We Did It. And WON the 8 Hour Dream Endurance Race.
The 8 Hour Dream Endurance Race was last weekend. I have been wanting to blog about my experiences all week, but have not had the time to sit and write.
First of all…WE WON. Yep. That’s right. 3 of us, all female on my team. We ran about 55 miles in 8 hours, never stopping. I ran 17.5 myself, a personal record.
It was 95 degrees outside and the heat index was 110. It was so hot, just breathing outside was difficult, let alone running in the sun, all day. The race began at 2pm, ending at 10, just so we could run during the hottest part of the day. I heard comments from another team who was calling it the 8 hour Nightmare Race.
This is us, right after we won. Sarah was the last runner on our team, so she had just come in. Danielle and I had time to change shoes and clothes real quick before she zoomed in for our last 1.85 miles that put us on top.
We were on a total high for the week. Even last night, the 3 of us got together to celebrate a bit, and we had to make sure everyone at the party knew we were winners.
Next post, I’ll share with you what worked, what we needed, how we planned, and what we would change for the next 8 hour race. Because, you better know, we are totally going to win it again next year:)
I wasn’t very successful in my “healthy eating plan” this weekend. In fact, I think I completely forgot how to eat healthy. It was almost as if I had somehow boycotted clean good food. I ate a TON of junk, I ate cake, I had chips, snacks, BREAD, oh the horror. It didn’t stop today, it was like I was on a train that wasn’t stopping. A train to junk food land, and fat bellies are welcome. Today, I ate a left over sandwich from our day on the boat yesterday, AS SOON AS I WOKE UP. with coffee. huh? I can’t even tell you how that kick started my feeding frenzy. I went from that sandwich, to a cheese and crackers plate, at 7 AM. Then I had some cake. Because, my meal could not be finished with out dessert, could it? The rest of the day was a downward spiral. The worst part was taking the kids to the pool and having to get in a suit. Don’t worry, I broke out the one-piece today. At the pool, I snacked on jolly ranchers and pretzels. When I got home, I had to see how the potato salad was since I am sure the 2 helpings I had yesterday was not nearly enough. So, I just had a vat of potato salad, on crackers. What pulled me out of this crazy feeding frenzy, you ask? Oh, it was when I sat down in front of the container of potato salad (no bowl or plate for me, I like to eat it right out of the container please) and read that in 2/3 C which is a serving, there are 15 GRAMS of FAT. I about choked. Since I had about 6 servings by that time. I had to be stopped. That did it, thank God. I really wish I had read that label about 10 minutes earlier, before I could feel the rolls of fat collecting at my waistline. Tomorrow is a new day, and for that I am grateful.
I thought you might enjoy a picture of my potato salad container, that I ate right out of…it doesn’t even look appetizing. The worst part about that? I didn’t even care….
Yesterday I did 10. I am still training for that 8 hour endurance run on July 18. I’m not sure exactly how to train for that, so I figure I better just get in as many miles as I can. My portion of the run will be a 3.2 mile loop, and I’ll do it 7 times along with 2 other girls in a relay type fashion. I’ve looked up all kinds of training programs and I can’t find anything that exists for something like this. Maybe after I do it, I’ll write one.
During my run yesterday, I knew it was the last day for my shoes. I could feel all kinds of tweaks in places I only feel when I need new shoes. Hopefully they will be here by today, thanks to Amazon Prime:) Even though I’m not running today, I need to know the shoes will be here so I can run tomorrow. Today I’ll bike or do a video in the basement. Right now, my favorite video is P90x3’s MMX. It’s only 30 minutes but it’s pretty intense, and I feel really strong and kind of like I can kick-ass after I do it.
It’s the Friday before a big holiday weekend, so I need to make sure I stay fit and in good shape for this race. I need to get my workouts in even though we have a ton of company and there will be lots of drinking and eating. I can’t take a day off right now with the endurance run coming up so quickly. Wish me luck…
I love to use a paper calendar for work, and for my workouts. I need to see the words written down in the boxes and each day marked off accordingly. I need to see the progress I have made, and what I have ahead of me. I use my phone calendar for everything else…appointments, birthdays (ha good luck getting a card on time from me, just sayin’) and what day the dry cleaner picks up my laundry. But the paper calendar really helps me put my life during the months time, into perspective.
At the end of the month, like today, I enjoy reflecting on my month. How did work go, what worked and what didn’t..what I can change for next month. I like to reflect on my workouts as well. What days I ran, rode my bike, did a video in my basement or how often I did nothing at all.
I wonder, does anyone else feel this way? Do any of you use paper calendars any more? Or is it all electronic? I don’t think I can give up my old ways and get on board with the whole virtual thing for this part of my life. Have you?
I will definitely get into the pool tomorrow. I was there yesterday with my kids and during the break, I hopped in. This is only the SECOND time I have EVER swam laps in MY LIFE. It is hard. It is kind of scary. It is also something I need to be able to do. I want to sign up for a triathlon soon, and I need to get into the pool. I have to force myself to learn to swim those laps.
My son, is on the swim team. He swims for an hour and a half at a time, in a 50 meter pool. That is a long way to a non-swimmer. Hell, I bet that is a long way to a swimmer-swimmer. I have a new respect for swimmers after my measly 7.5 laps in the neighborhood pool during a 15 minute “adult swim.” I am not kidding you, I was out of breath from one side to the other. I had to stop in between each lap to catch my breath. Now, I have never had a lesson, so I am basing my technique on what I see when I watch my son swim with the swim team. I am pretty sure I look like a drowning victim, super splashy and all over the place, gasping for breath. My friends told me I looked effortless, and strong. Ha. Those are friends that I will keep.
So, in honor of National Swim-A-Lap Day, tomorrow I will swim. My goal will be to make it 2 laps without having to stop and GASP for breath. I will make it 8 laps in total tomorrow, and I will continue to “train” for my future date unknown tri.
Today, both kids had play dates. They opted for a indoor picnic as it has been raining here for weeks. We finally had a little break in the weather, so I put them on a picnic blanket in the garage. As for me, sandwiches and chips was not what I wanted. So..I found a bunch of leftovers and made a great salad-ish type of lunch. Couscous, Chick Peas, Steamed Broccoli, Tomatoes, a squeeze of Lemon, a dash of Newman’s Own Balsamic and I hit it with some Parmesan cheese. This turned out to be delicious and healthy. Total score. I love it when I can use up a bunch of stuff that no one would eat otherwise. It was so quick and easy I may need to pay more attention to my future leftovers.
The Pavement Party girls are going to do this. It will be a challenge, but only because we are making it one…by having a goal of 68 miles, and having only 3 runners, it is sure not to be an easy day. The course is a 3.2 mile loop, and with 3 runners, each will have to do 7 loops for about 22.6 miles each, finishing in 8 hours. Now my longest run EVER has been 13.1 for my half which I just finished recently. I have been training for this run by going out for 3.2, coming home, resting for 30 minutes or so, and then going back out for another 3.2. I have done this 4 times in total on one day. This weekend, I plan to do it 5 times. I am trying to see how my body will react to running a short distance, resting, and then doing it again and again…so far, it hasn’t been too bad. But this race begins at 2pm, you know, the hottest part of the day…
The girls I am running with are MARATHON and IRON MAN runners. Ok, so this is nothing for them. They are ready. I will keep training. They don’t want any walkers on their team, only tough girls. Guess I am flattered they chose me, but scared shitless ‘cuz they can kick my ass if they need to before, during or after this day. Wish me luck in my training. I’ll post tons of pictures from the actual race to let you know how we did.
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