Monday, April 27, 2009

NY Bot. Garden photos and Wilton 'where the wild things are' 5K

Above, photos from NY Botanical garden --pink is everywhere!

Frank won overall in 20:35 -his seco9nd career win!

Entrance to nature center and start of the race

The sign directing us into the nature center
the day after Sybil, I decided w/Frank to run this low key half trail 5K --the Hook 1/2 marathon was too long...westport was too we decided that this would be a good one to run --plus we would support the Woodcock nature center for earth day.
Well-what a good decision I made:) --First of all, the More marathon was cancelled due to heat so that made my decision to run short easy (as opposed to lake waramug 50K) -and we lined up, and Frank won overall and i came in second. we met some new friends
and the race director was thrilled that we came. For winning we each got a tote bag, nalgene water bottle, hat, and t-shirt --more than I ever expected for my entry fee.
It turned out to be a nice course, too. And I felt Ok racing, as it was different muscles -lol. As I write this Monday though, my quads are hurting and my feet hurt from Sybil...6 miles on pavement is painful..

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Photos from Sybil Ludington 50K -4/25/09

Frank gets his third place overall award from president Ed

Jill and Joe

Frank and Grant model t-shirts after finishing

Glen and susan

George finishes his first ultra (pictured with his 'crew')

Grant mixes his special recovery drink (secret potion:))

Grant shows off the t-shirt

Frank bares it all outside of car --after all it was 85 degrees.

what a hot, hilly race it turned out to be...congrats to frank, Jill, rob, susan, grant and everyone who finished today...thanks to the Taconic people, Tony, Wayne, and everyone else who volunteered --evn the 'sunscreen people' will update this will more photos tomm!! Since I only carried my camera after the race, will defer to other race photos that I will find.
Check out Frank's photos.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Photos of recent artwork and of the cats

Since I do take 2 art classes --a drawing and a 'nature' watercolor class, I do try and have fun with this hobby and this spring I pledge to be a better student and work on homework...LOL. My watercolor class is having an exhibition at the Garden center building and so I have to really come up with 2 paintings by the May 8 receiving date!

quick pansy sketches

bird's nest and mussel shells

spring frog

prismacolor yellow flowers

Old brick house on Round Hill road

prismacolor sketch of peonies

Softy the cat gets squished

Tarzan and Lydia squeeze in beside Ike

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Inaugural Hudson Valley 15K

First of all, good luck to all Boston marathon runners!! Sounds like the weather will be perfect --hard to believe that the big race is tommorrow. Next year, I'll probably run, just because my kids love going to the Krispee kreme donut factory. Wish I had the energy to drive up to cheer.
But right now I am getting mentally geared up to run the Sybil Ludington 50K next Saturday. Last year, Frank and i ran it in 5:12 --hoping to run it a little faster:)
A 9 minute pace or 4:40 is a good goal, but just not sure how tired I still am.
I haven't updated my blog in awhile as haven't had much to say, except tha i ate alot easter weekend. Have just been running 5-7 miles of easy miles a day, and so easy that actually haven't taken a day off since the day after Umstead. I 'raced' the bunny boogie which set me back a notch, (but it was worth it) so this weekend decided to forego any shorter races that would cause me to go below my lactic acid threshold (7:30s -haha). Frank and I decided to drive to the Hudson valley 15K, where our friend Todd jennings was running and helping out, as the Prez of Orange Road runners. Funny --as we were driving to the race, we went by Hook mtn. We thought that Don was running the Hook mtn 1/2, but turns out that it is next weekend!
(Since I had entered the Thomas Labreque 4 miler, I asked my friend Susan to pick up my t-shirt to give to my friend Christine, whose husband died of Lung cancer.
Normally, i feel guilty about wasting entry fees, but this was a good donation)!
The 15K, in Blooming Grove, NY, out in the middle of nowhere but right off the thruway, turned out to be one of the nicest courses --a hilly (very hilly -the whole 9.3 miles was rolling with a few steep grades) loop -that i have ever run --rural and rolling. The weather was chilly but turned out to be perfect running weather. Frank and Todd started off ahead and I was content to bide my time at an 8 minute pace.
I do not want to get injured and know that I am still recovering --in any case, i hooked up with another woman and we talked together --at mile 3 we encountered a major hill (close your eyes, a man next to me said). We rolled alog over the hills,enjoying the rural scenery and bright yellow forcythia and blooming trees. I pulled away from her the last few miles as I felt great at 7:45 pace --I ended up finishing 5th overall in 1:13. (Oh, water was offered every mile -- nice touch)!
Not the greatest time, but I was so happy to finish feeling strong with no aches and pains, despite running 8 hilly miles yesterday (no racing in Bridgeport but hung out and helped)--I had felt my inside ankle tendon starting to hurt but this a.m. it felt good. So guess i will survive Sybil if don't run much this week....
Todd and Frank both had good races --Frank ran 7:21 pace and wasn't even tired.
He could have polished off the Boston course but he will make up for it next weekend.
After I finished, I jogged 1.8 more to make it 11,then had coffee and a great brunch -I wasn't even hungry! Oh, a 6 year old finished a few minutes behind me.
The awards ceremony took forever. Frank kindly waited for them to call the 50s women which took a long time-ha.
So, Boston monday is tomm ---good luck everyone...once again..

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Umstead 100 miler race report

The Start

me running on Wisteria lane

before the start

Hugo and I at reg.
It is tough to be quick with this race report but I'll try. After Wurtsboro, I took essentially the whole last week off, save for two 3 mile jogs. I did not feel well, with quads still screaming despite rest and felt tired --but it is just the body settling into non-exercise mode. This was my second Umstead 100 endurance run (the 2008 was my first 100 in 24:57) and so knew what to expect with the course --the 12.5 loop, done 8 times, is entirely smooth dirt road, save for the mile section going into the cabin/aid station 1. However, it has some major hills and ups and downs!
Each long race unfolds differently for my body, but i hoped to break 24 hours. 100 miles is a long way and anything can go wrong! Just can't dwell on it. On Thursday late morning, Frank called me with the bad news that he had had fever and chills and intestinal flu and didn't think he'd be able to run or make his flight Thursday night. This call just shocked me, bu these things happen and it's only a race. In the meantime, I got my bags together - Wayne of Bates Limo, who would graciously drive the few of us on the 5:55 Jet Blue flight to the airport, then turn around and fly down to Umstead on Friday a.m.,run 100 miles, fly back Sunday and pick us up from the airport Monday --amazing!!! But that's his business --and he had airport business in between:(. Enroute to JFK to make a Thursday 5:55 flight, Frank called to say that the Dr. diagnosed him with much for running. He also had to have bed rest. It was a shock, as he thought that he had the stomach flu. he couldn't even fly:(
At the airport, I was fascinated with what Dave ate (an elite athlete, he went on to win the race in 15:08) --he had at least 3 bananas, an orange, a sandwich, his chocolate energy shake and whole wheat noodles. All this while sitting with his laptop! Off on a tangent, I was also fascinated by the 8 ziploc bags that he put together for the race --each had 5 gels, various nutrition and salt tabs, and energy drinks --he would have no solid food for the race. He would eat @ 45 gels!!! My stomach hurts just thinking about it.
We got to the hotel and I checked in to my room--Dave, at the airport, gave me some melatonin to fall asleep but I still tossed and turned -slept til 9 a.m. though. Went down to breakfast Friday and saw Hugo, Fred,Roger and Admas! Hugo agreed to drive me to the North Carolina art museum, and I hope he enjoyed wandering around as much as I did! It was a beautiful sunny day and we sat outside for awhile and walked on the grounds. Then we went to packet pickup, where I saw Tammy, Tristan and her big dog Gilligan! Later, they had a pre-race briefing which lasted an hour. When Blake, the race director, announced that the weather would be sunny and 70,with an almost full moon at night,everyone clapped. I saw Zeke and Yuen, Tom and Doug, and we all were introduced to an 80 year old man and 74 year old woman who were running -just amazing!! We then helped ourselve to pasta, salad and cake --both tammy and I had 2 slices, which apparently did give us the energy for the next day. Fun eating dinner with Roger, Adamas, Tammy, Grant and Hugo. I chatted with Fred and Joe.
Hugo drove me back to the hotel where I promptly fell asleep at 10--thank goodness -as race day dawned early at 4:15. Do I really have to g through with this???????
On race day, Hugo and I drove to the park in the dark. He was nervous as he had not done much training due to Lyme disease and the weather. One nice thing about Umstead is that runners can stop at 50 miles and get credit, so I told him that was an option. He ended up running a great 50 miler, and sat and waited for me most of the night --what a friend!! He did sleep by the fire in his sleeping bag!
At 6 a.m., the gun went off It took awhile to finally learn how to run again!!!
I was very stiff. I finally settled into my own pace, and hooked up with a silver-haired girl, Debbie D., from DC ---she was in the race with 2 other girls (wearing fabulous animal print skorts and tops!!) -she was running very strongly and we decided that we would try and stick to the rae director's lap plan for breaking 24 hours --2:20, 2:30, 4:40 and 2:45 for the first 4 12.5 mile loops. We did leap frog each other but for the most part we stuck together and chatted. She is my age and had run a 50 miler and the HAT run for training, s I was working to keep up with her.
We hit 50 miles in 10:15 (oh, and we were in and out of the aid stations in 2 minutes!!! a far cry from last year)and I was tired, my quads started to get stiff and achy (if I ever decide to do Wurtsboro before a 100 miler, restrain me). I also had nausea ,so took 2 pepsid ac pills. Every hour --each aid station-I took an S-cap for sodium. I ate gels, pb and j, saltines, cookies, muffins and bananas (none of which I care to eat for awhile:))and drank pepsi, gatorade and water in my and I was holding up at 50 miles and Debbie was kind of fading so I pushed ahead. Meanwhile, dave was flying around!!! No one was even close. On almost every lap I saw Joe (ultradad), Wayne, Fred, Doug and Tom --no Grant. I ran the 5th loop by myself in about 3 hours as it was sill hot (65 miles down), and grabbed my iPod and headlamp and headed out. As I was walking I ate a half a hamburger, grilled cheese, and s-cap and antacids! then I put on my ipod. By mile 70, it was dark, and I listened to U2 and Little feat...the moon was out and it was glorious! Who should catch up to me but Grant! Come on Emmy, he said, we have business to take care of!!! I took off my iPod, put it in my fanny pack and stayed with him --he had all the splits down for a 2:40 loop, and told me I could break 23 if I stayed with him!! We jogged comfortably and walked the hills. He was so happy to find me in the dark of the night:) Grant is very good at pacing himself and had researched the loop times for a 22 hour finish. We caught up Wayne and his pacer, and ran with them for the next 3 miles to the mile 75 aid station and leap-frogged them til mile 87 --Grant kept asking me if I had enough to eat and drink, and it was hard to force anything down because I felt so nauseous.
I am a night person and was not too tired --i felt pretty good,but my mind was going!
I asked Grant if I should get a a pacer for the last loop as he was clearly stronger and was pulling ahead. he said yes, and actually pulled into the aid station ahead of me and told the pacer table that someone was needed!! When I pulled up, Karen was waiting. My friend Jenny was in a chair eating hot soup-she had just finished in 19:03--awesome. So... I needed someone, as could not have made that last 12.5 miles alone. Karen was wonderful. We walked for awhile, and then started to jog. She told me that she was a vet! and that she had done a marathon last weekend. Since we were moving so slowly, this was a recovery run for her:) Karen gave me an expresso gel and some mint gum for my nausea, and filled my water bottles. On the airport spur out and back our time was 30 minutes for 2 miles-ugh. We started moving really well, and she did the math -if we ran a sub 3 hour loop we would break 22:30. I started to get excited but at mile 90 every mile seems like forever and you can't think about the finish as anything can happen. I knew just to focus on the mile markers and on not pulling a muscle! or throwing up, or falling into a ditch while peeing. ...we were moving well and finally were at the mile 95 aid station -oh, and going down the hill we saw Tammy with her pacer, a friend of Karen's from vet school! Grant was ahead somewhere. 5 miles to go! It seemed like an eternity as we were on the sawtooth section, which has several significant climbs, and ups and downs. Each little hill seemed like a mountain but i was picking up my numb legs and Karen said we were running 11 minute miles! Finally we were at mile 98 and I picked it up with Karen ahead --we walked ran the hills, which seemed so long --you could see headlamps up at the top!. We passed a girl, who saw i was finishing in front of her and she picked it up to pass me!
We had a fight to the finish, which was down a rocky path and up a rocky path to the cabin and to the finish line --finally there it was. I ran up the hill and finished with Karen in 22:18 (apparently a new womens' 50s record -was 11:35 --didn't really think about it beforehand but Grant looked the records up!)). It was 4:20 in the morning! They ave me a finisher's necklace that said 'Umstead 100'-one day'. I already had a necklace from last year, but this one was special --I will give the other to my mother. I went in the cabin,which looked like a mash unit...Dave was asleep in the corner having finished at 9 p.m.) and Grant hd just finished --his sister and brother were there to take him home. Hugo got my bags and we took photos. The minute i stopped I was chilled and my quads were in great pain--but i didn't care -it was over!! I crawled into a sleeping bag for a half-hour til the gates opened and Hugo drove me back to the hotel. Derek and Bob finished a few hours later, Their last loop, because of blisters (Bob)and tendonitis, took 5 hours and 40 minutes!! I would have quit -incredible.
The volunteers at this race were just phenomenal and they worked all night long. The R.D. even biked the course all night, checking on the runners and aid stations.
It felt like it was one big family. Congrats to everyone who ran and helped. Hope Frank does run it, if only to get the feeling of going through the Umstead finish line.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Umstead 100 mile endurance run --April 4-5, 09

Bob, Tammy, me and Grant before the start

Hugo and me in front of the Raleigh art museum --our Friday diversion

Tammy, me and Gilligan (her BIG dog) at registration

Dinner the night before with Tammy, tristan, roger, admas, grant and hugo --I had 2 pieces of b-day cake!!

Bob and Tammy

wayne, bob, tammy, me and anthony at start --5:30 a.m.--trying to calm the nerves.

my pacer, karen, and me at finish --she was awesome and paced me from 87-100

Grant and me at finish --Grant finished in 22:08!!!

hugo, wayne, and dave after the finish

Joe, the father of triple 3 year old boys --he trains by chasing them around:)

Dave jame's 'champion' belt buckle!!

Bob and Derek toast to their 28 hour finishes --and Bob fought horrible blister pain.
I will get around to writing a race report but want to say that, by almost all counts, the Umstead 100 was a big success. The one bummer was that Frank was not able to run due to pneumonia...he couldn't even fly down for the weekend with his famiy because of a fever and flu that went along with it. I know he was with us in spirit.
In summary, I ended up with a faster first 50 miles (10:15)and faster last 50 miles (12:03) than I thought I would run and ended up finishing in 22:18 -9th woman overall...and first 50s (unlike VT 100:)) --so many friends ran, and this was made the journey worthwhile. Congrats to Dave James (the overall winner!!! in 15:08), wayne, tammy, admas, hugo (50 miler), roger, anthony, bob G., Derek, grant, Joe (ultradad from kickrunners), and so many other friends!!!
Here are some photos, in the meantime:

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 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 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