Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
A pretty nice uneventful run. This was done on a new back road to "Gnade" or Gnadehutten. (Pronounced Juh NADE by the locals.) Nice up and down hills, very little traffic. I met this gorgeous golden retriever colored steer in a pasture-he was so handsome! I didn't realize folks were raising long-horn steers in our area..
No camera, since I stopped to take a picture at the very beginning of my run, and realized I had not re-inserted the memory card into the camera! Luckily, I was on the edge of our property, and I stashed the camera inside an old wooden pallet, hoping (and not!) that it wouldn't rain and ruin my camera.
The Tuscarawas river is over flood stage and looking more like the Mississippi River at the moment..but no roads closed to me, so I made it to my gas station stop in Gnade, bought water, Gatorade, Red Buel and munchies. I really wanted to sink down on the wooden bench outside the store and bask in the sunlight, but this route had taken me 12 miles, so I knew I had that long to get back!
Going home was harder. My legs were not refreshed by two days off from the 50K on Saturday. My quads were killing me!! Running downhill was slow and painful. The quads felt like rocks. Everything else was good though. My knee started hurting around mile 22 and I took some Advil, and then my quads felt a bit better-I should have done that earlier!
I got home at mile 25.6. I then popped my head into the house and informed my husband that I needed to run up the hill to retrieve my camera, and I wanted to make sure the Garmin got me past 26.2 since I was so close!!
I then drove back to the HillTop Store for a bag of ice, since I really needed an ice bath. (I had thought about buying and bringing the bag of ice home with me, but decided I really didn't want to haul a 5lb bag of ice 1 mile home!)
Oww..I haven't done the ice bath for a long time. I lowered myself into just the cold water. And since our water comes from a spring, it was really cold water. I gasped and got my toes out of the water. And bit into the towel that I hang around my neck and added ice. After about five minutes, not so bad. Although I did get out when my toes were turning blue.
So. Maybe that was my last long run before Umstead. I don't know about a taper since my training has been so sporadic these last two months. I also have to sit down and get my head around what I am planning to run at Umstead: am I planning on running a 50 miler, or am I planning on finishing a 100.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Andrew had given me two of these some time ago. I had tucked them into my gym bag for a quickie snack, but the size of it had always made me pause before opening. On my last stop at the car yesterday, heading out for the last 8 miles of the run, I grabbed the Lava Bar.
Ohmygod!!! This thing was heavenly! Such a great chocolate taste! Exactly what I needed to get me going on the last loop. I don't know if it had the right carbs/calories, but the taste was such a delectable pick me up!
It squeezes out in a very thick kind of frosting consistency. It does recommend putting in hot water, so I just held it in my fist to help warm it up so I could squeeze it out more quickly.
From their website:
Brief Description of Product:
The Lava Bar™ is a flexible film, foil-lined squeezable pouch containing 70-grams (2.5 oz) of gourmet Lava Chocolate™. A perforation at the top of the pouch enables chocolate lovers to easily tear open the Lava Bar and squeeze the liquid Lava Chocolate into their mouths (an added fun factor).
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Buzzards back to roost
Posted by Maggi Martin March 15, 2008 14:04PM
If the flooded rivers are not enough to convince you spring has sprung, there's the buzzards back to roost.
Cleveland Metroparks "Official Buzzard Spotter'' Bob Hinkle surrounded by his faithful buzzard boosters announced the first buzzard was seen at 11:05 a.m. Saturday in Hinckley Reservation.
Despite a dense fog that lingered in the late morning the haggard-looking fowl did not disappoint.
They arrived, like they always do, at the first hint of spring.
The annual return of the Hinckley buzzards is considered by many to be a tell-tale sign that spring has returned to Ohio.
Don't let those melting snow piles fool you.
On Sunday, the Cleveland Metroparks invites fowl and folks alike to celebrate its 51st annual Buzzard Sunday event from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hinckley Reservation with nature hikes and buzzard-oriented entertainment.
Along with the wacky hats and crazy costumes there will be storytelling, live buzzard displays, Buzzard bingo and Buzzard bean bag for children
I grew up in the next town north of Hinckley, and the buzzards returning to Hinckley was always a big deal. Of course, we teens, drinking beer in the metropark, usually spotted some buzzards the weekend before there.
I learned in school it was the first reason stated below why they return year after year:
"Legend has it that they were first attracted by the tons of butchering refuse and unwanted game left behind in the great Hinckley Hunt of 1818, but additional historical research among the records of the Sylvester Library of Medina uncovered an old manuscript by William Coggswell, who as a youth with his uncle, Gibson Gates, were the first white men to set foot in the township in 1810. This manuscript told of their expedition from Bath and Richfield through Hinckley, and of finding the "vultures of the air" at the gallows at Big Bend of Rocky River around the foot of the ledges where the Wyandots had hanged a squaw for witchcraft two years before. This indicated that these turkey vultures had made their home on Hinckley Ridge long before the white men settled west of the Cuyahoga River, and it moved their occupancy back into the midst of the Indians legend."
Our local kickass radio station in the 70-80s was WMMS 101 FM the "Home of the Buzzard"
"Partially inspired by an annual event at Hinckley Township, the tenuous economic state of the city, and its' reputation as a "bird of prey," WMMS adopted a buzzard as its' mascot, a co-creation of Gorman, Sanders and local artist David Helton. From the onset, Helton's streamlined artwork resulted in an aggressive, yet family-friendly symbol for the station that endured for 35 years. "The Buzzard" became synonymous with WMMS, Cleveland radio and the city itself, spawning a series of T-shirts so numerous that they are now impossible to catalog."
This is the Covered Bridge at Mill Creek Park, in Youngstown Ohio. This was part of the running route for the annual FA 50K.
I got to MCP at 0730 to find the parking lot still locked. I knew some runners had started early. Rather than park on the street, I drove over to the Lily Pond parking lot, which is anothe spot where we originate runs from.
Nobody was around, so I gathered my gear quickly and got on the trail. It was a beautiful, cold morning, but not too cold. Youngstown still had alot of snow left on the ground. I quickly encountered all four types of footing out there: muddy, icy, snowy, and mushy.
I made a stop at the other parking lot, and encountered Slim, OPod, and Frank coming in from their first loop. After a quick hello, Jim said he'd give me a head start and then the guys would chase me down. I took the challenge, although I really wanted a bathroom break!
I've run a number of times in MCP, and have no problem following the trail. When I got down around the creek, the footing was a bit treacherous. The snow was coming down right to the edge of the water, which means we were breaking trail through snow.
I made this pic in B&W to try and highlight the closeness of the river. You had to be really careful on the trail beside the creek. A water dip in these temps would not be good.
Slim finally caught up to me on this first section, before we hit the infamous Monkey Trails, and we had a nice talk. Slim is so doggoned fast that we're never running at the same pace together. It was great that he dropped down to a crawl to spend time with me. We ran through the CB together, then Slim sped off to get to his son and daughter's track meet in Akron! Thanks for the time together Slim, I enjoyed it!
The water was really way up in the park; in fact a little bit of the trail was feet under water, and *gasp* we had to substitute an 1/16 mile of road to get around it.
I ran into Brian, Jeff and Dan coming the other way on the trail; it seems there were only 7 of us NEO Trail Runners out for the 50K today! After the guys passed me, I spent the rest of the loop in silence, thinking of
Kathleen Keller and her son and my good friend Mike. I have always marveled at Mike's off the cuff good pictures, and as I ran, I realized he got this artistic talent from his mother. Kathleen was an oil painter (oil painter artist? not sure of the right term) and I was amazed at some of her pictures on display at the funeral home. I have no artistic talent at all and am always amazed and impressed about how people can create. Now I understand why Mike gets some great pics. He just has the eye for it. I missed you out on the trail today Mike. I thought of our last run there, where the lakes had frozen over and you kept looking for a rock to break through the ice!
On the second loop I picked up my music. I realized, with all of us runners spread out, I wouldn't be running with anyone. The second and third loop were fairly uneventful; although on the third loop through the Monkey Trails my quads were burning. But it was a good burn. It was a "my quads are going to be sore tomorrow and ache when I stand up". The burn made me smile.
The Monkey Trails themselves didn't make me smile much! They were slick, muddy and treacherous. On one part downhill, I simply crouched down and slid ten or fifteen feet, it was safer than trying to pick my way down the hill.
My IT Band was complaining loudly to me, probably due to all the off kilter running and slogging through the snow. My ankles turned to throb in the third loop also, due to the uneven conditions.
I am proud to say, I never even contemplated stopping after three. I got back to my car, wolfed down some food, refilled my water bottles and stepped out again for the last round!
I really didn't get too tired until about halfway through the last loop, where I was trying to avoid falling into the river.
I started at 0735 and finished at 1708. I know this sounds really slow and it was! But alot of this was due to the trail conditions. I was glad to get the training time in, and it was great to see my trail friends again, altough just briefly!
I started home quickly after phoning Slim to let him know I was done, since he wanted to make sure I was safe-thanks Jim, you are a great friend!
Even though we had only been together on the trail, it felt like we now knew each other an entire lifetime; the friendships you make in running, particularly ultrarunning and trail running is something else."
-Greg, from his 2005 GEER 100K Race Report
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I thought about it for a minute, and realized I really don't seem to be training.
I'm getting some runs in, true, but the wheels on the training plan seemed to fall off back in February. I seem to be just holding on to "get through" Umstead, and then I added another race right after Umstead. Sigh.
Not much of a post here, but I needed to get these thoughts down in writing so I will get back to this later today. I need to make myself some specific goals and commitments now that the weather is breaking, I seem to be having a more normal work schedule, and I'm slowly getting the weight more under control.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I get into some bad "I dont wannas" in the mid-afternoon. Usually a 1/2 hour or so before I'm due to leave work. Some of it is probably due to a waning blood sugar, since I eat lunch usually pretty early, around 1130am, and some of it is due to general crankiness toward my staff who always seem to like to bring the impending crisis that they've known about all day...well, they like to let me know about it to solve when I'm really trying to get the hell out of work for the day!
I had to do a quicky grocery stop after work too, which doesn't help with the "I dont wannas". But I was smart and bought an Adrenalin energy drink, and starting drinking it as I drove toward home. Where to run? Original plan was hill repeats. Ok, head toward my 1 mile hill.
Three miles or so down the road, it is closed. A tree company is felling a tree, and they have closed the road. Now why couldn't they put the 'road closed' sign at the turn off?
Ok, alternate route to my "hill" is literally over the river and through the woods, about 15 minutes backtracking. I decide to go home first, unload the groceries, and then run.
Once home, I drop the groceries on the husband and make a beeline out the door with my Zune, Garmin, and sunglasses. I know I don't have much time before any training life force is sucked out of me and I would be content to sit in the sunshine with the yellow lab.
And really, as soon as I am walking away from the house, up the road, I'm fine. I just have to get away from the house. I don't know what it was, but for some reason, according to Garmin, I was scooting along a bit faster than my normal snail pace!
And I ran most of the 4 mile around the block. Except for the 1/2 mile uphill at the end. Which is odd. I usually walk all the inclines. Today I felt like running. Every little bit.
Spring must be coming.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Pretty boring! I think a road run is in the cards today, out by my house. The sunshine really helped clean the road up, and I believe I now have more daylight to play in!
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
SO I did it. 13 miles on the treadmill. Thank goodness I have a TV to watch. Not a bad run, actually. I kept to a 4 minute run, 1 minute walk. It was easier to do that way.
I'm seeing another treadmill run in my future Sunday!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Since the next impending doom of winter storm was on the horizon, I thought it best to get another outside run in. I went over to Lake Park, which is our local bike/walk trail, which is next to the river. Alot of the path is along the river, and hence, some of it under water.
After awhile, I got bored with running around the water, and opted to go through some of it. Like where these duckies are. I also got 'caught' going through some water up to my knees in another area by some other hospital workers out for a walk in the park. I'm sure that must have amused them, seeing me wade through the water up to my knees. Hey, my feet were already wet!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Since my local trail is currently a mass of mud, and the local bike trail is mainly under water (really), I debated where to run after work. Then I remembered, what about the high school track? Nice safe location, no cars to worry about!
It was a bit cold, about 32 degrees, hence the full garb until I got warm. The track was a good choice today. I had an exceptionally horrid day at work and could not wait to get alone. With running in circles at the track, I was able to put on the headphones and just run. Mindlessly. Thinking about nothing except the amusements that Adam Curry was able to provide.
Round and round I went, amused to find myself keeping about a 11.30 pace. I guess I can run faster than my usual pokey slow pace. It was just such a novelty to run on flat surface for a change, and even better to not have to worry about traffic, or dogs, or roots or rocks. It was a very good choice for the afternoon run, I got 8 nice miles in.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Seven Random things about me..I got tagged about two weeks ago, and finally got around to posting this..
1. I onced weighed 225 lbs. OR more. That was when I actually weighed myself. Joined WW and got the weight off. I am a different person than that obese person.
2. I'm starting to like some country music. I know.!
3. I have a 1/2 sister who is both my sister and my aunt. My mom's daughter was adopted by my grandma and never lived with us. Still never heard the whole story. Yes, we are from WV.
4. SPeaking of WV and country music, I am a 'coal miner's daughter'. Dad worked in the coal mines in the fifties before moving to the Cleveland area and the auto factories.
5. I can't watch movies with dogs or about dogs. I cry. I cried watching Beethoven when the doggies were locked up in the beginning with the dognappers. DOn't even mention Old Yeller.
6. I have lived in Ohio all my life. I regularly pass the Pro Football Hall of Fame." I've run the Pro HOF 5 mile race. I've never visited the Pro FHOT.
7. My OCD comes out when I get ready to exit my vehicle. I like to turn everything off. Radio, heater/AC, wipers, etc. It bugs me to start the car with all those things going, especially the radio blaring.
Uh, don't call other people at 7am. They're not always up. Sorry Andrew! (Especially when they aren't in your time zone...)
Monday, March 03, 2008
But first, some shoe porn for Mikey whom I don't think he's mentioned buying a shoe in a week or two-you okay Mike?
I took Andrew's advice and bought a pair of shoes bigger than what I normally run in.
These are the Saucony Trigon Ride 5 in a size 11 ( I have been wearing a 9.5)
And you know what? I think the 9.5 is too snug of a fit for me. I donned my Mizuno Wave Ascends Trail shoes for the dog walk this morning, with wool socks, and man they were tight. I may buy a larger size of those before Mohican. But I digress. Back to the Saucony-these are what I plan to run Umstead in. You do not need trail shoes for the running surface at Umstead. I wanted to get some miles in to make sure they weren't too loose and they seem fine. Plus they're pretty!
Oh yeah, back to the run...it was in the fifties when I started. It felt so good to be out on the back roads. At mile 2 I realized I forgot my S-caps and ibuprofen, so I resolved to get some Gatorade and/or chips when I stopped in town to refuel. I would just have to ignore any aches or pains!
Although a very poky slow run, very satisfying. I've been fretting quite a bit about getting some long runs in before Umstead, and now I'm feeling better. I can get a long run in this week, and then next weekend is the Covered Bridge FA 50K with the NEO Trail Club in Youngstown Ohio.
I almost forgot, 18.54 miles for the run! Sweet!!!