Again, I know I’m jumping around but since this run is so fresh in my mind, I figured I could knock this race report out pretty quickly.
This. Was Not Yo Mommas 2014 – and while I didn’t run the 100 this year because of another run I’ve got planned next week, I did manage to kick a little bit of her ass and complete the 50k! If you look at the elevation chart the inclines go like this; the first major one is Sugarloaf Mountain, then a small up and down before climbing Mount Ives, down Mount Ives to Sand Hill that plataues off before going down hill again. Then up dreaded Bald Hill. While people bitch and moan about Sugarloaf? I F’N hate Bald Hill! It may not be as steep, but I’m 99% positive it is taller and I KNOW it is a longer incline.
This is my nemesis course. I’ve DNF’d her twice; the first around mile 4x in my 100mile attempt the inaugural year of the race (here’s my race report from then) and then the next year around mile 5x (here is year two’s data). I signed up for the 100 miler this year as soon as I was able to and was planning on knocking this one out of the park! Yeah — the actions behind that thought didn’t happen as planned though, PLUS my friends and I ended up scheduling another HUGE run 10 days later (more on that in another post tho).
Also this year, rather than getting a hotel we decided to sleep in my car —- or as my friends like to call it my minivan, even tho it is technically a “cross over vehicle”, LOL. It was honestly much more enjoyable to camp out in the park. My seats all fold flat so sleeping was not an issue, having a campsite and cooking out/throwing back several beers the night before the race wins anytime over dinner out, and heading to a hotel in which you have to wake up extra early to pack and check out before the race begins.
After a nice dinner of chicken sausages, potatoe salad, and several Sam Adams Octoberfests – race morning was upon us. I actually felt really good going into this race and got to meet some great folks standing at the starting line. The bugle sounded and we were off! It was really nice knowing exactly what to expect with this course. I mean, afterall – I’ve seen it two years in a row. I kept thinking slow and steady, slow and steady. I was feeling great the entire first loop. And then I encountered my first problem. ….
When I run ultras I typically consume a GU and one or two S-Caps (depending on how much I’m sweating) an hour. Problem? I forgot to go get GUs and only had 3 on me for the entire race. Sure the course had Hammer Gels, but I was afraid to take them for fear of upsetting my stomach and causing more problems. so I ate potato chips, coke, and trail mix at every aid station, but I think the mental aspect of not “doing what I normally do” played with me some. Coming around the backside of the loop, I finally ran into my friend Dawn. I was so excited to see her! She signed up for the 100k at this race and while this may sound evil, it was so nice having another friend out there on the course grinding out the miles and climbing these mountains! I finished the first 16mile loop in just around 3hrs 30min. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t take too many photos during the run this time. But here’s a couple I managed to snap off.
On to loop two. Up Sugarloaf Mountain and down the other side. I felt really well on the switch backs on the back side and then problem number two occurred. It was heating up and for the first time EVER I got a calf cramp. To make it worse, my calf cramped up as I was gingerly trying to navigate my way down a steep, rocky downhill. It must’ve cramped up just as I was stepping on my left or just after but BAM! down I went. I slid down the hill (aka mountain) for only about 10-15ft but ended up laying there for several minutes writhing in pain trying to rub out the cramp. Finally it released and I got back up again. The next couple miles went by pretty slowly while I was still recovering. I think my problem now became more of a mental game. Thoughts kept running through my head, “was the lack of GUs and S-caps the reason for the calf cramp? Am I taking in enough at the aid stations? Why is there always SOMETHING with this race!? Damn do my feet hurt!” I walked quite a bit of the second lap and was sooo glad to hit the road section – walk up the hill towards the half mile marker to the start finish and run through the finish line! My second loop took me nearly 5hrs! My finish time? 8Hrs20min flat. Or as I like to say — 3rd in my age group (nevermind the fact that there were only 4 of us!). Click here for my data of this run.
Here are some other stats from this race —
- Distance 25K – 47 of 52 people finished, times ranged from 2hrs30min to 10hrs20min
- Distance 50K – 23 of 33 people finished, times ranged from 5hrs23min to 11hrs49min
- Distance 75K – 6 of 8 people finished, times ranged from 10hrs16min to 17hrs18min
- Distance 100K – 6 of 13 people finished, times ranged from 16hrs30min to 25hrs11min (BTW – my friend Dawn? FIRST place women’s finish! So proud of her!!)
- Distance 100m – 10 of 28 people finished, times ranged from 19hrs38min to 31hrs59min.
I’ve said it many times. This is a course I love to hate and will continue running it till I complete the 100mile that I’ve DNF’d. Looks like I’ll have to wait till 2015.
Thank you again Rob and Angie for such an amazing event! Everything for this race was perfect! You guys rock!
Well, that’s about it for now. I’ll work on my blog posts when we get back from our next adventure. I also need to work on my race team’s blog site (click here to visit it) and add runner bios along with links to race reports that others are doing. What’s our next adventure you ask? My friends and I are running R2R2R – a double crossing of the Grand Canyon in one day! I’m so crazy excited about this trip. Here is a sneak peak of the trails. We are starting at the South Rim and running down South Kaibab across the Colorado River. Then up/down North Kaibab and across the Colorado River and up Bright Angel. Here are some of my favorite videos others have taken of these trails. My next blog post will be my personal videos!
I think one of my next posts is going to have to be a “bucket list” post. I’m starting to tick off so many of them!!