Thursday, December 10, 2009
Here is the short story;
- After breaking my tibfib I get into trail walk/running for my rehab.
-My first trail race is the 5 peaks diez vista ( only 14km section). I place top10. psyched.
-I show up to view the 'crazies ' doing the 50 K diez vista finish line, um, 4 yrs ago.
-I watch Susan Evans cross the line- WOW! I am so impressed by a woman in such great shape.
-It is now a DREAM to do this race'. I show up to cheeer the 50K finishers every year .
- Jim and I train... me recovering from a broken leg, him from a pulmonary embolism (welder, 2 pack a day smoker- obviously he quit)
-Did several trail races and a 3:34 marathon together- NOT the endgoal... was training for the 50K
-Did the Frosty 50 K . NOT the endogoal... was just practice for the Diez vista..
-Find out the Diez vista might not occur--oh no! ... and now the great news . It is happening! Yaaay!
.... I'm actually thinking of a post race party as I live 5 min away from the finish. Hmm. Luv2run, luv2 party!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
After taking it easy on the Frosty 50K, I was bursting at the seams to just go out and rip it up. This race totally satisfied my desires. It started with a nice flat loop to warm-up. I couldn't believe how fast people were going at the start, being so competitive at the beginning when its such a long race! The first hill was a steep one. I took my time and walk/ran it as was able, letting people pass me. I did learn a few things from the 50 K cuz then... the downhill... wooo hooo! my legs felt great and limber as I flew past those same people who were running rather apprehensively. The only person I did not catch up to was an amazing older lady wearing pink. Everyone seemed to know her.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
After training all summer for our first 50Km run, we were remarkably calm the night before, going over maps and packing . Unfortunately, JIM spent a lot of time in the bathroom with the stomach flu!
The race started at 8am. It was 5 degrees C and raining. Lubed up and ready to go. It started flat along little muddy trail. Jim and I constantly telling each other to 'slow down'. Only 3 miles into the run I trip-full on mud surf. Good fun. The muddy bog was nice and soft. After a long road of switchbacks we hit some pretty single track trails. Then JIM lost a glove so we ran back to get it cuz another runner saw it. Unfortunately, our good samaritan got stung 3 times! and had to DNF in the end. I'm sure he will be back for more. It happens to the best of them.
Feeling great by the time we hit the alpine meadows. The trees were getting scarce so finding a place to pee became a bit concerning at this point.
Finally the steep 1000m climb up to top of Mount Frosty. We did feel the altitude at 7,900 feet. It was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL up there.... even if it was windy and sleeting. But I still LOVED IT! as you can see from the video below;
The run down from frostywas a BLAST!! we hit the 27 Km in less than 4 hrs and were feeling great. I found it interesting how you get kinda 'puffy' at altitude.
The Drama Continues: Jim is injured
THEN running along lightning lake JIM hits a rock and hyperdorsiflexes his foot and hears a loud 'snap'. We figured he was done... but no, he could run.... with LESS pain in his plantar fasciae ever. So along we go up Skyline one trail. I only had to run back once to get JIM's toilet paper he dropped. He is not done yet!
Now Jim is Out for sure!
At about 30 Km JIM turns pasty white, is dizzy and severely lacking energy. I figure he was done again ! His stomach flu came back to haunt him. I couldn't just leave him there in the woods... and I couldn't build a rickshaw to carry him down. At 200 lbs, he was too heavy to piggy back. So I conceded to let go of 'competing' and just run behind Jim, letting him set the pace. I had no choice cuz apparently if I ran ahead of him it ''brought him down''. It was hard for me, a real test of self restraint, and a test of our relationship.
I thought I dropped a glove and ran back down the hill to look for it. I had lots of time with Jims current pace. I'm thinking I ran more than 50 kms by the end of the race. tee hee.
We make it to the 32km Aid station. I inhaled the munchie mix and cheezies! Jim forced down a gel.. and I suggest he refuel with pure water- good choice because he started to get better.
Jim digging deep to push the last 20 kms.
Running along Skyline there are about three peaks. You just think you are done, then you see another peak! 778m climb in total. But the views looking back were again, beautiful.
We ran/walked to the finish line to finish at 7 hr 38 mins. We did the corny thing and 'held hands' when we crossed the finish line. The crowd of 15 went wild. We did it! WE did it!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I just want this to be a positive experience. Maybe lead to more 50 K's..... not one of those 'I'll never do it again' things. So many other people have done multiple 50 Ks and more, so there must be some joy in it. Even moreso, I hope my husband will 'enjoy' it. He is nursing a sore heel, and I hope it doesn't hold him back. I guess we will see.... we will see.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Well, we did our whole 'peaking thing' 3-4 weeks before the run. Two 75 mile weeks (including X-trianing) Much less info out there for specific 50 K trail runs than a marathon, which has Tons of exact guidelines. Even less for the taper- So I'll wing it. Looks like 4-5 mile /occas 6 mile two weeks before, avoiding speed and hill training? -its gonna be hard when you feel great!
THE HAUNTED SWINGSETT HALF WAY ALONG THE SFU HILL - OH SCARRRRY
Funny part is, we tried a different trail from "harry jerome bubble thing' back home. Looked great at start but it was total bushwackin the rest of the way. FUN (sort of, if you were a guy)
OF COURSE, NO GOOD HILL TRAINING GOES WITHOUT DOING THE DIEZ VISTA
We did Sasamat, Diez Vista, around Buntzen, only part way up power lines then back. At 4 1/2 hrs Jims sore heel made him walk. Pretty damn good for him. Cuz I'm a freak and wanted to run 5 hrs, I finished the rest of the time on the treadmill. It was more of a mental accomplishment than physical.
Jim is slowly recovering from his Plantar Fasciitis. Hey, he ran 4 1/2 hrs ! He is finally respecting his injury and decided BIKING is the way to go.
So... we pull into the bike shop... he tells ME
"we are NOT buying anything, only looking".
I look away for awhile, next thing I see is Jim out with the Credit card buying a Cannondale!!
Oh well, He deserves it- he had the same bike for like, 20 years! no kidding! he paid homage to deep cove bike shop big time.
So, a great way to finish off our training for our first 50 K was to go and support some great running friends we met this year for their stage race at MARATHON DE SABLES.
Friends come and go through life. But there is something about running with someone for 4 hours.... I feel like I know them more than some of my longer term friends- weird. .. Maybe we get bored and open up ?? Hmm... Maybe I should take my daughter for a run! I am looking forward to meeting more crazy runners.
Since we were actually home Sunday morning . (shorter run-taper thing ) We got to see these four bears, plus a fifth. All enjoyed our crabapple tree immensesly. Entertainment every year.!
RARE TO SEE A MOMMA BEAR WITH THREE CUBS- OUR BACK YARD
I guess the next post will be the actual run... yikes! Afraid... but Very alive.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
AMBER MONFORTE- Wins the womens, breaking the record by 3 1/2 hours!! What an amazing woman!! No only was she an amazing athlete who worked full time... but apparently she finished each stage with a tequila shooter... now thats my kinda girl! For more info:
This was one of the first four guys... 3 of them from italy. There was a big whooplah. I was impressed with the size of the guy. Is it a common misconception that you have to be small to be fast?? inspration for my 6 ft 3"" husband.
And on to the actual HOLIDAY! :
GOAL: Endurance training, 75 miles running ( or similar xt);Learn to enjoy more biking.
ACHIEVED: two ten mile runs ; two 40 mile 5 1/2 hr bike rides in 4 days. ??bottles of wine consumed. tee hee.
LOVED 10 mile runs penticton to OK falls. Stopped once at a good ol' diner at OK falls. Jim ate some huge farmers scramble with eggs/bacon/cheeze/potatoes etc.... then ran back. I don't think he will have stomach problems for our 50 K!
We did a bike ride thru Naramata to ''wine taste''. It was so beautiful we never stopped to do the tasting. Biked 40 miles. The most I have ever biked in my life - I quite enjoyed this!.
Biking thru Naramata Vinyards :
Kettle Valley 40 mile bike ride: 20 miles uphill, in the sand, against the wind, for 3 1/2 hrs. I did not find this enjoyable... but it was a good workout. Tired after the 5 1/2 hrs of biking.
Beautiful tunnels at the beginning... but it just went uphill from there. No wonder everyone was going in the opposite direction to us.
lie down at the end at Chute lk:
To make it that much more enjoyable, Jim got a massive flat tire at 18 mi out . He rode 6 mi in then some old rock picker picked us up. Thank god. I know we could have ran back.
I want to GARBAGE his old hard tail bike. I think its 20 yrs old from deep cove bike shop! Give it up Jim!
We started to get into biking. No pounding on the joints but still a great workout! love it- but need better equipment.
Dirt to Dining: Total Vancouverite
Finish sweaty, dirty bike ride...cleaned up in the lake at Naramata... then off to Penticton Casino for some classy dining. A perfect day!
Great stop at Manning Park just before East entrance. I could spend a week here! I hoped to do part of the frosty 50k run but Jims foot (plantar fasciitis) was too sore. ..And back to Van we go.
Great trip, great work at cross training- liking the bike thing! Highly recommend BANBURY green for camping . Its betw penticton and ok falls. Access to the KVR. Bit more $, but most sites on skaha lk with your own private beach. LOVELY!!