Saturday, January 10, 2009
I am a runner again!: Lost toenail and smart Frosty 50k slog
Photo is Nick, me, Rick and Beth 1 minute before the start of Frosty 50k '09.
I put Mama Grey's photo in too-because she is cool!
I am a runner again. Tonight after arriving home from my "double out and back" slog around Salem Lake I soaked in Epsom Salts and lost a toenail! Yipppee! After starting ultrarunning in 2002 I have rarely had 10 toenails. Yet since 4/08 and being smitten with injuries, my toenails grew back and my feet looked normal. The combined effort of New Years Eve run and wet feet from the creek crossings today have me celebrating!
Today was NO race for me. A training run. Time on feet with friends. And I felt a special kinship to Sarah, Rick, Byron, Scott, another pig-tailed woman an Richard as I ran...they were all there too-running/plodding all of us with a unique combination of movements that spoke to our 24 hour efforts 9 days ago. My goal was to spend at least 4.5 hours out there. I got my money's worth with a time of near 4:50 (wasn't watching the clock). Today's run took just under 1 hour over my fastest time there 2 years ago.
No worries. I ran slow and did not race and therefore did "good". (Many thanks to Rick for the encouragement to be "slow" and to Richard for companionship during the final miles! Full results will be at the race website soon.I think Nick was a top finisher, Rick finished 4:11ish, Beth near 4:30. These 3 are folks I join for "adventure runs in our nearby Mt Rogers National Recreation Area several times a year. (And they are awesome humans too!)
I wore my trusty Continental Divides as I have arthritis in my L 1st metatarsal from an old injury and it was aggravated New Year's eve-so I sought my most stable and least flexible shoe: The Montrail CD w/ green superfeet. "Overkill" for this event. In most situations, yes, in my situation: PERFECT!
I love having 9 toenails!