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Aug 1, 2008
- Man, did July fly by. I guess when you're having fun on the trail and all other areas of your life it tends to go that way. I fell a little short this month in the hours on the trail category, but possibly I may have got a little greedy thinking life wouldn't get in the way. I did take 9 rest days, which are definitely needed when putting in this type of training. The flys were really biting hard this month as it was super humid on most runs. The smart thing is that I ran quite a bit in the evening when the heat was bearable. Happy to say I put in two runs over 26Miles in length. That is an accomplishment in itself in this type of weather. Hill workouts turned into a fun workout and the speed sessions don't get any easier, but they are helping my overall fitness. Well, I train on, setting bigger goals for August as I march toward my goal race on 09/20: North Country Trail 50M .This is a race I am so looking forward to as I've wanted to run it the last 2 years. Some other race, usually a marathon got in the way of me running it, but not this year. I solely focused on trail running and the ultra scene. I have yet to decide, but I may travel up to take part in the training run on the Big M Trail 08/16.
- July Goals: 1)40-42 hours on the trail, 2)Increase long run, 3)Incorporate one day of solid hill training per week, 4)Increase speed/tempo workout up to an hour every other week
- Goal missed: 35:08(June - 38:13), increased training days from 20(June) to 22(23 trail runs)
- Goal met: (2) 26M+ long runs on 07/04 and 7/26 (increased from a 20Miler in June)
- Goal met: Incorporated 5 hill workout with a shorter run versus no hill training in June
- Goal met: Sometimes 2 speed sessions per week from 50-53 min, 7:30-8:00/min pace
- August Goals: 1) 35-40 hours on the trail 2) At least one long of 30-32 miles 3) Continue sled hill (5-6hills) workout every Tuesday 4) Continue at least 1 speed session per week from 50-53 min
Jul 2, 2008
- Last 3 months of training:
- April: 24:31 - 18 days training
- May: 33:13 - 19 days training / 50M PR (8:30:09)
- June: 38:13 - 20 days training / 100M DNF
- Looking Ahead:
- July Goal: 40-42 hrs / 1)Increase long run, 2)Incorporate one day of solid hill training per week, 3)Do a speed workout up to an hour every other week
- Aug: Pikes Peak Marathon?
- Sep: North Country Trail 50M - Sent my application in TODAY!!!!!!
Decided with it being the 4th of July weekend, I won't enter the 360 Minutes @ Muscatatuct in North Vernon, IN. The travel and time away from home will be to much. Plus, Pam and I will have a great weekend together. On the other hand, I have decided to run my own version of the event, but near home. I've deemed it - 360@TheParks. The parks being St. Patrick's Park and Madeline Bertrand Park. My buddy Brett will be running roughly 4hrs of it with me prior to heading off to spend time with his family. It will be great to have someone else join in on the fun. Our planned start time is 5:00AM on the 4th of July. Should be exciting.
Jun 27, 2008
- As I train on, I am considering my next race: 360 Minutes @ Muscatatuct - http://dinoseries.com/360.html in North Vernon, IN on July 5th. I would really like to run this race as I have yet to run an event like it. It is held on a 5 mile repeating loop course with a variation of hills, but with two nice climbs of 150'. The hill training will be nice as I am limited on the trails that I run here at home.
- Another race to consider is the Pikes Peak Marathon on August 16th. I am signed up for the event, but am not sure if I can justify the cost of going back to Colorado for a few days. If I do it will be on the "cheap". Ran the marathon back in 2004. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had as a runner living at less than 1,000' and running at altitude.
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04/05/2008 - A Trail in 2 States FA 50K
Not sure why I hadn't thought of this before, but why not organize my own version of a Fat Ass 50K. Running loops on the trails where I currently train is the best place for it, through Madeline Bertrand Park (MI) and St. Patrick's Park(IN) . Here is the plan: My buddy Brett and I will start out around 4:30AM on our first of three loops through the woods. Each loop consists of roughly 9.25ish miles through the woods, along the St. Joseph River and across a small prairie. Each loop will bring us back to the only aidstation: the back of (my vehicle). Then at the end of the 3rd loop we'll run right around 2 miles 0utNback to finish off the 50K. The course I have picked out is for the most part accurate, but in reality there aren't many certified 50K courses.
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05/17/08 - Berryman Trail 50 Mile (Race Report)
My biggest issue coming into this race was a bout with ITBand irritation in my left leg. It would come and go, but at times it was excruciating following some runs. Come late April I even emailed the RD to ask if it was possible to move down to the marathon distance as I wasn't entirely sure I would be adequately trained come race day. She said that I could once the race starts, but wouldn't be eligible for any awards. So, I completely pulled myself off the road and concentrated solely on training on the trails. In the past when training for ultras I would use a combination of road marathons/trail running. Leaving the pavement behind helped. Even during trail tempos I experienced no problems the following day and was able to bounce back. I was ready for the challenge. From this point on I wouldn't second guess my decision to stay in the 50M race.
Brett and I set off for our destination, Potosi, MO. A small town about 74 miles southwest of St. Louis. Not far from where we'd be racing at the Berryman Campground inside Mark Twain National Forest. This area of the country is quite beautiful and hilly. I did a little research on the course, but one never knows until they actually get out there as to what it’s like. Sometimes it is best not knowing what you are getting yourself into.
Course: Two loops (24.8M per loop) for the 50 mile, 1 for the Marathon, plus a short out and back for each event on a gravel road. There is one crossing of Brazil Creek per loop. The course crosses many other stream beds that may or may not have water in them depending on recent rainfall. Aid Stations will be approximately every 4 to 5 miles apart.
After arriving in Potosi we dropped our stuff off at the local Super 8. A great place to stay for the race and cheap$$. Plus, they had a great breakfast buffet. And the fact that it is located only 15-20 minutes from Berryman Campground. So, we headed out to the campground to pick up our race packets and found they were just getting things set up. It was pretty low key, so we gathered our packets and headed back into Potosi for a bite to eat and some rest as the race would be starting at 6:30AM. We did notice however that the temperature was a bit warmer than northern Indiana and they were predicting start temps in the 50s with a high in the lower 80s. That concerned me a little, but what could we do. At least we'd be running under the canopy.
Going in I really had no expectations as far as finishing time for this ultra. Brett said he'd like to run right around 5hrs. Not knowing what the course was like I through a time out there late on Friday evening prior to the race of 9hrs, but "finishing" was what I was really after.
We turned in somewhat early for a 4:00AM wakeup. I slept about as well before a race as I probably ever had. Everything was ready and we headed toward the campground. The day finally arrived. It was a cool morning, but the sun was slowly rising over a ridge. There wouldn't be a cloud in the sky on this day. We arrived at the campground as others were pulling in. Each of us put a drop bag down for the 16 mile mark after crossing Brazil Creek.
After a few late instructions from the RD, Brett and I wished each other luck and we were off on the short out-n-back section on the gravel road. The 50 Milers would cover .4 miles on the road and the marathoners 1.4 miles before heading back into the woods to start the loop. I started right off the front as did two other 50M runners and a few marathoners. I didn't know these two runners, but by the looks of it they were seasoned trail runners. I stayed close behind them from the start as we entered the trail and was right on their heels. The beginning of the trail is made up of rocky/root covered sections. There were a few dry creek beds, but most had water running through them. The cold water felt pretty good, but my goal was to stay as dry as possible. I stayed with the lead runners just before the first aid station at 4.45 miles. They were going a bit faster than I wanted to go this early and my heart rate was telling me to back off. About that time, just before AS#1, another 50M runner came up behind me and passed. I stayed with him as we headed into AS#1. We left as soon as we came in not wasting any time. I was close behind him. Not far from AS#1 he caught his foot on a rock and rolled it pretty good. I asked him if he was alright and told him to walk it off. Don't run on it immediately. This would plague him all day. Most if not all of this section was very runnable aside from navigating the rockier creek areas.
In 3rd place again, a few of the lead marathoners were making their way along the course. I graciously ran to the right side of the single track letting them pass as their day would end way before mine would. Staying with them would be a huge mistake. I would have no part of that. Over this time as I headed into AS#2 and AS#3, I made sure to power walk nearly every hill. I ran some of them, but it made no sense to waste quad strength that I would need late in the race. By this time the 50M runner who had rolled his ankle was behind me once again and I let him pass. He was running all the hills, but was having a heck of time on the downhill portions where I would trade places with him again and again. I was feeling really good. As we headed into AS#3, another marathoner came in as I was leaving. He caught me going out and we ran together, chatting it up. This section to AS#4 at Brazil Creek ended up being more horse trail then single track. Quite muddy at times, but nothing that stopped me from running through and around it. We headed down the rocky section to Brazel Creek at mile 16 on the course. You had no choice but to jump into the cool water and across. I actually didn't mind it. As soon as you get across and run through a bit of sand, the course veers to the right to the aid station at the campground. I grabbed a glass of coke and filled my hand held with half gator”barf”/half water and grabbed a handful of gummy bears. To this point I was eating Sharkey's and Energy Beans from my belt and the occasional GU.
We left AS#4 through a small clearing and out onto the only paved road section on the course. I decided to walk half of it before heading back onto the trail into the woods. Soon after I would catch the marathoner I had run with prior and we chatted awhile. The pace felt comfortable so I went with it. He told me there are days when he'll mountain bike this course and then run it. I could probably do it but when it comes to biking I'm a green horn and would probably hurt myself on this course. From this point on we would run together until he finished. Most of the bigger (long) hills were from 16 miles on until the completion of the first loop. I would continue to power walk the hills as fast as I could while the two runners I was with would run them. Again, after the hill I would catch them shortly after.
We made it into AS#5 (19.5M) and filled up. I chose to stay away from any solid foods. Nothing looked good to me at the time. I was drinking well and popping an S-cap nearly every 1hr-1.5hrs. One of the volunteers told me he'd have ice and popsicles for the 2nd loop. I told him I'd hold him to it and laughed as we headed out toward AS#6. More climbing ensued, but alot of this section was easy running.
We headed into AS#6 greeted by two lovely ladies, filled up quickly and were gone. One more longggg climb remained and then some rollers back to Berryman Campground to end the first loop. I was feeling good as I came through the start/finish area in 3:49. Maybe a little to good as the temperature was rising. Here you had the option of dropping to the marathon distance by running an additional out-n-back if things weren’t going as planned. I filled up quickly and was out of there. Now I was thinking that maybe I had a shot at setting a new PR. Two other runners came in behind me at the end of the loop and quickly caught me. The guy who rolled his ankle early on and another runner I had not seen to this point in the race. I let them both by and stayed close behind the runner hobbling on his ankle. He quickly pulled off to the side as we headed into AS#1 and I wouldn't seem him again until the race was over. The other guy took off down the trail.
From this point on I would run solo the remainder of the race aside from coming up behind a few late marathon runners. I think at the time I was in 4th place. It was getting hotter. Each time I stepped out of the shade on the trail into the sunlight the sun seemed that much warmer. I kept moving forward. Just before Brazil Creek I came upon 5 horses and their riders on the muddier section of the trail. I quickly moved off to the side not wanting to spook them as they went by. I crossed the creek into the Brazil Creek AS and joked with the two girls volunteering, asking them if this was a school project or were they just giving up their Saturday for us. I thanked them and quickly left. Things were still going well. As I excited Brazil Creek and out on to the small road section I chose to walk the entire length of it until reaching the woods and took off once again. More climbing would ensue. To this point I still had my legs and had no problems running without having to grimace in pain because my quads hurt like in past races.
For some reason with like 5-6 miles to go I kept thinking about the lead female catching me. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it is my competitive nature or something. The funny thing is that I didn’t know who it was and didn’t see her all day. I suppose this motivated me a bit to push on harder. I had two more aid stations to go to the finish. With 6:35 on my watch I headed into the 2nd to last AS. Low and behold they had ice and a lime freeze pop. Just like the guy said that he would. I filled up my bottle and walked out of the AS. Man did that freeze pop hit the spot.
Within a quarter of a mile leading into the last aid station I noticed the runner who passed me at the beginning of the 2nd loop was limping. I asked him if he was ok as I went by and told him to walk it off to the next AS. Now I was in position to take 3rd overall and a new PR was within reach. I entered the last AS and quickly exited after a fill up. I knew there was one long climb to go. I knew I would really have to push myself at this point. I wasn’t struggling, but at this point in the race with it being over 80F, I felt depleted. I could feel the salt hanging on my face and arms. I knew the finish was near. After power walking the last climb, I took off only seeing a few late marathon runners ahead on the trail. I exited the woods and across the gravel road and could nearly see the finish area. I picked it up a bit as they rang the cowbells with people cheering me on. It felt good to be done although I would have pushed on had the race been longer. I met Brett at the finish. He had finished his first trail marathon in 5:17. I was happy for him.
Finish: 3rd Overall (8:30:09PR) - (Old 2006 PR: 8:43:55)
1st Place – 7:37
2nd Place – 7:54