Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GORGE-ous Double!


Thank you Jack Jewell for taking this picture of me during the 50K under the Ponytail Falls!

Last year when I completed the inaugural 100K, I decided I wanted to come back and do the double. I am glad the races were reversed. Last year, the 100K was on Sunday.

Arrived Friday morning after another crazy busy week at work. Can't say I felt rested but what could I do? I met Tracy Brown for a very early dinner at 3:30 pm at the pasta restaurant in Troutdale. We each retired to our rooms by 4 pm. I spent the next 1-2 hours rearranging the drop bags that I had already put together at home. I got into bed at 6 pm but couldn't really get to sleep. I probably got around 3 hours of sleep before getting up to head to the early start.

Tracy picked me up at 1:50 am. We checked in, put our drop bags in the appropriate piles, and walked around nervously for the start of the race. There were a decent amount of early starters. Last year I ran the race in 14:30 but I knew my fitness was not as great, so I felt I needed the early start, especially with the double.

I took it out very conservatively. It is very technical in those first 6-7 miles and dangerous in the dark. I wanted to pace myself for all the miles to come for the entire weekend. I was really enjoying the relaxed pace. Then, after the first aid station and going under Ponytail Falls, I took a wrong turn and descended half a mile down to the road. I realized I had gotten off trail and looked up to see all the runners going straight where I had descended. I made the rookie mistake of letting my adrenaline push me up that hill to get back on track and I paid for it much later.

As the day wore on, my legs kept getting tighter and tighter. I found that taking salt helped, but I had been burned before when I took too much salt, so I tried to keep it in check. It was not fluids because I was peeing just fine.  I finally made it to the turn around just under 8 hours, about an hour slower than last year. My relaxed pace now put the pressure on to make the cut offs. I moved as well as I could and did make the cut offs by over 10 minutes.

As I got closer to the end, I started to take more salt, thinking I wouldn't do too much harm with less miles to go. This helped me continue a decent enough pace to make it in just as it was getting dark. Although it took me over 2 hours more than last year, I finished without any cramping at the end. I got dressed and Tracy drove me to get some food. Unfortunately, her hip was bothering her and she had to stop at around 50 miles. Thanks for getting me back to my hotel room Tracy!

That night, I had to eat small amounts at a time because eating a lot made me nauseous. I had that deep, abyss feeling in my stomach all night. That terrible hunger pain and super tight plantar fascia kept me from getting the rest I needed for the next day's run. I think I got all of 3 hours of sleep.

Woke up at 5 am to get ready for the 50K. I probably could have slept in more, but I needed to vacate my room and load my car. I stopped by McDonald's and got a chocolate milk shake. That did wonders for my calorie deficit and I felt much better by the time I checked in.

The bus ride was fun to Wyeth. I talked to Justin Carpenito. We talked about what we had done this year so far and what is next. The weather for the 100K was good, a little humid for me but good. The 50K weather was really nice, too. Thank goodness for no rain!

I lined up at the back of the pack. I got a lot of surprised looks from people who saw me running the day before. I started out super easy but my heart rate was jacked up for about 5 miles. After that, I felt amazingly good. I stayed on top of my salt and drank enough to make sure I was peeing. It was challenging to get a lot of calories in but I consumed enough to get me through the tough climbs and technical sections. I was worried that I was not going to be able to make the cut offs, but with each aid station, I developed a bigger cushion. I felt good until about 20-21 miles but running that entire section of road after Yeon did me in. By then, I was having a hard time swallowing my salt pills so I tried to eat salty foods. But I had also gotten behind on my drinking and my mouth was pretty dry. I decided to take it easy until the end because this was where it got very pretty.

The final climb after the last aid station trashed my hamstrings. The last 3.5 miles has some extremely rocky and wet sections on a steep descent and that trashed my quads. I had carried my Z-poles the first 25 miles and was glad I had them for the last 6 miles. I arrived at Multnomah Falls to see Gretchen Walla directing runners under the bridge. It was great to see her face again at this part of the run. She was there also in the 100K cheering runners in.

By now, I had to shorten my stride because I was cramping. But I saw that if I picked up the pace a little, I could come under 8 hours. I hate it when I put that kind of pressure on myself. It's not like I was going to win a special award or anything, so why push? I guess it's just in my nature. That last section of grassy trail along the freeway is interminable. I kept looking ahead to the runner in front, who was leaving me behind in a quick way, to make that final left hand turn. Then I knew it was a short jaunt across the foot bridge and the finish line is in sight. I came in at 7:58, threw my poles into the air, and got my finish hug from James. I also got a nice cheer from the crowd. I expected that place to be empty by the time I finished, but everyone was still hanging around eating pizza and drinking beer. It was such a party atmosphere!

Someone brought me a coke (thanks man), and I said hi to a few people, but then I had to walk away from the crowd and keep my muscles moving before they tightened up and cramped. I was able to change and get something to eat. It took about an hour or more for my muscles to calm down enough for me to get in my car and drive the short distance to my hotel. But the ride was pretty uncomfortable and being bunched up in my little car was rough. I had planned on driving home that night but decided I better stay one more night or risk falling asleep at the wheel.

I had a nice dinner with some California runners before heading to my room around 6 pm, showering, and getting into bed. My muscles still were angry at me and did not let me sleep until midnight after I replenished more salt and fluids.

Thanks Rainshadow Running and all the volunteers for all your hard work and encouragement! I could not have made the tight cut offs in the 100K and finish the 50K with an hour to spare without you!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Flat Ass 2014

9th Annual Pigtails Flat Ass Marathon and 50K

We had perfect weather the day before and the day after the race. Day of race, not so much. That's how mother nature rolls. Still, we had a bunch of PRs. It was a wet day but nobody drowned. Everyone returned back safe.

So much thanks to my volunteers: Jill Hudson, Ray Shaw, Jenny Hanna, and Jess Mullen. Jess rode with me to set up the un-manned aid station and the turn arounds. Matt Hagen, Betsy Rogers, and Tracy Brown returned this year and helped runners move along at the middle aid station. Christy Hammond's family set up an impromptu aid station as well!

Thanks to everyone's donations, we were able to unload many boxes of food at the Maple Valley Food Bank and I was able to write them a check for $400. This time of year it is extremely needed.

One overall course record was set this year by Matt Zuchetto in the 50K. His time of 3:35:04 beat the previous record of 3:37:11 by Steve Geertgens, who happened to win the marathon this year in 2:58:10. Here Steve is with female marathon winner Kathy Coburn in 3:24:36, a new masters CR.

The cowbell medals were a big hit. I just have to come up with one more design for next year. As many of you know, next year will be my last year. Ten years is a solid run. It is a lot of work, especially with my other races. I feel like I am always having to do something to prepare for them. Put on a race of your own and you will know what I mean. So next year will be the last year for this run and the Pigtails 200/150/100 Mile runs. Bruce Hoff finished his 9th December race this year. Mary Richards was planning on continuing her streak and running her 100th marathon but could not due to being sick. Looking forward to seeing you get your 10 year finish next year Bruce!

Here is Dean Kayler having trouble getting his medal on.

Here are the results. Please let me know if there are any mistakes and I will fix.


50K
 
First
Last
Time
1
Matt
Zuchetto
M39
3:35:09
2
Kyle
McCoy
M35
3:46:15
3
Steve
Walters
M34
3:52:34
4
Robert
Bondurant
M42
3:57:28
5
Jeff
Ziegler
M53
4:09:59
6
Cliff
Richards
M53
4:11:05
7
Mark
Casey
M43
4:12:08
8
Bob
Satko
M54
4:23:52
9
David
Spooner
M46
4:29:55
10
Richard
Middaugh
M42
4:33:22
11
Michael
Nguyen
M35
4:39:48
12
Erik
Moore
M40
4:42:08
13
Ann
Crowell
F30
4:47:24
14
Clinton
Kaku
M53
4:52:05
15
Todd
McCory
M47
4:54:09
16
Heather
Nugent
F48
4:54:12
17
Bruce
Hoff
M52
4:54:39
18
Allison
Warner
F37
4:54:43
19
Michael
Mutch
M46
5:00:16
20
Susie
Ro
F43
5:07:00
21
Brad
Hefta-Gaub
M45
5:09:04
22
Mike
Mahanay
M59
5:19:01
 
 
 
 
 
23
Christy
Hammond
F38
5:38:20
24
Karl
Rohrbach
M46
5:40:37
25
Jasmine
Johnson Purnell
F25
5:53:44
26
Steven
Ferry
M45
6:05:23
27
Stephen
Roddy
M38
6:07:20
28
Roger
Johnson
M49
6:29:28


 
 
26.2
 
First
Last
Time
1
Steve
Geertgens
M46
2:58:10
2
Sean
Celli
M46
3:02:07
3
Sean
Meissner
M41
3:11:45
4
Todd
Hunt
M27
3:22:37
5
Kathy
Coburn
F41
3:24:36
6
Pedro
Infante
M52
3:35:26
7
Jean-Gael
Reboul
M38
3:37:19
8
Kristin
Grady
F41
3:39:45
9
Mike
Floyd
M46
3:43:28
10
Kristina
Siladi
F30
3:47:56
11
BJ
Farish
M41
3:49:33
12
Shawn
Aebi
M52
3:55:47
 
 
 
 
 
13
David
Pearson
M46
4:00:14
14
Sabrina
Seher
F35
4:02:38
15
Trev
Dakan
M45
4:05:33
16
Patti
Krebsbach
F52
4:13:20
 
Steven
Yee
M55
4:13:20
18
Andrew
Harbison
M40
4:13:22
19
Andy
Fritz
M48
4:20:37
20
Dean
Kayler
M51
4:20:59
 
Rikki
Bogue
F51
4:20:59
22
Ted
Eckert
M47
4:25:14
23
Peter
Corduan
M55
4:30:16
24
Roger
Chou
M44
4:30:39
25
Victor
Van epps
M41
4:33:00
26
Joseph
Schrum
M45
4:33:40
27
Douglas
Whitfield
M48
4:34:25
28
Leon
Willey
M48
4:36:25
 
Lisa
Eagle
F34
4:36:25
30
Nicole
Johnson
F41
4:37:37
31
Hideko
Opperman
F46
4:39:22
32
Stephanie
Puckett
F40
4:39:39
33
Ryan
McKnight
M42
4:40:49
Genia
Kacey-McKnight
F39
4:40:49
35
Mike
Kuhlmann
M64
4:51:44
36
Sarah
Englund
F33
4:52:05
37
Blake
Webster
M31
4:55:47
38
Cheryl
Iseberg
F49
4:57:18
39
Amanda
Rosenkoetter
F40
4:58:39
40
Tina
Miller
F36
4:59:33
42
Jules
Mann
M52
5:15:14
43
Deanna
Hanshew
F41
5:15:41
 
Rose
Mednick
F57
5:15:41
45
Todd
Schwartz
M45
5:17:47
46
Bob
Martin
M58
5:18:57
 
Melissa
Tonn
F25
5:18:57
48
Jennifer
Brave
F42
5:20:34
49
Mary
Bettelli
F35
5:21:06
50
David
Stout
M60
5:22:34
51
Chris
Bellevie
M42
5:24:01
52
Monte
Pascual
M54
5:31:01
53
Brian
Starkey
M49
5:38:08
 
Wendy
Stensen
F28
5:38:08
55
Janice
Northrup
F50
5:38:55
56
Claire
Carder
F62
5:40:53
57
Stan
Nakishima
M63
5:43:01
58
Deborah
Evdemon
F46
5:44:58
 
Tricia
Early
F49
5:44:58
60
Tory
Klementsen
F49
5:45:18
61
Margaret
Gorog
F54
5:53:16
62
Keith
Hudson
M56
5:54:49
63
Dennis
Gelvin
M70
5:56:45
64
Kevin
Morimoto
M43
5:57:00
65
Mark
Simon
M43
5:57:44
 
Sporty Diva
Coates
F47
5:57:44
 
Tim
Stensen
M61
5:57:44
68
Rich
Menzel
M71
6:07:56
69
Max
Welker
M72
6:08:59
70
Mauri
Helms
F27
6:39:30
 
Shawn
Hamm
M25
6:39:30
72
Rachel
Plowman
F29
6:56:39
73
Jane
Herzog
F51
7:05:53
 
Rick
Haase
M69
7:05:53
Amy
Roddy
F32
DNF
Barefoot
Jon
M71
DNF
 
Phyllis
Welker
F62
DNF

Note Georgeta Gruescu was 41st in the marathon with 4:59:56  and William Looney completed the marathon in 5:20:34 (the blog would not let me put them in).

50K records:
CR Men Matt Zuchetto 3:35:09  (2014) and Women Megan Hall 4:08:03 (2012)
CR Masters Men Steve Geertgens 3:37:11 (2012) and Women Mary Hanna 4:28:07 (2011)

Marathon records:
CR Men Uli Steidl 2:31:26 (2012) and Women Marlene Farrell 3:02:10 (2012)
CR Men Masters Uli Steidl 2:31:26 (2012) and Women Kathy Coburn 3:24:36(2014)


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