Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 Psummer Psycho 50k

This race was my 60th ultramarathon and my 10th Psycho race (6 of them Psummer). Temperature was 83 at the start and 97 (111 heat index) by the time I finished. First loop felt blah, 2nd loop felt pretty good, and the last half of the 3rd loop was really tough as it heated up even more. Also, the last few miles of the loop have some tough hills.

Loop 1 - 1:47:42, 15th
Loop 2 - 1:52:25, 9th
Loop 3 - 2:06:01, 8th

Overall finished 5:46:10, 8th, 2nd in 40-49.
I was so ready to be done. My shorts were wet the entire run. About mile 14, during the second loop, just after I had my picture taken, I stumbled and slammed my left arm into a tree. My arm was fine but it pressed against my lower rib cage, knocking the wind out of me a little. That area is still quite sore and didn’t really notice how sore until after I was done. It hasn’t gotten worse so hopefully will get better.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 Berryman Trail 50 miler

After a 7 month break from ultramarathons, Saturday I ran my 8th Berryman 50 miler. Always a fun race and we had a large contingent of local runners doing the 50 mi or marathon. After running 50 ultras, these reports are actually getting harder for me to write but since I may want to look back and remember, I will focus on the major highlights.

Conditions often are not ideal and this year was no exception. Course was muddy in sections since it rained Friday night and during some of the race. Often I am running alone for most of the race but this year enjoyed the company of Tim, a runner from St Joseph for around 20 miles from mile 11 - 31. I've seen him at many races but never have had an opportunity to run with him for so long.

I found an older woman running the marathon lying on the trail at about 41 miles. She yelled help before I even got to her. She told me she had fallen, twisted her leg and couldn't get up. I asked if she wanted me to move her off the trail before I went for help. She wasn't sure she could move so I told her I would run as fast as I could to the next aid station, only 3/4 mile to get help. I notified them and went on my way. Tim came upon her after and stayed until she got help. She had broken her femur and had to be 4-wheeled out and life-flighted.

Then 1 mile from the end found another older woman puking on the trail. She was going to stop until she felt better. Nausea was getting to me the last few miles since the sun came out later in the day.

I finished the first loop in 4:41 with Tim and second in 5:02 for my slowest Berryman ever 9:43. However, it was a nice surprise to place second overall and win the Masters award. I was spent and don't think I could have gone faster. Definitely slower if Tim hadn't been with me for 20 miles.

It was great having the support of everyone out there. It is a special race since I know so many of the runners. Highlight of the day and all my Berrymans was seeing Karen, a friend I run the trails with finish the 50 miler and be the second ever 60+ woman to finish and also a new record!

GPS was a little strange the last 7 miles or so. I had 25.5 miles the first loop (which I think is close) and 27.5 miles the second loop.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

2016 Running and Racing Review

Running mileage was 2472.

Goals accomplished (or not accomplished) for 2016:
I set a goal to do 50 weight workouts, 25 less than my goal last year when I failed to complete 75. I completed 59 (34 hours), 25 more than my big fail of 24 last year.

I set a goal to take 2 - 3 short breaks with 3 - 4 consecutive days of no running.  I managed 9 breaks this year with 3 - 7 days of no running.

I completed garage decluttering and am almost done with basement. Still need to do the rest of the house.

I had hoped to use 7 weeks vacation before end of the year but only took 5.

Have more fun. Not sure that happened but paid down a lot of debt on the house and managed to run 10 ultras, 1 marathon, and a bunch of other races.

Total Miles:
2016 - 2472
2015 - 2588
2014 - 2683 (yes, the exact same as 2012)
2013 - 2405
2012 - 2683
2011 - 2460
2010 - 2839
2009 - 2675
2008 – 3014
2007 – 2572
2006 – 1937
2005 – 2090
2004 - ~1000

Marathons (32 total):
2016 - (1) Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2015 - (1) Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2014 - (1) Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2013 - (2) Heart of America Marathon (BQ), Kansas City Marathon (BQ)
2012 - (2) Post Oak Trail Marathon, Heart of America Marathon
2011 - (2) Berryman Trail Marathon, Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2010 - (2) Go! St Louis Marathon (BQ), Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2009 - (5) Disney Marathon (BQ and Sub-3 hr), 3 Days of Syllamo (Trail), Boston Marathon (BQ and Sub-3 hr), Heart of America Marathon (BQ and Course PR), Louis & Clark Marathon (BQ and Sub-3 hr)
2008 - (4) Boston Marathon (BQ and PR), Laughing Out Loud Marathon, Heart of America Marathon (BQ), Twin Cities Marathon (BQ)
2007 - (5) Laughing Out Load, Berryman (First Trail Marathon - placed
4th), Heart of America (BQ), Baltimore Marathon (BQ), Bass Pro
2006 - (3) Flying Pig (BQ), Heart of America (BQ, Chicago (BQ)
2005 - (3) Mad City, Heart of America (BQ), Portland (BQ)
2004 - (1) Heart of America

Ultramarathons (58 total):
2016 - (10) - Psycho Wyco Winter 50K, Ozark Foothills 50K, Free State Trail 100K, Flatrock 100K, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Kettle Moraine 100 mi, Psycho Psummer 50K, Barkley Fall Classic 50K, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Big Dog's Backyard Ultra 91.67 mi
2015 - (8) 3 Days of Syllamo 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Psycho Psummer 50K, Mark Twain 50 mi, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Defiance 50K, Ozark Trail 100
2014 - (7) 3 Days of Syllamo 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Mohican 100 mi, Barkley Fall Classic 50K, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Big's Backyard Ultra 104 mi
2013 - (4) Land Between the Lakes 50 mi, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Psycho Psummer 50K, Leadville Trail 100 mi
2012 - (9) Post Oak 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Free State Trail 100K, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Kettle Moraine 100K (PR), Psycho Psummer 50K, Burning River 100 mi, Big Dog's Backyard Ultra 104 mi
2011 - (5) Psycho Wyco 50K, Grand Canyon 47 mi, Psycho Psummer 50K, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Pumpkin Holler 100 mi (PR)
2010 - (6) Psycho Wyco 50K, Free State Trail 100K (PR), Kettle Moraine 100 mi (PR), Flatrock 50K, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Ozark Trail 100 mi
2009 - (4) 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Psycho Wyco 50K, Berryman 50 mi, Q50 Ultramarathon 50K (PR)
2008 – (4) 3 Days of Syllamo 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Berryman 50 mi, Rock Creek Trail 50K
2007 - (1) Hocking Hills Indian Run 60K

Number of each type of races for 2016:
100 mi - 1
91.67 mi - 1
100K - 2
50 mi - 1
50K - 5
Marathon – 1
Half Marathon - 1
10 mi - 1
10K - 5
4 mi - 5
5K - 11

12 are Thursday night trail races - 17 total free races.

Total running miles run in 34 races: 645 miles (2015 - 32 races – 519 mi)

States I ran marathons and ultras in 2015 (4): KS, MO, TN, WI
All states I have run marathons and ultras (18): AR, AZ, CO, FL, IL, LA, KS, KY, MA,MD, MN, MO, OH, OK, OR, TN, WA, WI

2015 PR in 4 mi
2014 PR in 4 mi
2013 PR in 50 mi
2012 PRs in 25K, 100K
2011 PRs in 4 mi, 10K, 100 mi
2010 PRs in 1 mi, 4 mi, 10 mi, half marathon, 3/4 marathon, 100K, 100 mi
2009 PRs in 5K, 25K, half marathon, and 50K
2008 PRs in 5K, 5 mi, 10K, 10 mi, marathon, 50K, 50 mi
2007 PRs in 5K, 4 mi, 8K, 5 mi, 10K, 10 mi
2006 PRs in 20K, half Marathon, and marathon

Goals for 2017 (keeping it simple):
1.  Continue weight lifting and try to get at least 60 workouts for the year (deadline Dec 31).

2.  Declutter upstairs and have garage sale.

3.  Have more fun.

Possible races planned for 2017:
February - Nut Race 5K
March - St Patrick's Day 5K, Sedalia Half Marathon
April - Mustang Stampede 5K
May - Berryman Trail 50 miler
June - Marathon to Marathon
July - Parley Pratt 4 mi
August - Great Sandbagger 10K
September - Heart of America Marathon, Barkley Classic 50K
October – Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, F.L.A.T.S. Half Marathon
November - Thanksgiving Day Pie Run 10K
December - Cheese and  Sauerkraut 10 miler