This year’s Memorial Weekend race marks the one year anniversary of my entry into the ultra world!
Remember how nervous I was for this last year? Well, don’t worry if you don’t, cause I do. I was a wreck. I barely slept the night before. I barely slept for the entire week prior. This year, I slept like the professional sleeper I really am. What a difference a year makes.
Race conditions in 2013 were cold, wet and soupy. Served with a Hungry (Wo)Man side of mud. Weather reports for this year’s fun called for perfect and dry. And dry and glorious it was.
Race morning, me and hubby, the beautiful Joy and divine Sherry were off at 8am with little fuss. We were comfortable and not shivering or soggy. Hubby and Joy took off for a quicker race.
Sherry (not crop) dusting this farm. I’m so outta here. Wait for me…
Honestly, my race was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Having great weather makes for easy racing. Sherry and I talked (I know, doesn’t sound like I’m racing if I’m talking) for 5 straight hours. We ate, we drank, we laughed. The hours flew by. The rolling, non technical terrain requires little attention to footing. So, I focused on keeping my head busy.
One loop down. 16 miles to go.
What to say? This race was pretty straight forward. And, happily uneventful.
I figured out at the TARC Spring Classic using Tailwind, I don’t have to eat much. I ate a small amount of banana and watermelon at aid stations. Less food means less tummy trouble. Since my stomach wasn’t upset, I felt strong. And my Psoas wasn’t bothering me. Life was good.
Half way through the second loop, I felt good enough to try a little kick. I took off on my own, hoping I didn’t take off too early. I spent the last 8 or so miles around 10-11 minute miles. For me, that’s flying. I kept worrying I was going to poop out. Never happened. Go figure. My God, I even passed a dozen other racers. So, that’s what that feels like. I apologized to all of them.
Wish my photos were this good.
I guess I had plenty of Toyota Jump in me at the finish line. Having a crowd at the finish line helps with enthusiasm. Hubby was there to usher me across.
That’s a freakin’ PR! By 16 minutes. AND I took 1:22:00 off last year’s race.
Hubby and Joy finished in 5:53:00. Nice work, fast people. A girl can dream…
I think I love ultrarunning as much as talking other runners. It was great to see Heather, Fish, Annette, Lise and company. And meeting new friends, like Bill from California was running another 50k the following weekend. And I think the one after that, too. Hey, Heather, please hurry up and heal so we can run together.
Of course, Sherry, you are my angel. Thank you for being my ultrarunning rock. You are a first rate lady and a great running partner. I wish very new ultrarunner could have an experienced Sherry to guide them.
Many thanks to the race director, Erik, and staff. The aid station volunteers are so pumped, their enthusiasm is motivating. They got me in and out quickly. Thank you to all for putting on a first rate festival.
Some things that worked:
Tailwind. Tailwind. Tailwind. Buy some, it’s the bomb, er, the best. I used a scoop per 20 oz bottle o’ water. I had 4 bottles waters mixed with the Mandarin Orange flavor and one of the caffeinated Raspberry the last hour.
A pineapple Spirulina smoothie before and after the race. The world needs more pineapple.
My Salomon Advanced Skin S Lab 5 Set Hydration vest. It’s so comfy, I forget I’m wearing it. It’s worth every penny. It does need a shorter name, I agree.
My Sacro Iliac belt. It looks silly. I need more crap/gear hanging off me like a hole in the head. But, my back doesn’t ache so badly when I use the darn thing. Thank you, Dr. K for taking such great care of me.
Since Aggie couldn’t race with us, she took care of our comfy bed.
PS 38 days ’til the VT 100k…
Thanks for running with me,
Congrats on the PR and on killing last years time. It was great talking to you before the start. You were super relaxed this year. I remember last year , you had the excited nervousness pre-race jitters. Vermont is going to be awesome. We’ll all be watching for updates. 🙂
Congrats on a strong race and PR! You’ve definitely convinced me to buy some Tailwind. Also, what is this sacroiliac belt and what is it supposed to do?
Awesome on the Tailwind; my husband laughs at me pushing it…but it’s been such a good fit.
The SI belt keeps my hips stable. My chiro has me where it during runs and when lifting at work. Here’s a link http://www.serolabelt.com/new-serola-sacroiliac-belt.aspx. Happy recovering/running!
Congratulations on what sounds like a fantastic run! I’ve got my first ultra in two weeks’ time and it’s very inspiring to read a race recap that’s so positive! Thank you for sharing this and well done again. 😀
Thank you thank you. Ooo, so excited for you! Are you counting the days?
I can’t decide which picture I love more – adorable Aggie curled up for a nap – or my gorgeous girl with the million dollar smile at the finish! Soooooo proud of you both and miss you.
Besos, mi hija. Gracias. Aggie IS pretty sweet here. She loves J’s side of the bed.
Congrats! It was a super weekend of hard but fun running, it’s great you finished so strong. Enjoy Vermont!
Thanks! What an awesome weekend. Glad you’re running!
A Huge Congratulations to You!! You did Good. Actually, more then Good!! xoxo
Thanks, lovely! I love your comments 🙂 you are so sweet.
Congratulations! That is a great finish line pic! I’m a huge fan of pineapple too. I got to run in your beautiful Vermont on Tuesday while camping & thought of you & Aggie. Happy training for the 100k!
Thanks so much! Aggie says Woof. Hope it was dry for your trip here.
Ooh well done on the PB! Sounds like you have a great race 🙂 also I’m pretty jealous of your salomon S lab vest…I’ve been dropping massive hints for the 12 litre one for my birthday (as in ‘I really want one, I’ll need a small/medium, here’s where you get them from etc etc) but they’re pretty expensive so I’ll have to wait and see. Not long until your 100k now 🙂
Woohoo PR! And a nice finishing photo to boot. How long have you been using Tailwind?
Very impressive! Congrats!
Way to go. Great pictures
Thank you thank you!
Congrats on a great race earlier this year. I hope you have a similar experience at VT100k!