taped the alligator’s mouth shut.

The alligator was placed in a plastic container and, with the approval of Tuscarawas County commissioners, was taken to Arrowhead Reptile Rescue Center near Cincinnati.
County Commissioner Jim Seldenright said Sheriff Walt Wilson notified them that an alligator had been captured.

“The sheriff had found a rescue facility in Cincinnati recommended by a zoo, but they didn’t have any way to come get the alligator,” Seldenright said.

Commissioners authorized use of a county dog warden’s truck with a cap on it, and Terry Warner, assistant dog warden, drove it to Cincinnati Monday afternoon.

“We’ll reimburse the dog pound fund from the county general fund,” Seldenright said. “We’ll check to see if there’s another organization that should’ve paid for this, or they can reimburse us.”

Parks downplayed his role in capturing the alligator.

“I’m just glad this one is out of the river so now there is less problems and less chance someone will get hurt,” he said.”

I’ll keep you all posted with the details. Meanwhile, stay out of the Tuscarawas River!

Salt Fork Trail Run

A nice run at Salt Fork State Park. I mainly followed the “Purple” Bridal Trail. Since we are just about in a drought status, the trails were in good shape, only the low spots full of shoe-sucking mud. I did cut up one hiking trail, to get water at a restroom, now that I know they will intersect the road in the campgrounds. Then I ran down the road a bit, and hopped back on another hiking trail, which led me back to the bridle trail.

Lots of deer to interrupt today. These boys, I literally walked right up on them. Too bad my camera chose that minute to fritz. They appear to be twins, maybe 2-3 years old. Nice velvet on their antlers.

Not a soul out on the trails on a Wednesday-I think I have a new morning activity on my week day off!

Long run

I did a 22 mile run today. Ran to a neighboring town, Gnadehutten, and then almost home. I ran out of water, and had not dropped any. I checked my time, and saw my time was almost up, since I told the husband it was supposed to be around 20 miles, when actually the mileage is more like 25 or 26 miles. ( Oh well, I didn’t remember how long it was.)
Stopping in “Gnade” as it’s known by locals for Gatorade and an ice cream cone, and some more food, at mile 12.3, I continued on. The stop at Gnade I consider the half-way point.

I ran out of both fuel, water and energy on this run. I didn’t carry enough nutrition, although I could have. I should stashed a few more water bottles out there. Hence the energy drop.

I’m quite fatigued by this run. I think it’s cuz this was a road run!