Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Saturday I ran the Miwok 100k race in the Marin Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This was my 6th running of this race. I started out slow as my plan was to pace myself and finish feeling good. I concentrated on eating and drinking early and often. I held myself back when my friends ran faster than me. I really tried to run a smart race and I succeeded!
The 100k distance (62 miles), is a difficult distance. There is just something so hard about running 62 miles! Why? I don't know. If any of you know the answer, please tell me! My brother Wally paced me the last 20 miles and that was certainly the highlight. It meant a lot to me to have him run with me. He is running his first 50k in July at the TRT. We thought it was important for him to experience an ultra by pacing me. Matt crewed for us and did a great job as always. I finished in 11:32. 14th female and 66th overall. I am happy about my effort there and felt good right up until the end.
I am still a vegetarian. I think it has been about 3 months now. I will continue to eat that way until it doesn't work for me anymore. So far, so good. I can't believe that I haven't even missed a hamburger or a chicken burrito. Thinking about eating meat right now, almost makes me sick. I started this vegetarian thing on a bet with a friend. See messed up after about 3 weeks and I just kept going. I am one of those people who decide something and then I stick with the plan come hell or high water. That's how I stopped drinking alcohol over 27 years ago. I made a New Years resolution to never drink again and that was that! I can be very strong when I put my mind to it. I always am trying to figure out what my "gift" is. Maybe having a strong will power is it. I have always wished it was creativity, beauty, power, charisma, the ability to decorate a room....you know, something I could wrap my hand around. I always laugh and think, well, I do have the gift of gab. I am not a suzie homemaker or creative in anyway, but I can talk to anyone! I am comfortable with people and I have FORTITUDE. Yeah, I guess I do have a few gifts. Oh, and running. That is a gift too. Running is a gift I give myself everyday when I run on the trails and feel the wind in my face.