Total miles for the month - 229
Monday - Another early morning business trip brought me to Monterey, CA. I was able to get a run on the treadmill after work quickly before dinner. 5.1miles 45:05 (8:51min pace)
Tuesday - 5 miles 54:00 (10:48min pace)
Wednesday - 3 miles 40:39 (13:33min pace) 30min in the sauna at 145 degrees.
Thursday - 2.25 miles 24:20 (10:49min pace) 30min in sauna at 145 degrees.
Friday - rest day
Saturday - Nanny Goat 12hr/24hr/100miler race. 22:52:58 (13:36min pace). This is always a fun race. It is a big party with no egos and lots of encouragement from everyone. This was my third year here at Nanny Goat. A big thank you and congratulations goes out to Steve and Annie Harvey for putting on such a great event. Thank you to Shellie Sexton for allowing the use of her facilities.
This year seemed a little tougher for some reason. I was just over an hour last year slower. I seemed to experience a little more discomfort too in the legs and feet than years past. I contribute this to just being out of shape. I have been running a little less than last year. Nonetheless, this race is a good tune up for Badwater. All though it wasn't hot this year at Nanny Goat I was able to test a lot of things like shoes, shorts, underwear, socks, diet, supplements, etc. From this perspective it was a success. I didn't have any stomach issues or get very tired the entire race. I contribute this to my pre-race and race diet along with the use of Vespa. The only things I consumed was 4 Muscle Milk shakes, watermelon, nuts, water, and 10 Vespas. I did have the occasional Coke or Mountain dew at the aid station.
Nanny Goat is one of few ultra events that really allows for a family experience. Since the race is around a 1mile loop many people bring their families. Often times kids will run with their parents for a few miles. I was fortunate for the second year to have my kids run a few miles with me again. The family experiences of peoples emotions (highs and lows) along with seeing a few people barf makes for interesting conversations later. Overall the family enjoys spending a few hours getting some exercise and watch their crazy husband/dad.
|Its go time!|
|Around mile 55 changing shoes|
|At the finish with the 2nd year buckle.|
|Taking a quick nap before driving home. I didn't even notice the buckle in my eye.|
|Maya was my pacer for 7 miles from around miles 60-67. She was running much fast than I was!|
Sunday - Finished this morning, after cleaning myself up it was challenging to keep myself awake. I think I took about a 2 hour nap. It hurt to walk as my feet were pretty beat up.