Broken Arrow to TRT50 and the bit in between

Things have been pretty “normal” here since the Broken Arrow DNF.  I got my head out of my ass and actually I am very grateful for the lessons learned from Broken Arrow.  Next, I have the opportunity to test these measures in the 50 mile Tahoe Rim Trail race 7/21

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I actually resumed training right away after BA.  Felt fairly good and knocked out a solid week knocking out a 63 mile week.  Maybe it was all the Western States excitement or maybe it was getting up in the high country for some runs with friends…whatever it was, Its been a lot of fun.

Western always brings excitement, emotion, and motivation, but getting out in the mountains fills the soul.  So far this summer I have been getting up there and out there at a pretty good interval.  I would be up there all the time if I could…but Then I wouldnt get any work done.  Need to figure out how to transplant my life into a higher elevation.

This past Sunday marked 2 weeks to TRT, so the taper begins.  This always makes me a little nervous, but I will trust my coach and I will pay attention to how I respond.  1 thing I know, I have had a great block of running since recovering from Lake Sonoma and I am excited for the next race.  in the last 3 weeks the mileage has been good and really fun:  63 miles, 8k vert…73 miles, 11,600 vert….64 miles, 8k vert.  pretty stoked about that.

Not much else to report…biz as usual.

I could do a gear review on some shorts if anyone is interested….let me know with a comment if you anyone wants to hear about my experiences…I have been running in Patagonia Pro Striders 5″ forever…..and have been testing the waters with some other shorts.  LaSportiva, Ruhn, Altra….cusious?

Failed to follow my own rules

Well, after about 24 hours of trying to explain my DNF at the Broken Arrow 52km yesterday I have landed at the conclusion that I didnt follow my own damn rules.  A little reflection…bear with me….maybe read on

Things have been quiet on this blog for awhile, but things have been quite busy and the training has been really good.  In fact, considering how busy and spread thin I have been for me, I am really happy with only 1 (4day) misstep in my training in the last block. But that misstep was for a good cause, the #buildersforbuilders fund raiser. Could I have been more disciplined and got it all in?  The answer is yes…but I made the choice not to….. “The Choice not to”  I do these things for self exploration and really enjoy the act (the pictures are proof)

“I made the choice NOT to”

wow, that hit me like a ton of bricks this morning.  After using the “physical” to explain away my dropping out at Broken Arrow I realized I did it again yesterday.  I made the choice to NOT go out for my second lap.  There was nothing wrong, I didnt break anything, I wasnt vomiting, I didnt have a fall… So why did I make that choice?  My thoughts are this:

I trained really hard, Felt really good and accomplished from said training and dreamed of greatness for the Broken Arrow.  From that mindset, I thought it was pretty much an automatic that the event would just be easy, flying, fast run in the mountains with stellar views with 300+ other awesome folks.  I skipped the reality part where things dont go to dream script and the true fight required for these types of events escaped me. I failed to prep or have a plan for the true battle, the mental one.   I struggled, things were not going the way I “dreamed” and I made excuses, physical anomalies (sarcasm) to justify quitting.  The self talk on the way down to the 1/2 way point just disappoints me.  I wasnt able to redirect and I crumbled.  Using the negative self talk to “redirect the script”  Is one of my go to things to preach to my athletes and I failed to do it myself.

All the way down I convinced myself how “dire” things had gotten and I had no choice but to drop out….it was  a mystery….diet?  blood sugar?  altitude?  lack of preparation?  these ideas just poured out of me.  At the aid station that marked the 1/2 way point, I was horrified to see my Coach, Brett Horning.  No offence Brett, but you threw a wrench into my dropping out….for a few minutes.  (in the future if a similar scenario arises, feel free to call me out on my bullshit and send me back out on course with some Vince Lombardy antics).  I automatically felt ashamed that I had resigned myself to dropping out and your presence, which should be a welcome sight, was a subtle “calling out” inside my head.  I apologize for not only pulling the plug, but running away and doing it out of sight…  I couldnt even own it right there.  Very weak of me and something I need to address

I need to embrace this experience.  I need to take full advantage of it and own the fact that I could have with a little fight completed that second lap without harm to myself and with a pretty good time.  I just ran away because it wasnt going the way I dreamed it would.  What I really missed out on was seeing what was really waiting for me both physically and mentally on that 2nd lap.  That experience, good or bad is what I am really interested in, seeing what I can do with my mind and body.  The concept of a place or a time totally replaced the real mission.  Making the choice to pass on the opportunity to self explore and push through discomfort on the unknown is the reality of my actions and I have to own that.

Hindsight is a real Son of a Bitch today, but I have to redirect and use the experience to make myself a  better for next time.

So I will cherish this DNF and carry it with me as I head into TRT 50 miler in 5 weeks time.

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Work, Run, Repeat

Not much going on around here of note.  Lots of work getting a few bikes done before the http://www.lostandfoundbikeride.com/, one of which will be raffled off with 4 other builders bikes.  All proceeds go to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship…pretty cool. I will get a link up so you can buy a ticket or 10 if you so desire.  Also, in the bike dept, I have had a few side jobs pop up, an old Waterford rebuild and a brand New Stigmata complete build.  All Good Stuff!

The running has been going good too, although I feel like I am not getting enough vert…

the last couple of weeks looked like this

Miles:  52, 65

Time: 433min, 542min

Vertical: 5121ft, 6438ft

Shoes: Altra Superior 3.5 and Lone Peak 3.5

Broken Arrow, my next race has 11k vert in 52kms….so you can understand why that is on my mind.

The weather has been stellar and the the views have me feeling like I am in some remote alpine setting or something.  I have got to enjoy it now, because it will be smoking hot and brown before you know it.  Also, toying with really exploring Grouse Ridge / Spaulding area much more this summer.  Come join me…I dont want to get lost alone! haha

Speaking of exploring…that snow is melting fast in the high country and I think it wont be long until we can get on the TRT course and do some recon.  Pretty excited about that.

Not much to report.  Just happy to be moving along and having a great time.  I hope you are too

Rest Week, Turned 45, Rented some Goats and Resumed Training

Ahhhhhhhh, a rest week!  That was necessary and very beneficial.  My body was in pretty good shape post Lake Sonoma, with the exception of my left quad.  A couple days off and it seemed to be doing much better.  Some things I noticed, I had a ferocious appetite and I was sleeping 9 to 11 hours a night.  Bam! In addition to massive amounts of sleep, I also went to the Revival Float center for a nice float (if you havent tried floating, i highly recommend it) and I had a great lesson with Kate Flore, my integrative Movement Specialist, AKA Feldnekrizzle!

7 days post LS50 I turned 45…yes on 420.  Dont worry, I didnt get all smokey, I left that to the others……..45 for some reason bothered me as a number.  I dont know why, I feel like I am 25 and act like I am 18…..but time marches on and waits for no one.  So I will take this moment to remember that every second counts and damn it, I am going to maximize every second.  Dont let the gray hairs in my chin fool ya…the peanut in my skull is still young.0426181724_hdr.jpg

During this week “off” (I have been working a shit ton) we also rented 18 goats to help with the fire abatement of the property.  These goats are sure personable and do a heck of a job eating brush.  Down side, is the dogos have to be on lock down and dont have their normal free reign on the property.  Hollie and I have been walking the dogs off property 3 times a day, well I usually only go on the evening walk…Hollie is making sure the dogs get to burn off some energy.

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Speaking of burning off energy, during my rest week I was starting to go a little stir crazy, so I went on a bike ride or 2.  I always say I am going to try to run 60 and ride 60 miles per week, but that hasnt happened as of yet.  It was nice to get out on the Splice bike

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So with the rest week over it was time to resume training.  Brett Horning, my coach from Trails and Tarmac and I had been talking every couple of days, checking in on my recovery.  First week back to running will be and has been pretty light.  3 days of flat 45 min runs, 1 day off and then some “longer runs with hills”  but the longest run is 80 min…so really just re entry.  It is always nice to check in with how the feet are working, so I have been running in my Altra Superior 3.0 shoes all week.  I find these shoes to be great performing shoes, but I also have incredible sense of “touch”.  I feel like proprioception really takes over and my mechanics really re organize.  I love it…why dont I run in these all the time?  I dont think my feet are strong enough yet…they tend to get tired / sore around 40kms in these.

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The first 3 runs of the week have been super mellow and it feels great to be outside on the trail.  We are having amazing weather and I am happy to be out in it.  1 little niggle has popped up.  My left quad, the VMO specifically is sort of saying “hello” to me on these short runs.  I am doing my best to work it out asap.  Wednesday I went and had a wonderful massage from the ever so talented Anne King…she found some stuff!  haha.  Interesting that my right hamstring was a wreck as well as my left quad….some diagonal fascial stuff from a compensation pattern no doubt!  I will keep working on it.  But this 45 year old kid is pretty happy and glad to resume training

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What is next?  I put my hat in the ring for Broken Arrow Sky race in mid June.  I figure it will be a very difficult day on the feet, at altitude with a ton of vert…great prep for Tahoe Rim Trail 50 miler in late July.  So here we go!  part 2 of my running season is on!

Other exciting news, well…I think it is exciting, I am going to be making some super light weight and packabe trekking poles for the Sky Race.  As things develop I will post up about that.  First design is done,  Materials have been ordered and are coming my way.  I think I can make these come in around 270grams per set…yes, I am a dork.

ok, get on out there!

 

Lake Sonoma 50, before and beyond

I think I missed a week, or 2 of updating this thing…but I was deathly ill so nothing fun to report anyway.  Luckily I started to turn a corner 4 days before Lake Sonoma.  I thought I was in danger of not starting,  I felt so bad on the Tuesday prior to the start.  That really bummed me out, I had been training really hard and consistently and I felt ready for the challenge of my first 50 miler

I trained and raced in my go to Altra Lone Peak 3.5s

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Lake Sonoma starting area

I was able to get in 3 short runs and feel human in the last few days before the start. With my legs back under me  I had to adjust my goals and really gave myself the mission of finishing my first 50 miler.  But come on, its me, I wanted a performance based goal.  I broke the race into 4 sections.

section 1 roughly to the 12 mile mark…Todd Hennings would be there for a bottle swap and I wanted to be there between 1 hour 45 min and 20 hours.  I was there comfortably in 1:47:00, bam!  Happy as a clam, I saw Todd, grabbed the 2 bottles and ate a stroopwaffle. From there my next section goal was about 25.5 miles or the turn around loop aid station.  For this section I gave myself 2 hours to 2:10.  I was there in 2:03:00.  again, happy dude, saw Todd and grabbed some bottles and resupplied my gels.

Prior to the turn around, I started to see the leaders heading back.  I was around 30th place, but these runners were just amazing.  Some super focused, some spouting support and some a little grumpy.  I loved it all.  Like a fan boy a cheered them on.  Especially Ryan Ghelfi, Dave Laney (trails and tarmac dudes) and Jeffrey Stern of Rabbit.  But when I saw Hal Koerner all I could do was make a bowing gesture and blurt out”legend”….He just smiled and laughed and told me good job.  I am a dork…its ok.  But to me, that was like shooting warm up free throws with Jordan.  I was kind of there…only about 10 min behind him at that point. haha  Again, Stoke was high!

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On the way back around mile 30 my left vastus medialis started to hurt running down hills, like really bad.  I was favoring the left leg and it started a series of breakdowns.  Obviously, when you start to favor something your pattern changes, so something else is about to get used more.  I was still rolling pretty good, but knew I would need to adjust my section 3 time goal.  Originally I wanted to get from mile 25.5 to mile 38 in 2 hours to 2:10.  I adjusted that by padding it with 20 min.  I think I got there in 2:23.  so still ok.  Now my quad was bad. I was having to skip, walk the downhills and I had started to get passed by folks.  Once to the aid station, I soaked my quad with cold water hoping it would provide some relief as the awesome aid station volunteers filled my bottles.  I left hoping for magic, but as soon as I crossed the creek and started the last 12 miles of the race I knew I was in trouble.  My right hamstring was now having a fireworks show…..as I shuffled/ walked.  As I continued on my IT bands started to hurt, like they didnt want to lengthen! I knew there was no good way out of this as I was committed to getting back to the finish and the van.  I had to walk a lot of the last section.  I should have been in around 8 hours to 8.5…took me 9.5.

9:33:30.  I was so upset with this time, this performance…I just hung my head as I crossed the line and went right to the van.  What was that all about?  Everyone was so happy and positive at the finish…I went back to the van and sat on the floor disappointed.  How could I possibly be disappointed?  I was on deaths door 4 days prior and that was my first 50 miler…..but my mind briefly told myself to not make excuses and that sucked.  oooh the struggle in my head.  As I sat on the floor mentally wrestling myself, Todd showed up at the van.  He cheered me right up as I thanked him for all of his help, I was now very excited to hear about his day and hear about his wife Erica’s progress on the course…all was good. Even when I had a few rounds of the dry heaves!

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glued to the van floor in my new jacket

Todd kept me in good spirits as we joked and laughed and I got hot and then really cold and then hot and then cold….I settled down and was able to drink some fluids and even had some pizza.  Win win.  Erica came in a little later, What a champ, she had very little training and just got it done.  I was so stoked for her….Todd went right into taking care of her mode like a champ.   It was so great to hear about her day and she was so happy.  Win win win!

We all shared an entertaining dinner at a Thai place in Cloverdale, and I lucked out on nabbing the last hotel room around.  It was about 10 pm and I needed a shower and some sleep!

The next days drive took me north and then east through Hopland and Clearlake…no way I could take the traffic of the “faster route”.  much better re entry that way.

A few big nights of sleep and a pretty wicked appetite have left me feeling pretty good.  Legs feel 92% recovered…going to take it pretty easy this week, smash some work and think about what is next if anything before Tahoe Rim Trail 50 in July.

 

The last week of training for Lake Sonoma 50 Lots of Yuba for me

This week was the last week of “work” before I start the taper into Lake Sonoma 50 on 4/14

Miles ran: 62.3

Time on the feet running: 554 min

Vertical gain: 8500′

Shoes worn: 3 pair of Altra Lone Peak 3.5s

This past week was tough.  I spent a lot of time down at the Yuba, looking for vert for specific workouts, or terrain similar to that of the Lake Sonoma course.  From the get go, I felt a little flat.  I tried really hard to get recovery every way possible.  Easy runs were easy, naps were taken, good food was eaten, I even had a great session floating at Revival Float center.  I am sure all the effort to recover helped, but the first “workout” of the week and I didnt hit any stellar sensations.  Should that be expected at the end of a 3 week block?  I could see that, but I did expect a little more of myself.  Flared Nostrils proof of my efforts

I ran down to the Yuba at Jones bar as my warm up, then did 4 x 8 min “tough” efforts out, with 4 min recovery in between.  I started what felt conservative, so I could finish strong and not fade…I ran the first 3 pretty much equal, but the last one sucked.  the pace overall was slower than the usual. So I turned my attention to rest and recovery for the final big workout on Saturday.

A day off and a couple “easy” runs and Saturdays big run was upon me.  3.5 hours with 3.5 to 4.5 vert…back to the Yuba for me.  This time I drove down to Purdon Crossing to take advantage of the South Yuba trail to Edwards Crossing and Round Mountain trail.  This terrain is very similar to LS50.

From the get go I felt bad.  Actually threw up, well dry heaved at mile 3…the day didnt get any better.  I actually cant recall feeling that physically bad in my life ever.  I knocked out the vert and the time, but the sensations left me feeling pretty horrible.  I guess my take away is this; 3 week block of training, 60+ miles per week was a lot for me and I am frayed for sure.

Sunday I was able to get in a short easy run, just to make sure I could still run…I could, it was a miracle.  But the unraveling continues…I am now sick…uggg. run ragged right on the edge I guess.  Fingers crossed for a quick turn around.  health, Fresh legs and mind are all I need now.

side note, I happened upon a podcast from 2015 on ultrarunnerpodcast with Bob Shebest and I picked up 2 gems.  “I had a great 1st half…..”  means nothing in ultra running.  And you want to set yourself up to run the best part of the race in the last 25% of the race.

Well, I think I am skipping today’s run in hopes of getting rid of this cold……

Lake Sonoma Reconnoitering

3 weeks out from Lake Sonoma 50 update, here is the week by the #’s

Miles ran: 65.7

minutes ran:  595

vertical gain:  10069′

shoes used:  A mix of Altra Lone Peak 3.5s, 1 run in a pair of Superior 3.5s and 1 run in a pair of Olympus 2.5s

what other #s should I collect?

This week went pretty good, crushed a lot of work and took all my running in stride (hahah, see what I did there?)  The big excitement for the week was my long run last Saturday.  I participated in the organized, supported run on the Lake Sonoma 50 mile track.  We ran 25 miles, point to point, essentially exposing us to the entire route…since it is an out and back with a halfway loop.  Thankfully my buddy Jason Benford got a hall pass and joined me for the fun.  I decided to drive down Friday afternoon and camp at the Marina.  It is a 3.5 to 4 hour drive, so doing that the morning of was not going to happen. Jason rallied from his home late night and met up at the camp ground around 11:30.  I was asleep….Van camping is nice.  It rained all night and it rained hard.  It made me seriously contemplate turning the alarm OFF and blowing off the run.  I wasnt super pumped on being soaking wet and freezing for 4 to 5 hours.  Eventually I got those thoughts out of my head and fell back to sleep committed to reconnoitering this trail.

Morning came, it was cold…but my set up in the van allows for me to make coffee from the sleeping bag, so sweet.  I got my coffee and oatmeal made by 5 after 6 and still had not heard from Wolfman (Jason)  so I texted him.  I figured he had the same rain laden thoughts that I had all night…he responded to my text with a simple, “I am up”.  hahaha

Once we had some food and coffee and I got on my Lone Peak 3.5s on my feet we rallied to get over to the Finish, to drop a car and then get over to the start.  we had time in hand, but due to incorrect information on the run invite, we were almost late.  I think we were the last guys to the start and the last guys to get out on the trail.  It wasnt long before we connected up with groups of runners so no big deal

We ran the first 12 miles pretty chill moving forward through groups at a pretty casual pace.  We connected with a local, Kevin I think, for a nice run to the aid station.  We stopped, said hey, topped off the bottles and grabbed some GU before heading out for the second half of the route.  After a little gravel road section we headed up on single track.  I found myself running with a good rhythm and just kept that rolling.

This worked out pretty well in hind sight.  Even though it was somewhat unspoken, I figured Wolfman would be taking the 20 mile cutoff (as this was his longest run ever) and I wanted to see the whole 25.  It worked out almost perfectly where we ended up back at the finish van at a pretty similar time.  Actually, I am not sure how long before me Jason got there, but he had come down to the road crossing to meet me at the end.  We pretty much cleaned up and boogied out of there.  We both had to drive home still, but Wolfman knew of a great mexican spot in Healdsburg, so we stopped and got some burritos.  Hit the spot!  The  Drive home for me was pretty mellow, some traffic spots, but not too bad, I was just getting tired and oddly both my knees were aching.

What did I learn from getting on the track?  Well, I learned I dont know what to expect of myself.  The course is sneakily difficult and it is essentially 18 miles longer than I have ever raced.  I will be trying to come up with a good strategy in the coming weeks.  Until then, I hope to knock out this last week of training build before hitting the taper into race day.

Jason, thanks again for joining me, that made the trip so much better!

4 weeks to Lake Sonoma 50

We are 4 weeks out from race day at Lake Sonoma 50.  Training last week went pretty well, another piece of gear was tested and I am headed down to Sonoma this Weekend to get some miles on the course…everything seems to be on point.

Last weeks training stats:

miles: 62.2

time: 505 minutes

vert: 9312′

shoes:  I ran in 3 different pair of Altra Lone Peak 3.5s

I was pretty happy overall with how the running went.  I dont feel fast fast, like I did prior to Foresthill Divide 30km race back in February, but I understand that I am coming out of a recovery week and the second week of building…so I will take it.  Body is feeling pretty good.  Had a little back thing and the posterior tibia region is a little fired up, but I think I have a handle on it.

Some pics from last Saturdays run, I went down to the south fork of the Yuba river at Jones Bar 4 times and more importantly climbed out 4 times.  Tuesday, I was down there as well….and those rocks were all under water!

 

The piece of gear I tried this week was again from Ultraspire.  https://ultraspire.com/products/fitted-waist-belt/  fitted waist belts are all the rage right now it seems like.  I dont have much to say about this one.  I doubt I will ever use it again.  I tried to carry a soft flask in it and my cell phone.  It bounced so much I contemplated just carrying it in my hand.  I dont think I can recovery from this first run to try it again….

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This week looks to be another 55 to 65 mile week with some specific hill work and of course I get to run on the Lake Sonoma 50 course (25 miles of it)  Jason Benford is joining me for the run on Saturday..I hope the weather isnt too gnarly for us…drowned rat training is over rated

My Altra Lone Peak 3.5s are treating me well.  Ok, well that is it, I am out the door for a run and then into the shop to sand some joints on bike frames (www.mcgoverncycles.com)

I will take some pics of Jason this weekend and hopefully write something worth reading.  thanks

A week of rest

One week post Way Too Cool. A restful week, pretty easy running. I logged about 34 miles with a total of 3200ft and all really easy.   I tried to get sick after WTC, I actually did get sick, but rested the shit out of it and beat it.  Ironically my knee started to give me the classic pain on todays run that I always get in March…so I am paying close attention to that.   If the body cooperates, it is time to turn the attention to Lake Sonoma 50 miler.  This will be my first so lots of unknown for me.  Really, I am going to do the training and try to execute a good race day.   I have been doing a lot of research on the course and race reports, gathering information.  I plan on heading down to the race are on 3/24 for an organized run of about 25 miles on the course so that should be good.  Other than that, not much to report.  I am testing the idea of racing with a race vest for LS50.  So I will be doing all my training in one (or a couple of them) but right now I think it will be the Ultraspire Momentum https://ultraspire.com/products/momentum/

so far so good

I have about 25 miles in the vest with 2 full bottles, cell phone and a jacket. No complaints yet, which I cant believe.  I seem to very particular about my hydration vests. We will see how it goes.

wish me luck in the coming weeks as the training picks back up!

Plus 2 year in posts, and its Way Too Cool 50 km again…..strangely similar races

Hey there everyone(that means you Jason Benford) its been awhile since I posted to this blog.  Strangely its exactly 2 years since my last post and pretty much the same race report.  Honestly I could copy and paste the report from 2 years ago and it would read almost the same, except 4 min faster.  Wet sloppy course, stacked field and a ripping free flying opening 17 miles…….and then I started going backwards.  I have spent plenty of time being disappointed and trying to figure out what I should have done differently, but I have found no answers in that.  The general consensus from my running hombres is that I need to slow down a bit.  SLOW DOWN A BIT?  WTF?  this is the opposite of what I want to do!  This is what I cant wrap my little brain around.  I was happily running the pace I ran in the opening 17 miles…with ease…smile on my face…fueling on point..enjoying the conditions and just generally really happy.  Then as if  slow Chris tagged in for the closing 13 miles.  Not even pushing….just going slow.

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Happy Chris, running fast to the highway

My Thoughts went dark right away and no matter how much I tried to fight my inner monologue, I couldnt turn it around.  I doubted my training (sorry Brett, I didnt mean it), I complained about the weather, just turned into a little bitch.  I hate that!  These moments are the ones where you are supposed to rise up and fight….I feel like I didnt even try, I just expected it to come easy.  EASY?  how in the hell is this easy?  IDIOT!

So I crossed the line, the finish line people came over and gave  me a prize for 2nd in my age group and told me good job.  I walked back to my van, changed, drank some tea and contemplated leaving.  Sort of  feeling sorry for myslef….still disappointed, I decided to go walk around the expo area and go watch some finishers.  That was a good idea. 1.  I got to talk to Mr. D for a good 30 min.  He cheered me right up and told me if I dropped from LS50 he would break my legs.  2. I got to watch some people finish their Way Too Cool journeys.  Quickly I found myself cheering people on inspired by their faces!  YEAH SPORTS! You always get me fired up.  Happy, I drove home to the wife and pups and shared my journey with them

Lets Roll back a bit, to Like September.  I decided I was going to run more this year and have it be healthy and not crippling.  I had to come up with a training plan to balance my busy schedule with work and travel…for that means accountability.  I needed to hire a coach.  A coach needs a coach?  YES I DO!  I did a ton of research and finally called the crew at http://www.trailsandtarmac.com .  their virtual vibe drew me in like Odysseus to the Sirens, well done guys.  After first contact I was connected with Brett Horning, a young gun runner living in Ashland, Or.  He seemed to be unphased by my schedule and my goals, so I figured he knew what he was doing or he really needed the money…either way, like Odysseus I signed up.  I feel like Brett and I clicked fast and I really wanted to complete the workouts, no matter the travel, work, weather or conditions…….I found myself running in cities all over the nation, early mornings, late night head lamp runs, running long runs back to host housing from races. I just got it done.  Tobin (www.tobinortenblad.com) totally had my back and sometimes helped me get “out the door” while we were on the road to complete my workouts.  I tend to immerse myself in the work and never do anything for myself.  Turns out, I can do both.  Thanks Tubbs.

So Brett and I nail 8 weeks of great consistent training and I am starting to get anxious about testing myself…Enter the Foresthill Divide 30km. I asked Brett if this fit in the schedule and he gave the nod and programmed in a tapper.  I had a blast in this race.  I ran hard but smart and ended up 4th over all 7:38 min/per mile.  I was really happy with this and really looking to running a similar pace at Way Too Cool….as you read, we missed that mark.

So what is next?  Next is my first 50 mile trail race ever.  The Lake Sonoma 50.  I have no idea what to expect, but I am nervously looking forward to the challenge.  I find this sport easy to get swept away by.  Everyone is super cool, gals, guys, fast slow, everyone is just super cool and I dig it.  I will try to post about the next 38 days training, building towards my first 50 miler

Closing thougths:

many thanks to Altra Running for the amazing support on my feet.  this is my 3rd year running for Team Red.

Brett Horning, Trails and Tarmac, Hollie, Tobin, Wolfman, Kate, Tim, Tiana and the whole damn community for always encouraging me.

-would you ever go to bed without brushing your teeth?  NO…So why would you skip a workout…..same thing

-PAIN is french for bread