Monday, April 19, 2010
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!