Thursday, January 28, 2010

Saturday Morning Training Run

Hi Everybody!

I know how hard it is to get out and run when it is cold and dreary, but the weather is supposed to be nicer this Saturday, the 30th. One of the best things that motivate me to go outside and run is knowing that others might show up, so I am planning a 5, 10, or 15 mile training run at 8 am this Saturday at Monument Park.(take the I-25 and Unitah exit, head east, go under the bridge and then go south on Glen, which is right across from the 7-11). Take the winding road to the parking lot.

THIS IS NOT A RACE! You choose your distance and your pace. We start at the parking lot just before you go over the bridge down from the college. From there we do 5 mile "loops". Your car is your aid station, so you bring your own supplies.

REMEMBER: One of the fastest ways to get injured is to try and run somebody else's pace! We all have different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to running, so a flatter venue like what we will be running on will be more challenging for somebody who does better on a hilly course. THE POINT IS TO GET OUT THERE AND RUN! Several of us are managing injuries, so just do the best you can, and run your own pace.

I know there are a lot of you who are getting ready for a marathon, or longer this spring. Despite what it looks like outside today, springs, and race day will be here before you know it, so come on out and join me for a training run in this beautiful city we are so lucky to live in!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PR at Run With An Angel 50 Mile Ultra

Competing in the Running With An Angel 50 Mile Ultramarathon is one of my favorite ways to start the new year.

This was my third time running, and winning this awesome event. What made this year's race even more special to me was that I set a new women's course record and set a PR in a time of 7:43:10. Although it isn't the fastest 50 mile time for a woman, I am still happy and grateful for it, especially after having an achilles injury since November.

The race got off to a rocky start, as I quickly realized that I had accidentally brought a pair of my "special" Death Valley Double Crossing underwear. What makes them so special is that i had to cut out the underwear section around 200 miles during my double crossing, to help eliminate chafing. In a remote desert, it isn't a problem. but in a race with dozens of competitors and traffic, it is. Fortunately I had remembered to bring a pair of hot pink leopard print underwear, which I ended up wearing for 50 miles.

Here is a picture of my "lucky" underwear for the 2010 Run With An Angel 50 mile Ultra-Marathon!