Final long run last night. Feeling the snowballing fatigue of a year of running with a single minded focus, I almost skipped this final big effort last night. I didn’t want to run. It was hot, I miss my family, what good will running all night even bring? But I’m so glad I went through with it and put the final exclamation point on my training. Started after work with the hot sun on my back and ran into the dark, well past midnight. 🌙 Ended up being such a fun night, stumbled upon a Simple Plan concert at Slayter Hill, got heckled by the bar crowds on campus, was tempted by the delicious smells of the downtown restaurants (I stuck to my gu’s), zigzagged all over town, practiced charging my watch and headlamp batteries on the run, and found a great peace in the last mile, early in the morning, alone in the dark. Training is done, it’s time to taper. 14 days. #grindstone100
Life is funny... some days you get rammed smack-dab in the lumbar spine by a cyclist flying down a hill (true story, ouch) 🙄, and other days you have fantabulous progression runs where you actually feel like a runner 🤣. Either way, you just keep moving forward.✌️#realtalk
🌇I'm an ultra runner training for the mountains in an urban jungle! 🚧
Last run before Table Rock 50k!! The majority of runs this training cycle have been on pavement & concrete, bridges & underpasses, sidewalks & bike paths. I'm ready for the mountains! ⛰
Barkley Fall Classic race report, 2. Photo explanations in comments.
It has been a long-time dream of mine to be at that famous yellow gate, running this race. I can't remember when exactly this dream began, but it was before the documentary and before the birth of BFC. I had this delusion that some day I would figure out the secret registration process and make my way there as the sacrificial virgin, a dream that died when Laz himself noted that even the human sacrifice was an accomplished ultra runner in his/her own right, but had no business being there for reasons other than their ability to run certain distances and run them well. In fact, that person was often surprised to discover they were it. So when I saw multiple ultrasignup posts on Facebook announcing that so-and-so was now registered for 2017's iteration of the baby Barkley, I hopped on the chance without a second thought. When my registration was complete, 33 spots remained.
I knew I was in way over my head with this, but when you want something bad enough you tend to find a way to make it happen. I put in my training the best that I could considering my injuries but that didn't stop me from freaking myself out stalking the ultrasignup results of other racers who didn't make the cut from previous years or online friends that I knew would be there. These are people who have completed 100 milers, local racers who are faster than me, people who get to train in the mountains regularly. Who was I to think I belonged at that starting line with them or to even dare to dream of that Croix du Barque hanging from my shirt? But I am not one whose soul is satisfied with that routine of work, gym, cook dinner, go to bed, repeat, and live life always content with what is. It's when I face what could be that I live my best life.
Making my way through the desert- I mean Wisconsin prairie! 🔥 Seriously, what was that weather?!? But the North Face put on a great event this past weekend and made sure everyone stayed safe. This race was about proving that "it's only 50 miles." Surprisingly, I feel totally normal two days after and am continuing with training as if nothing happened. Taper starts this weekend, 17 days till the #Grindstone100 !! Thanks @altrarunning for the ♥️ and best shoes ever!
Fake smile after 50 miles. I felt it all today, dehydrated, dizzy, overheated, 87 degrees by noon, in September!! But had a blast running with @biggerthanthetrail, fellow #altraambassador . Those nasty late miles were incredibly valuable, perfect mental training for what to do when everything goes left during a race. Relentless forward progress. Three weeks will the Grindstone 100! Thank you @altrarunning for supporting me as I attempt these crazy things. 20 days.
Never will I ever run another ultra without gaiters. These @altrarunning gaiters are awesome!! Not a pebble or even any sand got in my shoes at the @official_northface 50mi in Wisconsin, didn't feel any extra heat either, these things were crucial!
One of my favorite parts of traveling is getting to run in new places. This week I explored Hyner View State Park in PA, the Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI, and the Frozen Snot course in Lockhaven, PA. Crazy climbs, good views, and an unhealthy amount of sweat. Thanks to @little_debbie_hiker for the PA recommendations!
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