|HURT100....I will be back to finish what I started.|
|Yup that would be our age!|
It took me a good 4 weeks to allow myself to even think about training again after HURT. Physically I was fine but mentally I was broken. I work 50ish hours a week in a high stress environment. Monday-Friday I have to be focused and intentional in order to get my training in and I was not ready to go there yet. And then like a flip of a switch, mid Feb, I was ready. Lake Sonoma 50mi was about 7 weeks away and this was something I could wrap my training brain around.
Prior to HURT, I had started Bikram yoga, this is a 90 minute yoga session in a room heated to around 105 degrees. While not "fun" I figured it would help me train for the humidity of Hawaii, and lucky me... I found the heated yoga helping with my long standing hip issues (piriformus syndrome) that I had been dealing with for the past year. So even if it is 1 time a week, I have continued with Bikrams. With my hip feeling better I was able to resume speed workouts in my training up to Sonoma. I even threw in a 10 mile race the weekend prior to Sonoma, Horse Ridge 10 miler. I had raced this before and found myself with a 3 minute PR ....good enough for 1st Master! Onto Sonoma!
TJ does an excellent job in recruiting for a stacked field of talented athletes....this year was no different. I raced Sonoma in 2012 in a time of 8:18 F4, and again in 2013 in 8:52 F9. 2012 was a wet year, lots of mud and while I had a good race, I knew I could run it faster....2013 was a dry year but unfortunately a bit of a shit show for me :) we all have them! This year, I was feeling fit, the course was dry and there would be plenty of competition to keep me company and help push the pace.
|Not exactly floating across the water!|
|A beaut of a day!|
|Just a girl out for a run!|
That would be the last female I would see and so with my focus being to stay on my feet and not slow down I finished F8 in 8:24. Not my fastest Sonoma and not my slowest, and while I had hoped to run it faster, a solid race is always a good day!
I will be back to race Lake Sonoma. John and Lisa and the rest of their team put on an amazing event from the pre race festivities, the aid/ crew stations to the post race celebration! I will be hanging around for the wine tasting next time!!
|Can I get a.....|
What took care of me during my 8+ hours of fun in the sun....
Pre race calories: Picky Bar Smooth Caffienator, coffee, banana, yogurt
Patagonia of course, mesh trucker hat, wool socks, bun huggers,
UltrAspire collapsible bottle
Picky Bar Blueberry Boomdizzle
Flask w/GU coconut water, Scaps, CarboPro
Coconut water at the aid station...thank you Carrie!