Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I weighed in this morning, with a 1 lb weight loss for the last two weeks. I've lost 10.5 lbs.
I'm feeling very successful and motivated. For me, success begets success. As I continue to show positive (or should I say negative numbers) results on the scale, it pushes me to continue portion control and getting my cardio in.
Today I hope to get a run in outside, if it warms up to around freezing. I also hope to see the snow still covering the private road out back, so I can get on the cross country skis for the first time this season!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Actually you should think about this year round, summer is as dangerous as the winter months. In fact, regulation of the body's core temperature is one of the most important facets to keeping your butt alive. Cody Lundin addresses this in his book "98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping your Ass Alive". Having certain items with you, in your kit, and keeping a positive attitude will help you keep your butt alive when that day hike goes awry.
One very good point that Lundin makes is 1) having a plan and 2) letting people know what your plan is. That really boils down to letting someone know where you are going, what route you are taking, and when to expect you back.
I've been doing this better. I write down where I am parking, and what trail I am going to run. I then also give my husband a ballpark time when I will return. As in " don't send out the search party until 5 pm". When I get to wherever I am parking, I put a slip under my windshield wiper with what trail I am travelling, and also my husband's name and home phone number. I feel safer leaving that info, knowing the park rangers will have a contact number if the vehicle is still there late in the evening.
I've also made sure I have a few essential items in my hydration vest: albuterol inhaler, emergency whistle, a Bic-type lighter. These don't weigh much, so they are always in there. There are usually a few Hammer espresso gels which just stay in there, even for a short run. According to Lundin, it's these short day hikes that people don't take the water bottle, or leave the sweater in the car, where problems can occur. I'm getting better about checking the contents of the hydration vest too! to make sure these items are there. One other item I should add, which is also little weight, is an emergency blanket, one of those mylar sheets.
Think about what you are doing before you run out the door for just a "short run in the woods". Tell someone where you are going (even for a road run, sometimes cars are just as dangerous!) and when to expect you back. Tell them the route so they can start looking when your time has expired-before you do!!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Knowing it would be chilly, I decided to bring my new Christmas Snuggie with me on the run. Hey! They take them to football games,I figured a trail run would work!
Well, I decided to leave my Snuggie on the tree branch to retrieve later. Bad idea. Scroll down to end of the post for the sad results...
A gorgeous day to be on the trails! I counted 14 deer in the first mile of the run, and 28 overall! Not bad for 8'ish miles!
Not a bad run for December in Ohio!
As I came back toward my vehicle, I cam across this low spot, which I thought was due to the rains yesterday.
It appears Mssr. Beaver have been busy at work in this sector:
Well, I got back to where I had left my Snuggie. It's missing! I did see a pile of deer poop under the tree. So, either the deer stole my Snuggie or some human did!!
What kind of person steals a Snuggie? I bet karma determines it won't keep you warm!!
Okay, just to let you know it did not kill off my sense of humor to have my Snuggie stolen, I had to post this latest bit of tree graffiti:
I saw this and immediatley thought of Mikey and our training runs at Mohican and the road training run..and the road graffiti there.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
That play on 2010 led me to be inspired to set 20 goals for 2010. I haven't set them all yet. Which is fine. I'm not a January 1 Resolution person. In fact, it seems to be that the folks who wait for the crisp new year to start losing weight, excercising, tend to lose steam and quit around February 1. When I belonged to the gym, I used to dread the month of January and the "Resolutionaries". After Groundhog Day, they pretty much all went away.
So far, the 20 in 10 are (in no particular order):
Lose 20 lbs
Finish the Laurel Highlands 70 mile race
Run a marathon/ultra in a state I haven't raced before
Learn to swim-I can kind of swim. Take some lessons in the summer and be able to swim laps in a pool
Go to wine country in California with the hubby
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I parked at this little parking lot, below the Salt Fork Lodge. I was originally planing on parking at the Sugar Tree Marina lot, but for some reason there was a "road closed" sign across the road. Since these trails were right in front on me, I decided to start with them.
The Pine Crest Loop was first. It's a nice gentle 1 mile loop. Going out is a bit rooty, on the flip side it's a big rocky.
Garmin had me right at 0.99 miles and I started out on the Morgan's Knob Loop Trail. Nice single track, ran past some big huge rocks. This hugs the shore line of Salt Fork Lake.
More tree graffiti. I do find this interesting, even though I cannot condone maiming the tree like this.
I came up to this intersection. I decided to go stage right onto the yellow blazed trail, as I believed the opposite way would just take me back to the car.
This yellow blazed trail ends up a big hill, rather abruptly. If you can't tell, the trail ends here.
Behind the trail, on the next hill top over, is the Lodge. Of course, I noticed the trail continuing down the hill, so I followed it. It kind of became a deer trail. I went to the right, hoping to hit the white blazed trail, but when I couldn't find it, I hiked back up to the top of the hill, ran down it, and took the intersection on the white blazed bridle trail.
I had no idea how far the loop would go. I knew it was a loop, and we would have to get close to the Sugar Tree Marina and cross Park Road 67. The bridle trail wasn't as "nice" as the non-horse, hiking trails had been. There were some ruts, but mainly, the trail was covered in leaves. At first it was fun to be in leaves up to my mid calves in places. But with the leaves so deep, it was slick trying to climb the hills!
This was a good challenging loop! Nice to find new trails!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Ultra running is growing in popularity. Races sell out 8 months early (the summer Buckeye Trail 50k), meet their runner limit in minutes (Way Too Cool and the Umstead 100 for example) and others have gone to lottery system to designate who gets a chance to run: Western States, Massanutten, Hard Rock, Bull 50, Miwok.
A new race caught my eye: The Dean Karnazes 50K Ultra which I see is sold out!
If you read farther, all this race consists of are tacking 4.8 crummy miles "before" the official start of the PF Chang Rock N Roll Marathon. For this privilege, 50 runners are paying 150 dollars. They run their 4.8 miles, then have to hang out in a corral behind the "elite" runners and then they run the official marathon.
So that's 4.83 dollars a mile. Heck, the Massanutten 100 is 150 dollars-that's a dollar a mile folks! And you get real food! What do you get at the DK 50K Ultra? Water, Cytomax, Gu (hint: the normal marathon stuff.) I just don't get it. Many ultra runners will use a marathon as a long run, and might tack on miles before or after. I don't know if anyone then calls it their "Cleveland UltraMarathon finish".
The race also advertises rock bands at every mile for the ultra. Well, it's actually for the marathon. Could you imagine hearing a band every mile at Umstead? Actually, I don't think the rockers could last 30 hours out on the course LOL.
Oh, if you haven't gotten enough Dean yet, he's also putting his face to yet another race: The Fargo Marathon
So why I am writing this post? I don't know. I'm dismayed to see ultra running entering the slick world of the Rock N Roll Marathon. I don't need chip timing, water every mile with paper cups to trash roads with. I kind of like our little below the radar, quiet, laid back ultra world. Where running a marathon is just some miles and most of the time "it's only a 50K" are common comments. I don't want to see all those anxious, watch timing uptight marathon runners showing up at ultras. Groaning about the hill coming up, muttering that they are still "on target" to run a 7.32 50K. I'd rather not see
The Barkley mentioned in the NY Times. Ultra running is like a hip little secret. It doesn't need to go mainstream.
Luckily, lots of us ultra runners don't need the fanfare of a medal for a 50K. Many 'races' are run without official sanction of...well, anyone. Sometimes they are called Fat Asses or just "group runs". Where time on the trail (or road!) and some camaredie is all the recognition one needs.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I actually "ran around the block" from my house. This time, I took a left on Chapel Hill Road which I had never been down before. Looking at a map, I knew if I kept taking lefts, I would end up back where I started.
Just one of the five dogs running free that came out to greet me. Luckily, all were friendly.
This was more like a trail run than a road run. Back township roads around here are dirt and gravel. This road today was pretty muddy. Other than one truck that passed me, it was just me and the dogs.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
From Geoff Roes Blog
"I also ackowledge that this idea applies less and less as you talk about racing shorter and shorter distances, but for something as long as 50 or 100 miles I'm convinced that the most important thing to have in your arsenal is a genuine love for your running and a willingness to share this love with others and to let them share their love with you. If you have this everything else you need can fall into place naturally. "
Monday, December 07, 2009
So I entered the Massanutten Lottery. For anyone not familiar with the “Rock Dance” this is the toughest 100 mile race in the east. Many people attempt it, and some go home with a rock and are listed as “visitors”. Others complete the race within the 36 hour limit and get the coveted buckle.
I actually signed up for this race in 2007. Then a staff member quit, and I started working lots of extra hours, and I withdrew in December, since I knew I could not get the training in.
MMT has since gone to a lottery system in 2008 due to the popularity. Registration opened December 1. It had been in my mind back and forth. I even looked at finisher’s time from a few years-oh heck no, look, my friends who are “good runners” finished in 34 hours. There’s no way my back of the pack butt could get it done.
Then Bob Combs says something to me out on the trails of URINEO. I mention that I have been thinking about it. He does say it’s a big goal but a good one to have. So I spent the rest of the run thinking over factors. I have already planned to run Laurel Highlands as my spring race, and am planning a vigorous weight loss and training program (in fact started today on that).
There were two factors that led to my decision to enter the lottery. The first was two different people’s reaction to my stating I was thinking of entering the lottery. It was their look of astonishment that kind of gave me the “ yes I can do this” motivational feeling.
The second factor was my fellow runner friend Sherry Meador. I first met Sherry at Mohican a few years ago (she did not finish.) She had also DNF’d MMT that year. In fact, Sherry enters alot of 100 mile races and DNF’s them. Yet she keeps going. She has some health issues, like asthma and allergic reactions, and some bad luck! (She got stung by a scorpion at Rocky one year.)
Yet I saw Sherry’s name on the MMT lottery list. By golly, if Sherry can keep coming back for more, I can surely have the guts to just put my name on list, and see how the luck plays out.So my random number is 069. If I get in, I’m determined to lose 30 pounds,train like David Goggins, and finish the race!!!!!!!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
The annual URINEO (Ultra Runners in North East Ohio) FA commenced on Saturday December 6. My day did not start off auspiciously as I forgot to set my alarm clock! Luckily,my dog jumped on the bed at 330 am, and woke me up!
I arrived at Mill Creek Park and only had to grab my hydration vest,lamp, and “Hannibal Lechter” mask and get on the trail. I had an immediate gear “fail”. Using the facemask (which helps keep the air I inhale a bit warmer and cuts down on my wheezing) was causing my glasses to fog over. I didn’t have my contacts in because my eyes are barely secreting tears these days. If I over do the contacts, I tend to end up with ulcers on my corneas- not exactly what I to happen! So I pulled the face mask down, and resolved to try the contacts later in the day.
I ran into Bob Combs, Dave Peterman, and Dave(?) shortly. They were heading back to the Lily Pond to meet up with the 7am starters. I continued on my trek. It was good to see all the little landmarks at Mill Creek Park-it had been a year since I had an opportunity to run here!The Monkey Trails! I entered the portion of the YUT-C course
known as the “Monkey Trails”. This is the hilly portion that you either love or hate. There was a new tryst this year.Mike Dobie's brought up the idea of the Monkey Trail Marathon” subset of the FA-just run the Monkey Trail portion back and forth, over and over,very pointless. Of course we all thought it was a great idea! (Dobie's then did NOT show for the event.) Jim Harris and the M brothers (Brian and Jeff Musick) were doing some laps as I approached the “ Love Log”. As you can see from pics if you are shorter, the easiest way to get over the Love Log is to lay down on it, and then roll off the other side. I got some poor pics as runners were just catching up to me here.
Shortly after the Monkey Trails, you arrive at the Lanterns Mill and Covered Bridge, usually considered the half-way point on this loop. You then cross the creek and start up the other side of the creek and then around Lake Glacier. Bruce McMurray caught up to me here, and we chatted all the way back to the Lily Pond.
This is where I met up with Chris and Nora, two new NEO Trail members and new trail runners! They went out with me on my second loop, and we had a good time chatting and running. They had just completed their longest race, the Fall Classic,1/2 Marathon, in Strongsville November 20, and now they were tackling some technical terrain! They did great, although Chris was a bit astonished at the Monkey Trail!
We kept running into other runners out there, as when you ran a loop, you then reversed direction. This gives you a chance to see other folks out there.
Chris and Nora made the mistake of getting in their car and starting the heater. That lured them away from starting another loop! They probably run at least a 1/2 marathon (they ran for an hour on trails before they found me)Loop 3 was uneventful. I did get the contacts in, and did keep remembering to use eye drops.
On my last stop at the vehicle, The M brothers, Slim, and Gombu were hanging out, waiting for me and Lloyd to finish. (Lloyd was finishing up 50 miles, not a 50K!!) I got some hot soup from them, turned down Brian’s offer of a beverage, and picked up the Zune for some company on the last loop. I was starting to get a bit tired. Most of the last two loops I had spent thinking of the MMT lottery. I have had this on my mind for quite some time. I vacillated back and forth on this quite a bit. This probably deserves a separate blog post of it’s own, so I will say I was still undecided on anything as I finished up.
It was just Lloyd’s car and mine left, and I did the usual hurried end of run procedure-rip off wet clothes, get dry tops on, get heater going, drink my Recoverite drink, and eat some food. Lloyd then finished up before I got out of the parking lot, so I chatted a bit with Lloyd.
Another great trail run at Mill Creek Park. I’m not sure of all who was running, and there were a few faces I knew but not sure of their names, so I will try and get that information.We do this same Fat Ass in March, same course,called the Covered Bridge FA, so come join NEO Trail Club for a run! I
What do you really want?
Every morning when you wake up what is the first thing you think about doing. I'm not talking about work, family ect. I'm talking about personal ambition. What is it that you desire to do?
Think about that. Then think about how long you have thought about doing it. Next, think about what you have done in the last year, 2, 3 or 4 years to get you closer to that goal. For some of you the answer may be simple. You may desire to do something and work toward that everyday. For others, it is harder. Some of you may desire to do something that seems impossible to do because of obligations. Work, family, and finances, can all play a role in what we desire. I will tell you this though. You will only truely want something when you work everyday at getting that something. What I am trying to say is that if you wake up in the morning and your true desire is to run a marathon, if you don't think about that everyday and work toward that everyday, you will never get there. I believe in life you have to be selfish sometimes. When we get older and can no longer do the things that we desire, what then? If you want to acheive something you have to be selfish. You have to put that goal in front of everything else. When you wake up in the morning it is the first thing you have to think about. You have to say to yourself, what is it that I am going to do today to bring me closer to my goal? For some, it may be waking up an hour earlier everyday to get to the gym. For some, it may be putting back $100 dollars a month toward that dream vacation. Whatever it is that you want to do, work for it. It has to become a part of your daily life. Until then, it will remain a desire, or a goal. You have to be upfront with those around you. Let them know what you are expecting to do, what you want to do. If they don't understand or support it, so what?!? It is your goal and your desire! Do what you have to do to get there. When you do. It will be the best moment in your life. Most likely you will find that those who truely care about you want you to succeed. They want to help you acheive. Your mind has to overtake you. You have to be in constant pursuit. When it is all said and done with you will see that you were truely not selfish. Through your hard work and dedication you probably inspired some of your friends and family to do better themselves. A lot of people say that I'm selfish. Is that the case? I have been able to raise a lot of money for a good cause. So you tell me. Is the time and energy worth it? Why don't you find out for yourself? A lot of people say that they are the ones that have to look at themselves in the mirror everyday. Everyday when I see my reflection. I see a man who is not yet satisfied. What does your reflection say to you?
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