I wanted a challenge and Mother Superior served it.
–Official time 14:26:57 (17:21 pace)
-Placed 52/79 (53 DNF’s)
What was awesome
-Got to meet Tracy Høeg (who killed SHT and placed 1st female) and tons of other people (sorry to those who said they knew me but I drew a blank)
-The trail: 100% gnarly!
-Waterfalls, rapids, lakes…amazing sights!
-Zero music, zero mantras and yet wasn’t bored for even a second of this race
-Strong last mile finishing kick
-Very little muscle cramping (only the right foot on a couple of occasions due to excessive downhill braking)
Things that sucked
-Almost missed the start line bus which was pulling out as I was just getting out of my car
-Getting stung (first time ever)
-Worst GI cramps during the first 20 miles that I have suffered in years
-Running out of water in the Crosby Manitou section
-Had a near panic attack and hyperventilated at the real risk of being pulled for the first time in my race history (made Sugarloaf cutoff with only 3 minutes to spare)
-Blisters, one of which popped on own—my feet were not conditioned for this technical trail of solid rocks and roots
-Consistent struggle with shortness of breath (low iron yet?)
-One hallucination that I ignored and shouldn’t have
-Knocking out a contact from trying to wipe the sweat from my eyes (it was humid!) and subsequently needing to wear glasses for 30’ish miles
-My training is untraditional (no 10% rule, no back-to-back weekend runs, etc.)
-I haven’t followed a written training schedule since 2007—It’s all in my head what goals I need to accomplish prior to race day
-I take training day by day since my life as a single parent is too unpredictable and doing it this way actually reduces training stress for me
-Top training tools: running stroller, baby carrier and/or Maleficent
Somewhere in the utter chaos and minimalist method of my training style, I got the job done. I truly believe there isn’t anything I can’t do once I set my mind on it. I’ll find a way.
Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had
Walk off the Earth – Red Hands
Flo Rida – Can’t Believe It ft. Pitbull
The Wanted – We Own The Night
Lady Gaga – Applause
OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Katy Perry – Roar