Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Lake Sonoma 50 mile
As I sit here at the computer, trying to put together some kind of race report, I am constantly sipping on some horrible concoction as a prep for a colonoscopy tomorrow. Yuck!! My Doctor is graciously squeezing me in for an EGD and a colonoscopy in the morning so I can git er done!! I've had a lot of stomach and upper GI problems for a long time and they are just getting worse all the time. I'm happy to be getting the first of many things checked off my list. As I said in my last post, I just haven't been feeling very good and it's time for a checkup.
Lake Sonoma 50 mile was on Saturday and I drove there not completely convinced that I was going to run the race. My head and stomach hurt and my energy level was flat. I decided that I would start the race and if I was not feeling good enough to put some effort into it, I would slow down and run easy and use the run as a long slow training run.
I enjoyed seeing Meredith, a old Montrail teammate, and several other friends before the start. When the RD said, "Go", we were off and running. I put on my ipod and tried to stay focused on the task at hand. I had my splits from last year to follow if I felt strong enough. As the race progressed and I was ahead of my 2009 splits I decided to just go out there and run comfortable. I was surprised to feel okay as I ran along this tough course. I concentrated on eating and drinking frequently. I felt surprisingly good as I made my way from aid station to aid station. My legs felt good and I felt comfortable just cruising along.
Two thirty mile runs are the longest runs I have run leading up to LS 50. So of course, at about 30 miles, my legs starting rebelling and my legs no longer wanted to cruise, but rather park. That can be a real problem with 20 miles to go, but go I went. At about 2 miles from the finish, Darla, who had been behind me in 4th place passed me. I was okay at letting her pass. She is a strong runner and she was definitely feeling stronger than I was right then. I finished 19th overall. 4th female in 9:08, and I was happy to receive a HUGE bottle of wine for being first old lady.
It was a beautiful day for a race with the weather at 72 degrees and sunny. The race is done well and very organized. What a great day to spend out in the woods!