Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Quick Umstead 100 mile endurance run preview -photos from 2008
Umstead race food:)
Photos from 2008 --registration, pre-race dinner and race...
It is hard to believe that tommorrow all of us local runners--Anthony, Frank, Dave, except Wayne -he'll be going Friday) will be traveling to North Carolina for the Umstead 100...it seems like yesterday that I signed up online for 2009 edition on a humid September, 2008 day...I loved this race!!! It is so low-key and well organized and such a beautiful trail --runners come back year after year. One thing that sticks in my mind is that the Hawaii contingent brought the race director a shell necklace and Hawaiian chocolates!!
Today marks the 4th day of little or no running -arghh -in my taper week --I seem to be eating the same as if running 10 miles for the day -but I am kind of enjoying being lazy if I give up the fear of gaining a few pounds. I never feel good before a big race and this week is no exception --my quads are in pain. My muscles ache, and I have a slight chest cold...and of course I am tired with no running to get my system going (and did I mention cranky??). Well, enough complaining. Race morning will come soon enough. I am all packed and ready to meet the famous dave james to hook up with Tony to drive to airport. On Friday, we will see Grant, Frank, adamas, roger, tammy, wayne, tom, doug Vaughn, the infamous bob Gentile, and many others,including mike and patricia from hawaii!! And Zeke and Yuen from VT!!! I am looking forward to spending some time with these guys on the trail...should be an interesting time --every race unfolds differently. I have concerns about blisters, about my quads, about my training, but it's too late now!!!
The dark of the night is my favorite part of the 100 as you are past halfway, and closing in on the finish --every step forward takes one closer. Have fun, everyone:)
Winter weekend Training recap:::
some weekends included:
10 mile race followed by 10K race;
-20 miles followed by 27 miles;
-manhattan 1/2 marathon;
-weekend of Feb 1 --don't remember...oh yeah, sick...superbowl 4 miler..
-18 miles followed by 28 miles
-sweetheart 4 miler plus miles
-albany winter marathon
-colchester 1/2 followed by caumsett park 50K
-10 miles followed by 20 miles
-5 mile race followed by 21 miles
-15K followed by 10 miles
I had 6 weeks of 50-plus miles, 2 60 mile weeks, and 1 75 mile week...so we shall see.
This is about what we did for the 24 hour...I was so much more prepared for VT, having done 2 50 mile runs. But time doesn't matter --it's just the journey.
Check out Frank's 2008 report-and Tammy's preview and photos form the past 2 years