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<p>here's hoping this links you all to my facebook album ...</p>
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<p>I haven't been able to muster a race report .... very unlike me, I know ...  esp since this has been my biggest victory/PR/ achievement in ultras/trails to date ...</p>
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<p>Mohican 50 Miler - June 19, 2010</p>
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<p>1st female - 6th overall ... time was 9:43:14</p>
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<p>I have not been training optimally this year with some back/sciatic/hip/IT band problems that crept up in mid-January and sidelined running to mere hiking for about 2 months ... but was able to have some slip-sliding fun at Roots' Fools Run 50k and survived so gave Boston a go and also did better than expected ... so ... along comes 2 new jobs and son's graduation to throw my training off with lingering hip/sciatic warnings everpresent ... ignore that and just try ... get to the starting line and give it your best, that's all any of us do on any given day anyways, right?  *biggrin*</p>
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<p>it turned out to be a hot one in north-central ohio ... runner's crews were saying it reached lower 90's and I believe it ... thankfully the 50 milers had less road and were back in the canopy of the woods much earlier than the 100 milers  ... but it was humid and rain-forest-like in the woods, so still no picnic, BooBoo ...  thankfully the last 4 days before the race didn't bring anymore rain and the multiple stream crossing had ebbed and the trails had dried up a lot ... we still had a lot of very muddy horsetrails to navigate, don't get me wrong, but it was MUCH worse a few days prior!</p>
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<p>We lined up and toed the line a little before 5 a.m. in anticipation of the start of a newly configured course that would get us onto single track trails and our first big hill climb in about 1 mile rather than the 5 or so miles of roads that used to lead to the forest in years past ... I knew it'd get hot and we'd all need to slow down ... I also knew I didn't want to get bottle-necked behind slower runners before the singletrack uphill we were soon going to hit ... my plan was to go out according to exertion and not worry about if it was fast by clock time in the early miles ... keep my breathing at the point I like it and just be happy with where I land in the pack the first miles ...  I entered the woods pretty near the front of the pack ... and also realized that as a newbie trail marker I should have been a little more heavy handed with the lime arrows since it was still dark in the woods at this point!  *yikes*  In daylight there really were no wrong turns to make up there ... but in the dark, yeah, a little ,more lime would have been nice  :)</p>
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<p>It just started raining, barely, as I exited the woods about 1/2 mile before the first AS ... but it was very short-lived and the only rain we'd get the entire weekend ...  I came thru the first AS first woman ... I was up in the pack running with the big gun 100 milers and shocked that most of the bibs I was seeing were 100 milers, not 50 milers and wondering if they were running smart since I knew I was well ahead of my planned 10 hour goal pace at that moment  ... but we entered the second leg and got to rock hop thru a stream and climb a root ladder, so all was good in the trail/ultra world!  My LEFT hip had felt  a little tight right from the start and that bothered me ... my right hip has been the one bothering me for months, haha ... but I put it aside and just concentrated on ignoring it! </p>
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<p>we did a couple nice up and downhills in this section and I was having fun doing my airplane impersonation blowing by on the downhills  ... feeling great and smiling a lot ... some of the guys I passed were probably thinking I was a dumbazz and would pay later ... but most seemed cool with seeing me have some fun with it ... I got back to the covered bridge AS area and was still  lead woman ... made my first port-o-stop and wished I'd waited as the guy in there ahead of me obviously chose the wrong thing for breakfast and ate up about 4-5 minutes of my race ... dangit  ... I kept hearing that toilet paper roll reeling and clunking and I internally groaned but reminded myself this was not a big deal and had a lot of race left to run ... and who knows if I'll even make another 5 miles before I fall apart like I did this winter in that fateful training run in the CVNP  *sigh*  keep smiling and being grateful I can even attempt this and have made it this far ... life really is GOOD!</p>
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<p>heading out onto the first section where we encounter mountain bike territory ... lots of uphill grade in this section ... some down ... I still manage to be first lady coming into Bridal Staging AS  ... opt not to retrieve any gels or aid from my dropbag and just get my bottles refilled as this next leg is the longest w/o AS and it's getting toasty now ... a couple miles out, around mile 13, I guess, my right KNEECAP?  starts hurting  .... whaaaaaaaaaaaa ... I have not had kneecap pain since '04 when I aborted my first plans to try for a marathon after 4 months of training were thwarted by ever-worsening right kneecap pain on LRs  *sigh*  ... oh well ... left hip, right kneecap are both now on  ignore mode ... try to relax those areas and just keep trucking, I only have 37 miles to go, right?!  ;-)</p>
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<p>this section starts on horse trails with lots of pretty muddy areas ... and lots of trailside briars to greet you if you skirt the muddiest bogs, lol ... thanks briar scratches filled with urishol oils, I'm still suffering with oodles of poison ivy but finally got a shot and some steroids and you may be history in another week or so!  ... we hit the hilly gravel roads shortly before the next AS, 7 miles later  ... I am still lead woman entering this station at almost mile 19 ... but my friend and nemisis (haha) laurie catches me here ... I knew if no real ringers showed up she and I would likely battle this out if both remained injury free on this day ... I change shoe and fill bottles and grab a couple more gels from my dropbag here ... leave a little before her but we end up running together and chatting for the next couple miles ... we still have basically 30 miles to go and if she beats me today it's because she's put in some major kickass training and earned it .. I was not about to start RACING this early on ... I let her go in front and wished her well probably at mile 21 or so ...  this section was all gravel roads till the last < mile where we hit a little trail leading into a reserve for handicapped hunters that let us use them as an AS (pretty cool, huh?)  I caught up to her again at the AS .. she left before  me .. this was about mile 24.75 or some such thing ... I wouldn't stress it and kept my mantra to relax my aching hip and knee and took my first 2 advil around this time and told myself no more for at least 3 hours .. and hoped that I would last that long ... they had running water so I went to the restroom and splashed water on my face, neck and arms while they filled my bottles and grabbed some chips and was on my way ...</p>
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<p>I'd kept to my plan of gels, gatorade and enduralytes every hour but wasn't eating my  1/2 powerbar every hour ... oh well ... I had them with me ...  I headed out of the station and back down the little trail back to the road ... this was our out and back section where the 100 milers kept going on the roads and we got to head back to the woods ... and hills ... and rainforest-like humidity, lol ... as I was heading down the roads towards the woods again people along the way kept shouting to me that #1 was just ahead (some said 1/2 mile, some a mile ....whatever)  ...this is also around where I saw my KR bud BUZZIE!!  woot ... she was having a rough day but still sticking with it ... anyways .... when people told me laurie was ahead  I just smiled and reminded myself to run my run and not to race till the END and told the nice folks thanks and that I wasn't ready to fight and race just yet!   </p>
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<p>I did, however, remind myself of the times last year that I'd wished I'd had a little more fight in me ... and I did try to remain in my own zone but also not to dog it so much that I'd regret it later ... I basically would get within sight of laurie on any big uphill the 20 miles she was in the lead ...I'd call ahead, as I always do when I see another runner in an ultra, and she was not replying ...  as many don't do in an ultra ...  I was having fun but wanting to do good ...  I have a feeling she started trying to win a lot earlier than I did ... and mentally, that was a tough position to be in ...  I could have been stealthy and tried to sneak up on her and then surge and hope she'd give up ... but I didn't ... I kept true to myself but made sure to let her know I was there and happy to be running ... partially because I was happy she was also doing well and wanting some comaradarie for myself, and partially to let her know I was still within striking distance ...  we had a pretty gruesome uphill in this section ... I only knew about it since a couple local running friends had taken me on this loop in May ... I was really starting to make up time on the uphills at this point ... I got to the next AS just behind her and she barely made it out ahead of me as I had grabbed a pj & J that did NOT agree with me at the last AS, bwahahhaaaaaa ... and needed a port-a-stop ... AGAIN  *LOL*</p>
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<p>I saw her most of this 2 1/2 mile section (the shortest of the race) and could have passed here easily in the last mile or so but opted to let her stay in the lead ... I did NOT, however, feel that I had it in the bag ... I  knew I could fall apart in the heat, have my injuries come out of hiding, or her freakin' killer training could pay off in a BIG way ... I told her that I really didn't know at this point which of us would win and really didn't care since we both had run so well on this day; but I'd be damned if we let #'s 3-4-5 come in and take this away from us after we'd blazed the trail the entire race  (We'd seen #3 & #4 on the out and back near mile 25, not that far behind us...) we ran together into the next AS with hands clasped, it was my most freakin' cool and happy ultra memory to date and I'm bummed nobody there got a picture of THAT  *sigh*  ...  I filled my bottles and took off shortly before her out of the station ... I also knew that the next 5.5 miles or so was mostly uphill with some flats  ... grueling mountainbike section ... I was NOT looking forward to it but knew it had seemed like she had been struggling on hills more than me the last few miles and just held on knowing that I would not DIE of being tired, lol ... I called back to her and let her know that this section had a lot of continuous uphill portions and some flats  ...  she started falling back and I gained hope as I lost hope .. it was a very hard section ... I saw a couple guys up ahead and just kept telling myself not to lose sight of them and to move forward as fast as I could and that there was only another 11 miles or so! hahaha ... I tried chit-chatting with the guys but they had no humor for me  ... ( more on this later...)  ... I'd get up to them and they'd surge ....after about 3-4 miles I realized one was a pacer and the other the racer ... and the racer was looking a bit rough ...  I eventually passed them and kept going ..... I'd done this section in reverse before but never in this direction .... I kept thinking the uphills would NEVER freakin' end and I was frustrated ... but I hadn't seen laurie in awhile and even if she did catch me, that would be alright since that meant she'd earned it ... but ... I did NOT want to let those others catch and pass me this close to the end after laurie and I had done all the pace-setting and hard work all day!!!  dammit!!!  shortly before that last AS I did see laurie again ... and my heart kind of sunk a little as I'd started thinking how cool it would be to actually freakin' WIN the race I'd gone into not even knowing if I had the training to finish  ... I was a little bummed ... but reminded myself I would not be disappointed if I put in my best effort on this day and she beat me but I'd never forgive myself if I gave up and became a mental midget and just let it slip away  ...  I pushed on ...</p>
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<p>I was Sooooooooooooooooo happy to see that last AS ... filled my bottles and took off ... knowing I had mostly downhill and flats  ... not much uphill ... but laurie couldn't be far behind and I was doing good against her on hills but she's been training like a BEAST and might be laying in wait to stomp me into the ground ... no time to waste .. no time to walk  .. no time to not RACE ... this is the last ,10k and it's racetime peeps ...  I wish I had the splits for this section ... I really do ... I think it might have been the most continuous running I did in the entire race!!!  I'm pretty proud of that  ... I willed myself to run, barely walked a step, that last 5+ miles that day ... I felt truly KICK AZZ!!!  *cool*</p>
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<p>as I entered the campground of the start/finish I had campers and crew people cheering and that was cool as I wound my way thru the campground toward the finish line  .... which, of course, was slightly UPhill, bwahahaaaa ....</p>
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<p>as soon as I finished I headed back up the trail to try and cheer in my friend Laurie and also the young guys I'd passed in the last couple AS ...  when they each came out of the trail into the campground area I let them know that 10 hours was still within their grasp and to kick it in and be very proud!!!  I was soooooooooooooo happy for us all ... we each met our goals for the day ... we lived thru a very hot, humid and hilly 50 miler and had smiles on our faces at the end!!!!</p>
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<p> thankfully the finish line was at a rec center with AC and a shower ... and great lakes beer on tap!!!  ;-)    I sat at a table with laurie and her family and the young guy I 'chicked' those last few miles ... it was funny to find out that his pacer had encouraged him thru those tough hilly miles between covered bridge and hickory ridge (last AS) by trying to not get 'chicked' that late in the race ... juan is a really nice guy and this was his first 50 miler as well as laurie's first 50 miler ... I am glad to call them my friends!</p>
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<p>within a couple hours I was NOT moving so well .. my left hip and right knee were throwing fits ... but I was a happy camper ... I stuck around the race to cheer in the remaining 50 milers and 100 milers passing thru mile 65 or so ... I walked Buzzie up to her campsite and then headed home for some shuteye as I had to work the next day .. but first, the awards ceremony on Sunday morning after the race ...</p>
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<p>the other 50 mile ladies weren't there and I had to do the podium by myself  *whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa* that was embarrassing ... but the prize was cool .. I got a northface gift cert for $100 at wholesale online ... $250 towards going to the North Face Endurance championships in San Fran in Dec (if that's what I choose to do with the cashola) and guaranteed entry into it, even if it sells out before I decide to register .. not bad for somebody not even sure they'd finish this race on this day .... I was happy ... but ... I like hardware and was a bit bummed they didn't have anything for the winners of the races to put on a shelf and admire in our old age and dementia  .......</p>
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<p>sorry for the lack of pics ... maybe I'll figure out how to direct post them here ... hopefully those interested could access my link to the FB album</p>
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<p>thanks for suffereing thru my belated and long-winded (as usual) RR ...  I love you guys .... you introduced me to this whole new world of coolness!!!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SportiGrl</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68708/testing-pics-from-mohican-trail-races-i-think#post_1919960"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I haven't been able to muster a race report .... very unlike me, I know ...  esp since this has been my biggest victory/PR/ achievement in ultras/trails to date ... </p>
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<p>thanks, randy!!!  :)</p>
 

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<p>Great report!</p>
<p>And good fun to see the race again - this time through your eyes. What a day you had!!</p>
<p>(I'd give you a dancing banana, but in this new format they look a bit lewd in orange... Oh, wait - maybe that's just the old bananas of posts past; I see the banana in the current smiley-picker window is yellow and happy as ever. Dancing bananas for everybody!)</p>
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<p>thanks, Buzzie!!!!</p>
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<p>were you able to access the pics?</p>
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<p>Sadly, no photos for me... <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif" title=""> But, then, I don't do Facebook. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif" title=""></p>
 

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I need to fiddle around here and see how to direct post the pics here ... I feared that maybe only my FB friends woud be able to access them there ...</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Buzzie</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68708/testing-pics-from-mohican-trail-races-i-think#post_1920700"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Sadly, no photos for me... <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif" title=""> But, then, I don't do Facebook. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>thanks for being my awards ceremony photographer!</p>
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<p>It was great seeing you again ... how are you healing/feeling?  what's next on your schedule?</p>
 

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<p>You're more than welcome - was a bit off on timing. Not sure why the flash didn't fire for the podium shot.</p>
<p>BTW - great hammies in that protest shot!</p>
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<p>Healing? Don't seem to be. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/dontknow.gif" title=""></p>
<p>Been laying off the running and walking and anything else that seems to aggravate the knee (including cycling, rowing, and trotting around in the water). Found that I can skate - so, have been doing inline workouts most every day. (That 30-mile skate on Sunday was still kicking my butt today.)</p>
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<p>Continuing to strengthen and stretch and strengthen the stuff that *should* keep this from flaring again. Getting freaky with the foam roller a couple times a day. And, still seeing my ART for ART, Graston, advice, and whatever other torture she devises. Ortho doesn't have any better ideas at this time.</p>
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<p>Still, the knee pain continues to haunt me - it's not bad, just occasionally reminding me that it's still there.</p>
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<p>Feeling? Pretty low. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif" title=""></p>
<p>But, it's like ultra running... it never always gets worse, there's no sense dwelling on it, just gotta keep moving and finding new (happy) ways to look at things - again and again and again. So, it's all good training.</p>
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<p>What's next? Burning River 100 - July 31. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif" title=""></p>
<p>We'll see if I make it to the start. But, no sense in going out if things aren't better than they were toeing the line at Mo.</p>
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<p>Was thinking about you as I went 'round the parking lot this morning... How's prep for your 100K?</p>
 

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<p>sorry for all you injury woes right now ... great attitude about it ... I did inline skating for fitness in the summers for 3-4 years before getting back into running, it's a fun workout!!!</p>
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<p>thanks on the hammies ... I'm most definitely built like a strong workhorse  :)</p>
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<p>my training is going fairly well for the hodgepodge of medium long runs that it is!  No official training plan being followed, just trying to get out for 12-15 miles 2-4x/week and hoping for at least a 20+ miler every 2 weeks with some filler runs here and there ...</p>
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<p>I'd like to get more disciplined like I was for my marathon training in '06  but mentally have been struggling to find competitive motivation for a couple years now ... probably why I'm really liking this laid-back ultra/trail stuff so much  ... it forgives my haphazard phase of life right now  ;-)</p>
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