Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Regis Shivers Sr.

My friend Regis passed away this morning. I don't know what else to say right now. I tend to get really quiet after a death, just kind of in shut down mode.
I have known Reg for the last two years but really don't know so much about his running history. I know he was a very good runner. He ran Mohican 10 times and earned his 1000 belt buckle. He ran the Appalachian Trail and completed it. I know he ran numerous races, including Punxy,Buckeye Trail, JFK, Mountain Masochist, Massanutten, Arkansas Traveller, Rattlesnake 50K-oh who knows what else, I didn't even know about some of these until I "googled" him. I know he was very proud about his Double Moe in 1999.

Reg was always happy to have me ask him for advice, even as I asked the most bone-headed newby questions. I never felt stupid or awkward asking him things.
It was always great fun to ask him questions about Mohican, since he knew the course so well. I think he really enjoyed those talks and questions, because he knew how much I loved being out at Mo. It was fun to ask "hey, I took a wrong turn on the hill past Rt 3, the hill that is like Two Beer Hill in Punxy, what did I do"? And he knew exactly what I was talking about.

One of my most happy race moments is in the picture above. I was just coming into the Grist Mill Aid Station. It was about ninety degrees out, no lie. I watched the womam in front of me turn into the drive and people greeted her. I felt very "ultrawhiny" at this moment; I had no one crewing for me, and had no relatives out there to cheer me on. So I turn into the drive for the aid station, and Reg is standing there in front of me! I was amazed and so pleased to see them! I have no idea WHY we were laughing so much-that I was still in the race? Still crazy enough to be there? That was a huge pick me up. And then, little good little ultrarunner fairies, Di and Reg continued to pop out ahead of me at all the aid stations. In fact, they even drove my butt back to the campground after I dropped!
Reg even got a run in onthe 2006 Mohican Race. Our friend Rich, was fading a bit at the fire tower. His wife Wendy, Di, and Reg were discussing options. One was to send me out with Rich. Okay by me. Reg decided to go. In the darkness with no light. He hadn't run in months. So Rich and Reg ran off into the night for the four mile section from the Fire Tower to the Covered Bridge. I am so glad he got to experience his beloved Mohican for one last time.
I miss you Reg, and will be thinking about you when we run on Mohican this Sunday. I bet we'll have some good conversations talking about you.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Trail Run!

A difficult trail run, on my little loop around the golf course on the top of the hill. There was still plenty of wet mushy snow, causing hazardous footing going both up and down hill, and then some of the snow was still ice crusted, where I had to smash my foot through to get some good footing. Tomorrow I've got twelve to run; I have noticed it is still light at 6pm right now, so I am hoping to enjoy a nice run on the country back roads, my "around the block".

I stopped by my friend's house on the way home, he was sleeping due to his pain medications. I didn't stay long, I brought some muffins and just wanted to pop my face in so Di knows I'm around if she needs me. It's very hard in a situation like this to know what to say. I asked if there was anything I could do, and her answer was "make a wonder drug for him". I almost started crying then and was able to not cry. I just wish there was something I could do to help. It comforts me in a little way that Di appreciated me stopping in. I'm going to stop in on Thursday again to check on them.

Monday, February 26, 2007

One month til Umstead!

just wrote out my training plan for the month of March-it’s one month til Umstead!
I’m having the scared thoughts today.
Long runs for the month are:
March 3 and 4th: long run at Mohican both days. 21 or so Saturday; 13 on Sunday.
March 10: 50K FA on the YUT-C course. I am contemplating just driving over from home so I will be good and tired.
March 17 & 18: tapering down to a 16 and 10 weekend.
March 24: we’ll actually be in Cinti for our big wine tasting weekend. It would be realistic to say that I might not get a run in all weekend long.
Am I ready for this? I have no idea. Training in these winter months have really been difficult to get long runs in. I’ve done lots of cross training and have been working well on my core and stretching. (Except not so much this last week.)

Plans for the month:
Eat healthy. Drink lots of water. I started taking glucosamine chondroitin again, and a new anti-oxidant. Cut down on wine and coffee. Stretch more!
I started reading race reports from Umstead and realized with the aid stations, I won’t have to carry much with me at all-that will be great!
I also realized there may be some great variations in temperature so I need to think about warm humid conditions and then cold weather at night.
I have been having good luck with Perpeteum on training runs so I will probably be using a good deal of that during my race. I also like ClifBlok Shots and CliffShots, so I need to make sure I have a good supply of these before the race. In reading race reports, I noticed a reference to a REI store in Cary and Raleigh, so I should be able to resupply myself if needed.
I’m not too concerned about clothes and shoes. I just picked up three new pairs of Saucony Trigon Rides 3 (as opposed to the newer 4’s). I plan on wearing these for the race, not trail shoes. I have my cool pink Dirty Girl Gaiters; I just have to attach Velcro to these shoes. My clothes are well, old and broken in, no need for anything new there.

Anyone have any thoughts on driving after a 100 mile race? I will be alone. I could always get a hotel room for right after the race, but would I be better off trying to get a few miles up the road? This, strangely enough, is one of my biggest concerns at the moment-how I am going to get myself home after the race.

Since my husband was out of town with our guest, I got to the gym for a very satsifying workout on the elliptical-I bumped the level up one, and got a good 40 minutes in. Then ten minutes on the Stair Master-I didn't have my feet just right on it, and developed a calf cramp, but finished the workout. I do like the Stair Master.

Tomorrow will hopefully be an outside run!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Week End Recap

Wednesday: Get to Louisville, check in at hotel by 3.30 pm. I am mentally getting ready to hit the treadmill at the hotel. Then the husband asks "Why don't we go wine shopping, and then go out to dinner from there?"
Hmm. Split second decision with out of town guest. Ok. Wine shopping and dinner to follow. Louisville, Kentucky, has some most excellent restaurants, one of the reasons I am always happy to take a few days off work and go to Louisville with my husband.
We have dinner at Palermos, an Argentinian restaurant, that I have been wanting to try for a few years. It's very good, although I forgot to include carbs, unless you count my calamari appetizer.
Thursday: after I unload the van for the show, I am free for the day! After a few wrong turns, I find my way to Jefferson Memorial Forrest where there was just a 50K run "Lovin the Hills 50K the weekend before.
It turns out I ended up running the main portions on the LTH course-I ran the red trail section, then the blue section, back over to the Main Welcome Center, then out the Siltstone Trail out-and back.
It's very nice trail! Non-technical, free of roots and rocks, nice dirt, some single track and some jeep-access road, but non stop up and down hills! My quads are still sore on Sunday after this run!
Friday: I am free after noon. I do some quick shopping, then hit the elliptical at the hotel gym. The husband calls after about 1/2 hour. I am surprised, I thought I had more free time!! Work out ends.
Saturday: more shopping, no gym time. We shop at a Chinese supermarket and score lots of items we can't have at home. We have dinner at a local favorite Ethiopian restaurant.
Sunday: drive home. No workout.
I am feeling a little pressed for a good workout, although I did get one long run in Thursday--and didn't I just run a marathon last week or so?
I am planning on a long run weekend this weekend-hopefully two days at Mohican, on trails, maybe with some others. I am getting to the point where I need to get away for long runs, if I stay at home life is interfering too much!

Monday, February 19, 2007


What a change the weather can make in your attitude. It was about 40 degrees when I left work today---it was practically HOT! I got my 4 miles in on the treadmill, the house seemed hot and stuffy with the sun beating down.
Maybe I can get an outside run in tomorrow before we leave town on Wednesday...

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Thngs to Do Today

I started this post early in the morning, and I've been able to check off most of the items. I even got out for some cross country skiing. I used Dennis' poles, which were too long for me. Maybe I can purchase some ski poles while in Louisville.
It looks like my "free day" in Louisville will be Thursday. This is my chance to get my 50K in. Now I need to check weather forecast, and figure out where to run. I have some maps printed out for the Jefferson Memorial Forest, where they just had the "Lovin the Hills 50K" run Saturday. I hope to be on the trails there. Weather forecast for Louisville: High of 56 no rain!!!!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Snowy Saturday

I started my run at 8am this morning. My husband was able to follow my route closely by just poking his head into the rec room and see me still on the tread. Unlike Rob I only had a 10 miler today, an 8 mile run tomorrow. I'm sure they will all be on the treadmill. I do share his frustration with the weather though. I drove a side street on my normal running route and it's still snow and ice covered and unsuitable to run on. Running trails really wouldn't be the term right now-more like slogging through the snow. Our walk today with the dogs was the same as yesterday-breaking through the ice crust down into about six inches of snow.

I got out to see my friend Regis who was discharged from the hospital. He is groggy from his meds, but seemed to be following our conversation. His wife Di, and I, talked about his two runs on the Appalachian Trail. Regis successfully ran the entire AT in 2002. It was a good visiit, I was glad to see him still fighting and still with us.
Reg Jr happened to be home, so I got to discuss the fast approaching Umstead Race. Jr has run it before, so that good to discuss. Jr had a good point, with all the loops you run on Umstead, it can be a mental challenge to not stop at your nice warm car or bunk.

The snow continues to fall here, big fluffy snowflakes. It's sure alot easy to look at when you have already gotten your workout done for the day!

Thursday, February 15, 2007


I was kind of contemplating a Mo run this weekend until out on the hills today with the pups. The snow is frozen to a crust. As you walk, you break through (unless you weigh about 60 lbs, like my GS pup girl, Condie) and sink down. I could see a "run" in Mohican taking quite a long time. So it's probaly a treadmill weekend for me!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day

Not so much a romantic day here in Ohio. Took a half hour to break through the ice on my vehicle, had to pick up a staff member on my way to the hospital-her good/bad luck to live on my route! Busy day at the hospital, but all staff showed up-good going!
My friend ended up getting admitted to my hospital. In one way, I was glad, because I could then provide very good patient care, since I know his wife is an excellent historian, and can provide me with all the information I need, to take care of his needs. On the other hand, I see my friend, not doing well at all, still trying to stay with us. It's hard to say much more without becoming really sad. I think I will have to launch into the 'live every moment' soapbox. Life is precious, and good, and you never know how long you will be around with your loved ones, so try and love every moment of it, savour your runs, and try to enjoy every minute.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Snow snow snow

The winter storm has hit here. I am strongly hoping for a "snow day" here where I cannot get off my hilltop. It doesn't happen to often for me, it has to be where I cannot drive on the roads. I sent some of my staff home at two pm, the ones who lived out of town. I called off another staff member who was in Columbus, and told her not to come to work on Wednesday, someone else volunteered to work her shift.
I live the farthest out of town, but I didn't leave until I knew a friend had a ride home. My friend, who has is battling cancer, now has pneumonia. He came in to our clinic for an IV antibiotic and I was worried how he and his wife were going to get home, since the emergency squad had brought them in.
It turns out I couldn't give him a ride home, since he needed oxygen and there was no spare tank, and the squad was available to get him home. So shortly after that was cleared up, I headed home. My ride was uneventful until I hit the curvy section, the 1.5 miles to my house, I would say the roads were the worst since I moved in.

SO I get home, get out to the barn, get my cross country skis on, and I bust a ski pole! How does that happen? I still tried to go on with 1.4 ski poles, but gave up soon. I got back to the barn, and then had fun with the dogs for another 1/2 hour. The rain and sleet had frozen a crust to the snow, so I was skipping snowballs over the surface of the snow for the dogs to chase. They were having great fun!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Dirt Dirt Dirt

Oh yes! An outside run! It was a balmy 36 degrees! I wore tights and just two shirts. I even found a ballcap in my vehicle to wear instead of a knit cap.
My little trail was partly snow covered, partly icy, and partly frozen mud. I wore my 'screwed shoes' and have discovered I need to take a few more screws out, their points are making contact with my foot.
It was a sluggish 1.5 hour run, the footing was treacherous. My legs felt quite good. I was very tired in the morning, but seemed to perk up with lots of food today, and the notion of the outside run.
It was so good to be out on the trail and in nature. I don't know how else to describe it. I had to pause for a moment to watch a hawk swoop, then also when I heard a crack! and watched a branch plummet to earth. Funny, how it decided to break right then and there. It's just so relaxing and therapeutic to be out in the woods, moving from surface to surface, changing your position instantly with the changing trail conditions.
What to do tomorrow? It is a day off, but I have a feeling I need to take off Valentine's Day, so depending on the weather, I may A) break out the cross country skis, the conditions are perfect on my land B) Hit the gym for a good workout and stairmaster. We're supposed to be getting all this snow tomorrow.
So glad I hit the trails today!

High of 36

36 degrees? I am so outside today!!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Last Chance for Boston Race Report

This was a one mile loop over in Dublin Ohio, in the midst of corporate hotels and office buildings. The loop is totally flat.
I get to Dublin and run into my neighbors, Wendy and Gabe, who I did not know where running this! We could have shared gas costs! Gabe is a new ultra runner (and fast!!) and just signed up for Mohican! This is great for me because now I can get some night runs in with his company. My husband was very happy to know I will running around the woods with a younger man. Isn't ultra running COOL!!!
We get to the starting line and a masked woman waves at me. It turns out to be Nancy, from Medina, who has come over with Kim and Suzanne. (See, I am not the only crazy one...)
It's a balmy 10 degrees at race time. I'm wearing two pairs of pants and three shirts. My headband kind of freezes to my head with the sweat. I'm not the only one with hair icicles. Luckily, there really was only a light wind.
Also out there and running Mo was Jeff from Columbus, and Josh from Cinti, who has signed up for Mohican. They said hi every few times as they lapped me!
I got whiny about mile 12, as my hamstring started hurting. I was dying for some elevation change, to get some work to my legs. I was about ready to run up and down a snowbank. I took my own advice when you start to feel bad, and ate something, and took some Advil. I really was discouraged this loop, and starting to get in a bad mood. I don't really know why, maybe just low blood sugar. Then I overheard someone's conversation "would you run this race next year?" Well, I realized I wasn't running this as a race, it was just a training run, and a way for me to get time on my feet. This helped with my mood (and probaly the sugar and Advil helped) so I just plugged along.

I really don't like road marathons. My knees were killing me. By mile 21, when I stopped for water, my knees kind of locked up on me. That was a new experience. So I finished the race by continuing to slowly jog, no more stops--because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get back to a running pace again!
I felt worse physcially after this road race than I did after 27 miles of Mountain Masochist. I felt pretty good after the continous ups and downs of Virginia; this flat and hard land of Dublin just plain hurt!
I came home and took an ice bath because I felt I needed it. Now I feel okay, it will be interesting to see how I am tomorrow.
Mentally, this was a good run. It was a good way to force myself to run 26.2 miles. Remind me next to just go run trails instead!!

1 Degree

1 Degree, feels like -8. High of 26.

Well, it will do noting but get warmer today!

Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Marathon Play List

Entrance Chant 82d Airborne Division Chorus
Cover You In Oil AC/DC
It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll) AC/DC
If You Want Blood (You've Got It) AC/DC
Gypsies In The Palace Jimmy Buffett
Walk This Way Aerosmith
What It Takes Aerosmith
Pink (The South Beach Mix) Aerosmith
Walking In Memphis Marc Cohn
Orange Blossom Special Bill Monroe
I Saw The Light Bill Monroe
Nutbush City Limits Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Katmandu Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen
Rainbow High Various Artists
Crocodile Rock Elton John
Foggy Mountain Breakdown Flatt & Scruggs
Nightime George Thorogood
Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani
Stager Lee-Lloyd Price Various Artists
Last Mango In Paris Jimmy Buffett
Roadrunner USA (1990 Version) Joan Jett
I'm Not Running Anymore John Mellencamp
Hell Bent For Leather Judas Priest
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) Judas Priest
Screaming For Vengeance Judas Priest
Born 2 B A Hick Kid Rock
Call Me The Breeze Lynyrd Skynyrd
Smokin' In The Boys' Room Mötley Crüe
Kickstart My Heart [Live] Mötley Crüe
Angela Mötley Crüe
Bang Your Head (Metal Health) Quiet Riot
Walk This Way Run D.M.C. Feat. Steven Tyler & Joe Perry
It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M.
And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out) Various Artists
Detroit Red Neck Hillbilly Rocker
Run to the Hills
American Girl
Get Out Of Denver Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Devil Went Down to GA
Running Down a Dream
Hair of the Dog Nazareth
One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley
Rocky Top The Osborne Brothers
And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out) Various Artists

I'm ready!

Got my stuff packed up a little sooner. No dogs helped me pack this time.
I will be wearing:
black tights
nylon pants over them
running bra
2 long sleeved shirts (wicking of course)
-cheap walmart stretchy gloves
-with woolen army mittens

I am undecided about the hat. I did find my balaclava, so if it's below 10 I will probaly wear that to start. It just makes my head sweat so much!

I am also packing a drop bag with extra bra, shirts, and hat, so if I sweat up a storm and start freezing, I can change. Now hopefully I can either leave this bag by the aid station, or maybe I can park close by.

I don't know if I mentioned this, this marathon is a 1 mile loop. So there is an aid station (and hopefully a bathroom) every mile!

Now I got to work on a music list for the race.

Friday, February 09, 2007


I actually got to use the elliptical at the gym today! (Yes, there is only one, it's a small gym, I'm happy to have it.)
The high school chicks smelling of cigarette smoke followed me into the locker room. I think they were disapointed because there weren't more guys working out this afternoon-must have been a slow afternoon for them.
I'm being bad again-back to being the gym curmudgeon. Actually this year has not been bad at all. There was very few resolutionaries coming to the gym in my time slot. Other than not being able to squat today, due to other people using the equipment, and not wanting to do the squats after the rest of my workout, I got some cardio in with the elliptical and worked on my back. I also did my one-legged leg presses. I've heard this recommendation twice, and one of the people recommending it was Scott Jurek, so that carries some weight!
I get to sleep in tomorrow. I am so looking forward to it. And also no work out scheduled for tomorrow, my official "taper" being the marathon on Sunday. It's so fun being an ultra runner sometimes. Not getting all worked up about a 26 mile race, tapering for a day or so; it's all good.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Short Run today

I'm not done a good job of getting runs in this week. Ok I will look at it as my taper. I am glad my race is this Sunday and not the past, it should be in the 20's for the run-heat wave!!

I'm looking forward to the marathon just to get a long run in at a different location. That's the hardest part of running in winter, figuring out where to get long runs in, so if the weather turns on you, or something happens, that I'm not miles from help. It's remote enough around here that I could run for a mile or two and not find people. There might be houses, but some of these are cabins and some are just uninhabited. So, if I twisted an ankle, it might be a little bit of time before I could hobble to someone. Now, I could carry a cell phone...but you guessed it, mostly no coverage out here.

I decided to post a picture, though so you could see why I do live here..
I got to leave work this afternoon and was a judge for the local science fair projects. Parents, two things to tell you kids as they work on their science fair projects:
1) Don't tell the judges you got the idea for the project "off the internet"
2) Don't chew gum during your interview with the judges.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Snow day

How come adults don't get snow days? I need a snow day.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Another chilly day

Five mile run on the treadmill on Sunday, had a bunch of work to accomplish around the house here and errands to run. We tried to take the dogs for a walk around noon; it was about 16 degrees. My husband noticed the Rottie kept picking up his paws and surmised that the poor guy wasn’t tolerating these low temps too well, so we ran them back to the house. The lab and the German Shepherd pup didn’t seem to even notice the cold weather.
I guess I won’t let the mile barrier affect me next time when the long run is due and the treadmill beckons; the gang at Coolrunning inspired me to try a 20 miler on the treadmill if I have to.

Saturday, February 03, 2007


"There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing."

Yes, that is true. And my clothing was inappropriate! I managed two loops around the gym, both about 4 miles each. On the first loop I overdressed-tights, running pants over them; a bra,singlet, two long-sleeved shirts, and a wind shirt. A hat,scarf, and gloves with army knit mittens over them.
I ended up sweating up a storm, as usual, all layers on top were wet. When I stopped after the first loop, my running bra was completely soaked too, but I didn't have a spare. So I left it on, and just added one short-sleeved DriFit shirt and a really warm knit top-then my arms froze on the second loop.
I fought with my scarf the whole first loop. It slid down off my face around the third mile, so I just ignored it. Around mile 4 I noticed my lips and cheeks were getting numb. I pulled the scarf back up.

After the two loops, I just decided to bag it. It just wasn't worth the numb body parts, the worse-than-normal drivers, and getting accosted by dogs (I guess when its really cold out it's okay to let your big dogs run loose).

It still was a good run though. I was happy to get 8.5 miles in. It was a beautiful morning to run in, the moon was still in the sky when I started, and everything was covered in whiteness here this morning. I think I will look at this as I've begun my tapering for my marathon next weekend..


Currently at 525am it is a high of 3 degrees. I don't know why I thought it would be in the 20's, I forgot that was the high!!
I have revised the running plan again. I am going to do loops of 4 miles or so around the gym. That way, I do have somewhere warm to pop into, and change clothes if I need to. Also, I can carry my cell phone, and if something happens out there, I bet I could get one of the gym people to drive out and pick me up.
This will be my coldest run ever. I need to drink my coffee and then get my clothes together.
We runners are certainly a nutty bunch..

Friday, February 02, 2007

Groundhog Day!!

Phil did not see his shadow!! An early spring!!!! Phil looked like the same old groundhog that I met in September. I was kind of surprised, I thought Phil would have been replaced by a younger model by now.

I got my February running schedule made. It’s very doable, except for the 4-5 days where I will be in Louisville. I am supposed to be run a 50K that weekend too, so I am not quite sure how I am going to get that in, considering I might be tied up with business with my husband for ½ the days. I’m bummed that the “Lovin the Hills” race is the weekend before-otherwise that would be so perfect for me!

I did my core work out and 20 minutes on the Stair Master-whew, I am loving that machine!!