I had such a fantastic time this morning running an amazing route that I just had to share! Continue reading “A Cinco de Mayo for the Books!”
After joining and starting to run with the Down to Run tribe in July of 2016 and gradually increasing my weekly mileage, I ran in my second ultra-marathon this weekend and knocked 59 minutes off of my previous time! And this was no easy course!! And so the race report begins…I imagine this might take almost as long as the race itself! Continue reading “Age is Just a Number: Sand Spur Ultra Race Report”
I would be remiss if I didn’t write a race report following my first-ever Down to Run trail race! Last Saturday I “competed” (I use that term loosely) in this event, known as the Full Moon Night Trail Run. The whole experience was magical! As you can see from the photos, everyone wore a headlamp, as well as various other types of luminescent devices, and headed out from Kitching Creek, at Jonathan Dickinson State Park around 8 PM for two hours of soggy, wet madness!
Our race directors, Andre and Ludi Chaves, were as gracious and supportive as ever, as was DTR co-founder Diego Mey. They all put on one heck of an event! Special thanks to all of the people who volunteered at the registration/packet pickup station, aid stations, as well as the photographers and medal hander-outers! And a special shout-out to Jenny Q for manning the microphone and welcoming in all of the finishers with charm and grace!
One of the most memorable aspects of this race, in particular, was the amount of water runners had to traverse throughout the dark and somewhat treacherous terrain. This photo shows what a typical water crossing looked like, and I estimate that approximately 20-25% of the course had some kind of deep water over it, which made it difficult to keep your footing and maintain a quick running pace. Somehow the winners managed to do it, however, as they crossed the finish line with miles averaging in the 8-min pace! Unbelievable!
All in all it was a terrific experience. I can now say I have an official DTR trail race under my belt and I didn’t twist an ankle or break a leg in the process! I came in under my goal time of two hours and couldn’t be happier!
I mean, who wakes up at 4:30 in the morning for a group run and winds up running almost a marathon ON SAND!? I guess me!!
Jupiter Ridge Sand Spur RD Test Run
This morning was the Jupiter Ridge Sand Spur Ultra’s race director test run. Continue reading “I Didn’t Mean to Run 20 Miles Today, Honest!”
Today I ran at Jonathan Dickinson State Park and decided to try a little experiment as I knew the sand spurs would be epic on the Dunes of Hell. I took commercial grade paper towels and attached them to my laces and most of the spurs stuck to them. Then I removed the paper towels and hence, most of the Spurs, and removed the rest with a micro fiber cloth. Then I removed the spurs from the cloth with my teeth. Yes, I said “my teeth”. This may sound gross but it works! Voila-no spurs anywhere!
Th cloth, one minute after the video was taken:
Tomorrow I will be running my first 50K ultra trail race. It won’t be much of a “race” for me as I am not planning on running fast. However, I do have some goals. Here they are:
- Do not DNF. Or, said another way, finish the race! Run the entire 32-ish miles.
- Do it in less than 8 hours.
- Ensure I can still walk afterwards. I am not joking with this one. I want to make sure I race smart and still have a little something left to at least be able to strut around the park proudly!
I will post again soon to let everyone know how I did. Wish me luck!