Monthly Archives: April 2012

Five for Friday

1. Blog Posts-I’ve got at least 3 or 4 good blog posts started. But they involve a little writing, a little time to think, and I’ve just been short on that spare time lately. But that’s good. The posts won’t go anywhere.

2. Tino got his stitches out and has a clean bill of health.

3.  I think I only work 40 hours next week.

4.  It’s time to go and revisit the ramp beds again to see if it’s time to harvest.

5. MOHICAN Weekend!  Spending Saturday and Sunday at one of my favorite places on earth, Mohican. And I am going to spend it with my friends. Awesome.

Early Spring

The weather has returned to the usual Ohio weather, 33 degrees F when I started my run this morning.

This was another “around the block” 10K;  I was more tired than yesterday but ran it two minutes faster, go figure.

I wanted to get 2 more 10Ks in this week, but Tino goes to the vet early to have his stitches removed so tomorrow will be a no run day before work.  I hope this is when I get all my aid station gear packed (it is gathered) for the Mohican weekend.

So if I count Sunday-and anymore, I don’t really recall if I start my “week” on Sunday or Monday, I’ve got 44 miles in for the week.  I will get some more miles on Saturday, at the latest, marking trail, and then probably will go back and proof trail (make sure the markings are still there) later in the evening.

Yay! I managed a blog update.  Now I need to eat breakfast and pack lunch.  I need to pack more food because I have been ravenous lately-but I have been making good food choices.

RD Race Race Report

Rob Powell hosted the annual RD Race for the “Forget the PR” 50K Volunteers.  This is  for the folks who are working the 25K and 50K race next weekend, to run the course and earn a belt buckle.

A light turn out of people but that was ok.  Ron Dukes and Rob were our roving aid station.

Everyone followed the 50K course with a few people bowing out slightly early.

The 50K course goes up Big Ass Hill, over Gasline Hill, and  you follow the jeep road to the Fire Tower.

At the Fire Tower, the 50K runners go off to the Bridle Trail, which takes you to Bridle Staging Area.

We then pick up what was the “pre-2009” Mohican 100 Trail Race “Red Green Loop”.

My, it was nice to be back on this loop.   I have not run on these trails since..at least 2008.  It was very nostalgic for me.  I thought back to old friends and incidents that happened out there.

I also corrected the runners in front of me as they just about began one section backwards.

Two runners finally understood I knew actually where I was at all times on the section and stayed with me.

We got back to the Fire Tower in about 4 hours 50 minutes, mile 19’ish, not bad as we were not trying for any particular time.

At this point, the 50K runners will now follow the course that the 25K runners completed. (The two races split at the Fire Tower at mile 5.)

It is a short run down to the Covered Bridge, and we start the Purple Loop.  More people are now out on this section, where Big and Little Lyons Falls are located.

It’s a quick loop, and now we’re back on the unending trek through Campground B, back to Hemlock Gorge Trail and North Rim  Trail.

Julie  fixed us a fantastic meal-RIBS, green beans, rice and beans, pasta salad.  I inhaled my food, it was delicious.

A wonderful day on the trail at Mohican.  Of course, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad day on the trails of Mohican!!

Alice Update

I sit here on the couch, surrounded by 3 dogs.  It’s good to say “3 dogs” again.  Condi and Alice are sleeping on the couch next to me, Tino is at my feet.

It’s been a bit stressful 24 hours.  The two dogs accepted her, but want to “play” and are a bit rough in their play.

Dennis took Alice to the vet for her first check up and the other two seemed to accept her a bit better on this next homecoming. 

Alice is in great health.

I have stayed around the homestead today, my workout was my treadmill at its highest incline 12%. I eventually got the speed to 4.0 MPH as I watched some show called “Big, Bigger, Biggest”.  This was about how the biggest prison was built.  Mild  interesting but better than anything else I have found on the TV during this time.

I would touch the side rails and have to smack myself down to NOT hold  on. 

A good workout for an hour.  Tomorrow, though, I do need to get the 11 mile around the block in.  And then Sunday I will go run 50K at Mohican.  I have to fit the miles in when I can.

Eating has been better too.

I’m very cognizant of my countdown to HR AND MMT.

100 Days

100 Days until Hardrock 100.  My dream race.

Lots of thoughts swirling around my head, but no real cohesive thoughts.  I have vacillated through this cycle so many times this winter, from bleak doubts to the opposite, happy positive outcome.  I’m sure I will go through this many more times this spring.

I added the countdown counter in order to keep this Run in the forefront of my thoughts. It’s time to make sure there is purpose to every workout.  It’s time to formulate the loose plan for the week, tweak it as necessary, but work toward that goal-to be in the best possible shape I can be in by July 12.

I have a long way to go to get there.  I need to clean up my eating, that has definitely been slacking.  By cleaning up my eating, that will also help me lose 10 lbs by July 1.

The next 99 days is going to involve a lot of this. Balance.

 Balance workouts, work, and my family life in the right amounts. Work allows me to have the lifestyle that I have; can’t have my life without my family; workouts keeps me…

 Workouts keeps me…complete? Sane? Happy? Running does all this for me. I get a release when I run. I am, like many many runners, Type A and a bit on the OCD side. Running relaxes me. I truly love being in the outdoors. I love covering ground and seeing sights and new sights. I like climbing up hills to see what’s on the other side and bombing down trails.

So, onto the “to do” list I have started with my 4 day weekend, I can add another line:  Workout schedules for the week.  Make them all count. Only 99 days to go.

Barkley History

I am such a Barkley geek.

I’ve been fascinated by this race since I became an ultra runner.  When I had my podcast, in 2007, I had the pleasure of interviewing Laz and then Flying Brian Robinson after his course record.

I’ve been following the limited words and pics that have made it out of Frozen Head this past weekend. Part of the fun is the sometimes cryptic messages and long lag times in updates.

Also part of the fun is there is no Entrants List. Some runners outed themselves; others knew of folks running.  More people get revealed when folks start requesting updates on Twitter on certain runners. 

This was an EPIC Barkley weekend.

First, Brett Maune becomes the first person to finish the Barkley TWICE.  He also sets a new course record
in 52 hours 3 minutes.

Then Jared Campbell makes it back to camp, finishing Barkley on his first try, ALSO breaking the old course record held by Flying Brian Robinson, in 56:00.

John Fegyveresi was still “Out There”.

Idly checking my emails, I see that John was chasing the clock.  Wow. It would suck to just miss the cut off.
Then, one email!  A headlamp has been spotted, with 20 minutes to spare!!

Wow,  now I’m not doing anything but waiting for an email update,  and sure enough John Fegyveresi finishes also, in 59 hours 41 minutes! 

Three Barkley finishers. Wow.  History.

But let’s not also forget more history.

Beverly Anderson Abs became the 1st female since 2001 to finish the Fun Run.  I forget her time right now, but it’s a great step in the right direction!

Ok, I am still all amped up.  I wish I could go for a run right now.