Monday, May 04, 2009

Rejoice or Complain

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. Ziggy

Waiting for the start of Miwok 100k comfy, happy and warm.
I never thought we would have this type of weather for Miwok 100k in May. I have run it a few times and I think it rained a little once during the race but it was still warm.
Smart choices I made before the race
#1 tape my feet that I have been having issues with the last couple of weeks ,and go back to wearing injinji socks. #2 Wear my Arcteryx gortex beta ar jacket. It saved me twice now in bad weather.
Bad choices I made during the race #1 not eating enough ate 6 shot bloks and a hand full of potato chips for 40 miles.
#2 not drinking enough because I wasn't thinking clearly due to the cold.

Me having fun ;)
I must say I had very few issues other than not eating and drinking. I did almost pass out a few times because I bent down and got up to fast and was already low on food. Low blood sugar level I'm sure.
Smart thing I have been doing lately, that has been working well, every 3 hours I take 2 grams of L-Glutamine powder and Ribose powder and 1 100 mg pill of Co-Q10. I use the Jarrow formulas brand the rep from Jarrow asked me to try this during HURT 100 this year and it has worked great during every race and long run. No really bad energy issues even if I'm not eating but most of all no muscle fatigue.
It was a pain at first but now i mix it together ahead of time and have the pills in the bottle and keep a little scooper inside the bottle.
During the race I could tell alot of people were in trouble on the out and back section. Alot of people were barley moving and seemed to be out of it. I felt great all the way to the turn around. I saw Andy in that section and he was having a bad day. I felt bad and wished I could catch him so I could run with him. Which I was trying to do all day catch him.
I made it to the turn around and on the climb out started having a few issues and felt slow. Once to the top, I just ran walked as much as I could and knew once I got to Bolinas AS I was home free ;)

Julian and me at the finish.

I was so bundled up most of the race I didn't talk a lot with runners. I just blasted my ipod and focused on getting through the race.
The runners I did talked to all seemed to just be focused on getting done too.

I was alone a lot after Pan Toll aid station. I was moving well because I was passing runners.
I was happy to make it to TV AS. My goal now was to finish without having to use my light. I hooked up with my friend Julian from Colorado who didn't have a light so we decided to stay together to get to the finish.

The whole race, it was so foggy you never really had an idea where you were at on the course, it was very trippy.
Happy to say I finished in 14:36 my slowest finishing time there. But it really wasn't about time it was about digging deep and being uncomfortable. Running 62 miles is not meant to be easy if it was everyone would be running Ultras. It is about our mind and learning how to not give up and pushing through being uncomfortable for 14+ hours. We all know as runners that we don't want to do anything stupid. So we make our own choices during our races.
I am proud of all who started and if you didn't finish it doesn't matter we all were brave warriors to be out there no matter how long.

Time to rest up this weekend I have PCT 50 miler this weekend. It will be most likely 90 degrees there. It's all Andy's fault I'm running that race ;) At least my sweetie is going to run with me the whole race :)

Cleaned up and ready to go home ;)
Crossfit wod...


Complete the following for time:

  • 20 push-ups/1 sit-up
  • 19 push-ups/2 sit-up
  • 18 push-ups/3 sit-up
  • 17 push-ups/4 sit-up
  • 16 push-ups/5 sit-up
  • 15 push-ups/6 sit-up
  • 14 push-ups/7 sit-up
  • 13 push-ups/8 sit-up
  • 12 push-ups/9 sit-up
  • 11 push-ups/10 sit-up
  • 10 push-ups/11 sit-up
  • 9 push-ups/12 sit-up
  • 8 push-ups/13 sit-up
  • 7 push-ups/14 sit-up
  • 6 push-ups/15 sit-up
  • 5 push-ups/16 sit-up
  • 4 push-ups/17 sit-up
  • 3 push-ups/18 sit-up
  • 2 push-ups/19 sit-up
  • 1 push-ups/20 sit-up
time 12:17


Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Wow, talk about extremes. Going from a cold, rainy 100k to a hot 50-miler the next weekend - that's hardcore...and very awesome!

Nice job at Miwak and good luck this weekend.

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on your finish at Miwok! What crazy weather! I was working the finish line and everyone who came through is a hero in my book.

I wanted to ask you about the Arc'Teryx jacket. Do you ever over heat running in it?

Thanks and good luck next weekend!

Jo Lynn said...

Yup, LOVE my jacket too! It was a great investment. I'm glad you made it safely. Know that I was thinking of you. ;)

Alaskan Assassin said...

Way to dig deep and finish. It is all about the experience and sometimes as runners we get to caught with time.

I do not know how with that cold weather you ate so little. I would have passed out on the trail.

Anyways congrats and good luck next weekend. I can not wait to get down to SD next month.

DirtDiablo said...


It was great catching up and finishing together at Miwok.

Good luck and see you soon.

The journey, it was all about the journey at Miwok


PunkRockRunner said...

Taking everything into consideration you totally rocked the day!

Sorry to hear that so many people struggled out there and I hope they all finished.

I was thinking about you at Miwok during the Eugene Marathon and wondering how your race was going. Mine was a so-so day and marked the first time I had ever run 3 marathons in 13 days.


Sunshine Girl said...

Gosh, what a miserable day. That certainly changes the vibe of a race - a little less fun and a lot more "Get 'er Done." I have a photo of Julian on my Miwok 2008 race report that is pretty funny. Good for you for sucking it up and enduring!

Smithposts said...

Sounds like this race was all about the journey, a successful one!! Congrats on your finish! It's nice to have friends to share the tough hours.

Look forward to a "warmer" write-up for the PCT 50-miler.