Monday, April 19, 2010

Leona Divide!!


Leslie and I headed down south for the Leona Divide 50 miler in Palmdale, Calif. on Friday. We were both excited to run a race that we hadn't run before. Mer and Paul were staying at the same motel so we visited with them on Friday night.

Before I begin this race report, let me say that Olga admitted to me that I am not a very good race report writer. Duh, Olga. With that in mind, I am just going to give you a few details about my race there.

I guess you would say that LD 50 is run in the high desert. The air was dry and I was very thirsty even before the race started. The course is very runnable and the trails are soft and nice. There is a lot of single track and that makes me like it even more. The volunteers are the best and I got to try Carbo Pro for the first time. Carbo Pro is what they served at the aid stations. I know that they say to never try something new in a race, but this was just a training race for me and I figured, "why not?" Well, I think I found something that may work for me. We will see. I am going to try it at Miwok and see what happens. Maybe magic!! lol. Carbo Pro is 100% pure complex carbs and does not have any protein or electrolytes in it. It is tasteless and it works!! Oh, and it's gluten free!

I felt good running on this nice course and I tried to work on my less than good, down hill running. I am strong on the hills but I just suck when it comes to running down them. It's down right embarrassing. I think I did better than usual this go around. I finished in a time of 8:26 and finished 4th woman. I was first in my age group and that made me happy.

Leslie DNF'd due to an asthma attack and I felt so sorry for her. She needs to figure out what to do about that as Bighorn is quickly approaching. She was going to call her Doctor today.

Saturday night we had dinner with Errol, Lisa and John. It was nice to catch up with old friends.


Next up is Miwok 100k. Another race and more "time on my feet." All for my goal of finishing Bighorn upright and healthy. So many miles, so little time.


Thanks to RD Keira for putting on a great race. I will be back!

Thanks to Drymax for sponsoring Meredith, Olga and I to blister free running. We couldn't do it without these amazing socks!

15 comments:

olga said...

Oh, common, I didn't say that, you did, and I nodded:) I am sure you had thoughts in your head! I wanna know them! But no matter what you were thinking, your running is just simply incredible. I will never stop being amased by it. Best at Miwok!

Doone said...

Great run Kelly!

kelly said...

Thanks, Olga. I remember you once at Miwok when you totally kicked butt. I watched you pass me going down to the turn around like I was standing still!! Amazing. Keep up your great running!

kelly said...

Thanks, Doone! Do the runners in the last pic look familiar? Oh, it brings back memories of TCC!!

Ewa said...

You rock!Congrats on your great placing.
Is there any benefit to getting pure carbs without protein during ultra races?

RunSueRun said...

OMG, you had an awesome run at Leona, Kelly! It was nice to see you again. :)

Alaskan assassin said...

Olga is right. You do write crappy race reports! jk

Congrats on a solid finish. Have fun at Miwok!!

Jen and Angela said...

You are amazing! You're great looking but smart too! I have learned from experience that one tires of always being just called great looking. love ya! Jen

kelly said...

Thanks, Ewa. I don't know that answer although I know that I have read a lot about that very thing. I will try and find out that answer. Now you have me curious!

kelly said...

Hey Sue, it was great seeing you again, too. I hope that I can make it out to C2M next year!!

kelly said...

Wow, Evan, you sure know how to hurt a girl! lol. I'm sorry to hear about your hip injury. Hang in there, it's tough to be injured and a total bummer. I love your blog!!

kelly said...

Thanks, Jen!! Yes, being beautiful and smart is just so difficult sometimes!! Yeah, right!!

HEATHERRUNS said...

Great race. As for the Carbopro- It works for me! A friend of mine who has gluten intolerance also uses it for his 100 milers. Good luck at Miwok. Wish I could get those drymax socks up in Canada.

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Sue said...

WOO HOO! Way to go GIRL!!!! 4th woman, 1st in age group...amazing...not to shabby for an ole girl :) Old good god you run like a 20 year old...you are going to be my motivation for France. Run like there's no tomorrow. Dogs send their high 5 paws. We can't wait for your next race.