Monday, May 30, 2016

Sulphur Springs 100 Mles DNF

DNF...kind of a metaphor for life especially this week.  

Had allot going on lately so I wasn't sure how I would hold up attempting a. 100 miler.   Strangely enough I was able to clear my mind and more or less enjoy the time I spent running in the Dundas Valley.   One of the things that made this a great experience was my running friends.   Even if you have never met someone before we are all kindred spirits in the forest.

Actually managed 4 hours sleep the night before.   The alarm was set for 2:15 am but I was awake at 12:30 so I decided to put on a pot of coffee and jump in the hot tub for an hour.   The drive took about 2hrs15min arriving at the race with plenty of time to spare at 4:45 am.

The first 20k loop was great somewhere around a 2hrs50min as planned.  It was going to be hot,  very hot so I got into the happier of 500ml of water between the aid stations which works out to about 2 litres / loop.  I was telling and taking S Caps too.  Really felt great going out on the 2nd loop like I just warmed up.    It started to get incredibly hot on the second loop and it wasn't long before temperatures pushed into the 30's with a humidex pushing 40...YIKES.   Second loop was a little slower but I still can in a little over 3hrs.  Third loop was fine but the heat was starting to catch up to me.   Nearing the end of the loop I had very very dark urin and a small pain across my shoulders which is heart related as a result of thinking blood.   I finished the loop in reasonable time ,  around 3hrs20min or so.   I decided to take a cooling break grabbing a bottle of water ,  can of Blue and a cliff bar.  Dove for the car and cranked the air for nearly 25 minutes.    Heading back out things were not getting any better so I decided to walk through the heat of the day.  Walking always seems to be harder on the feet then running and the heat was relentless.  I was extremely fatigued walking up the hills having to stop to catch my breath.  I was no loner enjoying the race and decided to stop at the 80K mark.   It's a bit tough to quite when there is enough time to complete the run but I just wasn't into it satisfieyed that I logged a long one under some pretty tough conditions.

 The DNF was actually life changing for me ..really really.  Someday I will explain!













Friday, May 27, 2016

Wednesday and Thursday and today, Friday

Its been a gut wrenching week from hell and to be quite honest I really wasn't sure if I would even make I to the start line at Sulphur.  Last night I got a decent sleep albeit a little short and I actually managed to eat normally albeit a little light on volume.   So I am going to tow the line and give it my all ...there will be nothing left on the course and nothing left in me somehow I think it's a good thing, When I finish on Sunday it will be like a new beginning the page has been tuned and a new chapter has begun.   What a trip life is!

OK ,  back too Running .  Did my last run Wedensday logging 5.6 Ks on the backyard trail.  Thursday was a "rest" day but I† didn't feel like it going on 2 hours of sleep.   Today the day before its prep day and some odd jobs around the house.    Goal is to get 4 hours sleep in my own bed before getting up arc 2:15 am for the drive to Sulphur.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monday and Tuesday

Not up to too much this week with the 100 miler Saturday.  Logged 5.6 K on the backyards trail both days.   Trying hard not to so too much physical this week.  Been trying to eat and sleep better but both have been off but are coming around a little bit today.    Another little trail is planned for tomorrow and maybe Thursday but it may be a rest day and certainly Friday will be.  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Best 11

Grant biked over today and we hit the neighbourhood trails logging 11K's.   Grant is a great "running friend" who I am able to talk and laugh with ....the best.   We have a plan for Sulphur and are both pumped for the 100 miler!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Blue

Feeling very Blue today did a little 5.6K backyard trail run and it helped a bit.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Two Run Friday

5.6Ks on the backyard trail and 5Ks on the treadmill at work today.  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Again

Working Eves again so I logged a second run today doing the 5K "lunch run".