# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 2 - Grind closed, but made it up & down BCMC twice.
How’s my month been?
Womp womp. There really isn’t too much to say. I volunteered and cheered lots in April, and I raced once, at the Yakima Skyline 50K, which I basically hated. It wasn’t a great month for training, but I also had a prolo injection, which takes almost a week off of running as well. If I had done this recap right after April ended, I’d probably be more positive about it, but on a whole, I think womp, womp definitely describes my month.
# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 1 – Grind closed, but made it up & down BCMC once.
How’s my month been?
Surprisingly good. At the end of February I was pushing hard to turn my month around, and I ended up being able to do exactly that. Even though I had a prolo shot right before the end of February, and 1 in March, I’ve got a really decent overall mileage, I’m down ~7 lbs, and I’m making noticeable improvements in my foot injury. All of this packaged together makes for a pretty solid month of March.
It seems like it’s kind of the theme for 2014 to run races, but not actually race them. In a way, it’s a bit sad considering I do love that pushing yourself, racing, competitive feeling. I just have been struggling with injuries and issues, and haven’t been up to racing condition. Why run a race then? Because races are about so much more than actually racing. They are about the community, they are about seeing friends, supporting friends, being outside, and most of all just being active, getting a solid run in.
I’ll be honest, I was 100% going to drop from the 13K to the 8K on Sunday morning, but Dave wouldn’t let me, and to be honest, Dave and I have run so many trying training runs that I knew it was going to be fine, just another training run, disguised as a race.
I don’t have too much to say about the race, as it was short for a race for me, but Jay was out taking pictures, and it was the perfect spring day to go for a run!
There’s a ton of cliche sayings that could describe yesterday…
When life throws you lemons, make lemonade….The best laid plans…and most importantly…Some days you gotta dance!
What? You don’t even know what I’m referring to? Ya, sorry, kind of ‘forgot’ to tell you. Basically because I didn’t really want to admit that I had fallen to the powers of FOMO and signed up for a 50K with just a few days notice. And, I was going into this race knowing that it was a 3 loop course, and that I could drop to a shorter distance depending on how my foot felt at any time. It was kind of a win-win to go into a race, have 3 different distance options (16k, 32k, 50k) and know that whatever happened, it would be a good training day.
So, long story short, I signed up for a 50K, was on schedule, but weather stepped in, and we arrived after start time, got ourselves ready to go, and started the race 25 mins behind everyone else, spent the entire race debating on 32K vs 50K (2 loops vs 3 loops), and ended up making the choice to just run 32K strongly and finish strong and happy. It was the PERFECT choice.
Long story with pictures from my awesome personal race photographer? Yes please!
A couple of months ago I mentioned that Jeff was doing some filming for 5 Peaks with myself and the Ladies of the Trails. We had a super fun day on the trails shooting footage, and we did interviews another day, and to be honest I had no idea what exactly would come out of it. Well, Jeff did a fantastic job creating this little short video that really speaks to what the Ladies group is all about – getting more women out on the trails when they’re afraid, intimidated, or just plain new to trail running. I’m so impressed with how this turned out, even if I’m super self conscious about my own part in it.
Anyways, watch this, share this, tell everyone you know to GET OFF THE ROAD!
Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 1 BCMC, 1 yoga sesh, and a snowshoeing run.
# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 1 – Grind closed, but got up the BCMC once for my December Karma Challenge!
How’s my month been?
December was all about my big race of the year. It was all that mattered this month, getting through the race safely and without injuries, and then recovering the rest of the month. And I’d like to say that I pretty much excelled at these tasks and leaving December, and 2013, I feel pretty darn good.
I wrote the point form version of my race recap yesterday, and while it was easier to organize and cut my race down into sections, it really didn’t fulfill my need to blog. The reason I blog first and foremost, is to work through the emotions of an experience and grow as a person. Secondly, is to inspire others to realize they can do so much more than they think they can. Thirdly, is about my experiences helping others. What works for me won’t work for everyone else, but it can provide ideas, insight, and can help others with their own preparations or races. While point form was easy and concise, it just isn’t me, and such a big experience deserves a novel long blog post.
So, grab yourself a coffee, and have a read on my experience running my first 50Miler, The North Face Endurance Challenge, San Francisco Goretex 50 Mile race. Yep, that’s a mouthful of a race name.
I know sometimes I talk too much, and my recaps can be very long winded. So, I decided to do 2 versions. A short version for those of you that just want the gist of the race, and a long version for those of you who like to read the novel.
Bret & I around 75 K into the race :
For those of you who don’t want to read a long recap, here’s a point form version: