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JFK 50 miler

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Member Since:

Jun 03, 2009

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PRs:

MacDash Duathlon, Sept. 10, 2011.  1:29:48.  Second woman overall, third racer overall, and first in AG.  

Mt. Ranier Duathlon, May 1, 2011.  3:05:00, 1st in age group.  5.1 mile run, 28 mile bike ride, 3.78 mile run.

5K:  Fun With the Fuzz, April 23, 2011.  21:59,  1st in age group.

Marathon:  Paris, April 10, 2011.  4:05:24.  

1/2 marathon:  Geoduck Gallop, February 2011.  1:42:23, 1st in age group.

Waterfront 15K (September 2010), 1:14:43.  3rd in AG.

Lake Padden Duathlon (July 2010), 1:36:something.  1st in AG .

10K:  Smelt Run, La Conner (2010)  47:14.  2nd in AG. 

I have fun every time I run, and have recently overcome the "I can't go fast anymore" hurdle.  I'm having fun going faster and working towards becoming even faster.  

I have raised two running children, one competitive and one not.

I have learned to run in ice and snow and I don't complain. 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Work towards a faster marathon by Spring 2012.

Get my 5K down to 21:30. 

Place in my division at duathlon and triathlon.

Train for biathlon.



 




 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Joining Forrest Gump


 

Personal:

I'm a 52 year old mom of two ex homeschooled teenagers. They both think I'm nuts.

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Bike Shoes Lifetime Miles: 2225.45
Pearl Izumi Trail Shoe Lifetime Miles: 139.33
Marathon Shoe Lifetime Miles: 244.33
Blue Brooks Launch Lifetime Miles: 223.68
Mean Green Shoe Lifetime Miles: 318.72
Blue Kinvaras Lifetime Miles: 207.12
Brooks Defyance Lifetime Miles: 361.34
New Kinvara Lifetime Miles: 275.90
Hattoris Lifetime Miles: 41.29
Addidas Lifetime Miles: 168.97
Nike Vortex Shoe Lifetime Miles: 64.50
Orange Newton Lifetime Miles: 36.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
163.221.204.200.5021.00190.12
Marathon Shoe Miles: 16.12Addidas Miles: 48.00New Kinvara Miles: 14.30Nike Vortex Shoe Miles: 64.50Orange Newton Miles: 4.30
Night Sleep Time: 151.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 151.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.900.002.200.000.0011.10

Two runs today; am run of just over an hour, and pm run of 45 minutes, with tempo intervals.  I feel a bit disoriented, but I think that running on schedule helped me get back on track.  Yoga after run #2.

Marathon Shoe Miles: 10.10
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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No running, just yoga and an hour of hip stability and mobility exercises.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.800.000.000.000.0013.80

Am run of 1:16 and pm run of 1:01, both easy.

Addidas Miles: 13.80
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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4.700.000.000.000.004.70

50 minutes of running, plus hip and shoulder exercises.

 I got new tights and shoes for my 50 miler.  The shoes are Nike Pegasus, with gortex in them!  Tights are a long version of the lighter weight CWX tights.  I think it will likely be quite cold, and I'll want long tights with some support.

 

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
16.200.000.000.000.0016.20

Tried out the new shoes on this longer run.  Nice

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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0.000.000.000.004.004.00

Caught up on my sleep and rested with a short bike ride.

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.300.000.000.000.007.30

Running before yoga, easy with strides!  Strides feel fabulously great here in the cool, misty weather!

Yoga!

Addidas Miles: 7.30
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.821.202.000.000.0011.02

Two runs today; mileage for this evening's run is estimated.  This morning, I tried an easy run on very hilly terrain, to simulate the first 15 miles of my 50 miler.  I tried to keep the heart rate below 140, so I walked a few uphills.  I think this is what I will do in the 50; the hilly, most challenging part is at the beginning, so I will run VERY slowly, saving myself for the easier running later.  Which will be harder running, actually!

Evening run is at the track, some wu, drills, and tempo and marathon paced intervals.

Sorry it has taken me so long to update since Vietnam!  I have actually been back a week, but our last week in Vietnam was internet free, so I got out of the habit a bit!  Challenging, adventurous running to be sure, and my mental strength grew in leaps and bounds from this trip.  I would not have planned to take this trip while training for a 50 miler, but that's how it worked out, and it added a whole other dimension to my travels, certainly!  Vietnam itself was a wonderful trip; I have wanted to go there for a long long time, and it did not disappoint!

 

Marathon Shoe Miles: 6.02Addidas Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Just a little running today, strides at the end.

New Kinvara Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.006.006.00

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
12.900.000.000.000.0012.90

Last long ish run before Saturday's 50 miler!  Slow and easy, with lots of big hills.  Yoga right after.  Eating before, during and after the run.  Good practice.

Nike Vortex Shoe Miles: 12.90
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Day off!  No yoga, biking, running, walking, swimming.  Just eating, napping, and two saunas!

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.800.000.000.500.004.30

A short run this morning with some hill sprints built in!  I love hill sprints soooo much.  Straight to yoga afterwards.  Let the recovery week begin.

Addidas Miles: 4.30
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.700.000.000.000.007.70

Addidas Miles: 7.70
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.700.000.000.000.004.70

Short run, easy, but some excitement is building, so it was hard to keep the pace slow at all times.

Addidas Miles: 4.70
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Race: JFK 50 miler (50 Miles) 10:18:08, Place overall: 424
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
51.600.000.000.000.0051.60

JFK 50 miler today!  The start takes place in Boonsboro, MD, about 70 miles from Baltimore.  We flew into Baltimore, arriving Wednesday evening, and drove to our hotel in Hagerstown.  Spent Friday driving some of the course, mostly to make sure that our handler knew exactly where she could and could not be during the event.  They have very strict rules about handlers and pacers in this event.  

Race morning weather was absolutely perfect!  30 degrees at the start, which meant shorts with a light wool shirt, hat, gloves, and a light jacket.  I knew that the first 15 miles was the most technically challenging section of the course, spanning a beautiful section of the Appalachian Trail, just out of Boonsboro.  I was planning on taking this section very very easy, and was glad that I had decided to do so, because the trail was quite rocky and technical.  I am used to steep climbs, so the hills did not seem long or steep to me, but I walked most of them, keeping my heart rate under my predetermined ceiling for this section.  I carried a hand held water bottle with several hundred calories of carbo pro, plus two gels and a peanut butter packet in my pocket.  I am allergic to all the food that the aid stations would likely be offering, so I had carefully planned to carry my own food.  This first section was slow, but I felt very fresh and ready for the next bit, which was a marathon length along a flat towpath.

Lisa was waiting at the end of the Appalachian section, and I ditched my water bottle, hat, warm shirt and jacket, switching to a light technical shirt and picking up my fully loaded hydration backpack.  I had 1200 more liquid carb calories in 1.5 liters of water, several bars I knew I could eat, some more peanut butter, and several gels in there.  It was very hard to hold back on the flat section, because I actually felt really good, but I wanted to keep it to 11-12 minute miles here.  I have never previously run 50, and I was very very respectful of the distance!  At the very beginning of this section, my drinking tube broke, and I was left with a naked tube hanging, and had to rig up a way to wedge it under the backpack straps so that it would be upright and not leak water (and nutrition!) everywhere.  It was a little uncomfortable until I had drunk it down a ways and it stopped spurting.  The running felt really great, and the scenery was really exceptionally beautiful.  About mile 24, I was going a bit faster, 10:30s or thereabouts, and my buddy told me to go ahead, because she wanted to keep it slower.  I stopped at several aid stations and drank water and grabbed more gels whenever I could.  I ate a peanut butter packet, and at one point carried a Lara Bar in my hand for about four miles, just nibbling away at it.  I drank continuously from the hydration pack; my goal was to finish all my fluid by the time I reached the end of the towpath. 

 I did not think about how far I still had to go, either in hours or in miles, just kept running one mile at a time.  But by mile 36, I was really ready to get off of the towpath!  That didn't happen until mile 42, so the last bit of towpath was a bit challenging.  I still felt quite strong, was very aware that by this point I had run further than I had ever run!  Finally mile 42 and the end of the towpath appeared!

The beginning of the final section (which was all on rolling country roads) was a long, steep uphill.  As I had planned, I walked this hill.  As I was walking, I noticed that I was actually walking very very fast, a 13:00 minute mile (!), and my heart rate dropped at least 10 BPM.  So, just for a little game, I finished an entire mile at this race walking pace, passing many runners!  I then ran a mile, and I ran it faster than I had been running before I walked.  I race walked another mile, with several people commenting on my extremely fast walking pace, then ran another.  So, my average pace for these four miles was about 11:00 I guess, and I felt quite rested.   An interesting race strategy maybe?   I had also amused myself with this little game for four miles, and was now at 4 miles to go! 

I was tired, but every time my body whined a little bit, I looked around, and saw someone in much greater discomfort than I was in, and could keep going.  About two miles to go, I saw a lovely sunset over the hills to my left, and then I quickly saw the 1 mile to go marker.  I was in disbelief that I was almost finished, and tried to pick it up the final 300 meters up a small hill into the finish.  I felt energetic and oh, so happy!  My original time goal was 10 hours, and I finished in 10:18:08.  I am really very happy with the result, and happy with how I ran the race according to plan and pace.  I collected my medal, then joined our handler Lisa and waited for Arlane to show up.  Lisa told me many times to put something warm on, as it was rapidly getting dark now and cooling, but I felt good, and I didn't want to miss Arlane's finish.  She finished twenty minutes or so after me, but by that time all my excitement/elation had turned to complete shivering and queeziness.  We went into the gym and I had to get some warm packs and blankets for a short time because I couldn't stop shaking.  I drank a lot of fluid and some hot tea, and felt better after a bit.  Meanwhile, Arlane showered.  I put my warmer clothes on under my warm blankets, and we took a shuttle back to the start, where we picked up our rental car and drove back to Baltimore.  Neither of us wanted to drive, but I had a 6am flight the next morning, so we really had to stay near the airport.  Getting up at 3:30 the next morning was a bit grueling, but I slept for a bit on the plane.

This was a truly amazing run, and I am still in complete disbelief that I can run for 10 hours or 50 miles, and also that 1000 other people were doing it too!  




Nike Vortex Shoe Miles: 51.60
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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4.300.000.000.000.004.30

First run back after the 50.

Orange Newton Miles: 4.30
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.300.000.000.000.008.30

Week off is officially over!  I ran a little yesterday, and a little more today!  I took a full week off, during which I hiked, did gentle indoor biking, lots of yoga, and even some skiing!  Body feels great, running feels great, and I'm ready to get back at it.  I really had no idea what to expect for recovery from this one, but a week does seem rather reasonable.  First run back (yesterday) I wore my HR monitor, ran easy, and checked to see that my HR was at its usual easy rate.  This is always a good gauge of being rested enough for me.  

New Kinvara Miles: 8.30
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.200.000.000.000.005.20

A run in the dark this evening, and then straight to yoga.  

Addidas Miles: 5.20
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Cross training day!  So I made it the first skate skiing day of the season.  It was unbelievably gorgeous in the mountains today, sun, yes SUN!  And squeaky beautifully groomed snow.  I only skied a couple of hours, because it was my first time of the season and I don't want to be sore tomorrow.  Good workout with no impact!

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
163.221.204.200.5021.00190.12
Marathon Shoe Miles: 16.12Addidas Miles: 48.00New Kinvara Miles: 14.30Nike Vortex Shoe Miles: 64.50Orange Newton Miles: 4.30
Night Sleep Time: 151.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 151.50
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