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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Oriflamme 2018 race report

I ran the Oriflame 50k this past Saturday.
The race is about 1:30 from my house and it started at 7am,  so that was perfect. I arrived at 6:30am and, to my surprise, I did not forget anything. I had cold and hot gear because you just never know what to expect when you're running from the mountains to the desert floor and back up. The weather did not let me down. As soon as I got there, I knew it would be a little bit of everything. I made my way to the staring line and noticed I had dropped my car keys. So I asked around and I found them (as everyone had started already) but this made me the last runner out. 

The weather started out in the 50s. It was windy so it felt colder. Most runners had on there long sleeve shirts and jackets gloves and buffs. It's the mountains, so you just never know.
 It is nice being in the back because you can take everything in. All the colors, all the runners and the whole thing is just special. I love it!

The funny thing about this race is I try and avoid this training run because its just so hard. This race is rocky and the elevation gain is 4,268 and the max elevation is 5,100. It got to 90 degrees as we started climbing up the canyon. I try and keep my focus under my hat and I just climb.

I love running 50k. I think its my favorite distance because you still have enough energy to drive home and hang out. 


Gemma took this picture. (thank you) I was so happy to be done. I was done with the climb and ready to just sit. On this run, I listened to the Gypsy Kings and just sang my way to the end, feeling so good. 

We all ran and this is our Trail Crasher finisher picture. These are truly happy runner smiles. 

How crazy is this? I got 3rd female!!!! I got my medal which fits into The Old West medal like a sweet little puzzle piece.

It was an awesome day and I love being there with my friends in the mountains running.
This race was well put on the shirts are really nice and the aid stations had great volunteers. You park right where you start and finish and there are good bathrooms ...Everything you need to run an ultra..

Monday, March 19, 2018

Ultramaraton Baja Trail

This last weekend March 17th I ran this race. In Tijuana Baja Calif. In Mexico. I just want to start by saying I was really nervous about this one . I had at least 4 people tell me how hard this race was going to be so I knew it was going to be a challenge but a new challenge is always welcome.
 The day started really early , I was up at 2 am and a friend picked me up on his way down to the border at 2:30am. The bus was scheduled to pick us up at 4:30. You would think we would have enough time to get everything done but we barely made it to the bus and then finding the bus was its own adventure.. By the time it found us we had walked 4 miles.
The race had 3 distances. My friend Louka ran the 80k and started at 6 am . The rest of our group  Kylee, Scott, Janell, Maria started at 6:30 we ran the 50k. So there we all are standing in the cold rain excited and ready to go. We all counted in Spanish and off we went. You start in a single conga line going up hill and make your way up a mountain. Then there was another and another. My friends did not lie to me this was a hard race but lets be honest whats the one thing that makes a hard race not so hard.....Perfect Weather
How can you complain when it is 60 degrees with a light mist. 
The views went on forever.
This is at the top of El Capitan. Getting up here was an adventure..
Seeing so many familiar face of friends I admire and call friends made the miles and hard work go by quickly. 
Another familiar happy face coming my way..
and another. Sometimes you run races and you know there are people you just admire and look up to because there so strong and have been killing it in this sport forever. There also so nice and wise and then You feel lucky just to able to share the trail with them. Even if your way behind them it is still special.
I loved the race and I didn't mind the climbs. You know how sometimes your just feeling it. I got lucky because this week I feel good and I went out at my pace and just ran my race and finished around 8:20 something. 
I really loved how the entire day unfolded. It was such great course and the rain all of it made it a special day.
I want to mention a couple things.. The course was so well marked. They did a great job marking it. The aid station and the volunteers so kind. They gave me hugs and food and so much encouragement . If you get chance to run the Baja Trail Maraton Just do it.
Be the girl who decided to go for it !!! That's it.... Happy running 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Old West 50k race recap

I woke up at 4am so I could be in my car and on my way to pick up Phillip (my friend ) by 4:30am. When it comes to race day you should always plan on being there an hour early. We arrived at      6 am and I had plenty of time to check in and get dressed and have a cup of coffee. The race started right on time and off we went at 7am. 
This race is through Anza Borrego Desert in the spring. I never really thought I loved the desert but when I ran this race for the first time I feel in love. My pictures do not do it justice there is so much purple and the weather this year was what they call "perfect running weather".  
Throughout the entire 50k course there is only 2500 feet of elevation gain and loss. That makes running 31 miles a-lot easier.
I was so excited to run this year because last year the race was canceled. Lucky for us Pinnacle Endurance brought it back this year and did a wonderful job.
This is the best I have ever felt for 31 miles. I know the weather and sand helped. I really like running in sand I am not sure why but I really do. I have been trying to run everyday for the last 6 weeks I missed a day but what I have been trying to do is get used to running even when I feel like crap and when I do not want too. My reason for that is this. I am going  to run the San Diego 100 miler in June and I want to be a stronger runner. That for me means I do not want to chase cut offs. Chasing cut offs makes the race so intense for me and to be honest I would like to know what it is like to run 100 miles with out feeling like I am going to time out...I also figured out my nutrition and that really helps. 
I felt oddly strong the entire time. I was so happy too. I listened to the Gypsy Kings and sang the whole time. I chased a girl I knew I wouldn't catch but I loved trying. I finished in 5:21 that's my 50k PR and  26 minutes faster than my last 50k. Good Times !!
I feel really lucky and blessed to be healthy enough to run and to have such awesome friends to do it with.
Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't .

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Balance

March is already here. I am not sure what is going on but it feels crazy to think we are 3 months into 2018. My One little word this year is balance and that is what I am trying to accomplish. Finding balance and all I can say is these things take time.
I am on my second month of running daily. I missed 2 days because I had a cold . I was hoping that all this running would somehow help me feel stronger but NOPE.
Then that brings me back to finding balance. I am looking for that happy medium and I hope I can find it. I am going to try and stick to running  everyday but if I feel I need a break I will take it.
I am sitting here and today is a rest day. I made it a rest day !!!
This year I have ran 550 miles and its only March ..
I have three race I am looking forward to this month. The Old West in Julian is this Saturday and I am so looking forward to running 31 miles in the desert. I hope I can do a bit better than 2 years ago.
Ill keep you posted !!!!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Challenging myself and creating balance

                                               Balance
In everything I do I try to find the balance . That is my word for 2018 and this is my goal. I am in a new space and I think it's called getting older and being more mature. I am taking the One little word class by Ali Edwards and it feels different to me this time. I am doing all the work and I am really getting into it. The planning and making goals for this year.
One of my goals is  I am trying to make a habit of  getting on the mat everyday. I feel I could really use it. The time to slow down and the physical part has to help with all the running. I do adore the way I feel after I go to yoga class. I am going to explore this new little challenge and hopefully learn and grow. Jack goes to yoga so he will probably be joining me.

I started the this month off with the Goal of running 30 days straight. Let me start by saying my shortest run has been 5 miles and my longest 18. I am running anywhere from a 8:30 min pace to 13 min pace. It all depends .....
So checking in on day 7. I am tired and my legs are tired but what I am struggling with is how much my brain is just not wanting to go for a run. I kinda love this because this is the challenge right ??
I am in a crappy head space and it is up to me to change that. This is my favorite part because it is going to teach me discipline and hopefully during my next ultra I will be able to tap into whatever it is that I get from this challenge. This is just a me trying to push myself to grow. Having a fit bit really helps too...
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

With Positive Attitude I move forward

Happy February- The last month flew by and I don't really feel I got a chance to start over so I am using this month as my goal setting month. I also chose my word for the year and this word chose me. I feel like I need to strive for Balance.
Balance between everything I feel I need to do and what I do.
Balance is also a great reminder for me when it comes to taking care of my body. Yoga and facials ,drinking enough water. I am trying to have a date night with my kids each one separately and trying to find a welcome balance with all the hats I wear.
This month I have set out two goals for myself. The first one is I want to try and run everyday this month. The minimum could be 2 miles but I feel like I have been putting in so many miles and I feel stronger so I would like to try and go for it. 28 days 28 runs.
The other gaol is 3 dates one with my husband and then one with Jack and one with Bella.
Then there is the creative part of me and I am working on my project life but this month I want to take a class and finish it.
I am currently Taking Ali Edwards  One little word class. I love it as I do Ali. So as I enter this month with some fun goals I will try to remember how blessed I am to be be able to run and have children and a husband who are heathy and by my side for this crazy life ride. Sending you love and Joy.