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thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 10, 2017, 17:57
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Hi everyone. Quiet around here, everyone is enjoy August (I hope!) Erica I hope Emma is doing better, that all of you are doing ok.

Ran 18 miles last Saturday, it was not pretty. I had some pain in my butt around mile 12 (not to be TMI, it wasn't gas or poop, just weird spasms) that had me laying down on the ground for a few minutes. But then it went away. I was sort of tentative after that, but was able to finish. Got home, stretched/refueled/napped a little then went to the county fair Walked around, ate junk food, enjoyed the exhibits. Took Aleve Saturday night as preventative, felt good on Sunday, not terribly sore or anything. Monday was 3 miles, Tuesday 6, today was a 6 mile tempo run we continue to feel good. Saturday is 'only' a 14 mile run 😉

Have a great weekend and enjoy!

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 15, 2017, 13:55
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Hello everyone! Been resting since trail race.

RR: Badlands trail race on the Maah Daah Hey trail: 50 miler, 50k, marathon, 16 miler, HM, 10k. August 12, 2017, Medora, ND

Aug 11, Friday: Met RB in Fargo, loaded her stuff in my car. Drove across ND, glad it was cloud cover the whole trip. Arrived in Medora, ND, set up tent in campground, had dinner in town. Walked around checking out small shops, lots of ice cream places. Our neighbor 'camper' overheard us talking about running, weather, hydration, etc. as we pack our race stuff. He's running the 50 miler, WOW!! We chatted while watching/wondering if the distant lightening/thunder/rain in the west will miss us or not. Radar shows it will be close.

About 1/2 hr after settling in tent for the night, wind picks up, start to sprinkle. Within hour, thunder/lightening and heavy rain which turns to HAIL!! After hail stopped, we grabbed our sleeping bag and running gear bag and get inside the car. It's raining alot. We didn't get the sleep we needed.
5 AM: we get ready, had coffee, 1/2 bagel w/ peanut butter. We are tired, and moving slowly. My knee not feeling good from having it bent most of the night. Tent survived, no leakage, sleeping mat stayed dry, THANK YOU REI!! We all wondered if race will get cancelled and how trail will be due to storm. Bib pickup is on race morning. We drive 17 miles on dirt road, not too bad, to race location.

Picked up bib, 2 changes are mentioned. The ultras & marathon suppose to start at 7am but now ALL races will start at 8 am. Original trail course was "out and backs that will be completed on a 7.97 mile (total 15.9 miles) section" of the trail w/ 3 aid stations: at start/finish, at 3.3 miles, and 7.97 miles. Now, the out and backs will consist of a 3.3 mile section, turnaround at 1st aid station back to the aid station at start/finish, total 'loop' will be 6.6 miles. So I will be running 2 out and backs (or 'loops), then out again but turning around at a marked (painted red on ground) area back to finish, close to 17 miles. Doesn't sound too bad, right? RB has to run 4 out and back.

I switched from my new waist hydration Camelback to a smaller one that I wore at Afton in July. Took my 7 oz soft flask w/ water, salt tabs and sport beans. Can drink gatorade at aid stations. Left phone in car. Wore running skirt w/ GoPro in pocket, sleeveless razorback tech top, pink cap, compression calf sleeves, and right knee support. And off we went.

The first 1/4 mile is a gradual slope on single track, then turns steeper for about 1/2 mile. EACH out and back starts and ends with this hill which will feel steeper and longer every time. Was proud of myself that I jogged the whole way up on first 'loop,' passing many runners. After reaching ridge, it's mostly single track w/ nice rolling hills, then up/down steep hills till you get to a tree-lined shaded portion of a winding trail that goes up/down, very pretty and cool area of trail. Then you run through a few muddy clay areas and reach a gate that you have to lift/lower to pass. Then trail goes through some high grasses on each side, this portion is the most rutted so takes focus to not turn ankle or trip. RB and I high-fived each other as she has already made it to the turnaround and going back. It's muddy and narrow, then finally up a short hill to the aid station. That is a LONG 3.3 miles, WHEW!!

Just one volunteer at AS but it's organized and stocked w/ usual snacks of chips, pretzels, m&ms, etc, and cola, ginger ale, cold water and gatorade. Runners have to say their bib number at both AS. Drank some gatorade, ate some chips, then headed out. I picked up some good speed the 1/2 mile downhill to the start/finish AS. First 'loop' took about 1:10. Had some ginger ale, more chips, took a salt tab and started 2nd out/back. It's mostly sunny w/ scattered clouds by now.

Second climb took longer, jogged/power-walked till I reached the ridge, then got into a good rhythm. My fastest mile is at 9 miles, 10:28. I really don't remember, must have been on auto-pilot. Reached aid station, it's about 10 miles. Poured cold water on my head, refilled my flask, and decided to drink 1/2 cup of warm cola for the caffeine to get some energy. Right knee is beginning to complain so decided to slow down on downhills. I feel like a zombie, body is exhausted much sooner than usual. Around 12 miles, I feel like puking the cola!! What was I thinking? Don't have my gin-gins, darn it! Just tough it out. Reached the steep downhill to the start/finish AS. Second 'loop' took about 1:25. Drank some cold water, another salt tab and chips. Headed out for 3rd time but need to remember to look out for the turnaround marker on ground.

Up the hill again, it hurts this time. Jogged/power-walked. Hamstrings/calves are on the brink of cramping. This is my slowest mile, about 17 minutes. Feels better when I get to the ridge. Just one foot in front of the other. It feels endless, and I passed the turnaround marker!! My eyes noticed the fading red painted marker on the ground but it wasn't till some minutes later before I reached a small hill that my brain got the message. Turned around, hamstrings (near insertion at knee) are screaming. One last downhill. Last 1/4 mile, picked up speed and finished strong. RD tells me my time is 3:22:18. I'm 2nd of 6 females (1st female is 30, time 2:48:29). And, I'm 5th out of 11 overall in my 16 mile distance. I'm the only 50-59 in AG. Oh, okay. I just want to lie down.

The dark clouds are moving in from SW. After RB finishes, cleaned up abit, ate, rested, the thunder/lightening are closing in. We leave and starts to rain midway on the drive back to campground. We wait in car till storm passes. Our neighbor, Jason, drives up, race is called off, he didn't finish 50 miles but is bumped to marathon. After shower, we all had dinner in town. Got chilly but nice evening as we shared running stories, travels, family, etc. We slept better, awake before 6 am. We pack up. Jason leaves before we do, lives near Minneapolis. He is running the 100 miler at Voyageur where RB will be support crew for another friend whose DH is running in the same event. Small world.

This was definitely a minimalist trail event, which I prefer and enjoy. No huge banners, bands, crowds, off the beaten path for sure. It's in the more scenic part of ND IMO. Not much you can do about weather conditions. Things happen and we went w/ the flow. It's so refreshing to have this in common w/ another runner. The event is definitely not for high maintenance people, LOL!! We really enjoy camping and being outdoors, away from traffic/crowds so we were in our element. Really grateful for the experience, and glad race was not cancelled. The lack of sleep definitely affected my time and effort but I'm satisfied w/ the finish. The trail was very scenic so I didn't get bored but having to run the same short distance over and over for an ultra runner can get old. It's not too technical but the single track had plenty of ups/downs to challenge you. The only annoyance was the one male runner who had his music on loud. We made a new friend too. And, RB finished 1st female, 3rd overall in trail marathon, awesome!!

There is another ultra race on this trail that is held in late July. Starts on north end and finishes at trailhead in town. Put on by a different organization that maintains trail and all $$ goes towards helping preserve the area. I hope to run that in the future.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 16, 2017, 04:08
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How interesting, JC! Your whole experience - camping, going into town/ice cream, the weather, the trails - sound tough but beautiful. And what a tiny race, 11 participants. Congratulations to you, you persevered despite your right knee (I hope the rest is helping it recover) and to your friend on her finish, too. Awesome job, high-five!

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 16, 2017, 08:51
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thanks Nancy! Yes, it was an epic adventure! My distance, 16 miler, had 11 runners. There were over 90 runners total though. If you see the topic, there were six distances in the event.
The 10k had the most runners w/ 28. They only had to run ONE out and back, almost half of them finished over 2 hours. The last one finished in about 3 hours.
The 50 milers had the least w/ 6 runners and only 1 finished before it was called off due to severe thunderstorm.
The knee was achy after the race but 'injury' area (calf) was okay. My hamstrings (closer to the knees in the back) were tight for most of the race. That was strange but I think it was from the awkward positions and not having our legs horizontal while trying to get comfortable in the car added to the fatigue. But, overall, I feel better now. Took an epsom salt bath on Monday, really helped w/ the muscles to relax.

Yes, RB did great even tho' she was pretty drained before setting out on her 4th, last, out/back. I walked w/ her till we got to the steeper part of the hill. She is amazing and a very strong runner, mentally and physically. Her time placed her in the 2nd best time for the event in the marathon distance for women. WOOHOO!!
My time is the 10th best for 16 miler for women ....... waaaay down the list but I'll take it, LOL!!

You've been pretty consistent w/ your training runs, good job!! And you got an 18 miler in, WOW!! I know what you mean w/ body functions that gets weird on long runs. I have to incorporate 1 minute walk breaks every 1 or 2 miles, or body will give out on me. So did you get in the 12 on Saturday? When is your race?
Due to our 'move,' I'm uncertain about Sept. I have to do some travel for work in Oct w/ the U of CO Denver but I'd like to find a 25k trail race.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 17, 2017, 17:39
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Yes JC, I understand there were 6 different races. I simply misunderstood when you said you were 5th out of 11 overall 🙂

Last Saturday we did 14 miles... this Saturday we are running 19, then 14, then 20, then 16, then 12, then 8-10, then race day - Sunday October 1st. I'm concerned we will only have run 20 miles once... I guess it's a leap of faith you can run the full distance??? We shall see how it goes...

Have you started packing up the contents of your house in prep for your move?

Have a great weekend!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 20, 2017, 09:14
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Happy Sunday morning! It is a gorgeous day here in NJ 🙂 I volunteered at out town's triathlon this morning directing the bikers. Came home and enjoyed coffee out in the backyard. Now doing house chores.

Ran 19 miles yesterday. God bless you all who run marathons, I just want to get this done then never do it again.

Katie is down in SC with friends to view the eclipse tomorrow. She'll come home Tuesday night, work 3 more days, then head back to RIT on Saturday for senior years, who-hoo! Time flies.

Hope you all have a great day 🙂

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 20, 2017, 10:20
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Hello ladies! Cloud cover here, slight breeze, feels nice. Probably would be great to run in but not feeling it .......yet; been reading most of the morning, would have been done w/ the run if I just got my lazy behind out on the trail. ugh!! Gym opens at noon, it's not even 11 am yet and I'm procrastinating, LOL!!

Nancy: 19 miles!! WOOHOO!! You didn't give details so I guess you were happy to get it over with, LOL! The training is the hardest. The race is just icing on the cake. You'll be ready. How many LRs do you have to do? Did you run by yourself? We are just as far from the eclipse as you are and predicted to be cloudy so ......... I think I will go into town and join a group who is gathering for that. I need to get some glasses, if there is any left. My sister in WY lives in the path of the eclipse and many of the small towns are getting crowded for the best views. I told her to rent a patch of grass on her lawn for campers, HA!! We are still waiting for the mover's to call to set a date/time for them to pack and load. Since we are not selling the house, there is less anxiety but DH has to report to the new facility between Sept 1-6. If need be, he will let them know he has to extend the Sept time-frame bcuz he wants to be here to oversee the packing/loading. I might have to stop in Denver for some meetings w/ the U of CO in regard to the research project. DH and I will be in separate vehicles so he can continue on. And I'm hoping to run a trail race 'somewhere' on the way down, most likely CO or NM, LOL!!

Wednesday: Rain shower on and off all day, temps in mid 60s. Went to gym. 20 min elliptical, 30 min weights, 3 mile easy run on track, stretch and some core exercises. Legs feel better, knee is good. Overall, recovery is going well. New weight machines at gym, very nice and much more smooth to work with.
Thurs: rest day.
Friday: Total cloud cover. Decided to get a workout first at gym: 25 min elliptical, 20 min stretching/core w/ kettle/medicine bell, then 30 min on weight machines. Didn't want to run on TM in case I felt like running more so drove to state park. About 70 degrees, 80% humiidity, 70 dwpoint, barely a breeze. Ran on X-country trails, finished 6.2 miles. Felt good. Knee is feeling much better. During race, knee wasn't happy but I blame it on not sleeping horizontal, knee mostly bent the whole night.
Saturday: rest day.
Today: planning on gym workout, will try to run at least 6 miles on trail, at the 'maze' this time.

Waving to Jana, Erica and Lisa!

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 20, 2017, 18:15
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SUNDAY: Finally got my lazy self to the gym for a workout. Only have till end of month on membership so want to get the most out of it especially w/ the nice smoother weight machines. Students are back so gym is a happening place now. Started w/ 15 min elliptical, then 10 min cycle, 30 min weights, some stretching.
Would rather run on trails so drove to the 'maze.' Ran 2 loops, NICE!! Finished 8 miles, felt great, maintained good steady pace. Low dewpoint made the slight breeze feel so much cooler; no other runner/hiker, quiet, LOVE IT!! Mtn bikers on a different trail.

There is a 10 miler/5k run event on Saturday, all along the lake. All proceeds go to the shelter for domestic violence, good cause but not sure if I want to pound those miles on a paved trail. ouch!! Will see if I can volunteer instead.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 21, 2017, 18:45
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I had such a good time volunteering Sunday, it gave me a good feeling inside. And it was inspirational to see all kinds of people biking!

The 19 miles was ok. Just so long... (duh Nancy!). And my knees were tired/sore, from mile 15 on I walked/ran. Came home took Aleeve and a brief nap, then had to do some chores before heading to our friends for a swim in their pool and BBQ. In bed by 9pm, felt ok Sunday. So the knees did recover 🙂

Good job on your workouts JC despite that humidity. We haven't been to the gym all summer, not looking forward to going there for the treadmill. I want to run outside as long as we possibly can (on work days).

Saw the eclipse this afternoon using glasses our maintenance man bought. I thought it was neat! Katie is in SC with friends so they saw it totally. She texted and sent a pic, had a lot of fun.

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2017
on: August 22, 2017, 07:50
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Monday: rest day. It's really cloudy so stayed home. Set my alarm at 12:59 pm to stand on front porch to take photos/videos of "before" and "during" and "after" of the eclipse. At 1:02 pm, had my GoPro on but no obvious change during totality but I think I got 5 seconds "glimpse" of moon moving pass sun just after the totality, when clouds open briefly. In another 7 yrs, it's suppose to be closer to SW (mostly over TX), yippee!

Nancy: hey, lucky you! for experiencing the eclipse and that must have been phenomenal for Katie, YAY!! Most of us will be fortunate to have another chance in 7 yrs. LRs are tiring for sure. I do my walk/run (Galloway method) when I do LRs, usually walking 30 sec - 1 min every 2 miles. I don't take meds but taking a cool epson salt bath afterwards and even the next day really helps. I do ice my knee if it's more achy than usual. Wondering if it's more due to the cooler muggy temps. You timed this training very well, in that you are running outside instead of on TM. It's a compromise though, right? Having to tough out the training runs in hot/humid weather conditions. Good job on getting it done!!
How many LRs will you do? What is the longest distance? I forget, when is the race?

Okay, gotta get to the gym for another workout, and a short run on the X-country trails. Wouldn't you know, it's sunny and clear!?! We have ballroom dance lesson tonight.

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