|I think I must, must have it. If I can't find it, I'll|
have to make it.
I was momentarily annoyed that the place where we usually get our pre-flight supplies (quad latte for him, diet redbull for me) was all out of diet redbull. Then I had to laugh at myself: I'm running 50 miles tomorrow. I think one 110-calorie redbull won't hurt.
I. <3 RedBull. It gives you wings, you know?
On the plane, I worked on my schedule for the spring, copying and pasting info from my three syllabusss (syllabi?) into one master sheet so that I can keep track of all that has to be done every weekend.
We arrived in Houston, where the first smell upon walking off the plane and into the airport was fried--something. Fried anything is the official smell of the south, after all...especially the southern Gulf. In Houston, it was cold and grabbed our rental - we purposefully chose a hideous lime green midsize - and headed north to Huntsville.
We checked into the Days Inn and I was apoplectic to discover an abundance of outlets! They were everywhere! My biggest pet peeve is the lack of outlets in hotel rooms. I ran around the room, exclaiming over the outlets, and then plugged in my surge-protector strip, which contains an ipod charger, cell-phone charger, two garmin chargers...and plugged in my computer. Then we headed to packet pickeup.
At packet pickup two years ago, I was handed a thick, shit-brown sweat shirt that. Now, while I definitely want to just, oh, so casually, wear something that says I went 50 miles on it, it is the type of thick sweat shirt that says, and yet I'm still this fat, and ugly too.
This year, however, I was handed a deep purple hoodie. Su-weet! By this time, we had also found out that magically, only the corridor between Houston and Huntsville was free of ice. Huntsville, and much of central Texas, was full of hiways that were sheets of ice. Many people would simply turn back and not make the race after spinning off the highway more than once.
On the way back to the hotel, I was all, OOO! POPEYES CHICKEN! But himself talked me out of getting some. "We'll get some for lunch, after the race, okay?"
It should be no secret to anyone that I was raised primarily in Alabama (first 12 years) and Dallas (next 13 years) and so my favorite foods are those I associate with my childhood: fried chicken. Actually, fried anything. Steak, eh, okay. I do like me some sushi. But fried chicken will stop me dead in my tracks. I will actually lose my train of thought for a moment while I inhale deeply, mmmm, fried chicken. The 7 years I spent as a vegan were difficult ones, especially when Sweet baboo and I worked out at a gym right next to a KFC.
But back to the noodle bowl breakfast. This, after all, is the secret to all this and why I do it: The best way to get a fast, 1000-calorie pre-race breakfast in is simple carbyhydrates. The best way to burn it off is to run. I, being a glutton AND vain, have had to give up my other vice: Sloth.
Lets face it, the true key to fitness and being slim is when vanity wins out over sloth or gluttony. I choose to give up sloth. Hence: my pursuits.
We were asleep before 8. If you've ever had trouble falling asleep early on race night, I recommend Advil PM or Tylenol PM. Zzzzzzzz......
|It's the most important meal of the day, you know.|
However, in this dream, instead of starting the race Sweet Baboo and I lay down to take a nap and missed the first 6 hours of the run...
Being neurotic is so awesome. You have the most entertaining dreams.
I dressed for the 25 degree start in CW-X thermal tights, injinjis, Zensah calf sleeves (under the tights), an underarmor l/s shirt with another, slightly larger shirt over that, a bill-cap. I carried a Nathan handheld and wore a vest that doesn't carry hydration - it's just a vest that carries stuff and I can't find it on the internet anywhere so apparently, Sweet Baboo had it made by elves. Anyway.
Over the billcap and over my ears I wore a fleece headband that has speakers in it. I found it three years ago on Ebay and haven't been able to find it since. They come out for washing. You can still hear sounds around you when you wear them, which makes them ideal for running a 16-mile loop on which 600 other runners may be at any given time.
I was told by Sweet Baboo that Scott Jurek was going to be at this race. Hmm. I wonder how many times he'll lap me? It's very likely that he will finish his 100 before I finish my 50.
I watched a couple of YouTube videos for some inspiration, lounged around a bit, and then we headed out.
I kissed Sweet Baboo good-bye at 5:45 am and he took off on his race at 6 am. Then I went to hang out in the car and take a short nap, but I was too nervous about missing the start to do that. It was in the 20s at the start, so I wore a thin fleece neck gator that I pulled over my nose and mouth so that my asthma wouldn't be triggered by the cold.
The trail is easy enough; it's not flat (disappointingly) but it's nothing like, say, the Javalina trail. The roots didn't see as bad this year, at least not until the 3rd loop when I was dragging my feet. Still, I didn't go down. No face plant for me. The drama of 2009 no withstanding, I wasn't truly suffering until toward the end. This year, I did the the loops faster, and spent far less time in aid stations. (less than 10 minutes, which I recorded as part of my loops):
Loop 1: 3:35
Loop 1, I started out slowly, warming up that tweaked calf muscle. I started out with water, which I refilled throughout this loop. I took an e-gel every 45 minutes or so. Finally towards the last half of the 17-mile loop, I felt confident enough to run full out, so I did. good. I ran. I ran more on the way back then on the way in. I kept up with my nutrition. It was cold, and when I came in from loop 1 I was able to discard my jacket, leaving me with two shirts and gloves. Anton Krupecka, who is a champion 100-miler, passed me twice, and so did Scott Jurek. More importantly, on every single loop, I got to see Sweet Baboo who would give me a nice smacker on the lips and we'd check in briefly with each other.
Loop 2: 3:45
Still feeling good, but new concerns were creeping in. Achilles wasn't happy about the tight calf sleeves, and the tweaked calf was starting to ache, just a bit, so I sat down to pull the calf sleeve off the right leg, where my Achilles ached, and put it on my left leg, where my calf muscle ached. After this, my Achilles on my left leg ached, but it was either that or my calf muscle, so what the hell. I stopped and dropped off my gloves in Sweet Baboo's drop bad at the Dam Aid station, and wound up picking them back up on my way back through on loop 3.
Anton passed me twice again. Scott passed me once.
I also saw JaJa Jogger several times as of the posting of this blog she looks to be on track for a finish.
Loop 3: 4:43
This is the first time I've seen one close-up that hadn't been run over by a car, and HOO, they are UG-LAY. But now the new symbol of fearlessness to me--
-= I was as self-confident and a big old Armadillo. =-
This one was about the size of two footballs. Other than some ducks, that was the only wildlife I saw...the alligators were probably all burrowed down in the mud, being as it's so cold.
I got slower, and slower, and slower. I'd hoped to beat the sunset, but the last 4 miles were run with a headlamp. I have an awesome headlamp. I could land planes with this thing. Still, it slowed me down even more than I already was. My IT band was starting to speak to me. It said, hey, remember me? I'm your IT band and I have had just about enough of this shit. If calf and Achilles won't slow you down, I sure as shit will.
Toward the end of the loop I trotted along behind Scott Jurek for a while, which was only possible because he had probably gone over 90 miles and was not wearing a headlamp. Damn, that man can walk fast. 2 miles from the finish, I passed Sweet Baboo for the final time, and got a nice kiss and a "well done".
Total time: 12:03. My super secret double fantasy of 11:15 and missing sunset wasn't realized, but my fantasy goal of 12-ish was. Woot!
OW. just ow. I took my medal, and my drop bag, headed for the car, and drove straight to my hotel. Then I drove 2 miles more to a Popeye's chicken, and ordered 5 pieces of chicken (white meat), a side order of cajun gravy, and mashed potatoes, and DO YOU KNOW THAT BITCH DID NOT GIVE ME MY GRAVY, GAVE ME THREE BREASTS AND TWO THIGHS, AND GAVE ME WHITE RICE INSTEAD OF MASHED POTATOES? and charged me 15 dollars? I MEAN, WHAT THE HELL? But i was too out of it when I got home to do anything but call and complain about the gravy. Truthfully, I shouldn't have been driving.
I earned 182 points today, according to WW. I intended to use them.
I took a hot, hot bath to try to stabilize my core temp, and then fell asleep, woke up after an hour to text my displeasure at not having gravy to anyone who was awake and gave a shit. Then I fell asleep again until about 1:30 am, when I woke up to check on Sweet Baboo's time. All this time, I was hobbling. OW. I took some Advil, and felt better. Washed my hair. Felt better still. Ate the last of the chicken. Mmmmm.
My next-door neighbors in the Days Inn about to incur my wrath. The reason I am up typing this a 2 am is because they came in, NOISILY, and talked loudly, slammed doors, and turned on the TV. I am getting ready to start a rumble if they don't shut it down.
I'm tired, and when I'm tired, I'm fearless.
Like big old Armadillo.
I'm also disinclined to correct typos.
Soon, I'll go get Himself and tell him that his name was drawn for Wasatch. Guess I'm coming to Utah September 9th!