>Hey Jealousy

January 29, 2009 § 3 Comments

>As I was suffering through my 4th day of treadmill-only running (38 miles in 4 days on a treadmill will make anyone crazy) I couldn’t help but think about all the places I would rather be at that moment in time. Those thoughts led to other insanely jealous thoughts about lives I want to have, and people I want to be. I shall compile a short list for you:

-Anyone living where it is not snowing. There have been many inches of snow since I arrived in Buffalo. Apparently it’s okay to just make the people walk through huge snowdrifts on the sidewalk on their way to work.
-People who can work from home.
-People who have patience. I have none, and I want some.
-Sprinters. I would not have gone insane if I only had to do 400’s on the treadmill.
-The Obama girls. My life would be so much more awes if I lived in the White House between the ages of 10-14.
-Demi More: she gets to bang Ashton Kutcher everyday if she wants to. No fair.
-Jennifer Pharr Davis: Many of you may not know who this woman even is, but this past summer she set the new women’s speed record for women (and only 4 men have gone faster). She completed the 2,175-mile trail in 57 days, 8 hours and 35 minutes — 30 days faster than any other woman. Not only that, but she actually has a husband who willingly crewed for her the entire way (except for 5 days when he had to go back to teach, but he came right back). Dudes like that don’t actually exist….but if he has a brother, holler?

>Inspiration

January 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

>“I want to work as hard as I can and run as fast as I can before I get old and crotchety.”
Kelly Jaske aka baller

>News Flash (said like Dakota Fanning in Uptown Girls)

January 19, 2009 § 1 Comment

>The race directors of the Great Eastern Endurance Run are offering a 1/2 price entry to the 100K for the first 100 runners this year. Entry opens February 2nd. Check out the full press release here.

>Just like a circus

January 16, 2009 § 4 Comments

>So I haven’t posted in a while. Mostly because I have been busy in my real world life – trying to study for my Series 6 and trying to find my own place to live in a couple months. This has kept me sufficiently stressed (mostly the test part), however has also given me some pretty good stories. For instance, I got to tour a miniature apartment in Fed Hill. Literally, the things were made for Tiny Tim – if you are above 5’8” and 150 lbs you would break things. And maybe hit your head on the ceiling. Supposedly this is because the circus used to come to Baltimore and the little circus midges would live in the houses there so often the houses were built midget size. However, I continue to question the validity of this story so if anyone can offer evidence that would be great. (Note: this is not related to the Midgetville of Pasadena. I know there are some good things on the internet about that one, but the only site I was allowed to pull up at work about it is this one)

I have also missed out on offering the roommate updates to the public recently, so here they are (names are changed for confidentiality):
-Trelly – Still plans on buying a house in the burbs with her horrible loud know-it-all boyfriend. Should be awesome. I wish I was going to law school so I could take on the case that they will have when she realizes he sucks and she wants to just keep the house.
-Parly – Is awaiting the reply from UMD grad school, and preparing to live with her overbearing mother in a few months. She’s pondering the idea of staying in the city and living with her brother, though. We wouldn’t really be surprised if that happens seeing as they are sort of like the creepily too-close siblings from that one ep of Friends.
-Carbon – Claims that Blake has asked her to move in with him for the summer. Obvi just a way for him to pay less rent since he lives by himself in a nice place in Harbor East. I hope I’m around for the conversation when he tells her to pay rent and she goes “wait…what?” In the meantime she will continue to leave her dirty ass cups with her plastic straws still in them in the sink so that the rest of us can load them into the dishwasher for her.

In my own life things are not much more exciting than what was said in the first paragraph. In terms of training, I can honestly say I just haven’t been running too much the past couple weeks because I simply haven’t felt like it. And that’s fine. I have a long road ahead of me to WS, and if I take January easy I’m not worried. Running a bunch of ultras this spring for training will take a lot out of me mentally and physically (and monetarily, dammit) and one thing I have learned is that I can’t force the training runs for these. I have decided to try to get into the Bull Run 50 and the North Face Endurance Challenge 50, plus a few other randoms. I’m really pumped for Bull Run mostly because I think I can place well, and the prize money for NFEC is $1000 bones and a free trip to San Fran for the Championships in Dec so I will probably go all out for that one too. Considering 19/85 people even finished last year I suppose I have my work cut out for me.

While running is taking a backseat, I’ve ramped up my time on the bike and my time in the pool. Swimming is awes, I can feel myself getting stronger and faster every week, and I can churn out a 3500 workout without wanting to die now. Biking still hurts my crotch but hopefully that will get better soon too.

If you’re bored check out ws100.com as they just added a new slideshow introduction which is pretty baller. Only 162 days away, holler.

>GU: Roctizzy

January 10, 2009 § 1 Comment

>Because eating on the run is a huge part of my racing/training, I am constantly searching for new ideas and products that I like. When given the opportunity to try out GU’s new Roctane gels, I was excited to see how they’d work out.

I took the Roctane out for the PHUNT 50K last weekend, knowing I’d be running for about 5 hours and would probably eat about (only, ha) 6-7 GU’s since it was a training run for me. For the regular GU, my favorite is the Tri Berry, but I’m also a big fan of vanilla. I steer clear of just about anything else, although I can handle the lemon-lime without having to vom.

I liked the orange more than the blueberry Roctane — the blueberry leaves a lingering aftertaste that I just don’t find too pleasant. I took a Roctane on the 45 minutes for 5.5 hours, and supplemented them with some chips and pretzels at the 2 aid stations. I felt good throughout the run, so I know that they were definitely giving me the calories and whatever else is in them to sustain throughout an endurance event. However, I didn’t feel like they had any more of an edge to them over the regular GUs. If given the chance, I would certainly prefer my usual tri-berry or vanilla flavors. Still, GU remains one of my top choices for fuel during my ultras, no questions about it.

>PHUNT 50K

January 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

>I have to say, it’s a pretty cool thing when you can find 200+ people willing to meet early on a Saturday morning shortly after NYE binges and the like, to run anywhere from 12-31 miles in the cold. Before I even got to the Fair Hill area, I stopped at what is probably the sketchiest gas station/subway/reststop thingy I have ever been to in my entire life. I walked in, and I got the feeling I was in a scary movie and was never going to make it out alive, so I left and opted to pop a squat in the woods. When I got to the park, I ran into a quasi-friend Randy, a man who I ran a good potion of Highlands Sky with last June. We started out the run with numb fingers and toes as it was pretty chilly and it took awhile for us all to mobilize and get signed in. The first 15 miles of the course were awesome, several challenging hills but everything was runnable and I was making good time. After that halfway point, however, it was clear that the course was going to take a turn for the difficult. It would be pretty impossible to rerun this course on your own without any markings, as we often found ourselves running willy-nilly through fields and haphazardly bushwacking up and down the sides of hills that had no semblance to trails whatsoever. However, that’s the fun of an ultra.

They handed out maps to us before we had started, which made me a little nervous but the first half was pretty clearly marked so I had forgotten about that. I heard people chatting behind me for awhile, so I knew I was on the right track even though our larger group had slowly whittled down. Then, the chatter stopped. One of my better-known lessons from these races is that if suddenly the group that was behind you is not there, it’s most likely not because you’ve sped away. Sure enough, I went another half mile or so and found myself at a part of the course I had already run. Shoot. I turned around, and found where I had missed a turn, continued on and actually was able to catch up to that same group again. At about the 27 mile mark, I came to a fork in the trail that was unmarked. Uh oh. Again, I was all by myself. Option A, to the left, was indeed a trail, but in the 100 meters up it that I ran, I couldn’t find a flag anywhere. Option B, the right, was a knee-deep stream crossing. Across the stream was a post with a flag tied to it, but I wasn’t sure if it was again a part of the course I had already ran. Tired and ready to be done running, I didn’t want to get all wet and cold crossing the stream, but I also didn’t want to add another mile onto this run. So I did the best thing I could think of: start yelling “HELLOOOO?” to see if anyone was around. After about 3 yells, I heard a voice! I was saved! yay. So anyway, that dude and I stand and stare at our options, and he goes “well I know we need to head West now to get to the finish.” West, eh? So I used my girl scout training, found the sun, figured out what was west, and we decided to go with Option A. About 10 minutes down that trail was another flag, bringing some much needed confirmation that we were correct. I pushed out the last few miles and finished in 5:27. This is 13 minutes off of my 50K PR, and considering all the getting lost, in addition to all the drinking I accidently did the night before, I’m pretty pleased. I’m not sure how that put me overall, as many people did the marathon option, but I believe it put me as the second female which again, is nothing for me to complain about. I am happy to have it as a benchmark for me this spring as I plan to run at least another 2-3 50K’s before Western States.

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