HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
And what a way to start it! My running plans for 2013 seem to be ever evolving. Originally I was planning on running a race in Iceland (check this race out here) as part of the Runwell Team. There was much fundraising involved in order to run this, a challenge I was prepared to take on, but my plans fell thru when spots were filling up quickly and we needed to come up with some money to register within a few weeks. This is when I had the idea of running the entire Buckeye Trail as a fundraiser for Rush for a Cause. I wanted to start this in January – I quickly realized that taking on such a task required much more planning than I was able to do in a short time. Don’t get me wrong, this is something I WILL still do; I’ve gained access to all of the maps for the entire course, talked with the founders of Rush for a Cause, and have talked to a few people who are willing to take time and help me out with transportation, maybe in 2014? Who knows — the 2014 run for Racing the Planet is in Madagascar!
Since I pulled the plug for the BT run in 2013 because I didn’t want to go into it unprepared, I decided I needed to register for some races. First up for 2013; The Frosty 50k in Winston-Salem North Carolina. This is the fourteenth year that this race has been run! It is hosted by a group called Twin City Track Club. To quote from their website;
The Twin City Track Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting running and fitness in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area. They are Winston-Salem’s oldest running club and one of the largest clubs in North Carolina. Their members are a cross-section of the community, representing runners and walkers of all abilities. We have group activities to promote the social aspects of running, and bring in nationally known speakers to educate and inspire, and we assist other organizations with their organized running events.
We are a proud member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and United States Track and Field (USATF).
I had the pleasure of meeting many of their members and several of their board. They are a great group of people. Here is a link to their event schedule. If you get a chance to participate in any of their other races – DO IT!
My plan for this race — I didn’t have one. I didn’t train, I didn’t even book a hotel! I headed on down Friday morning around 10:30/11:00am. If you aren’t familiar with this drive down I-77S, it’s very scenic and very easy.
Lots of mountains to pass through
This one I’m going to have to come back and hike soon
One of two mountains you have to literally pass through
The drive was easy. It took just over 6.5hrs. Packet pickup was at Twin City Diner, check them out on Facebook. That is where I first met some of the great people from Twin City Track Club (TCTC). I picked up my packet and had an AMAZING dinner.
Chicken, pasta, artichoke, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, and a Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald
Now it was time to find a hotel. I used the “Around Me” app on my phone to find one that sounded nice. To which my new friends quickly informed me that — “Oh no! You don’t want to stay there!” And they directed me to one right around the corner. If you need a place to stay, I also now highly recommend the Holiday Inn Express off Miller Street.
Love this king bed… May have to buy a new bed for home 🙂
So after a good nights sleep I headed to the course. The weather couldn’t have been better! It was about 30deg. in the morning with a high in the low 50’s! Running an ultra in shorts, in JANUARY?! Yes please!
Of course I was traveling with Peg — she was crewing and waiting after the halfway turnaround.
Yeah, the leg… I guess I should start making a link to some of “her” details when I make a post that contains a picture of her, lol — click here to find out more.
The course was/is beautiful. We ran around Salem lake. The trail is crushed gravel and a small portion of it was a paved path.
This reminded me of North Chagrin — I wanted to run through it so badly!
When I say I didn’t have a plan for this nor did I train, I wasn’t joking. I seriously haven’t trained for anything since BR. I’ve been just running for fun and my last long run aside from the 12miles on 12/12/12 was Bills Badass 50k in November! I just wanted to run this race and have a good time doing it.
And thats what I did! The course was pretty flat and whenever I glanced at my garmin my pace was upper 8min/mile to mid 9min/mile! I hit the halfway point at 15.5miles in 2hrs25min. putting me on par to finish this 50k in UNDER 5hrs! For some reason tho, I started getting a blister on my left foot. Why? I have NO clue! Not new shoes, I’ve worn them for about 200miles without any problem. I brought another pair of shoes along with me, so I decided to change them at the halfway point. I changed my shoes and headed back out. The shoes I changed into where a completely different brand, Asics. Which is strange for me – I’m brand loyal to Saucony and have only bought the Exodus 3.0’s for the past couple years, I’m on my 11th or 12th pair! I thought I would give these a try because I’m STILL dealing with that pain in my foot. So unfortunately, the second half I slowed down but still PR’d this race! While it may not be an apples to apples comparison to other 50k’s I’ve run, it was my fastest 50k ever at 5hrs 12min! I’LL TAKE IT! Check out my Runkeeper data here.
My new 50k PR – 5hrs 12min
Pam and Jamie – Runwell ambassadors
As usual, Peg got a TON of attention. I’ve told the Peg story more than a dozen times this day and Angi with TCTC was just as eager as we were to get Peg some new swag. Angi is awesome! She didn’t have a sticker but I gave her my name and address and she’s going to mail one out to me! Rock on Agni!!! I would love to thank everyone by name for showing me such fantastic hospitality, but this post has already gotten too long, sorry — just know I really appreciate everything!
Angi (TCTC), Peg, Pam and I
Long sleeve tech shirt and a handmade finisher medallion – THANKS TCTC!
As much fun as it is to travel and meet people, there is no place like home.
To quote Montgomery Gentry —- CLE “Yeah… I’m pretty damn proud where I come from…”
Remember I said my schedule was booking up quick?
- January – Frosty 50k (complete), Winter Run for Regis 50k
- February – Bills Fatass 50k
- March –
- April – O24 (Outrun 24) – maybe 100miles
- May – Rite Aid 5k with Emily followed by Rite Aid Half Marathon with Jeremy the next day
- June -Olympic Distance Tri / Half Iron Man (what do you think Doug?)
- July – burning River 100 miler — planning sub 24hrs
- August – BikeMS
- September – Not Yo Mommas 100 miler — DNF’d in 2012 at 47miles, need to finish this one!
- October – Running with Scissors Double Marathon
- November – Bills Badass 50k (possibly mentoring Jeremy) 🙂
- December –
How does your schedule look? Any big runs on your horizon?