Wednesday, April 29, 2009
For anyone wishing to join me on my last big back-to-back weekend leading up to the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run 38 short days from now, here are my plans:
- I'll depart from the Pine Lane Trailhead at 4am and do the Summer Buckeye Trail 50K course in reverse.
- Boston Store ~ 4:50am
- Snowville Rd. ~ 5:45 - 6:05am (first light of the day)
- Snowville #2 heading back (south) ~ 8 - 8:15am
- Boston Store ~ 9 - 9:30am
- Finish @ Pine Lane 10am - 10:30am
- Depart Pine Lane at 4:30am and do an out-n-back on the Valley Bridle Trail towards Virginia Kendall for 10-11 miles.
- Arrive and Depart Pine Lane at 6:30am and head towards Boston Store on the Buckeye Trail. After leaving Boston, travel to Brandywine Falls but instead of coming back to Boston Store, get off trail on the asphalt road and follow road down hill (reverse of BR100 route) and enter the Valley Bridle Trail towards the Jaite area. Pass Jaite and get on the Buckeye Trail towards the Boston Store then return to Pine Lane. This 6:30am route will be 18 +/- miles.
Overall pace will be around 5.5 miles/hour.
I've really appreciated the many fellow runners who have shown up during my Kettle 100 training trail runs. I rarely have found myself alone out there and I sure do appreciate it. This is another beautiful time of year as the trails are coming alive in green all around, the deer are shedding their winter coats (as evidenced by piles of it on the trails!), and the newly-bloomed foliage is providing a blanket of coverage from the beating sun. We sure do have a lot to be thankful for out there!
Happy Trails, everyone!
Monday, April 27, 2009
- So long to a "down" week in my training towards the Kettle Moraine 100 Miler. As of today, I'm T-40 days until race day. My down week, although at 47.5 miles was low for weeks preceding it, still included a 27 miles and only 11.2 of it was on trails. (ugh) Vince and I met up at 4:30am at Lock 29 for the trail portion and met back at 6:30am to meet the VR Group Run. I felt more beat up after that run than after my previous weeks of back-to-back weekend of 50+ miles. I'll chock it up to good training in the heat as temps climbed into the 80s. Who would've thought it would be in the 80s all weekend when my Thursday morning run last week was at 37F?
- Last night, with the sun high in the sky, I got a few brave souls out at 5pm (Tracy & Glenn) for a hot/humid 85 degree trail run. Initial goal was 10 miles but it was shortened to 8 miles because I was pinched for time. I don't have much time left to get used to the heat before the Kettle so I'll take the training whenever I can get it.
- This past Saturday, Marjie had to work and my mom had my oldest daughter so a "Dad Date Day" it was with my youngest who is almost 6. After I sulked, moaned, and groaned about how tired I was after baking in the sun on the Towpath, we headed to Kent and spent some time down by the Cuyahoga River. It was an absolutely picture-perfect day to be down there. After some relaxing on the rocks we had lunch at the Pufferbelly located just above the river. I had my favorite sandwich of all time, the Grouper Reuben and she had HER favorite, PB&J and a side of cinnamon applesauce. Afterwards, we wandered aimlessly throught Earth Day vendors set up just around the corner. We finished our date at Billocks' Ice Cream shop in Rootstown for some ice cream. She got her usual...a chocolate ice cream sundae and I tried out the new Moose Tracks: vanilla ice cream with hot fudge swirled through it and chunks of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup...and then some peanut butter sauce drizzled on top. YUM!!!
- I'll be honest. I'm more than ready for the Kettle to get here. I'm at the point where I feel I'm at my peak in training and am ready to attack the goal. I know....40 days will pass fast but I'm just ready to move on. I also feel that I'm on the brink of getting burned out and/or injured. I need to just stay focused on the goal, run my training (vs. letting it run me), and be smart and listen to my body. For example: I'm totally exhausted so I'm for sure not running today. I may even take tomorrow off. I want....I need this weekend to be the best it can be. It's the last major training weekend so I need it as a mental springboard for the Kettle.
- Last Thursday was a lot of fun. It was the National "Take Your Son/Daughter to Work Day". My oldest daughter who is 8 got to be an employee of the Executive Branch of the federal government for the day at Social Security. It started with a meet-n-greet with the staff, a mock interview where she was "hired," and jobs where she got to do shipping, shredding, recycling, and stocking of workstations. For lunch, we ordered in pizza for the group of 16 youngsters, and late afternoon, I served up my parents' ice cream to the staff with fixins' for sundaes. Last but not least, she got to see my "exciting" job in action, taking a disability claim from a local resident in Stark County. She had a blast, the staff loved her, and she asked if she could come to work once a week! Good times....good times, indeed.
100+ screaming elementary age girls + Hanna Montana + barn-decorated cafeteria = Spring "Hoedown" Father/Daughter Dance. This past Friday after work, I took each one of my girls in an arm, saddled up our horse (aka: my Honda Accord), put on my best cowboy get-up (jeans and a button-up North Face shirt), and headed up to the school for this annual event. I had no idea how many "cowboys" lived in our midst. Talk about feeling out of place! The girls saw their friends, burned off an incredible amount of energy, and I sought out just about anyone in my same situation and caught up on times gone by. By 9pm, I was cooked and ready to head on home since the 2:40am alarm for Saturday's trail run would come quick.
- While growing up, I fondly remember my parents taking us down to the Loudonville area southwest of Wooster to go canoeing. As spring is here and will most likely transition quickly to summer, I think it's time to introduce this great family past-time to my own family and my girls. The Loudonville Canoe Livery is still alive and well. There are multiple distances you can travel from the Livery and I think we're going to do the ~4hr, 14 mile distance. $44 will get us life jackets for all, 2 paddles, the canoe, and transportation back to the Livery. I've gotta find a map, but I remember little pulloff points along the river to get some lunch, ice cream, etc. It should be a blast and a day to remember. Most likely, we'll head down during my taper to the Kettle.
- If anyone wants to join me on Friday or Saturday on the trails, just let me know when you want to run and we'll meet up. The more company, the merrier!
Have a great week and Happy Trails, everyone!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
When I see something like a shooting star, I typically see it out the side of my eye. I've only seen a few (< id="SPELLING_ERROR_0" class="blsp-spelling-corrected">monotonous and thankless job that they do and most people, if they say anything at all, just complain to them. I also think about the little things on this earth that are at first glance, perhaps insignificant, but are a beautiful piece of creation. Think of each unique flower blooming right now, the cherry blossoms and pear trees blooming, each leaf of every tree erupting from the cold winter in unison with each other and reaching upward towards the life-giving sun. Think of the waterfalls we love so much nearby in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and how they've been formed over 100s and 100s of years without man's intervention. All of these things listed are at first glance no big deal and don't deserve a second glance. I, however, challenge you to "stop and smell the coffee" and appreciate the little things that surround you each and every day. Better yet, stop and smell the cherry or pear tree blossoms!
I'll take it another step further: how about the friendships, acquaintances, and face-known-name-unknown runners you see at each Saturday group run? How about the selfless giving of so many fellow runners who give so much to the local running scene or the volunteer organizations who maintain our beloved trails? It's so seemingly insignificant that most don't even notice any of it.
As I pondered the shooting star throughout today, I felt renewed...renewed in my appreciation for all of God's creation around me, for the awesome, perfect, landscape that we all find ourselves inhabiting, and appreciative yet again for a running/trail-running/ultra-running community bent on supporting each other regardless of who each other is. I've always thought it incredibly cool that we all lead lives much unknown to each other but come Saturday morning or at any other time we get together, none of that matters. All of it is peeled away and out there, we're all just runners wanting to run. Pure and simple.
So while we may be simply a spec on this landscape and one person among billions, I challenge you to live a life of significance and don't just fly by life not looking around you. Once you do, I promise you that your life will never be the same...and you'll never again stop looking around and soaking it all in.
Happy Trails, everyone!
Monday, April 20, 2009
- Well today is the day. The 113th Boston Marathon kicks off today from Hopkinton, MA to Boston, MA. I wish all the very best to the army of local runners who are there! Watch it live here starting at 9:30am. Below is my favorite female distance runner and my pick to win today:
- I'll be honest. It was a lonely weekend inside my brain. I had a Navy drill weekend in Cleveland but there were a few other places I would have loved to have been. One being yesterday's Forget the PR 50K down at Mohican and the other place being Boston, MA. Seeing all the pictures from the Boston expo and hearing the early reports from Forget the PR indicates lots of fellow runners having lots of great experiences.
- The flip side is that it really was a good drill weekend with the Navy. Saturday morning was spent taking tests all morning followed by a great lunch at Al's Deli in downtown Cleveland. I shared an order of hummus with Lisa and had a Chicken Schwarma Wrap for myself. Marjie told me last night she could still smell garlic in the bedroom from me having that hummus and the wrap. Was I oozing garlic, overnight?!?!? Later on Saturday was our semi-annual physical fitness test. For me, it's really not much of a test but it's always fun to see how fast I can cover a whoppin' 1.5 miles. I first knocked out 45 pushups (I wasn't so happy with that), 75 situps (happy with this, though) and a 1.5 mile run along the Lake Erie waterfront in 9min, 12sec....a 6:08 per mile pace. The closest person was 1min, 10sec back. Honestly, I was really happy with that considering I had run 46 miles in the 2 days previous and my right hammy was actin' up a bit. (The run fixed that, by the way...somehow) Yesterday, we spent the day at the Reserve Center in Akron where Rear Admiral Ray English was in town. I am a Supply Officer in the Navy and he is the most senior Supply Officer in the region. To give you an idea of how senior an admiral is, an admiral is someone who the President of the United States goes to when he needs an answer or some direction related to the Navy. If you watch "24," you've seen that a lot lately in scenes with the Joint Chiefs. He certainly doesn't come to me! After speaking to everyone at the center, we got some more interactive time with him when we went out to Applebee's in Cuyahoga Falls for lunch followed by more a more professional meeting afterwards talking about our futures, supporting the War on Terror, and our training path. All-in-all, a very good time and a rare one in fact. Below is a picture I got the hostess at Applebee's to take for us. (of course, I was secretly needing a pic for my blog and for Facebook...hehehehehe!!!!!!)
- You know the 'ol saying "practice what you preach"??? Last week was NOT that. It was supposed to be a down week and what did my crazy brain do? It came up with that crazy idea of running 36 miles on Thursday...on asphalt. Well let me tell you Mr. Brain...my right butt muscle is not so happy about 36 miles of asphalt! However, I myself am very thankful you came up with the idea! I loved it and it was the PERFECT way to spend my birthday! I took the picture below at mile 20.5 with my camera phone. I thought that those of you who call me crazy would appreciate it. Think I should check in??? - So with last week's "down" week (yea, right!) of 68 miles and the week prior at 92 miles, let's just say that April 2009 will be by far the highest mileage month of my life. I'll pass up 200 miles this week with time still left the following week. I suppose that if there is ever a time to do this, it is at the peak of training for my 100 miler so in reality, it actually does make sense...logical sense. Wait a minute...did I just use the word "logical" in the same sentence as "100 miler"??? Yes.
- This week's training will be pretty low-key. The idea is to rest this week, rebuild, grow stronger, and be ready for my last really long back-to-back training weekend the following week...the first weekend in May. That's 5 weeks out from Kettle Moraine. So far, 68 runners are signed up for the June 6th event.
- Time now for a necessary Monday morning pre-dawn run. It's 54F and drizzling rain out there. Mentally, I've been in a funk since last night so hopefully, this run will work some of its usual magic on me. I have that real feeling of being alone right now for some reason....need to run it off.
- Have a great week everyone and I'm already looking forward to hearing reports from "chowder country"....Boston.
Happy Trails, everyone!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
So since tomorrow is my "scheduled" day off (hehehehehehe!!!!!!) and the forecast is supposed to be sunny and near 70F, I'm going to get in an easy 9 miles on the trails. The weekend is reserved for the Navy so no long runs this weekend.
Happy Trails, everyone!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
- I ended up with 8 more trail miles last night with 7 others. This group run was one that I thought up on Friday night's run and I never thought I'd have that many show up with such short notice. Thanks, everyone! That makes a whopping 58 miles for the weekend. Plus, since I have always tracked my mileage from Sunday to Saturday, that makes my mileage 92.2 miles for the week! I had the Fools 50K last Sunday. I don't think I've ever cracked 70 miles before. Last night's run was amazing because I thought I'd have issues/soreness/pain from the 50 miles but I had none of that. In fact, the run eventually turned into a speed session! We were haulin' tail!
- Ironic in a really high mileage week is that I have zero physical issues. I do have a lot of tiredness that I think I'm going to need a solid couple of days to refuel and get back to normal. I see caffeine in my future at work!
- I have posted my final 8 weeks of training to Kettle Moraine on the right side-bar. It's simply a big-picture view of my plans. Specific runs will be listed in the normal weekly schedule just above it. If you ever want to join me on any of the long trail runs for all or a portion, just say the word!
- I am so ready for my family to come home. I pick them up tomorrow and it couldn't get here soon enough. I definitely took advantage of them being gone and got some great training in but I sure do miss them...and the cats miss 'em, too!
- Easter services were really good at Riverwood yesterday. Most of you don't know that I run the Projection Team there. Since my family is out of town, I gave the team a break for Easter and ran all 3 services today. I ended up being there for 5 1/2 hours but it was worth it. The bonus was being in all 3 services. They never got old! I did mess up one thing in the 2nd service that got everyone in the room laughing. I was so embarrassed. I just wanted to crawl under the table. The good news is that I rebounded and didn't make the same mistake again.
- As you start this week, take a reality check at your "foundation" and what you're building your life upon. Collected enough "toys" yet? Have you put your family first? What rules your life? Does spending, collecting, and accumulating bring you contentment and happiness? Is your life built on a castle of sand or is it on a solid foundation? I have found that this video is a great way to take a personal inventory of where I personally stand and ensuring my priorities are in check. A look in the mirror and reflecting at where I stand...right now...is always a good thing. (I didn't embed it in my blog due to copyright)
Happy Trails, everyone!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Here were my goals for the 2-days and 50 miles on the trails:
1. Step one at 6pm at Happy Days on Thursday would be the same as the last step at Mile 50 on Saturday. Running gait, stride, pace...all the same. If I could manage my pace properly, I could extend my endurance...that was the idea.
2. Eat and drink like race day. I boiled lots of potatoes and they were once again the miracle energy food. I also introduced Hammer's Perpetuem finally. It has everything that my normal Heed electrolyte has but introduces protein to fight the muscle canibalization. I actually really liked it and will use it more often. I also took a Clif Shot Blok every 4 miles.
3. Not get injured, do anything stupid, and to start recovery the second I finished running. That recovery included immediate fruit, water, and Hammer's Recoverite. It also meant to keep moving to keep the blood flowing and get the garbage washed out of my weary legs.
Well, EVERYTHING was accomplished...every single thing. Step one DID equal the last step. Expectedly, I was super exhausted and I felt like a Mack truck had hit me by the time 8pm rolled around last night. But, I focused on proper recovery and kept moving.
I also wanted to learn during the run. Mentally, I wanted to see if I could "trick" myself into forging forward and keep on top of my game. Here's a bit of what I learned:
1. Self-talk is incredibly important. With the proper training/nutrition/etc., your body can keep going, going and going. However, as time passes and thousands of calories are burned, your brain starts saying: "I quit".."No more!"..."You're really not feeling good so you should so walk/slow down/stop." First off, accept that yes, you'll be tired. However, every time (especially in the last 10 miles yesterday in the blazing sun...another sunburn, thank you!) negative thoughts creeped in, I said to myself "You're feeling good. Get your tail moving!" That sounds simplistic but I'm telling you, it worked. That was a huge lesson to learn. I'm really going to need that on June 6th.
2. I also learned that Perpetuem isn't as nasty as I had thought. When it mixes, it reminds me of mixing cement...all chunky and nasty. However, 5 minutes of running and it's mixed up really good and it's taste really isn't too bad. I will use it more often.
3. I can increase/sustain endurance by three things: a) proper nutrition leading up to and during the run, b) proper and disciplined pacing throughout from the very beginning and 3) mental attitude.
So here we are. 55 days (~8 weeks) from June 6th and the Kettle Moraine 100. My plan between now and then was to do two more of these types of weekends. However, I question how much more value I can get out of it. I feel like I got everything I could have wanted out of this past weekend. My lingering questions were answered and obstacles dismantled. Since I am of the mindset and more is not necessarily better, I am going to make one major change to the final 8 weeks. I will only do one more weekend like this past one and it will be on the first weekend in May. (that's also the Flying Pig and Pittsburgh Marathon weekend) So my last big, big weekend will be 5 weeks before the event. I'll still go long at the 3-week-out point but I won't do a big back-to-back. I really do feel like I am at a peak right now with regards to endurance, fitness, and health. I just need to maintain it now and not do anything that would risk injury.
So when 50 miles just isn't enough, my family is still out of town, what better thing to do but to go run some more trails! I'll be heading down to the Boston Store tonight at 6pm for a "casual" 9 miler on the trails then some dinner at the Winking Lizard in Peninsula. The skies couldn't be a more gorgeous blue than what they are today and temps are in the upper 40s...together a perfect recipe for some more trails!
Happy Trails, everyone!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
- What a flippin' great weekend! I tapered well last week (only 18 miles) and ran my 31st marathon/ultra-marathon yesterday at the Fools 50K. 5hrs, 26min, 15sec, 17th overall. This is my 2nd fastest 50K to date by a long shot. I'm a very happy camper this morning.
- OK, I'm calling you out! To the person who shouted out to me on the connector between the Lake Trail and Pine Grove Trail, "Good job, Mr. Moon!", identify yourself! I'm sorry, but I didn't recognize you. For those of you RTRSBM blog newbies, Mr. Moon is the main subject in my "3:30am" series. Sorry, I can't elaborate. The moon isn't shining today. By the way, you shouting that out made my day. I grinned about that from ear to ear at least until I got back onto the Ledges Trail! Thanks for the mental boost!
- I really love the Winking Lizard in Peninsula. With my family at the finish line yesterday, nothing sounded better than that. Plus, they've got the biggest activity sheet for kids to work on! That's a great distraction when mom and dad are trying to get some "us" time in. By the way, I swear by the Asian Chicken Wrap. It is soooooooo good!!!
- Everyone see the article that the Cleveland Plain Dealer did on Vertical Runner in Hudson? It is a really good write-up. Read it here.
- My family is heading off to Colorado for a week on Tuesday (minus me). Oh, what to do?! I think there are some good movies out right now. With my free admission at any time at Kent Plaza Theaters (military ID), I need to hit them up at least a few times. I think that time on the trails is in order as well...as if I didn't get enough lately!
- It was great to meet so many people that I knew by e-mail or name but not in person. Yesterday's race was great in so many ways...that's just one of them. In my opinion, Facebook has united so many local runners that otherwise would have never met. Feel free to add me if we're not already hooked up!
- I feel obligated to share some more post-50K results. Due to popular demand, here's another sampling of one of the many benefits of ultra trail-running events. Enjoy!
- I'm very thankful for 2 medical issues in my extended family: my dad finishes 7 weeks weeks of daily radiation this Tuesday. He and my mom have been in Atlanta, GA attacking his prostate cancer. The Hope House (provided by the American Cancer Society) has provided lodging for them and local organizations brought in food 40-50% of the time. I really hope the radiation did its job! On another front, my dad's mom, my only surviving grandparent, had a stroke recently but is recovering well now at home. I saw her on Saturday for an Easter brunch and I was pleasantly surprised at her rebound from how I saw her in the hospital. Our prayers were answered!
- I got my first suntan/burn of the season. I can still feel the heat beaming off my face this morning. I may have been on trails under trees all day but those trees don't have leaves on them yet so full sun it was! It was such a beautiful day to be out there!
- This upcoming weekend (Friday/Saturday) is a big training weekend. I plan to leave from the Happy Days parking lot on Friday night at 6pm for a night trail run and again at 7am Saturday morning for 6-7 more hours on the trails. Why? Kettle Moraine 100 is only 61 days away! Let me know if you want to join in for any of the "fun."
- I had a very nice and relaxing jaunt around home this morning for 5 rolling miles. It's always a good idea to warm up the muscles the day after a really long run/marathon/ultra simply to warm up the muscles to break free the lactic acid/cement in your legs followed by lots of water throughout the day to flush it all out. The only real soreness I feel today is in my abdominal muscles. Those guys help out a lot during hilly trail running and now need a little TLC. I also wore my new Fools 50K Asics running shorts. I've never received a pair of shorts for a race but Lloyd did a fine job in picking these. They were great and will get a lot of use in the future.
- "Give me back that Filet-o-Fish. Give me that fish! Give me back that Filet-o-Fish, give me that fish! What if it were YOU hanging up on this wall? If it were you in that sandwich, you wouldn't be laughing at all!!!!" You're welcome.
- I think that about covers it. Off to work for Uncle Sam!
Happy Trails, everyone!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
So today is 9 weeks until Kettle Moraine...63 days. Next week the fun will really begin. My family is spending Spring Break and Easter in Colorado Springs with family so I have full reign over my running and running whenever I want to. Friday/Saturday are back to back trail runs with a goal of 10-11 hours on my feet and around 50 miles. How tomorrow goes and how I feel on Monday morning will dictate what happens between now and then. I'm hoping for a successful week of key training in my 100 mile training schedule. Eat right, refuel properly, and listen, listen, listen to my body...all essential parts of success.
I know I ate garbage a few days ago but hopefully you know that is light years away from my normal diet. To that end, here's another article about the trash called high fructose corn syrup. It is published by Hammer Nutrition, the brand of electrolyte, salt tabs, and recovery drink I swear by. It recently came out in their most recent edition of their Endurance News. A quick and necessary read.
Alright folks...it's game on. Tomorrow, I have no interest in racing others but I will race myself and that course. I've run the course multiple times so I have an idea at where my 1st lap (25K) time should be. The question will be how I can hold on for the whole 50K. Boiled/salted potatoes will be on hand! After that, nothing else matters except getting my kettle on June 7th. For anyone wanting to join me on my last few back-to-back trail runs for all or any part of, here is my schedule:
April 10/11: Friday at 6pm for 20 miles followed by 30 miles on Saturday morning starting at 7am.
April 25th: I'll join the VR group run this Saturday for a run on some pavement but will probably hit up some trails before the road pounding begins.
May 1/2: this will be my next back-to-back trail run. Similar to April 10/11 but will incorporate more nighttime running and sleep deprivation.
May 15/16: this is the Cleveland Marathon weekend. I will be in Cleveland rooting on local runners but will run my last back-to-back on Friday/Saturday. Similar again to the previous two. This will be the last major training weekend before the Kettle. 3 weeks to go!
Happy Trails, everyone! (one more little tidbit...the video below is what happened at last year's Kettle 100. Lightning and tornadoes were around, too! The video is only 30sec.)
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Anyway, back to the carbs: Chick-Fil-A is running a special today where they give you a colored receipt after your purchase. Then, at anytime that you return before May 31st with your receipt, everything on it is FREE. That's right...completely free. So, I stopped by the Belden Village location and had my favorite #1 meal: Chicken Biscuit, hash rounds, and diet lemondade. All cooked in peanut oil (a good oil) of course! Except for the diet lemonade...and it's sweetened with Splenda. (I'm watchin' my waistline, ya know!?!) Once I got to work, in an effort to bring a little trail running into the government office, I ran into the office at 7am, my Nathan pack on my back (no water in it, though), and my Petzl headlamp on! It got a pretty good laugh in the office and was a fun way to start the day in an otherwise stressful, super overloaded office. Now they understand just one piece of what I do in my free time. Maybe next week I can run all the way to Canton and stink up the place. Then, they'll truly understand! For lunch, I had a fish sandwich (NOT broiled), some fried mushrooms (THE best around) and some fries. Hmmm....just about everything was cooked in oil so far today. Back in the office, I supplemented my lunch with an orange. OK, now I feel better. (well, it was a small clementine...so not a regular size orange) The end of the day arrives, I strap on my headlamp once again...to walk in the sunshine out to my car...and hit the road. After the slowest-pumping-gas pump on Planet Earth, I hop on the interstate to hear my phone ring. "Wanna meet me for Mexican? The girls are at my parents." "Well, dear, I ate out at lunch today and didn't eat too good," I reply. "So you don't want to go?" "Oh no, I'll meet you at 5:30!!" So much for self-control. So off to Mexican, chips-n-salsa, and a large burrito stuffed with chicken and fajita-like fixins'. "You must be done by now," you must be thinking. Well, here's the dilemma. At this Mexican restaurant is also my parents' homemade ice cream shop. Fresh homemade ice cream...and my favorite dark chocolate peanut butter. 2 scoops, chopped nuts, pecans. Perfect. Oh geez...I think I've taken this carbo-loading thing to a whole new level. Plus, I think I might be carbo-loaded one day too early! The 50K isn't until Sunday!!!! I should have done this (well, should probably isn't the proper term here) tomorrow! Ugh...I'm feeling a little bit...uh...heavy right now. That's all right...I'll just sleep it all off and run it off tomorrow. Oh dangit! I'm tapering! I'm not "allowed" to!!! OK, maybe I can just keep my glycogen stores topped off until 7am on Sunday. "Focus!!! I know I can do it!"
So anyway, I really don't have anything to blog about so there you have it. A day of carbo-loading taken to a place it should have never gone. I hardly ever eat fried food and today, I think my body will go into shock after this. I think a cleansing is in order. (sorry, but it's true!)
Disclaimer: I typed this blog in a matter of a few minutes, have a ton of built up energy, am talking in my mind a mile-a-minute, and due to the lack of miles this week, feel like I could run a hundred miles right now! Too much energy to contain until Sunday! ARGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
Oh yea...one really bright spot: my Runner's World came today and my #1 female elite distance runner is on the cover!!! Kara Goucher!!! You rock, Kara! Don't know Kara? Below is the race and a post race interview of heat II of the 5000m run at the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Kara Goucher is the winner with a time of 15:32.31.
Happy Trails, everyone!