• Mississippi 50, 50 miler, ultrarunning, trail running, not meeting goals
    50 Miler Training,  Positive Thoughts,  Running,  Ultra Training

    Being OK with Being Good Enough

    Ok, so I said last week that I’d immediately post the lessons I learned from the Mississippi 50. That clearly didn’t happen. I still needed time to process all of my thoughts and emotions about the race. And then when I got them all down on paper, I lost it. The paper, not emotionally. I may or may not have blamed the hubs for throwing it away, only to find it exactly where I had left it—on the floor of his car. Clearly, writing your blog posts on scrap paper has its downsides. But I digress. Runners put their hearts and souls into races. All those early mornings and miles…

  • 50 Miler Training, Running, Trail Running, Ultra Training, ultra running
    50 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Mississippi 50(k) Race Recap

    Well, I survived 31 miles of the Mississippi 50! I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time sitting down long enough and focusing for more than 30 seconds to write this recap. Hell, I drafted half of it in my head while I was running the race! But people keep asking how it went (you guys care!), so I need to buckle down and just blurt it all out. So to appease my apparent ADD mind, this recap will be broken up into two parts—the actual recap and lessons learned. For those of you who are too busy (or don’t actually care) to read the entire recap, here it…

  • ultra runner, 50 mile race, Mississippi 50, Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, trail running
    50 Miler Training,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Final Thoughts Before the Mississippi 50

    Tomorrow. Tomorrow is the day I’m supposed to run my first 50-miler. Tomorrow night I should be the proud owner of a shiny belt buckle. Instead, I don’t know what will happen. My groin/hip is still fussing at me when I walk, and I haven’t run in two weeks. I have 12 hours on a soft, flat, easy surface, so my plan is to walk/run/crawl for as long as I can. I’m stubborn as hell and want to think positively, but I’m also realistic and bracing myself for a DNF. I’m pretty sure that no one else expects me to finish. And that’s ok, there will be other races. I…

  • STR50K, self-supported ultra marathon, trail running, ultra running, Birmingham runs, 50 miler training, trail running
    50 Miler Training,  Birmingham,  Race Reports,  Running,  Ultra Training

    STR50K Race Recap

    Well, the STR50K is in the books! While it was my fastest 50K so far (5:38:34), it certainly wasn’t my easiest—running that far on the road sucks. Plus, it doesn’t count because it wasn’t a real race. And there was a lot of down time. But it’s still one more 50K notch to put on my belt! You know when you have a run where everything is perfect and you feel like you can run forever? Yeah, yesterday was not that day. Within the first half mile I got a nagging calf cramp that I had to stop and stretch out, and the rest of the run took more effort than it…

  • 50k Training,  Birmingham,  Running,  Ultra Training

    Planning the See Tanya Run 50K

    Woohoo! This is the week of the See Tanya Run 50K (#STR50K)! Oh, did you notice that I added a K to my distance? I had initially planned for this to be a 50-miler, but I decided on a whim on Friday to register for the Mississippi 50 trail race on March 1st. Yikes. I figure it’s best to not run my two longest distances a month apart, so I’ll save my legs for the race and run a measly 31+ miles instead this weekend. While I’m kind of sad to not cross this off my list of goals just yet, I need to run at least one 50K before March,…

  • 50 mile training, Birmingham, ultra running, self supported race, trail running, running in Alabama
    50 Miler Training,  Running,  Ultra Training

    All Aboard The 50 Miler Train

    Here we go—I just bought an extended pass on the ultra running crazy train. I decided to run my first 50 miler at the end of the month. I had hopes to register for the Lookout Mountain 50 in December but waited too long to pull the trigger and it sold out. Damn procrastination. Though I’m not too sad about it, because it monsooned that day and I heard it was absolutely miserable. So instead of waiting to race the Lake Martin 50 in March, I came up with a better idea—why not create my own 50 miler? I mean, running is running, whether you get a medal or not. I…