- How many of you are wondering what to wear and to carry with you? Me too, this is most often my greatest night-before run dilemma! It gets easier to choose…
- Uwharrie 40 miler…my 1st ultra. It is okay to walk!(sometimes).
- Embrace emotions, you are real, ultra running demands realness. (Example of my crying the trails) Just try not to hyperventilate (explain)
- Music in my ears. I sometimes train w/ipod, yet never race w/one I use mantras. Ex: (WS100, 2007: “Annette you are having a great day and you are getting stronger” (after mile 85, “you are having a great day, and keep on being stubborn!)
- Do you feel intimidated or nervous? Consider dedicated miles or on some courses (I gave my Mad City 100k 2010 example) loops to people or things in your life you are grateful for…
- Nobody does this alone (remembering PA system from 2005 WS 100) Give thanks to those who love and support you!
- (Sometimes who we love and who we must support get in our way of training…soooo race day is a time to only worry about
- If you are motivated by the negative, when you hit a rough patch, try, “I’d rather be here than stuck in Atlanta traffic” or “ having a root canal” or “locked out of my car in the 40 degree driving rain with no one around!”
- Celebrate the freedom to be all of who your truly are! Get muddy, get wet feet! And keep in mind Saturday, 2/26 only comes once in a lifetime!
|Abby Meadows and I...Google her and you will know the meaning of "tough and tenacious"!|
|Sally Brooking looking relaxed.|
I drank Heed and ate a Clif Shot just before AS 3 at mile 15ish. Maybe my problem was lack of calories? A generous volunteer filled my water bottle and opened a gel pack for me as I scarfed a bite of a pb&j square. I took a Succeed! capsule, and ate 2 Clif Shot Margarita blocks each 30 minutes for the next while…Wheels were coming back!
After a quick stop at AS 4-again seeing and greeting Ken who was here last year, I transformed into hunt mode (I was told 3 runners had just come through). “Hunt mode” and downhill running allowed me to pass 3 runners, including Laura Fulton, 26. She seemed very steady and relaxed the couple times I saw her, I think she ran well and smart!
Full results here.
|Photo taken evening of 2/25 from the Cheaha Lodge|