Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mt. Hood 50, 7-30-11

I ran the Mt. Hood 50 miler on Saturday, July 30th.

The night before, a group of us runners met up at the Ice Axe Grill for burgers and it was really nice meeting and visiting. I had a huge hamburger with fries and ate the whole thing. After, a friend and I went for a short walk.

I did not sleep much at all the night before as predicted and my alarm clock never did need to go off, I was up way before 4 AM and out the door at 4:30 to the race site, about 30 min down the road from the hotel.

Prior to starting, I thought to myself, "I really don't want to run for the next 12 hours" But that is exactly what happened.

Starting off was cool, but not bad and it was fairly light out to see the ground. All the runners that started at the early start were sure quiet in the wee morning hours. And, I was really feeling good the first 1/2 of the race, which was 28 miles. It was an out and back, 14 miles out, then back. I forced myself to eat a peanut butter power bar, but it took me a good 1 1/2 hours to finish it. After that first powerbar, I really didn't eat  much. I was craving oranges, which were gone by the time I reached the aid stations. During the first half, I met up with a lot of people that I knew and it was fun to chat with them. I did meet up with Stephanie Duncan somewhere during the first 1/2 and we ran together the whole remainder of the run and it was a lot of fun.There were some beautiful views of the mountain, just you couldn't look at it for long because the trail was narrow and on a cliff. Sure death if you fell. Oh and bad place to go by the people coming back from the out and back. Oh well.

At the 1/2 or 28 miles, I stopped at my drop bag, changed my socks and noticed my feet were already black, I re-filled my camelbak, got more supplies and headed for the Honey Bucket. I met up with Stephanie and we headed out again, but not feeling so fresh this time around for the remaining 22 miles. And we started walking the hills, where as prior, I was running up most of them.The remainder of the run was a blurr. It was hot, lots of dust was flying up. Stephanie and I chatted a lot and complained a lot. We started joking by telling people that our goal was to finish last and tie for it. But we quickly realized we were not going to be last. We then just started counting down the miles to the next aid station and the next. The 2 mile hill at mile 43 was brutal. I tripped at least twice during the race, but never fell. I did get a huge blister on my toe and one my toes may be black. I'll have to take off the polish to check.

I was feeling better towards the end, guess I got a second wind. Stephanie and I were both talking about how at our last 50 we sprinted to the finish line. I said to her prior to finishing that I didn't want to sprint and she said she didn't want to either. But just before the finish, I said "Stephanie, lets sprint!" So we were giggling at the finish. It says on the race results that she came in 1 second after me, but we were tied! We were not competing with each other. Although, I was happy to be done I think I could have gone further.

I think what really hurt me was that I was constantly craving those oranges and nothing else, but when I got to the aid stations, they were gone. I had to rely on Gu's, which I don't normally eat. I drank plenty of water, I thought. But only went to the bathroom once. During the entire race, I ate 1 1/2 powerbars,  a cliff bar, few oranges, other snacky food, but not much really. I had a lot of those salt caps, which have always helped prevent cramping in my legs.

After finishing, I had about 1/2 of a hamburger and diet Dr. Pepper.

When I got back to the hotel, I took a shower. It took about 10 minutes to get all the dirt off of my feet, even had to soak them for awhile. It then took me 1 1/2 hours to eat a can of ravioli's and 1/2 of my Subway Sandwich. I took 3 pain killers throughout the night and a sleeping pill. I didn't go to bed as early as I would have liked, 10 PM. But only because I took such a long time to eat. I woke up quite a bit during the night. I even got up twice to eat more. I ate a banana and a powerbar. I had to pee a lot also.

In the morning, I just put on sweatpants and a sweater and headed down to the lobby only to be surprised by how busy the lobby was. I looked horrible, eyes were all puffy and I was not awake. I ran into another runner and we chatted for a few minutes. I stayed down at the lobby for about a hour. I drank 2 cups of coffee, 3 cups of apple juice and ate 2 hard boiled eggs, a muffin and an orange. But again, took me forever.

When I got back to my room, I had another 5 hour energy drink, but almost took a nap on the couch. I then ate a banana and the 2nd 1/2 of my Subway sandwich. I took a shower, dressed, put my makeup on  and left.

I'm doing okay. I do think I will recover nicely, just need a good nights sleep. I'm not that swollen or achy.

So, even though the Mt. Hood 50 was a harder race than my first 50 and took 2 hours longer, it  felt easier the 2nd time around.

50 miles 11:50:49. Overall place 119/171

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prayer for my 50 mile race

I believe God gave me the ability to run as well as I do. I believe it was a gift. It is a gift that I have used well and have not wasted.

Every race has been a positive, life changing experience. Since marathon #1 in 2005, every mile put in during the grueling hours of training, every mile at the races, I have grown and learned something about myself. Running has taught me patience, it has taught me about hard work, self discipline, self respect and strength.

I do not know who I would be if I was not a runner. It is who I am. I am a runner.

At my first 50 mile race, I went into the prayer room at church 1 week before my race and asked for prayer. I asked that I would be successful and that I would be a positive example to others around me.

I was not able to do that for this 50 coming up on 7/30. So I will do it publicly.

"Dear Jesus, I humbly come before you and thank you for the gift that you have given me. I ask that you will give me strength during my 50 mile run. I ask for protection and for encouragement. I ask that your angels will be all over that course guiding me and I ask that I would finish the race. I ask the same thing for everyone else who is competing. In Jesus name, Amen"

Go Mt. Hood 50!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just over a week till the Mt. Hood 50, my 2nd 50. How was my training?

Do you remember this post? I wrote this at the earliest stages in training for my 2nd 50. Yes I feel silly now. I will let you read it and I will see you at the end of this posting. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hey did you hear that I'm training for 50 and afraid to run?

Have you ever heard of a runner who is training for 50 miles that was fearful of running?

This is me.

The pictures are proof that I can run.

Yes, you heard me correct. I have a mental block, I guess, completely afraid to run.

The reason? For a few years now, it has been my goal to run the Mt. Hood 50 miler. I am now signed up for it, the run is scheduled for July 30th, 2011 and it will be my 2nd 50.

A few weeks ago, I pulled my hamstring, 3 days later, it went out again on a walk, well I jogged slowly for about 30 seconds. I pulled out of a difficult race coming up, the McDonald Forest 50K. It is a good decision, I know. But, according to the 50 mile training schedule, training started yesterday, Monday. It only starts out at 2. I walked it. I kept hearing in my head, try to run, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Too afraid.
I came home, complained a little on Facebook, this led to a doctor replying and a friend telling me to go on chat. Well they both helped me through it. I knew that I had to conquer this silly fear or it was going to kill me.
At first I kept walking back and forth in front of my house, pacing. I would limp around or whatever you want to call it, it wasn't running, it was strange. I wondered how many of my neighbors were watching. I then decided to go change so that I could look like a runner, at least. I started off real slowly, I mean really slowly, completely freaked out.

But then I saw 2 pennies. And I remembered an email and movie that I read and saw. The email said that when you find a penny, it means an angel is thinking of you and the movie said pennies are only good luck when they are heads up. They were heads up. I picked them up.

While I only went .78 on Monday, I did go 2 today and yes I was nervous, but not freaked out.

Hey, I'm training for 50 miles. Aren't I making progress?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

How to listen to your child

When I was a little girl, I wanted nothing more than to have my mom listen, really listen to me. I had wished that she were more like my friends mom, who did that.

I was reminded of this this week as I sat and really listened to someone who is hurting deeply. As I sat and listened, I asked questions such as "tell me more and how does that make you feel, why do you supposed that happened." Her big wish now is that her own mom would just listen to her, hear what she is saying and then respond in a loving and appropriate manner.

I myself then realized that I wasn't even doing that with my own daughter and I thought, how easy is it as parents to not really listen to our own children, to just tell them to behave, tell them to be quiet or they need to do this or that or to talk above them? How easy do we act in dominance over them that we can't see the struggles that our children our facing?

Here is some research on the subject that I've discovered that I wanted to share;

10 Ways to Improve Communication Skills for Parents and Children

From birth, listening is the most used activity of daily living. Listening is a learned skill, and through focused and directed efforts, parents can teach their children and themselves better listening and speaking habits.

There are reasons why children ranging from toddlers to teens don't appear to listen to their parents. Specifically, they are:

- Many children have poor attention spans.
- They complain that parents talk over their heads.
- They say that parents don't understand children's thoughts, feelings and views.
- They regard their parents' communication as critical, judgmental and nagging.
- They associate their parents with constantly being told what to do.
- They believe parents harp on things they don't want to hear.
- They expect to be bored.
- They assume they know what their parents will say, so they don't bother to listen.

There are several things you can do to improve your children's listening habits and get them to listen to you. Here are 10 suggestions:

1. Start teaching listening skills early. It's never too late to start teaching these skills, since there's always room for improvement. But try to begin as early as possible. As children grow older, have "listening times" when you block out distractions. Bedtime and evening snack time in the kitchen are ideal chances for this. Reading is an excellent way to promote good listening, and while you read and talk to young children, prompt them to ask questions and comment on what you say.

2. Listen to your children in the way you like to be listened to. Be a good role model by hearing things in their words and making them feel important while they are talking to you. Since they sense when you're not listening, they're much more apt to listen to you when you listen to them.

3. Let your child complete what he is saying. "It's a waste of time to talk to my parents," a teenager pointed out. "They stop me while I'm speaking to say 'don't talk like that' or they break in and change the subject to something on their minds."

4. Set a good example by establishing eye contact with your child. Children feel you're not listening when you're glancing out the window or peering across the room. Eye contact is of value from the earliest age, so teach your children to give and receive it by meeting them at their own eye level when you are saying something to them and when they are speaking to you.

5. Watch your tone of voice and facial expression. Too often your voice and expression speak as loudly as your words, and if you are bored while your children are talking, they're likely to react the same way to you while you are speaking to them.

6. Teach your children to indicate by their actions that they are listening. Along with showing by your expression that you're paying attention to them, guide your children into showing by their expressions that they are listening to you. The child who looks up from a coloring book with a blank expression may very well hear what you're saying and still not be listening. Actually when people say, "If only you would listen," they really mean "If only you'd listen and show that you're listening."

7. Talk to your child about common interests. To facilitate communication, talk to your child about areas of common interest.

8. See things from your children's viewpoint. A teenager who lives in a world of his own and refuses to listen to his parents may state he started tuning them out when they never listened to his ideas or respected what he wanted to do.

9. Know when to talk and when not to talk. There are times to keep quiet, so develop a sensitivity to both. Wait until a teenager demonstrates a readiness to talk before you expect him to listen to your well-intentioned words. When a child comes home after a bad day in school, don't get on his back immediately with something you want him to hear.

10. Reward your children occasionally when they display good listening habits. If children show they are good listeners, they should have an occasional reward. Giving them positive, specific feedback, attention and praise are very effective. In this way, if their attention span is short or they're easily distracted they see that if they listen and follow through on what you say, there may be an external reward at the end. Pretty soon, there is also an internal reward, as they learn that listening to you helps them to accomplish their goals.


Olsen Huff Child Development Center
Dr. Adrian Sandler - Medical Director
Mission Children's Hospital, Asheville, NC

How to Listen to Your Child
From your Parenting of K-6 Children Guide
The most valuable gift you can give your child is to listen to the little and big things in his life. Begin early so that the lines of communication will be open during the teenage years.
Difficulty Level: Easy    Time Required: 15 Minutes

Here's How:
  1. Stop what you are doing.
  2. Look at your child.
  3. Pay attention to your child's nonverbal language. Does the child look happy, sad, afraid?
  4. Be silent.
  5. Use simple acknowledgement responses that show you are listening. "I see. Oh. Uh-Huh. Hmmm."
  6. Use door-openers, phrases that encourage further talking. "Tell me more. Go on. How do you feel about that? I know what you mean. Then what?"
  7. Listen for and name the feelings you think you hear from what your child is telling you. "That made you pretty mad, didn't it? You seem really happy about that!"

  1. Don't feel that you must advise or help your child come up with a solution all the time. The value of listening is in the listening itself.
  2. Listening helps parents and children avoid the power struggle cycle. Instead of arguing, listen. Show your understanding while maintaining your position.

And here is a great link that is full of information;

Saturday, July 9, 2011

26+ mile training run for July 9th

For today's run, I was scheduled to run 26 miles. It is my last long run until I run the Mt. Hood 50.

Post run, I am walking around like my feet hurt, have rejected a dinner invitation and am nibbling on leftover cheesy rice.

So how did the run go? Way better than last week! I skipped my 10 mile training run yesterday so that I could be more refreshed, likely helped. I first ran 8.44 miles on the road, then 18.40 on the trails with my new Brooks Cascadia. They had about a hour of break in time yesterday. They are the best.

So for today's run highlights:
I got about 10 feet away from a group of Elk on the side of the road, only one was brave enough and didn't run off. I was nervous though.
A dead raccoon scared me.
I had to use the restroom twice. The second time was in the woods and oops, I went on my leg. I know, so gross!
I did three different trails. The first had rolling hills and I stayed on it the most. The 2nd is super steep. I meant to go a mile on it, but heard a dog barking and got spooked, so I was only on it for 1 1/2 miles. The 3rd is my normal hilly route and I was on it for 2 miles.
The last highlight is that I have no marks on my back to share with all of you. I put 4 big band-aids on and since someone told me to wear my sports bra inside out, I did. Oh and I also put on not only Body Glide, but my deodorant/antiperspirant.

26.84 miles in 5:51.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

24 mile run for 7/2. Do I have to talk about it?

Do I need to say more about now my run went today? Yes, they hurt. I started feeling the pain at mile 12. I has to put my sandwich bags over them for protection. And  yes, I screamed in the shower.

Have  you ever heard the expression "training is harder than the actual race?" Well I can swear that it's true.

I swear that I hit the wall during today's run 3 times. I've never have before, but I swear it happened 3 times.

Okay, okay. Ran from my house to the forest via my favorite hilly trail. Ran my the whole distance of my favorite trail, getting me to mile 10. The elevation goes from 200 to 800. I then ran a less hilly route to mile 15. From mile 10 to mile 15, I was struggling, not hallucinating just yet, but wasn't having any fun. I then saw a side trail and I knew it was hilly, so I ran up it, but only for a mile. During that mile the elevation goes from 100 to 600. If I had gone the whole distance, it would have gone up to 2000 by the time I reached 5 miles. I'll save it for next week, right? Turned around and started running back.. Funny thing, I'd be running and noticed that my pace was 15! I'd walk and noticed that it was 14! I was walking faster than I was running!! Totally ridiculous!!!The rest of the way wasn't much fun. And I have no idea what happened with my new watch. It started acting crazy for awhile....or maybe I was hallucinating.  It said I was going a 7 min pace and the distance was going accordingly. When I got home, it said that I ran 26.09 and I don't think so.

1 week after running a 50K and running 30 miles throughout the week, I ran 24 miles in a extremely slow speed of 6:25 min.

I'm tired.