Not Yo Momma — 2016 Edition

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Another year — and another Not Yo Momma’s 100 race.  This one tho —- was a little bit different.  I was getting comfortable with the idea that, well, this race just isn’t my race.  That perhaps at this time in my life – I don’t really have the time to train or the drive to complete NYM100.  I was honestly not going to sign up this year until Rob messaged me and urged me to.  Rob and Angie are awesome, so really; how could I say no!  This time tho, I thought I’ll sign up for the 100k, and depending on how I felt – finish the 100k and continue on and complete the 100m distance, regardless of whether or not it actually counted.

Training for this one actually went pretty damn well.  I trained quite a bit with my friends and Cato and also a lot with Christa who was also training for her own races (She’s much more badass than I am so she trains much harder!  lol).  We logged tons of miles, but also had fun while doing it!

I felt pretty well prepared for this attempt.  Christa knew what my goals were for this and she isn’t one to give up easily so I had a feeling she wasn’t going to let me quit.  This feeling was solidified by her writing her phone number on my bib with instructions to call her if I attempted to drop!

Like all my NYM attempts this one started out pretty well.  And like all my other NYM attempts it turned sour around the 50k mark.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “50k is a respectable distance!” So when I came back to the S/F attempt #1 to drop was made.  Neither Christa nor Rob nor Angie was having it tho.

Christa suited up and we were off again.  S/F (aid station #1) to the A/S #2 isn’t too bad.  From A/S#2 to A/S#3 though?  Pure hell for me – every single time.  It is a long lonely stretch of about 8 miles.  This section has broken me every time.  This time was no different.  We finally made it there, I sat on the bench shaking and feeling broken.  We sat there for quite a bit but Christa got me moving again tho and we were off.  That wasn’t before one of the aid station workers mentioned something about bears being out there — needless to say I didn’t find it as funny as he did!  I don’t think we did much running at this point.  Christa kept trying to get me moving faster, I kept telling her we had 32hrs to finish this race!  We got back to S/F and I swore I was done.  I took my pack off and told everyone that was it.  Christa gave them different instructions tho.  Changed my shirt, changed my shorts, fed me some food and somehow managed to get me back out!  I was chafing like crazy and at one point even took my shorts off and ran that way for a bit to see if it helped.  My stomach was also rocked.  I could barely stand up straight many times.  Christa affectionately refereed to it as my “demon baby” which at one point she was standing next to me and actually heard it rumbling in my stomach!  Unbelievably we were completing my last loop.  This was uncharted territory for me on this course and we were “crushing” it (in my opinion anyways, lol).  We came upon the last aid station before S/F and there were two giant FEET!  Well — Anne and Lauren dressed up in feet costumes cranking out music!  I think they were excited about me finishing this one as well – they’ve watched this race break me several times already!  It was right about this time when they started playing “Baby Got Back” and we had a dance party!  Onward we went!!!  We finally made it across the finish line in 24hrs13min11sec!

Thanks to Rob and Angie and all the volunteers again for putting on such an amazing event!  Thanks to my family and friends for putting up with me and thanks to my amazing girlfriend Christa – without whom I would never have completed NYM.  I know I am missing a ton of people and I apologize!

Unfortunately this is the last year that Rob/Angie will be putting on NYM100.  However they are hosting a new race — one that I juuuuuust may have to register for!

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Not Yo Momma — finally kicked a little bit of her A$$!

Elevation Chart of the 50k

Elevation Chart of the 50k

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.

Our campsite

Our campsite

Ahhhh dinner :)

Ahhhh dinner 🙂

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.

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Sugarloaf is only this big.. how hard could it be?

Sugarloaf is only this big.. how hard could it be?

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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.

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There is something to be said about an RD who stays awake at the start finish all day/night to personally hand out finisher medals to everyone

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A small token for my efforts... next year it'll be a buckle!

A small token for my efforts… next year it’ll be a buckle!

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.

Rob and his wife Angie

Rob and his wife Angie

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!

South Kaibab

North Kaibab

Bright Angel

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!!