Let’s Talk: Sweatbands


Last year on a trip back to the states for a family visit (while my husband was deployed) my old but always-faithful Garmin broke. So I started wearing my husbands watch (also a Garmin) to run with until he came home in April of this year. Being on the hunt for a new watch I decided to keep an open mind to all brands and styles. After reading countless reviews I decided to give the new Nike plus GPS sport watch a try.  I’ll post a review of my experiences so far w/ the watch later.

These are the "off" name brand at Sports Depot here in Okinawa.

For most of us women – GPS watches are big on our wrists. I’m used to the cumbersome feel but this watch (once I get sufficiently covered in sweat) moves around on my wrist after the first mile or so. This ever so slight motion distracts me – I know, I’m weird – BUT really, the feeling of this slimy sweat-soaked band moving around with my arm strides annoys me. I find myself constantly adjusting or trying to tight it in the middle of a run.

Plenty of room to move!

THE FIX: After careful consideration about what would be the easiest and most comfortable way to remedy this problem – I decided that I needed to go old school and buy some sweatbands. I figure if I wear the sweatband underneath the watch it will (1) prevent it from sliding around and (2) hopefully keep my hands from getting so sweaty as well. The sweat from my arms sometimes runs right down to my hands and I see sweat flying off my fingertips when I run OR I go to wipe sweat from my face and my hand is sweatier than the spot on my face I am wiping!  (This might sound strange – to have this much sweat – but living in a subtropical climate at the peak of summer is NO JOKE!)

Much better, don't you think?

After getting to feel the material (terry cloth) of the sweat bands I decided I would try the larger ones on my right wrist and actually use them for wiping sweat from my brow – reference the comment above about wiping sweat from my face! It will take some getting used to – having some warm on my body in such hot weather. I am sure their usefulness will prove priceless though!

Maybe I should "BeDazzle" it! LOL!

I posted a question comment on the WOOT FB page (trail running group in Oki that I’m a member of) for suggestions on sweatbands. One of the group members suggested this – Turns out there is a great website for super cheap sweatbands and all sort of other running accessories that an active individual might need! Check them out here!

I realize that (after googling sweatbands extensively) not much has changed in the world of sweatbands since the 80’s! Okay – maybe they aren’t fashion accessories anymore but they still rock! Also, pricing seemed to really vary depending on where you were buying them. At the Sports Depot I went to here in Okinawa they carry all brands from Nike, Puma, Under Armor and they all seemed pretty much the same. They are thick and made from terry cloth (mainly) and soft. I bought the cheapest ones I could find there (and they are still more expensive than the online ones) because there didn’t seem to be a difference. So unless you are specifically looking for the swoosh on your wrist, I would advise just basing your purchase on pricing.

This book is a "must have" for all mother runners out there!

I posted the same question comment on the Run Like a Mother FB page (didn’t getting any feedback until this morning). One mother runner suggested Bondibands…and here is my 2 cents!

Click the link in the text below to start shopping!

*In the world of headbands (sweatbands) there is a front runner company, Bondibands, who has come up with a bunch of super cute designs out of a really neat super stretchy, thin, sweat wicking material. You can even get matching bandana’s for your running “buddy” (dog)!

from bondiband.com

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Time Flies When You’re Running!


This is how many weeks I have been training! Wahoo! Where has the time gone?

This will be a short post! I feel terrible taking so much time off from my blog when there have really been some exciting things I have been doing, learning and goals met!

I won’t bore you with the details of how busy life can be – we already know these things!

Well Shane is away for several weeks in Thailand so I had to drop out of my early morning group fitness class – which really bums me out because I was enjoying the moral we all were building and the friendships too! BUT – I have to say – I have been feeling eager to get back to my one-on-one thrashings with Jeanne! PLUS – I really enjoyed the time that we had chatting about life stuff, fitness tidbits and well – this might sound lame but… it was the only time I got “girl chit-chat” time in…no, really! (Lame, I know – I need to get out more!) So lets catch-up on where my training has gone!

The trail we run is called the Habu Trail - and these are Habu's in Sake! Supposed to be strong stuff!

WOOT Run – a few weekends ago Jeanne sent me a goal of 8:30 min pace for a 4mile run. I decided that I was running with the local Women’s running group (trail running that is) for that run. This was a paved trail and one that I have run several times but never that fast. I made sure to let my goal be known – keeping myself accountable for it! Then, I immediately set out to pace with the leaders of the pack! I was really just chasing after them for the first mile or so and then slowly closed the gap. These ladies kept me honest and I ran the 8:30 pace all the way up and down those crazy farm roads! Seriously – proud of myself!

Last Wednesday I was really proud of myself – I ran to the morning group session (the last one I was able to attend) at the Plaza Housing pool, did the swim workout with the group, and then ran home! Total mileage was a little over 8.5 miles and it took me roughly 1 hr and 30 minutes. I averaged a 10:43 pace with the run there all uphill and the run home all downhill!

This weekend I was running with the stroller (27lb monkey plus 20lb chariot) and I still made my LSR (8.47) in an 11 min pace! I wasn’t running it for pace I was just trying to survive it! I picked the beach run since it is the flattest place I know of around here and even though that meant making the loop 3 times – it was worth it! I headed out early enough that we were in the shade for almost the entire run!

Todaywas my first day back to one-on-one training! Jeanne was tough – my quads are smoked!

The workout:

800m run @ ¾ pace

20 Thrusters w. 18lb bar

400m run @ slightly slower than sprint pace

20 thrusters w. 18lb bar

200m all out sprint

and then we did it all over again working backwards and ending w/ a set of thrusters.

This is an example of a Thruster - I was not that bad-a$$ - I only had the bar and no weights added!

ME = Broke OFF!

Then this afternoon – still needing to get some mileage in since we are up-ing my overall weekly mileage – I headed to the gym for a treadmill run (needed to take it a little easy on my legs and we were in “black flag” conditions – so no outdoor PT allowed) – I ran 3.5 miles at an easy 10min pace. I really started to feel my quads getting tight at the very end of the run so I made sure and iced my legs when I got home! My longest run to date is still 9 miles – but I love that Jeanne gets me to reach a new distance and then we hang with that mileage and build a strong base there – so by the time I am adding even more distance to my longest run my legs are very ready for it! This has really been the key to keeping my legs injury free and my mental state where it needs to be as well! When you feel string and confident it shows in the LSR’s!

Nutritional Tidbits:

Hybrid Mini-Meatloaf

These came out so yummy tasty!

I have been trying to find ways to send my husband off to work with some Paleo approved foods and easy to eat, carry with, and reheat foods – so I had to get creative. Since my husband bikes to work her carries his lunch in a backpack that I am sure gets jostled all over the place. Enter the mini-meatloaf! I took the Everyday Paleo meatloaf recipe and my mother’s meatloaf and came up with a hybrid version that we ALL (including the monkey) really dig! This is not Paleo because I have added a few things – so anyone who is hardcore Paleo please skip over this recipe! ;o)

Ingredients:

2lbs Ground Meat (whatever you prefer)

½ tsp white pepper

1 pkg Dry Onion Soup mix

2 Eggs

½ tsp Marjaram

½ C. water

1 C. Almond Meal

1 tsp Basil

1 can Cream O’ Mushroom Soup

Sauce: Mix together ½ onion soup package w/ cream o’ mushroom soup, add water, pepper, marjoram, and basil – stir well, set aside.

Meat: Mix beef, eggs, almond meal and other half of onion soup mix together – blend well. Add large serving spoon scoop of sauce mixture to meat mixture – bland well. Add meat mix to mini loaf pan – these don’t expand much when they cook so you can really fill your more than mine – this was the first batch and I wasn’t sure – they can be pretty full but leave room for your sauce mix. Top with sauce mix. Bake in the oven (uncovered) at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Another snack we have all come to love is a recipe I took from Robb Wolf’s book and sort of tweaked it a bit as well but it is all Paleo still! I just have to work with what fruit is fresh here.

Cinnamon Fruit

The picture does this sweet treat no justice!

1 Orange – peeled, sectioned and chopped 1 Apple – peeled and sliced or diced 1 tsp cinnamon Mix all of the ingredients into a Tupperware container – toss to coat – put it in the fridge and it gets better and better the longer it all soaks!

Tuna Cabbage Salad

This is such a great snack or lunch!

This is by far my very newest and favorite creation. Again, I took the idea from Robb Wolf’s book about a crunchy cabbage salad and just made it my own!

Ingredients:

¼ head of cabbage

1 can albacore tuna – drained and fixed however you like (I added mayo sometimes or just Olive Oil)

1 whole carrot or 3-4 baby carrots

Sesame seed oil or poppy seed dressing

I like to start with the cabbage and toss it into my food processor with the top blade on shred. Then I add the carrot to the same blade – looks like coleslaw! Then I put it into the bowl I intend to eat it out of and add the tuna mix – stir well. Then I add in my sesame seed oil or sometimes I do a poppy seed dressing.

I devour this as a post workout lunch and I ALWAYS eat this with Plantain Chips! It’s truly not the same without it! You can really make this dish your own – add nuts or other veggies and make it a meal instead of a snack!

Miles ran so far this week = 5.25

Miles Ran TYD = 225.19

“Double Digits” – Here I Come!


Love my Cocok's Toes! Hand painted by Japanese ladies.

Total Cocok's fashion pedicures in Oki!

Last week was pretty much a wash for my running since I was recovering from Bronchitis. I managed a 7-mile run last Sunday but it was a miserable one due to my lung capacity being stiffened from all the mucus I was coughing up. I did some yoga, strength training here at the house and mainly tried to recuperate. RECUPERATE = Pedicures with the girls! (see photo above of my super sassy toes!)

These digits are looking pretty sassy already!!

I got back into the group training on Friday and was pleasantly surprised at my performance ability. Jeanne had us do a 30-minute session of 400m sprints w/ 5 dips, 10 sit-ups, and 15 squats = 1 set for as many sets as we could muster for the time allotted. For the first 21 minutes I ran a ¾ pace to make sure I wasn’t going to make myself start hacking or coughing and then the last 9 minutes Jeanne told me to go all out and really push it. I followed her directions and immediately could feel the difference. With the next 400m sprints I could feel my lungs being tapped to their VO2max. I didn’t have any coughing or wheezing at all. WAHOO! I finished that workout completely drenched in sweat and pride!

10 miles - here I come!

Saturday I teamed up with WOOT runner and group fitness participant Amy for a 9 mile run. This would be my very longest run to date! We broke up the run in two parts. First, we met up at Kadena Gym at 5:30am and did the 10K route on the base. Then, we got registered for the monthly 5K races at 6:45am. Amy was slotted to mentor a new runner so I did this portion alone.

Proving that I am still a rookie runner: My watch died on mile 4 and my I-pod died on mile 5. Amy sent me our run stats later in the day!

Stats on the 6-mile run:

Mile 1: 10:16

Mile 2: 9:56

Mile 3: 9:55

Mile 4: 10:00

Mile 5: 10:00

Mile 6: 9:56

Independence Day 5K run time: 31:24

I am super stoked about our ability to stay so consistent on this distance. The 10K course was rolling and the 5K course includes a very challenging hill.

New things I tried:

  • I put my recovery Nuun tablets into my camelbak so I could try out replenishing electrolytes while I ran (it is so humid here we sweat buckets).
  • Ate my first Hammer Gel for replenishment after the 1-hour mark and right before the 5K.

Pro’s/Con’s:

  • Pro: I didn’t get a headache like normal on my LSR b/c of the Nuun tabs.
  • Con: the water got disgustingly warm and fizzy from sloshing about on my camelbak
  • Pro: the hammer gel was a lifesaver and I am so glad I took extra plain water to drink with it and make sure it settled in my stomach before the 5K run started.
  • Con: I need to find something a little more substantial to eat during these long training runs (over an hour), midway through the 5K my stomach started to growl and I was becoming distracted by my hunger pangs.

I made sure and got a good breakfast in my stomach as soon as I got home (I had two hard boiled egg whites, apples sauce and a banana before I left). The rest of the day I focused on protein intake and never let myself go hungry. Towards the end of the running my quads were feeling sore and my knees too. I iced all the areas that seemed a little sore intermittently the whole day and I never felt any more pain afterwards.

Nutritional Tidbits:

I have perfected my recovery smoothie and want to share!

In my blender I put:

4oz of Apple Juice (100% pure juice – look on the label for the kinds that say their ingredients are APPLES and practically nothing else!).

This is at the Commissary in a plastic jug on the bottom shelf in the juice isle.

1 cup of frozen fruit.

1 packet of Stevia b/c it is pure dextrose.

2 tbsp of protein powder or (most recently) Yoplait Protein Yogurt (one or the other not both)

2 heaping Tbsp of Plain Organic Greek yogurt (this is if you are not using the protein yogurt).

1 Banana (optional) – for starches and simple sugars

a pinch of salt – for electrolyte

Why do I choose these particular ingredients?

Based off of the information from the Paleo for Athlete’s book they suggest some goals for the first 30 minutes post exercise:

  • Replace expended carbohydrate stores: glucose (aka dextrose) = quick recovery, fructose = steady and slow release. Best taken as liquid for quick digestion. This why I use 1 packet of Stevia
  • Rehydrate: You can loose half a gallon of sweat per hour. This needs to be continuous – so drink fluids for the rest of the day not just this window. 16oz of fluids for every pound lost during exercise. Apple Juice is a good choice b/c it bolsters carbohydrate stores and is rich in most electrolytes.
  • Provide Amino Acids for re-synthesis of protein that may have been damaged during exercise. Best source of protein is egg or whey. Heat increases the need for both carbohydrates and protein.
  • Begin replacing electrolytes – add a pinch of salt.
  • Reduce acidity of body fluids w/ fruits and vegetables – frozen fruit.

 

The Whey Protein has 17g of protein - but it is an expensive option

If you are nervous/unsure of protein powders try the protein yogurt instead!

 

In the end the optimum recovery tools are sleep and diet!

An Ultra Runner Revealed (GEAR-Part II)


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Like most endeavors (or hobby) there are always accessories or “gear” that can make life easier! I have to admit that Shane has totally turned me into a gear junky! So, of course, part of my interview for Anna consisted of Gear “must haves” for going the distance and then some – and she graciously provided some insight! 

Ultra marathon Gear

by Anna Boom, with no paid sponsorship (yet!)

Gear is a tricky part of running ultra marathons. There are many options out there to buy with each one touting it is a must have.

Some many choices!

I use a CamelBak hydration pack. The model I like has a hip belt too, so I can store snacks for quick access. There are other models that do not have the hip belt, which requires you to stop, take off the pack and dig for your food. Some runners like having a forced rest stop, maybe at an aid station or for a moment of reflection.

Why did I choose CamelBak? It was what the Exchange had on hand. I did not do any research into what was the best, just went and bought what fit. The model I have also has three different strap areas for a snug fit, which is essential. If your pack is flopping all over, it will chafe you very painfully and very quickly. So strap it down tight.

Even with a snug fit, the skin on my waist was irritated after the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 100Km ultra. There is almost no way around the fact that your skin is going to suffer a bit from being hot, sweaty and have a pack rubbing against it for hours and hours.

Having a hydration pack has allowed me to drink a lot more water than I ever have before. During a normal marathon, I don’t worry about bringing food or water and rely on the abundant aid stations. On the ultra though, you are going so much further and farther than before, that you must be self reliant. Having your own pack allows you to be prepared for any situation: stomach upset, first aid, money for the cab back home.

Nathan Pack (1)

Nathan Pack (2)

The other gear I have seen and am interested in include the Nathan pack that crosses in the front and has pockets for water bottles. The Nathan water bladder however is awkward with a ziplock type of opening on top. Two of my friends run with the Nathan pack, but changed out the bladder for the CamelBak one, which has the nice wide mouth opening and twist-on top. I would like to try the AmphiPod handheld bottles too but haven’t taken the time to purchase them yet.

Amphipod

For shorter runs, less than 2 hours, I use a Nathan waist pack with a water bottle. Once you begin training for ultras, your perception of long runs changes dramatically. My training partners, Andrea and Jannine and I laugh at ourselves when we think, oh it is only a short run today-just two hours!

During the long training runs, there are again many options for calories: gels, drinks, bars. Clif Bloks, Luna and Snicker Marathon bars (dark chocolate only as the other flavors have too much sugar) all agree with me so I pack two or three. I also have ginger candy packed as that settles any nausea right away.

YUM!

An hour before all long runs, I eat a piece of whole grain toast with some butter, a handful of almonds and maybe a banana. Also, I’m a big fan of oatmeal. You have to find what works for your body though and it is only through trial and error. I have had many, many trials on trail. What works for me, may not work for you.

Mochi Balls

Some other foods out there: mochi (those rice cakes the Japanese eat), PB&J, pretzels with or without peanut butter inside, Clif bars, jelly beans. I do not follow any type of diet, except to eat as many whole foods as possible. I dislike the sugary gels, Power Bars but others enjoy them. After the IronMan Kona, I vowed never to eat another Clif bar or gel unless I was starving in the middle of the Sahara. Then I would consider it.

Whatever you try, remember that the body can only process around 200-250 calories per hour roughly. If you are pounding the calories with sugary replacement drinks and gels and bars, your stomach will be distressed and sloshing. Another tip I have read over and over is to not combine gels with anything but water. And, do not try anything new on race day but this goes for everything from food to gear. Stick with what you trained with and don’t save something new for race day. It would be horrible to have spent all the hours and energy training for a big ultra only to end it halfway through due to an upset stomach or blisters from new socks. Try, try, try everything and put it to the test before you take it out on race day.

An Ultra Runner Revealed (Part 1)


Less than a year ago I didn’t even know what Ultra Running was – or that people did such a thing for fun! Throughout the last year I have been diving deeper and deeper into running – I want to read about it, learn it, and live it! BUT there was a gap in the information I was finding…I quickly noticed that MOST information available about “Women’s” running was all written by MEN. So, I hopped on Amazon and searched for anything and everything on running for women by women…this is how I learned about ultra-running as a sport. I read Rachel Toor’s book, Personal Record, and was amazed that someone could make running 100’s of miles sound…dare I say…FUN!
 
I was hooked on learning more about this sport – but unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot out there written by women for women on the topic. A few months ago I discovered that there is a treasure trove of ultra running information and even MENTORING right at my fingertips. Right here in Okinawa are some amazing women ultra runners, athletes, mother-runners, triathletes – you name it and they have done it – all members of a running group called WOOT!
 
In this blog I would like to introduce to you Anna Boom (one of the founders of WOOT). An amazing woman, wife, mother of two beautiful girls and an ultra-runner!
 
I think there is some sort of veil of mystique about ultra-runners and the act of ultra-running…I hope this can help pull back the curtain a bit!
 
Take it away Anna!

Hi. I have been athletic most of my life, which stemmed from parents who both jogged and ate healthy foods. Having that as my role model, kept me moving too, even though I didn’t realize it until I was much older. This is one of the top reasons I love seeing other moms get out there and kick it. The positive influence you are having on your child’s life may not be apparent at this moment, just like in any important lessons in life, but it will be there, in your child’s mind forever.

I was not always a runner, but I have played a variety of sports throughout my younger years. In high school, I played varsity tennis and received scholarships to play in college. At that time, it seemed agonizing to go out and run even a mile.

One day, while still in college at Hawaii, I decided to go and run. I was running away, honestly, from everything for just a bit: boyfriends, homework, upcoming graduation, the future. I climbed to the top of a hill and looked at the beauty around me: the sky was crystal clear blue and wide open, the ocean was never ending and every plant around me was green and in bloom. Perhaps it was my first runner’s high? I was hooked although I had to walk part of the way back home.

After moving to Okinawa in my mid 20s, I began to focus only on running. I still played a lot of tennis but loved the solitude that long runs provided. I remember my first hour long run; I was so proud of myself.

Since then, I have run many marathons, all over the Ryukyu Islands. My first marathon was the Iheya Moonlight Marathon. I had flown in from Quantico the night before the race, took the ferry over in the morning and started running at 6 pm. The first half was incredible; I passed people left and right. Then, around mile 20 (this is going to sound very familiar to any marathon runner) I started to fall apart: I needed the bathroom and couldn’t find one, I was tired, aching and dehydrated, my mind had let go of finishing the race. But, I kept going, and finished, and even placed in my age group. At the post race party, I celebrated along with all the runners for a beautiful course, helpful volunteers and on a job well done. And let me tell you, Japanese athletes know how to celebrate a job well done!

After getting a few more marathons under my belt, Naha, Okinawa City, Yoron, I picked up triathlons. I was already biking to work because I couldn’t afford a car so I thought, why not?

My first triathlon was an Olympic distance at Torii. I was so far behind on the swim, the paddlers were yelling at me to swim straight, and I ended up one of the last out of the water and crying. Oh yes. Defeat was right there in front of me, but I stripped off my wetsuit, transitioned to my mountain bike and rode. Then I got to the run and ran my heart out and had a great day.

Since then, I went on to complete the Miyako Strongman and IronMan multiple times. I was lucky enough to participate in the 25th anniversary of IronMan Kona. It was a once in a lifetime achievement for me.

After Kona, I gave up triathlon racing. It came down to time management. I am married to an ultra supportive guy (this is a must-have for any ultra running woman), we were planning on starting our family and I was working full time. I did not want to spend all my time riding and swimming anymore and did not miss doing those things at all. But running, well that I missed more than anything. So what to do? Pick up ultra running of course!

During both pregnancies, I ran throughout all the way up to delivery. A week post delivery, I had the babies strapped into their car seats, which were strapped into the jog stroller. Both girls have spent many hours watching the world whiz by while mommy happily pushed them along.

After the birth of our second daughter, I returned to running with a passion and decided to try an ultra marathon. An ultra is anything beyond the official 42.2KM marathon distance. You will find all kinds of distances, terrains and places that host ultras. Here in Okinawa, Miyakojima has a 50/100Km road ultra every January.

At that point in our lives, the logistics of packing up two little baby girls and traveling to race all day was unrealistic so my friend and I decided we would set up our own ultra, running from Kadena Gate 1 to Okuma. We woke up every Saturday and Sunday around 3:30 or 4:00AM to go out and run the flight line of Kadena, around and around. On race day, we started running at midnight and made it to Okuma around 10:30 in the morning. My husband set up a kiddie pool filled with ice and handed us an ice cold Guinness. Our families were there to celebrate our crazy running lives. And after taking a long nap with my daughters, I felt happy and satisfied with myself and on completing my first ultra.

Although it felt like a great accomplishment, the pain of running that far on pavement almost ended my ultra running. It hurt. A lot. I started looking into running trails more and more. I had learned of a few trails back in my mountain biking days so I invited a few friends to join me for a recon run. One of my best friendships soon developed as Jannine and I clicked running on trails and on road.

The feeling of running on trail is freedom. It takes me back to a time when I was a kid, just going wild. I don’t wear a watch, or GPS device or heart rate monitor on trail. I go and run, rain, shine or wind. It is incredible to be able to feel that in my life filled with answering smart phones and driving cars and folding laundry.

I started wondering if there were other women around besides Jannine and me who would want to come out and run on trail. Over coffee, we decided to give it go. I put an ad in the local paper and on OkinawaHai.com. We had about 6 email replies and one great suggestion of starting a FaceBook group. That is how WOOT, Women on Okinawa Trail began a little over a year ago. We are at 220 members as of today, and that makes me so happy. Every Saturday morning we meet to run; a fabulous group of women of all speeds, capabilities and stages in life. My best friendships have developed from our group.

One of our core members, Kathleen, posted on the WOOT wall to see if there was interest in running 100Km trail race in Mongolia with her. Craziness, right?! I waited for the right moment to ask my husband if I could go, knowing that he would have to take care of the two girls alone, while I was out running some distance, somewhere in the world.

For my ultra training, I consistently ran in the rain throughout the months of April, May and June. Every Saturday and Sunday early morning, I logged many waterlogged, lonely hours and miles. At the heaviest point in training, my schedule had back to back 4-5 hour runs.

In July, a group of seven women traveled together to Mongolia and ran the Sunrise to Sunset trail marathon and 100Km. Starting the race, I had no expectation except to finish. It was the longest I had ever raced and on a terrain like nothing I had seen before. Absolutely stunning! After 14 hours and 100 kilometers, I came in first woman, fifth overall. And happy and wanting more.

After we returned home to Okinawa, we began to plan our next ultra racing trip together to New Zealand. Our friend, Jannine is a Kiwi and found a stunning 60/85/100Km trail race, the Tarawera Ultra, a few hours south of Auckland. We all signed up and starting training together for our March race. Five of us ran hour after hour on the gravel farm roads and trails of Yomitan in preparation. We each had our iThings loaded with playlists and audio books for the times we ran alone. Two of our girlfriends were even traveled from Alaska and Illinois to meet us. They trained throughout the winter months in preparation.

The Tarawera ultra was the most difficult race I have run. The terrain was mentally tough and physically tiring as it was full of rocks and roots and climbed high into the bush. I rolled my ankle around the 25Km point and had to drop at the first finish, the 60Km, even though I trained to run the 100Km and had hoped to use it as a Western States 100 qualifier. Hobbling along, I cried and said goodbye to that dream for the moment. Like anything that defeats you, I learned much. In order to compete, I must run many hills on trail and run them hard.

My next race is Sept 17, 2011 in Fairbanks AK. The Equinox 50KM, WOOT!

“The body achieves what the mind believes.”