It's been over two years since I blogged. I don't think anyone would be interested in reading this anyway. I had also forgotten my login password. Oh well, here goes.
I hadn't signed up for any race this year. 2016 was one tough year with taking on the role of my hubby's personal nurse, chauffer, ambulance driver, nutritionist, etc. that I have all but lost interest in doing any races. I'm only running this 10th edition of UVM because I have a deferment from last year when I couldn't do it due to attending my grandson's baptism in TX. Anyhow, since this is my 6th time running UVM, I was inducted to their 150 miler club at the VIP dinner on Fri. where I saw Marcie N. (Canyon) and her sweet sister Christine. I brought with me my son, Eric, who has flown in that morning and Lowell who drove down from Pokey. They each won a raffle drawing prize. Winner, winner chicken dinner!
Eric drove Lowell, Karen and I to the bus ride dark and early at 3:30 to catch the 4am bus. We got to the start ridiculously early with 75 min before the race start. I was freezing so ducked inside a pop to read from my phone. I felt completely at ease and was just super happy that my son, two of my best friends are here. I went to look for Kandi who is running as Huntsman Hometown Hero and saw John Bozung in firefighters' armors; chatted with them a bit.
Race started on time. Eric and Karen went with the 4:00 pace group, Lowell went with the 4:30 group and I hung back with the 5:30 group. I have no dilusional goal that I would break 5 hour since all my runs have been in the 11-13 mm pace. I'm here to enjoy the scenery, the commaderie, may be help someone along the way.
In the Wallsburg miles I chatted with two ladies from Colombia which reminded me that one of our missionaries from Colombia is getting married to one of our missionaries from Maryland next Sat. I ran with two ladies (who turned out to be in my AG) from Salem OR who were doing the 5:1 thing. Chatted with big Al whom I beat to the pop at the mile 5 aid station.
The biggest ascend comes in at mile 7.5 to mile 9. I would give myself 30 seconds to walk to catch my breath, trying to keep my pace under 13mm. It worked pretty good other than the fact that there was a lady speed walking and managed to get ahead of me and it would take me awhile to catch up to pass her. I found myself leapfrogging with two cute girls 19 yo twins with perfect matching strides prancing effortlessly down the canyon like two fawn deer.
I caught up with the firefighters who had a 30 min early start at the tunnel. It was so awe inspiring to see them walk/jog holding the flags, wearing heavy gears, to honor fellow cancer survivors or victims. I walked a bit with them thanking and cheering them on.
The temperature is probably in the low 60s and feels cooler in the shady spots. I crested the last uphill at mile 17 past the Bridal Veil Falls and was immediately greeted by a gusty headwind. That normally would take my breath away and caused an asthma attack but today it felt like a welcome cooling breeze. I took an Aleve and couple of salt caps just in case! The temp was heating up as we exited the canyon and the traffic was getting heavy.
I had been taking Gu every 5-6 miles or so. As I approached the 21 mile aid station, I was focused on looking for RAD and missed taking my GU. She emerged with her puppy Daisey past mile 22. I was so relieved to see her. She gave me a salt tab to suck on and went to get me some ice from Will's Pit Stop. What a great friend and support she's been to me. I just kept one foot in front of the other while she chatted away encouraging me along.
As we approached the last intersection I could see Eric running towards me with a medal around his neck, then I saw hubby, my mil and sil, Lily and my niece Jessie. That gave me extra boost to kick it in. I looked at my watch as I crossed the finish that I had a 9:35! Wow! I hadn't seen that pace in over a year! Anyhow, that lasted only 1 second I'm sure of it. I was so happy that I finished this race with ZERO charlie horse, and even splits.
Karen BQ's and PR'd. So proud of her training alone the last two years as I have become too slow to run with her. Eric did better than he expected. Lowell on the other hand came up short. I would've caught him in another block. But that crazy man had done a Half Ironman and Ogden Half recently. So I can't accuse him of being lazy! We all went out to lunch at ChuckaRama and reflected on such a wonderful day with great friends and in a beautiful place!
What's next? Do the Morgan Valley Marathon in two weeks and see how I recover and evaluate where to go from here!