.....you see, here's a quick story; I am sitting on the ground a few minutes after finishing the Pilot Mountain Payback Marathon on Saturday, and bunch of people were talking about the race (specifically about how wonderful "that one hill"™ is), somebody asks me if I am "Jim from Sanford"; "Yes I am" I reply -- I am then told how much he appreciated my write up and photos of last year's inaugaral Marathon on the same course, and how it helped him decide to sign up for the race. Are you kidding me? Someone makes life altering decisions based on the musings of someone who can't count hills and enjoys beer a little too much? (Actually, can you enjoy beer too much?) So, now I know that there are people who actually read this thing, I am going to make a bigger and better effort at keeping it up to date. Honest.
So, let us talk about the latter half of 2010.
Medoc Meltdown Fat Ass (50K/marathon) - A good fun freebie run put on by my buddy Frank and the Rocky Mountain Endurance Club. I didn't do the full 50k, and stopped at a marathon distance, as I hadn't been training for a while (I broke my toe in July). And it was hot. But I didn't whine.
Long Cane 55 Miler - Originally billed as a 50 miler, it became apparent (after about 45 miles) that this was quite a bit longer than anticipated. It was a very strange feeling to learn that I had 10 miles left, when I thought I had 5. Those additional 5 miles were really dragged! The RD, Terri Hayes very kindly submitted the results as a 55 mile race! It was good to see my friend Psyche who much like me had been fully embracing her ultrarunning mid-life crisis. ;-)
New River Trail 50K - I had no goals other than to pace my friend, pacer and training partner, Connie to a finish in her first 50k, under the 7 hour cut off. Mission accomplished. Saw some friends,and made some new ones.
Hinson Lake 24 Hour. Did OK - really wish I could have done better though. Dehydration messed me up, at one point I was down close to 10lbs in weight. Even though I rehydrated, I couldn't really get going again. Saw some friends,and made some new ones. Managed 100k. Easy decision to run again in 2011.
Javelina Jundred. Did OK - really wish I could have done better though. Dehydration messed me up, at one point I was down close to 10lbs in weight. Even though I rehydrated, I couldn't really get going again. Saw some friends,and made some new ones. Managed 100k. Easy decision to run again in 2011. I wore a skirt.
Derby 50k. Did well, "ran 50k, got PR" --20 people on FB told me how awesome I was, one person asked me how far 50k was, and some others told me how I lied about "that one hill"™. My time for that was 5:35 ish, which was a PR by around 49 minutes, and a course PR by 53 minutes. I had a good day. I wore a skirt. Saw some friends, and made some new ones.
Ancient Oaks 100. 29 laps of a 3.46 mile course. This was my toughest 100 yet. What made it particularly tough was the amount of sand, the amount of rain, and the amount of darkness. I didn't think the 13-14 hours of darkness would bother me, but wow, it really did, the night just dragged and dragged. Then there was the rain, I think it rained for about 12 hrs straight (thankfully it wasn't cold), but, it got old. Then there was the sand - easily over a mile per loop so at a guess, 35-40 miles of sand? I was a wreck by the finish - but finish I did, in 29:43. During the run, I passed 2010 total miles for the year, this was one of my goals. Saw some friends, and made some new ones.
So, to wrap up 2010 - I managed an ultra or marathon in every month. I did about 2100 miles total for the year. I broke a finger and a toe. I had my first ever surgery. Saw some friends, and made some new ones. I was a bad blogger.
But I am back....... (
Javelina - told ya I wore a skirt......