Monday, March 8, 2010

Caumsett Park 50k 2010=road running fun!

Above: Race Director Anne (center in Hoody) with 4 of the "top 10 women"...I wish Nat'l Champ Yolanda was in the photo! (Jill's # 6 is visible and and I am quite covered in grey and green!)

I am a fortunate human. With planning I can take a couple days off of work to frolic to far away places (ok...I am exagerrating a bit-to drive to NY for a visit with Mom and a race!) Yet I am serious-I am fortunate-a supportive husband (and kitty), Mom who is loving and healthy, dependable car and body which is strong and making me learn from that part of myself if I want to or not!

 I left driving late morning Thursday (after another cancelled day of school due to snow) and drove north towards NY. The trip to Mom's on LI's North Fork is 12 hours, NOT counting NYC traffic or any sort of stops...So when I make this drive for a long weekend-I am willing to go "all one shot" one way and the other way stop part way through at a motel. I "moteled it" in New Jersey Thursday night and arrived on LI Friday mid morning-planning all travel around the "rush hour" times. After arriving on "The Island" I drove up to Caumsett Park ran my scheduled 35 minutes on the race course. The course had been changed slightly since last year and I was pleased to get both a visual and experience on what I would be doing on Sunday at the National 50K Road Championships: 10 laps of the 5k. Cool!

The house where grew up and where Mom lives is 1:30 from the journey continued. Time with Mom Friday and Saturday was wonderful! We shared meals, walks, conversation, scrabble games and a walk on the ocean. I don't think I ever before remember the body jolting thunder of the magnificiant waves rolling in. Both Mom and I forgot our cameras and were bummed. Yet we celebrated the windy, but warm day by finding a warm place out of the wind to eat our picnic lunch. It was gloriously sunny and warm (45ish!) Ahhhhh!!

This would be my 2nd year to run Caumsett Park 50k. Last year I ran with a goal of sub 3:50 as this was the qualifying time for a spot at the World Trophy 50k held in Gilbraltar in 2009. Last year I ran 3:47:59 and did get invited to the race-yet declined due to my lingering "itis" after Vermont 100. When planning this year, I did not plan this race until a few weeks ago. When I learned my "1st runner up" status would stay that way for World's 24...I knew if I had a hope of running for USA in 2010, I'd have to try for it at Caumsett and Mad City 100k on April 10th. As posted last week, Jill Perry (current US National Champion 24-Hour and amazing runner-human /woman /person ran together in AL at Cheaha...) We met again at Caumsett Park on Sunday AM. Jill is a tough, smart,strong woman and a Montrail Teamate of mine. I want all the best for her and have planned my training schedule around pacing her for the last 24ish miles at Umstead 100 on 3/27. We are friend and competitors. I love it! Anne Lundblad and I used to enter a fair number of the same races and I welcomed her presence-knowing that likely I would wind up following her...(only in "once in awhiles" did that not happen...)yet, if Anne were there, I would give my best. And I feel that way about Jill too! Thank you JILL! (Even when she outran me by 11+ minutes at Bandera 100k in January-I appreciate her helping me be a better runner and , I hope, human and friend! Anyway...

...Caumsett Park weather was breezy ok,-windy-yet the wind was obvious only on parts of the rolling course.
Highlights of the race:
-A sunny day with a range of running temps from 32-48 degrees
-Supportive volunteers and aid station workers
-Howard Nippert was there and encouraged/informed me-thank you Howard for you support! (I must admit I didn't recognize him right off and asked his name (He'd grown a partial beard, had a hat on that covered his wonderful shiny head and was decked out in warm baggy warmups that hid his chisled physice. ) Yet after a brief moment of wide-eyed surprise on my side, I think the mistake was understandable!

(from left to right...Yolanda, me and Jill, lap #1....)

Without getting into technicalities of the race...My plan was 3:45 and I allotted 22:30 min each 5k lap. I started out WAYYYY too fast, with Yolanda Flamino-eventual 2010 Nat'l Champ and Jill and I crossing the timing matt for lap # 1 at almost the same time: 20:44-20:48. At this point I did a "reality check",  centered myself and got back to plan-1 lap run with enthusiasm and abandon was okay...yet if I would reach my sub 3:50 goal or sub 3:45 hopes-Annette must slow down! So Jill and Yolanda took off and I cheered them on! I was not here to race women, yet to "race the clock" for a chance to participate in World Trophy 50k.That was all the reminder I needed (also-duh-I'd not been training for anything more intense than what I planned-and the LAST thing I wanted to do was get hurt. UGH...Round and round we ran!

Lap #9 was interesting...It seemed like a festival of ultrarunning diversity...I noticed: ...Michael Wardian had already won-Phil McCarthy-teamate of mine in Italy '09 and current USA National 24-Hour Champion would run into the spots for top 10 men...Jill is current Nation'l Champ for 24 hour too...and Byron Lane former Nat'l 24 Hour Champ was there running very well Scott Dunlap who authors an amazing blog and who is a terrific runner ran by me...then I ran by Scott Juruck-who was not there to race this day, yet there for his own purposes...And the RD Tim, from Mad City 100k was there running the 25k and was very encouraging and supportive to me. The participants, and crews and spectators made me feel special as "#18". Thank you all, that encouragement was greatly helpful during my dud laps #7 and #8. I was just hanging on to conistentcy-yet not yet "smelling the barn"

With one lap left-I ran it as my 3rd fastest and worked hard-yet still felt steady. I watched the fast boys lap me and studied their body positions, experimenting with mimicking their relaxed arms and body positon.Those dudes were amazing and sooo speedy. Soooo...I was thrilled with a 2nd place finish of 3:43:48! Yay! Yolanda ran a speedy 3:34:26 and Jill Perry took 3rd in 3:47:49. Complete results here! Thank you to Jill and Howard and Carl  and Tim and the bunch of otherfolks who offered high and enthusiastic encouragement. I don't mean to leave out the amazing men-there results are HERE too!


Jamie Donaldson said...

YOu are amazing Annette! A course PR for youself! You are so strong! Congrats!

jenn said...
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jenn said...

YAY!! congratulations annette! AWESOME race report! very inspiring! I'm so happy you had such a wonderful weekend and raced so extremely well!

take care!
hope to see you soon! ((HUG))


cherie said...

Hi Annette, I volunteered at the Caumsett 50k and had a blast cheering you and others on. It was really great to see you run. I had wanted to say hello and tell you how inspirational you are, but you were talking to someone or I was busy with the PBJ-crafting. I'm glad you had a blast - great work!

TonyP said...

Fantastic job out there Annette! Congrats. Great to see you again.

Rick Gray said...

Another amazing day Annette. Only a week out from a spectacular 50k in Alabama and now 2nd place at Nationals. Truly amazing. I know you had a wonderful visit with your Mom, so an awsome run is just icing on the cake to a wonderful weekend. Congratulations and see you this weekend.

Karen said...

Annette, I'm a runner, but not an ultrarunner and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your race reports. Your attitude, the aspects of the race that you write about - it's so inspirational!

Jill Perry said...

Dear Sweet Annette,
You are too kind - you have brought so much joy for me - going to these races and seeing you is extremely uplifting! You are a hardworker, smart and beautiful athlete and it is all paying off...and you deserve all of your wonderful accomplishments! You ran a smart, smart, race! Until next time....!!!

Phil McCarthy said...

It was great to see you, Annette! You ran an amazing race. You're having such a great year already!

Chris said...

Great job, Annette. From someone that's contemplating ultras to someone that is already well-established, you set quite a precedent! Congrats, and I hope to see you on the trail one day (maybe even at North Coast)!

Yolanda said...

Annette, I was great to meet you on Sunday. Thanks for your support and encouragement during and after the race. It was nice to chat with you during one of the laps, too! Best of luck with your other races this year!--Yolanda Flamino

Sophie Speidel said...

Annette: LOVE LOVE LOVE reading about your adventures and I am always inspired by your positive "let's go for it!" attitude. I miss seeing you out there on the trails but look forward to the next time our paths cross. Until then, keep running smart and strong, dear friend!

Carilyn said...

Hey Annette! So glad to see how well you are racing - it is very inspiring. I loved catching up on your racing. I've been a little out of the loop, but I hope to see you at a race soon. The boys send Papa Giorgio a hug :)