17 March 2014

Back to the Trails

Since ending up with a DNS at the John Dick 50k, I think this winter got the best of me.  I haven't run much since then.  While I was pretty tough, in terms of getting out and getting the miles in, during January...February was pretty horrible.

In the place of trail running was basketball.  It's another one of my passions, although I find myself putting way too much pressure on myself to perform to my expectations.  I think this affects my play.  Losses hang with me a bit, definitely longer than they should.  Still, a hug from Edwin or Estelle makes that all disappear pretty quickly.

Last week my team lost in the B-Division Championship game of City League.  I played terrible.  8 points... 0-3 from the free throw line, 0-2 from Three.  Ugh.  Still...as soon as the game was over, Edwin came running over to me, gave me a hug, and asked me to lift him up so he could shoot a shot.  He went 1-2 from my shoulders, as I stood on a bench and he shot at the side hoop in the gym.  Words can't explain how much I love him and Estelle (who has a tendency to go running on to the court during live action).

So, from here, I've got about 2 months to get ready for Ice Age.  I'm really sad to hear "smirk" won't be running, and I'll be thinking about her and hoping she's back soon! Get well and keep the hope!  God has a plan.

2 months...I can do this.  I can run right around 4 hours if I stick to a plan.  I've got a decent base of athleticism and a deep knowledge of how to run trail 50k's.  Let's do this.  The other thing...unlike in basketball, where there are many variables, all there is to running is a start line and a finish line.  How long it takes in between is completely up to me.

As motivation, here are two pictures of me with 2nd place trophies.  One, from last week's game in City League (Nigh Roofing), and the other from an "Over 35 Tournament" -- NO I'M NOT 35 :), but each team (which is organized by local churches among their members) gets three guys on their roster who are 30-35, with the rest of the roster needing to be Over 35 y.o.a....  So you get three 'young' guys on your team.  We made it to the championship game...and took second.

04 February 2014

John Dick 50k - DNS

Not happy.  I was really looking forward to this one.  It was going to be a tough, challenging, snowy day in the woods.  There were going to be a bunch of running acquaintances there that I'd be able to spend some time with.

Instead, after about 45 minutes of driving to the race, I turned around.  I had just lost my breakfast again, and felt clammy, dizzy, and just all-around crappy.  To top it off, the roads were worsening with each mile, and I didn't feel like dealing with that, either.  So, I turned around.

Ugh.  Like I said, I was looking forward to this.  I have nothing on my schedule until Ice Age, now.  I guess a positive would be that the fire is burning bright now to run Ice Age.  Hopefully this weekend I'll get out for my own little fun run at Parnell--a couple hours out there will feel pretty good.

Another bright spot is that I'm only out $10 for not going to the race.  Can't complain toooo much about that!

See ya next year, Mr. John Dick.

27 January 2014

1st Race Week of the Year!

I'm running the John Dick 50k this weekend.  It currently looks like it'll be 'warm', which is a very relative term, considering it's about -15 right now, with 20 mph winds.  

I'm looking forward to this run.  It'll be an experience.  When first signing up, I thought that I would probably only do 30 or 40k, then call it a day.  However, the last two weeks have been decent.  I've only missed one day in the last 20, and despite the weather, they've all been outside miles!

I plan to go very easy at the beginning, comfortably getting through the first 20k.  I'd like to negative split the 21-40k section, when compared to the first 20k.  Then, if needed, I'll death march to the finish.  

As someone who tends to run in as little as possible--I don't even like carrying a bottle and prefer these--the equipment planning for this race will be interesting.  I think there will be several clothing changes, and I'm not sure at all what I'll be doing for nutrition.  Oh well, as I mentioned earlier, it's going to be an experience.

Some pictures from the previous week in running (37 miles total, plus 6 hours of basketball):

Glad I'm not a rabbit. This doesn't look tasty. 

I disturbed about 25 turkeys on my run...you can kind of seem them out there.

Goggle Running is awesome.  So much better than sunglasses!

Fresh Tracks on the IAT

Woodpecker design or Human Being design?  Either way, it's pretty cool.

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Odd growth off the side of this tree, don't you think?  This is the beginning of my "Home Trail"