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Weekend Lessons

IMG_0330 I had this long post drafted about what I believe, what I think needs to be done and why. About how I was disappointed on social medial this weekend by discussions on one topic that somehow raged out of control onto other, unrelated topics.  I get it.  I opened the door.  On one topic.  To one room.  Not to every topic, every room.  My lesson.  But I scrapped it.  You can thank me later.

Instead you get a weekend recap.  And some pictures of other people doing things that I won’t ever do.   Sorry the pictures are fuzzy.

IMG_0338Saturday started with some errands and prep work for a belated Thanksgiving dinner.  It RAINED all damn day.  I didn’t think that happened in the desert Southwest.  Once everything was prepped and things were in the oven. I took off to see the Desert Solstice.  This is a 100 mile/24 hour race run around a high school track.  There were several people attempting to break records (American, World, Age Group) and I wanted to see what it looked like to run for that long.

The rain didn’t seem to be helping morale or slowing them down at all. But it was crappy, cold and rainy.  I went around 3:00pm so they had already been running for 7+ hours.  The first picture is what it looked like at 3pm.

IMG_0335Then we ate dinner.  After dinner, I convinced Michael to go back to the track with me.  It was after 8pm and the rain had stopped.  They had been running for 12+ hours.  We must have just missed Jon Olsen taking the 100 miles. As we got there, we heard Michael Arnstein’s crew talking about him finishing a sub-13 hour 100 miles and trying to convince him to go for the 200k record. He came in at 12:57:45 and it took all that he had.  It felt intrusive to take his picture after his finish, so I didn’t.

IMG_0339But there went Nick Coury (pic 2), who set a new PR for him self and Connie Gardner (pic 3), who holds the current AR for the 24 hour race.  Debra Horn set a new 200k record in the 50-54 age group.  Jay Smithberger (pic 4) came in third in the 100 mile.  His picture seemed less intrusive!

By Sunday morning only 6 were left on the track.  2 men and 6 women.  Nicely done!  I can’t even comprehend what it takes mentally to run for 24 straight hours.

As for me, my IT Band pain has been worse and I am taking it easy.  I swam on Sunday.  I will try to ride the bike some this week and give the IT Band a break.  Lots of stretching and foam rolling.

Saturday: McDowell Mountain Frenzy

IMG_0321This morning was the Aravaipa Running McDowell Mountain Frenzy 5 mile trail race.  This was organized by the same group I volunteered for last month.  You can read that one here.  But this time, I punched my ticket to run.

The options were: 5 Mile, 10 Mile, 25 K, 50 K and 50 Mile.  Uh yea, sign me up for the 5 mile.  And thanks for extending it from the usual 5k to 5 miles, that actually turned out to be about 5.3 miles.  That last mile over the mountain was AWESOME.

In fact, the first mile and half or so felt mostly great.  I had a hard time controlling my breathing.  I am not really sure why. But the first half or so passed by with little ill effects.  Then there was a water stop.  A HARD climb up, the photo op (thanks NICK for the warning that the photo was coming) and then some flat.  Unfortunately, I had looked at the elevation profile BEFORE the race and knew that right after mile 4 came the BIG climb.

IMG_0320And then I could see it.  And see my sister climbing up it.  And I said OH GOOD GOD.  Out loud.  To no one.  Because I was alone.  I didn’t say last.  I said alone.

But the climb wasn’t really as bad as it seemed. Except that the top 3 10 milers passed me going UP the mountain.  I did everything I could to get out of their way.  And then there was a fun downhill, up one more little ridge and on to the finish.

Thanks again to Nick and Jamil for putting on a great event.  It was well organized, went off on time and the trails were VERY marked well.  If I could follow them, most anyone could.  Follow the blue signs and the black and orange polka dot ribbons.  No trouble at all.

Yes, Jamil, I shook my fists at you.  But I would never hurt you.  Or curse you.  Not out loud anyway.

This one took more out of me than I was expecting.  Although with only 3 trail runs under my belt since we have been in Phoenix, what could I expect really?  I will definitely punch my ticket for another short trail race.  And I would love to volunteer next year and see some of the 50K and 50 mile runners later in the day.


Friday: Improvement

Image 11-13-12 at 5.02 PMFirst, did Jack really kill Chapell?  Really?  I only have like 3 episodes left.  I will try to finish Season 3 up next week.

Saturday brings a 5 mile trail race so Friday was a bike day.  But not a hard ride.    The ride was about 8 miles round trip and since the Garmin was dead, I have no idea how long it actually took.   It felt GREAT on the way there, only to realize that it was mostly downhill the whole way out.  The ride back was a bit harder.

I actually rode to Lowes to get more paint chips for yet another calendar.  Yup, I am going seasonal!  Out with fall and in with winter.  Pictures coming once I actually put it together.

And then I have at least two other projects on the radar screen!  Damn Pinterest is keeping me busy.

I read Adam’s blog at TheBoringRunner and he is a kick.  He is also a running coach and has a new app available.  If anyone is looking for a virtual coach / training plan, check him out. Virtual Run Coach

What is on the schedule for your weekend?  I have the trail race and then Cookie Day.  Sunday may include a movie.

Sunday: Results!

IMG_0306Congrats to Krista and Michael for their great results at the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon!  All goals were met.  I am very proud.

While they were out doing that, I was eating breakfast and hanging out with my BIL. When I tried to go out and run my 6 miles on the trails, my right quad said HELL NO!  So I scooped Michael off the couch and we went and walked around the arts fair instead.

I am hoping to be back out logging some miles on Monday!

How was your weekend?

Saturday: Decisions

Some things can not be overcome with determination and a positive attitude.It became apparent as Saturday went along that the Sunday race was not going to be possible.  Every once in a while, my leg would jerk uncontrollably like a puppet on a sting.  It is just some serious quad and glute muscle soreness.  So be it.

Sister and Husband are still running the Fiesta Bowl Half and that means that BIL and I get to be Sherpas, Cheer Zone and breakfast buds!  WAHOO!

I still have a 6 mile trail run planned for Sunday, once DH is carefully deposited on the couch and in a coma, and the 5 mile trail race next weekend.  The McDowell Mountain Frenzy.

Damn the CrossFit.  I will see you on Tuesday.