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This blog is about my journey as an asthmatic, hypothyroid, formerly plus-sized endurance athlete. It's occasionally interrupted with things that have nothing to do with that or whining about my weight and horrible eating habits. "You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ultra Woman.


The 2008 Black Warrior 50K: By the numbers:

  • My time: about 8 hours, :26.
  • My average pace: 16:20 min/mile

  • Miles traveled: >31

  • feet of climbing on this course: 9231 (according to Baboo's Garmin. MY garmin, disappointingly, claims that I only ran about 28 miles.)

  • Stream crossings: more than a dozen
  • Super mucky areas that had to be skirted or just slogged through: about 50.
  • Number potties on the course: 0
  • Number of bushes to potty behind: 0
  • Number of fallen trees that had to suffice instead: 3

  • Tree roots I tripped on because they were buried in the leaves: 11

  • Times I said "stupid tree roots": 3
  • Number of times I said, "f***ing tree roots!!!": 8
  • Number of people who started the 50K: About 90.
  • Number of people behind me when I finished: 6.
  • Ounces of watered-down gatorade I drank: over 200.
  • Number of gells I consumed: 16.
  • Number of snickers energy bars: 1

  • Mile where I hit the wall and started mumbling to myself and staggering a bit: 26

  • Ounces of coke it took to light a new fire under my butt at mile 28.4: 12.
  • Number of Sweet Baboos waiting for me at the finish line (along with Mini baboo): 1
    (there could only be one.)

Pictures, by the way, were taken by Sweet Baboo.


The prize for finishing: You get to stop running.

How I will reward my Brooks Adrenylin 4 trail shoes: with a lovely hosing off.

How I will reward my wonderful feet, for carrying me all >31 miles: Cute, comfortable shoes and a pedicure.

How I will reward my legs: a message.

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44 comments:

  1. I was just at the race site to see how you did, but results weren't up yet....so I came here (again!) and you had just posted! I am so glad I did! Congratulations! wow....you are an ULTRArunner!!!!! Very cool! (Buy ULTRARUNNING magazine with the results...you will appreciate it in your old age!) :-)
    Looks like a hell of a course. (and you were far from last now weren't you???? Yee ha!)
    Hope Baboo is feeling better!

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  2. We're subscribers to UR, Fe lady! But thanks for reminding me to check it!

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  3. Wow- what a course! You rock! An ultramarathon.

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  4. Check you out! You're Awesome!

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  5. OMG! You are amazing! really!

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  6. Great effort! And great post! You sure write good.

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS IRON ULTRA GG!!

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  8. Awesome!! Congrats!! Very inspiring!

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  9. Great job out there. Welcome to trail and Ultra Racing.

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  10. You're an inspiration! Nice job in 31 miles of muck!

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  11. Wow! You continue to inspire! Great job.

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  12. awesome. Excited for you both - you look very happy in sweetness's finisher shot of you, btw...no, I wouldn't be messing with you then!

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  13. Congratulations!!!
    I love your finishing photo--because you look so good in it. Nary a trace of tree roots, falls, cuss words, or super muckiness in that photo. Just one ultra runner who should be very proud of herself. :)

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  14. You and Baboo were so awesome I had to post about it today (how did Mini Baboo do? he has to start his own blog!). I was so worried about Brian being sick - either too sick to race or that he would have a meltdown out in the woods and end up really sick or hurt. Great job, and safe travels home.

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  15. You guys rocked! Congrats misty!

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  16. Congratulations on a very amazing accomplishment!! I think you can do anything you put your mind to!

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  17. You are an animal.
    Well done.

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  18. Rockin good time, GIRL! I am so proud of you! Take that medal to school and make every one of your little mathophobes look at it and exclaim! (I do that. "Look at my medal...LOOK AT MY MEDAL OR I'LL BEAT YOU!!") What a great role model you are for your students!!!

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  19. You are F***IING AWESOME! Congrats!

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  20. That is incredible! You are an ultra woman! Congrats!

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  21. Wow, you are amazing. Congrats.

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  22. Kewl! Very good! This was your first ultra, right? Congratulations!!!! It sounded like a tough one!
    Welcome to the dark side...I mean the fun side of running.

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  23. Congratulations Misty what an amazing accomplishment!!

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  24. YAY Misty!! You give us all hope and inspiration!

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  25. Congratulations Misty!!!!!! Very well done!

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  26. Congrats!! It is an amazing accomplishment! You should feel VERY proud!!

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  27. Woman you Rock! Did you get your food?

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  28. Wow... fantastic & daunting! How'd you get so hardcore? :)

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  29. Congratulations! Once again I am in awe! My goal for this year: a half-marathon by November - every time I want to wimp out on a training session I will think of you!

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  30. Great job GG! You guys are Ultra Studs!

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  31. Holy crap... you are unbelievable.

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  32. Ummmmmmmm...HOLY FREAKING CRAP!?!?

    I don't know what else to say. Way to go girlie!

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  33. You are incredible. Congratulations!

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  34. AMAZING! Fantastic report!!

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  35. god that sounds miserable.

    go you is right!

    congrats!

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  36. You rock, Misty! Plain and simple.

    Congratulations.

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  37. GREAT JOB!!!

    Don't you love those shoes? My brand, too....but in a very large 10.5...

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  38. Dude. You are a GODDESS!!

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  39. Good job on the first 50K. I'm researching this one for 2009. Thanks for writing it up.

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