The North Face Endurance Challenge #ECSDC 50-Mile Race Recap – Part 1: The Highlights

Writing this blog seems to be harder than running 50-miles. There’s so much to tell you, but I really don’t want to bore you with the details, but I want to tell you everything! I’d actually be better off writing this:

Dear Diary,

I ran 50 miles.

It was awesome.

Will miss my toenails.

Love, me

I have a draft written that’s already well over 1400 words and I’m only at mile 15. I could turn this into a novel if I wanted to, so I think for now, I’ll break this up in parts and start with just the highlights and then follow up with details later. Continue reading

874 Days Since Day 1 – Who Knew?

It’s been 874 days since I first “unofficially” walked/jogged my first race, the Celtic Solstice 5 miler. I never thought there would come a day in those 874 days where I would ‘forget’ that I had a race  and that race was a full marathon. All week I’ve had that “oh yeah…I’m running the Delaware Marathon on Sunday” moment when trying to make plans for the weekend. And who would’ve thought that it would take me 826 days, to go from 0 miles to an ultramarathon. And I never thought that in 28 days, I would run my first 50 miler. If my calculations are correct, that would mean that it took 902 days to go from running 0 to running 50 miles. Continue reading

Week 2 – North Face/Gortex 50 Miler Training (You’re on Your Own Kid)

So far week 2 is going well. I have gotten in every training run and personal training session so far. My legs are still very tired from this past weekend and these short 6 mile morning runs are challenging. I hope it gets better soon, it has to, right?

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love running with my group of friends. When I first started out it was just us the three of us. They talked while I grunted and gasped for air. They got me to mile one and eventually to mile 13.1. Continue reading

HAT RUN 50K – Part 2 (The Best Adventure EVER!)

This is probably the longest post I have ever written. Hopefully I don’t bore you with the details. You might be better off saving this as a bathroom read. Hoping the pictures will break up the monotony of my writing.

When I woke up on race day I was anxious. I had everything laid out but I couldn’t get my act together. So, I started with coffee. For me, coffee gets “things” moving in the morning and after all of the food I ate yesterday, “things” needed to move. I was still full from everything I ate but I prepared my morning breakfast of two eggs and an egg white scrambled and a couple of oatmeal raisin cookies anyway (hey, they said eat the cookies). Continue reading

HAT RUN 50K – Recap Part 1 (The Day Before The Race)

I don’t even know where to begin, but I guess I’ll start with my pre-race day prep. All week I was doing what I could to make sure that I was hydrated by drinking coconut water, which I don’t particularly care for, Gatorade, and of course, water. I was also trying to eat whole nutritious foods to carb up. According to Jeremy Hoefs of, “Marathon runners follow a carb-loading approach to nutrition during race week and the day before the marathon. This temporary diet change calls for an increased carb intake that results in your body filling the muscle glycogen stores that supply energy as you run.” Continue reading

HAT 50K Training – Week 15 Recap (Kicking Goose Turds Because Running Sucks)

Have you ever had a run that made you want to quit the sport of running forever? That was yesterday and a little bit today. We desperately needed to get a good long continuous long run and went out for 22 miles on the road of the BWI Trail. I was excited to run someplace new, but I had no idea that by mile 10 I was ready to give up the sport of running forever. Mile 10 felt like mile 20 for me. My hips and knees hurt and I ached all over. My legs were so tired that when I went to use the port-a-potty I ended up peeing on the back of my leg and shoe because I couldn’t get the right hovering position, and ya’ll know you don’t sit in one of those things. I knew this was going to be one of those runs where I will have to dig deep to keep going. I had to make my mind push my body to get through it….had to find my inner bitch. Continue reading

REBLOGGED: 5 things I learned from running my first 50-mile Ultramarathon

Great advice for first time ultramarathoners! I will keep all of this in mind when I run my first ultra. It may not be a 50-miler, but I’m sure it’ll help me during my 50K.


As I begin to shut the (mental) door on my first 50-mile ultra, I decided to reflect upon the 5 most important things I had learned from the journey. I had originally written this post the day after the race, but wanted to wait and come back to it to see if these lessons still rang true a few weeks later – and they do. Needless to say, below are the 5 most important things I learned from running my first 50-miler.

Respect the distance

I have no doubt you’ve heard those words many times before. The truth is, they take on a whole new meaning with you’re talking distances of 30, 40 … 50 miles. You can pay your respects in many ways: by constantly being aware and of—and honest with—your pace (both during your race and in your training), making sure your weekly mileage and long runs have…

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HAT Run 50K Training – Week 6 & 7 (I’m Still Here! Sun, Trails, and Doubt)

I’m back! It’s been a little while since I blogged, but I’m back. I really hope you enjoyed last week’s Runners Inspiring Runners series. I’ve got a few more lined up, so be on the look out for them!

While the entire Mid Atlantic was dealing with the “Polar Vortex,” I slipped away to Jamaica.  I know. I suck. Who wants to deal with subzero temperatures?!  I brought my running gear with me, but the closest thing that I did to any type of physical activity was a sorry attempt to do yoga on the beach…

yogaIt was pretty pathetic and I wasn’t successful. But who cares?!?! I was in JAMAICA!!! I spent most of my time just relaxing without a care in the world. I didn’t think about training with the exception of wanting to run every hill and trail I saw off of the resort, and I didn’t think about eating right…okay, I ate a lot of healthy foods, but I sure didn’t skimp out on dessert!

jamaica food

Happy Me…

happy me

and Happy Feet!

happy feet

I got back late last Friday and was prepared to head out on Saturday for a 3.5 hour training run out on the trails. But as the night went on, I knew that I was just way to exhausted from the travel to have a successful run. Besides, we were expecting rain…a lot of it, so I contacted Reds to see if she would run the long run with me on Sunday and I slept in. I was so glad I did. I heard that the trails were flooded and the rain was relentless. The group got lost and it turned into a 4 hour run. If I hadn’t been traveling the night before, I would’ve probably had fun on that run…with the exception of the mud. HA!

Sunday Reds and I headed out for our run. I stayed up on my own two feet and had such a great time. It’s really true when I hear runners say that running trails make you feel like I kid. I truly felt like a kid out there just running through the trails with a big ol’ cheesy smile on my face. Reds even had time to swing from a vine. I was afraid I’d break the dang thing.

play time

We also trespassed on a historic site to take pictures, because that’s how we roll.

ruin pis

 It was a good run. No, it was a great run!  Monday I hit the weights and Tuesday I was back at the track for speed and hill work. That’s when the doubt started to sink back in. I struggled and I struggled bad. Well, actually I did pretty well for the slow pace that I am, but the mental monster of being at the back of the back was tormenting me. I couldn’t keep up and I didn’t skimp out on the repetitions because I couldn’t keep up with the rest of the group. Our workout was as follows:

  • Warm up run to the track
  • 1200 doing the following – 100 easy (walk), 100 medium (60-70% max effort), 100 hard (80-90% max effort) Repeat until time is up.
  • 400 hard on track (5K pace), then hard effort out of the track up to the parking lot and up the hill, turn around and follow back to the track.  Hard effort (75-90% max effort) up the hills, recovery down the hills
  • Repeat until time is up.
  • Cool down back to the car

While some runners ran the loop 4 times, I managed 3. It really got to me and I emailed Coach Marie to tell her that it’s unnerving being at the back of the pack sometimes. I asked her if the thought I was too slow to run an ultra and if going 0 to 50K in two years was too much to expect. I also told her I had no plans on quitting…once I’m committed, I don’t quit. She assured me that I was fine and that I would get stronger. She also reminded me of how I felt at this point during my first marathon training last year. She’s right and I’m doing my best to fight that stupid mental tormentor. My competitive spirit can be such a bitch sometimes. But, I have to put it into perspective. Not many people go from 0 miles to 50k in two years. Heck, not many people even attempt or think about attempting an ultramarathon. I have to practice what I preach. Believe that I can and I will.

HAT 50K Training – New Year’s Day Training Run (Trying to Make It Come Together and Trying to Eat Clean)

Couldn’t have started the New Year off any better way than a run on the trails with my training group! The trails were Goldilocks…you know not too muddy, not to frozen…just right! So was the weather, well as nice as you can get in the winter. I went out ready to do this and then BAM!

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HAT Run 50K – Week 1 (A little bit of mud, a shoe full of water, and a little piece of heaven.)

Here we go folks! It’s TRAINING SEASON! Can I get a “hell yeah”?! Today was the first official training run for the HAT Run 50k. Being the clutz that I am, I was hesitant (and still am) about taking my non-graceful self off the roads and on to the trails. Thankfully, while I had some very close calls, and would-be wipe outs saved by the runner in front of me (thanks Reds & Frank), I actually did okay today. Trail running is not easy! My butt is still burning from all of the hills this morning and I know it’s just going to get worse from here. Wait, let me rephrase that…It’s going to get more challenging from here 🙂 But, I’m okay with that, ’cause by the end of the season, I’m going to have a rock hard ass! Continue reading