Spring Round-up

So, about that regular blogging thing…but I’m here now, so let’s do this.

Allllll the way back in February I ran the Millstone 50k up in Fort Mill. This race was awesome for a variety of reasons that I will tell you about in bullet point format because, why not:

  • I had pretty decent fitness and felt good
  • The weather was perfect
  • The three-loop course was ideal for a rhythm runner like myself and I knocked out almost exactly even splits
  • My food intake was spot on
  • My friend Jonathan was there and we ran together most of the race
  • The race organizers were so awesome and the support was exactly what I like: helpful and attentive without too much fuss or drama
  • There was this amazing broccoli cheddar soup at the end and I may have eaten 3 bowls of it
  • I got 2nd female (15th OA) and ran my best ever 50k time by FORTY minutes in 5:07 giving me hope that maybe I’ll be fast someday
  • Here are the results: http://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=22742
I swear I spend most trail races staring at my feet. It's safe to say I'm not a natural on the trails; I'm too dainty and need to toughen up! (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockhillstriders/)
I swear I spend most trail races staring at my feet. It’s safe to say I’m not a natural on the trails; I’m too dainty and need to toughen up! (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockhillstriders/)

After the great time at Millstone, I decided to torture myself by running the Reedy River 10k. Since we moved into downtown Greenville, I’ve had this feeling like I’m obliged to run every single race that starts within a mile of my house. While this easy access to race venues is super handy, I don’t know if I’m really doing myself any favors by trying to race shorter stuff at this point. Anyway, Reedy River 10k doesn’t get a bullet point list because really only one thing happened: I somehow ran a new 10k PR by about ten seconds. To be fair, my 10k is relatively weak compared to my half marathon time, but I was really shocked to run a PR that morning on that course. The entire last mile is uphill in the meanest way possible, and my decided lack of speedwork had me feeling flat. I guess it’s a good sign for my potential at the 10k, so we’ll just go with that. Oh, results are here: http://go-greenevents.com/resultsdetail/id/1833 (I was second in my age group, surprisingly enough).

So now what? The 10k was over a month ago and there has been a lull in the race calendar for the most part. Oh, I almost forgot! I did go down to Georgia and ran at the Stroll in Central Park for a few hours and got in about 40 miles. It was definitely more of a fun run day, and it was really fun! I love my GA ultra friends (okay, all the ultra runners I know are pretty fun actually), so I got to spend lots of miles with my friend John (from such blog posts as Merrill’s Mile Race Report) as well as meet several other fantastic ultra people.

I ran some with eventual winner Errol. He is so nice and an amazing runner! Photo from: https://www.facebook.com/samanthataylorphoto)
I ran some with eventual winner Errol. He is so nice and an amazing runner! Photo from: https://www.facebook.com/samanthataylorphoto)

Since then, I’ve just been logging in the miles and finishing up my thesis writing. I ended up a DNS at Blind Pig 100 just because the stresses of school and things kind of got to me. I would have been a disaster, but I also really regret missing out on what looked like an amazing race with some of the cool kids of the southern ultra running scene.

On the upside however, I am fully invested in my next big race and I CANNOT WAIT to get even more fit and hopefully run really well. On June 21st, Lowcountry Ultras will be hosting the last running of the Bad Marsh Night Ultra. Two years ago I DNF’d after just a half marathon, so I’ve got big plans for redemption this time around, especially since it’s the last year! It is a fast course, and I’ve kind of been approaching it with a marathon training mindset with more long runs, in hopes that I will put up a good time.  There are a few other races here and there that I’ll hop into, but for now, just wrapping up the school stuff and training intelligently for Bad Marsh is the focus.

 

I know this was a super long and boring post, but I wanted to get all caught up. As a consolation, here is a picture of one of the chickens seeing Penny the kitty for the first time:

Mutually Assured Destruction...except for the glass door in the way.
Mutually Assured Destruction…except for the glass door in the way.
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