April 29, 2010 § 1 Comment
>As race day comes closer and closer, I find myself doing more and more exactly what every ultrarunner does-but-should-never-do before a race….read as many reports about said race as possible. Just as with Western States, I find two bad race reports for every good, three reports of hot, humid weather for every year of cool temps and overcast skies, etc….. I’ll leave the details out, but here’s a brief comparison of the two races:
Western States: limit of 370 runners (lottery) + allotted qualification spots
Old Dominion: ?? If there’s 50 starters we’ll say its a good year.
Western States: Cutoff: 30 hours
Old Dominion: Cutoff: 28 hours
Western States: Aid stations: 24
Old Dominion: Aid stations: 24
Western States: climb: 18,000 feet. descent: 22,000 feet
Old Dominion: climb: 14,000 feet. descent: 14,000 feet
Western States: Originated in 1974 (oldest 100 mile run)
Old Dominion: Originated in 1979 (2nd oldest 100 mile run)
Western States: Pacer? Yes, for ~45 miles (a little less if you’re moving faster)
Old Dominion: Pacer? A safety runner is allowed for 12 miles
Western States: Point to point course, starting in Squaw Valley and ending in Auburn, CA
Old Dominon: Start/finish at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, VA
Western States: Finished in 28:09
Old Dominion: TBD 🙂
April 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
>I generally don’t write all that much about my training, and I think that’s generally because I usually just run, bike, or swim…a lot. But, in an effort to do well at OD, I am doing more specific workouts the next 6 or so weeks to get ready. So I probably won’t detail them too much, but I’ll outline what I do:
4/19 – Easy 7.5 miles, 1 hour
4/20 – 15 miles; 6×7:30 in the middle; 2 hours
4/21 – 10 miles; 4x15min + w/u and c/d; 1:20
4/22 – Easy 7.5 miles, 1 hour
4/23 – 15 miles; 3×20 min hill workout; 2 hours
4/25 – 31 miles; 5 miles easy, trail marathon (race); 42 min+4:31 race = 5:13
Totals: 86 miles; 12 hours 33 minutes
Not bad. My legs took the increase in mileage really well. My strongest workout was the hills….I went out to Loch Raven Resovoir and clocked the hill from the bottom of Loch Raven Dr to the tippy top of Providence Rd to be 2.5 miles. I parked at the top and jogged down 20 minutes….turned around and ran back up in just *under* 20 minutes. Same thing twice more. The second run up was ~30 seconds slower than my run down, and my third was ~1 minute slower. So obviously good effort, and I held up well. That was Friday evening, and less than 12 hours later I was in Newark, DE for the Trail Dawgs Triple Crown Trail Marathon. I needed to do at least 30 miles for the day, so I got there early to put in 5 beforehand. As I was lining up for the race, I saw that Nate, my marathon coach from USNA was running too! He was coming off of Boston this week, so neither of us were quite sure what the day would hold. I started out conservative, which was helped by the fact that the half-marathon starts 10 minutes ahead, so soon enough you are caught behind the slower half runners (sidebar rant for a second….if you are a back of the pack runner in a trail race, do NOT wear headphones. I don’t mind politely asking for a good place to pass and hanging out behind for a minute, but when I ask 2-3 times for some room but you can’t hear me bcause you’re jamming to Nickleback, it makes me want to push you in the river.)
Anyway, I came through the first loop in about 2:10 or so. Melissa, Brennan, Ryan & Meghan McGrath were all out there cheering for me (awesome surprise to see you guys, thanks again! And big shoutout to MEL who WON the 10K which she ran pretty spur of the moment on their way to Philly to watch others at Penn Relays….) Look how happy I was to see them!
Anyway, I grabbed some snacks and went out on loop two. The trails here were great – very runnable and well kept. I had a good time going the whole time (also thanks to the man at the aid station with the cold washcloths…that was awesome!!)
When I got to the final river crossing though I knew the day was beginning to take its toll as about 2 steps into the water I lost my balance and kerplunked in the water. The men I was running with did a good job of not laughing. But as I was getting up, I looked back and saw another girl. Shoot! I had managed to go all day holding 4th place and was able to keep racing out of my mind for the sake of having a good strong run. But 2.5 miles from the finish? Hell no! So I turned the wheels on and started pushing. About 3/4 of a mile from the finish, I saw a figure decked out in gold ahead of me….walking. Was that an N* on his back? Ha! I caught Nate! I yelled up to him “You better not let me catch you!!” to which he turned around and said some choice words. I caught him and we pushed each other up the last few hills and into the field where we finish. As we were sprinting in to try to beat each other, he turned to me and laughed and said “hey, just like old times at practice eh?” So that was pretty cool. It’s nice to race up North because it’s definitely a different crowd and kind of nice when I don’t know anyone else. But, it’s also nice to have a familiar face or two.
Anyway, I hopped in the car after grabbing a burger and headed home. My legs felt good, but my left foot has been killing me today. I am blaming the Brooks Cascadia trail shoes I tried out….which also turned to cement blocks on my feet after getting them wet. So yeah, sorry Brooks, not a fan.
Now it’s time to rest up for Week Dos…..
April 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
NEW! This year for the 8th Annual Great Eastern Endurance Run we are adding a 100K relay event. There are 9 legs and you can form teams of 2, 3, 4 and 5. The shortest leg is ~2 and the longest is ~13. Every team member must run AT LEAST ONE leg of the relay. On race day, you are free to switch around the legs as long as at the end everyone has run once. Each team will be responsible for one team vehicle to get to/from 9 transition points, as well as a race number belt which will be the team’s “baton.”
More details are here.
Any questions, contact me, I’m the RD for this event 🙂
April 15, 2010 § 2 Comments
This time was actually a few minutes slower than last year, but that doesnt worry me. Like I said before, last year I think I peaked too early. Now is when I need to put in the work and get the job done. I have recovered well and will continue to take it easy this week and weekend. I’ll be heading down to Charlottesville to help with the marathon, and I am opting to skip Bumpass in the name of getting rest and not stressing out over a race that won’t help me towards my ultimate goal. I made a few mistakes at BRR but hopefully I got those out of my system. I had fun and I am confident going into these last two training cycles!
April 9, 2010 § 1 Comment
>Tomorrow I am running Bull Run 50 mile. Last year I enjoyed this race and had a decent showing (5th woman, 8:43). It got hot last year, and I also had a pacer for the last 10 miles, so this year could be quite different. Due to life (homebuying, moving, work, lack of motivation) I haven’t hit training too hard after Syllamo. Mostly, I think last year I over-trained in March/April and didn’t pay enough attention to the 6-8 weeks before Western States. So, this year I am taking it easy in the earlier parts of my season, and after this race I have 6-7 weeks before tapering for OD to really get to work. Given the base I feel I have right now, that is plenty of time.
Talking to Francesca last night, my plan is this: go out to race. The first half of this race is fairly laid back, very runnable. The second half is another story. So, the plan is to play it by ear. Hopefully I feel good and will be pushing for a top 3 finish. If that’s the case, go hard or go home is the motto and I’ll do my thing. If it’s not my day and just getting through the 50 miles will be a victory, I’ll back off, stay relaxed, and save myself because that means…….a double! If I’m not out there to race, I need to make the best of it and put in a solid training weekend. So the goal will be to keep myself together enough to be able to get up on sunday and run. I can again see how I feel and do at least 12 but up to 20 on Sunday. I may have to get out to cherry pit to do that, or I may get to patapsco and stay on the trails. BUT hopefully I’ll be baller and will only have to pay my dues on Saturday!