The Remix 50k Race Recap.

It was a tough but beautiful weekend out on the ranch! I’m pretty much hurting this morning after 33+ miles on the trails (+ a near 60 mile running week) but here to recap my comeback race – the REMIX 50k! Yes, a trail race that was the real deal!! I was so excited to actually be racing something that was not virtual. So let’s get straight to the nitty gritty of it all…

I made my way down to 7IL Ranch late Friday evening just in time to shower and lay my head down. There was definitely an opportunity to camp but I decided to go ahead and grab a hotel spot nearby. Having a cozy bed and little luxury before a run is my version of ‘glamping’…

Saturday morning I made it to the ranch and we lined up and the gun went right off promptly at 7AM. The loops were over 16.5 miles each, and mostly comprised of ranch trails with an abundance of deep loose sand. Not only sand but those sticky burr things that stick to your shoes! There were quite a few on a certain part of the course – so much that at one point they were all over my pants and shoes! So that ended up being quite challenging. After a while I just got used to the pain and kept it pushing.

Aside from the rough terrain, we were dealing with lots of humidity due to the passing Hurricane Delta. And temps pushed towards 90 degrees in the afternoon. The trail did not have much shade so it turned into a mission of sheer survival! The Trail Racing Over Texas peeps always do a phenomenal job of taking care of the folks on the course so the aid stations were on point. We also had to keep our masks on us at all times when going through the main loop and start/finish. During the race we were allowed to remove them to breathe which was lovely. They took our temps and made us sign waivers as well. I was really pleased with how they did things in that manner.

Overall I felt like my comeback race went well! It just felt so dang GOOD to be back racing again!! You could tell everyone was just so happy to be back in that element. My legs and feet got tired of the sand by about mile 20 and I was ready to call it quits. But my heart and spirit were flying high and feeling good. So I think the sheer adrenaline was what made me make that finish line. Especially with minimal training during this trying time. Not super fast, not winning any number 1 female awards. But just enjoying every mile and back to enjoying the incredible trail family community that I know and love.

Some days, that is all it is about. Just being out there, being present. Relentless forward motion.

Another 50k is done. AND THEN SOME.

I placed among top ten for females so I will take it. 

And a sweet freaking medal I will cherish forever.

Share how your weekend went with me! Have you done any trail running lately??

Oktoberfest 50k Trail Race Recap.

Hey there! Oh yes, you get not 1 but 2 stinkin’ blog posts today!! Say what?!! As promised I told you all I would deliver with the Oktoberfest 50k race recap. So here it goes!

Last Saturday was a fun morning on the trails. Lately I have really been enjoying getting off the beaten path and getting into a little deep woods therapy. Trail running for me is a totally different type of challenge, and one over the years that I have really learned to enjoy. It is SO different from road running and the mindset is one that not everyone can really adapt to. Often times, I hear road runners saying ‘oh, I don’t do trails’. But man, are they missing out!! Not only are you getting an amazing agility workout working different types of muscles that you don’t work on concrete, but it makes your legs stronger and actually translates to making you stronger out on the roads. Who woulda thunk it?! But yeah, once I learned that pacing and terrain was so different and really it is not even ABOUT pace at all…I started to really love this thing called trail running.

So back to Saturday, I actually won an entry to this race after winning 1st place overall female at the Piney Woods 100k a few short weeks ago. The race director asked me which distance I preferred and I knew at that moment that the 50k was where my head was at. Lately I’ve really loved the longer distances on trails, and because also I can be a tad competitive I typically want to do the longest distance offered. HA. So 50k it was. I signed up and was good to go. I knew my training was pretty much on par with this race especially since I’ve been running higher mileage. Also I was so excited to do an October race as I absolutely love the festive fall season.

I drove out to the country town of Farmersville, Texas and made my trek out to the trail. The start actually wasn’t so bad, 7 a.m. start for us 50k and marathon folks, and for the shorter distances a 8:00 a.m. start. This was actually the 2nd year that Ultra Expeditions has put on this race. The directors are wicked cool and surprisingly super organized. I absolutely loved Piney Woods so I knew no doubt they would put on a good Oktoberfest run.

7 a.m. & we took off. The first 2 miles of this route are actually paved until we hit the trails in the country, kind of in the middle of nowhere. This particular trail system, I was told they are supposed to be stretching out to go 100+ miles out which was pretty cool. So it was fun to be a part of that. The 50k course runs 15.5 miles out and back. I actually thought this would be incredibly tiring but it was fun and went by fairly quickly! Plus coming back we got to see lots of runners so that always helps because you can high five and say good job and all of that jazz.

I actually joked to a friend of mine who was out there running this race that this was probably going to feel more like a road race because it was described to us as ‘flat and fast’ and running along some rail trails. But boy, was I proved WRONG! After the 2 miles out things got REAL rocky and real rugged. I’m talking loose rocks and just lots of uneven terrain which proved to be tiring on the legs. So again, I had to re-adjust my mindset, get out of speedy road runner mode, and back into hippie trail run mode. Which was okay with me, especially after coming from running a 62 mile race not long ago. I took it easy out there, stopped at aid stations to refuel and such. And really just enjoyed the country scenery.

I made my way back to the start of the trail in over 5 hours, again, very fine with me. Once I finished the race director informed me that I came in among the top overall females! So fun and very happy with 3rd overall out of all of these ladies who completed the 50k course. It was a small race but there was some decent competition out there. So I felt good about that 31 mile finish.

The icing on the cake – my favorite cider, and having a bite of a grilled bratwurst afterwards. Absolute heaven.

So what is next?! Well, I am still playing on the trails but I’m back to some road races for the remainder of this year. I scored a free entry to run the Rock n Roll San Antonio half (thank you, Brooks Running!) and then running the BMW Dallas Marathon the following week. I am looking forward to being back on the roads and working on my speed again. It should be a good time.

How is your week going? Run any marathons (or ultras) lately?

Cowtown Ultra Marathon Recap.

Happy Leap Day to you! I hope you are having a great Monday so far. This past weekend was full of running, relaxing and fun! I ran the Cowtown 50k on Sunday out in Funkytown…that’s Texas slang for Ft. Worth. Ultra marathon, baby! I am back in the ultra running game and it feels so good.

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Saturday morning I was up early for a quick shake out run with my Irving Running Club buddies. Most of us that were racing the next day did a nice and easy 5k while chatting and catching up on life.

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I also went to the expo to get my runner swag…love how they printed my name on my bib all festive and fancy.

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I am an absolute fan of when races have health and fitness expos because I can stock up on all of the runner goodies. This one was no different…I purchased some energy gels, got my shirt and even purchased some cryotherapy for later on this week. I have heard it is like a glorified ice bath…I will let you know how it goes.

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Race day! Sunday I got into my corral and we took off. This race was pretty massive so it took what seemed like forever before I crossed the start. I took a quick pic to pass the time.

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I saw a bunch of my running buddies along the course, ran with some folks I have not seen in forever, and even met some Marathon Maniac friends since I was wearing my shirt. A lot of folks this year were rocking the ultra which was so cool to see. I started off at a solid pace and was proud of myself for maintaining it for a majority of the race. The course is mostly rolling hills with a nice juicy incline at mile 9. I kind of always look forward to it and also look forward to running through the Ft. Worth Stockyards…it really is true to Texas/cowboy culture.

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The half marathoners split off from the full and ultra runners at mile 10 and then we go through some beautiful neighborhoods where lots of folks post up outside, play music and drink their mimosas while cheering us on. I love this course because the community really comes together to cheer on the runners.

After galavanting through neighborhoods, we go into Trinity Park which is really nice and usually this is where the sun comes out to play around mile 23 or so. Things were starting to warm up and I started feeling a little tired here. I took some more GU and (yes) a little shot of beer that someone was passing out. For some reason that mini shot gave me a boost of energy! I don’t know if it was the carbs or what…haha I picked up the pace a bit and kept it going. Close to mile 25 the marathoners split off and then the ULTRA crazies keep going and do a little out and back further down the trail. This is where it got real!

The little out and back part was pretty quiet but all of the ultra runners got to see each other heading back so we were all cheering each other on…we all knew we were fighting through the heat and humidity! At the turn around to head home they had a really neat aid station where someone had set out an RV and had sprite, pretzels, and all kinds of fun snacks for us to grab to get us through. I basically kept hydrating the entire day and sipped at all water stops so I grabbed some powerade here and kept it going.

We winded back around and I saw the awesome Irving Running Club crew cheering me on at the finish! A lot of them that were not running came out to volunteer which was so awesome. I really loved having all of that support on the course…something I have not had in a while since coaching with Luke’s Locker a few years ago.

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I finished the 31 miles in 5:12…a PR for me from last year’s 50k. I was thrilled with that time considering the heat and humidity at the end!

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I had so much fun at this race and I’d definitely recommend anyone who is looking for challenge and to push their limits a bit to put this race on your bucket list. You will not regret it! I am looking forward to running some more ultras this year. And of course…MORE 26.2s and such! Stay tuned.

How was your weekend? Did anyone rock a long run or race? Tell me about it!

Back to Back Long Runs, Stellar Sunrise and Wknd Recap.

YAY! It’s Monday…new week, new opportunities to rock it out. That’s a reason to celebrate just a little bit, right? Right.

This morning I taught spin, lifted some weights then went on a nice run around the block. I got to see a pretty stellar sunrise too. Hashtag never miss a Monday.

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Hope you all had an awesome weekend! I did some running with the Irving Running Club, caught up on some good shows, and enjoyed some lovely sunshine-y weather!

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Photo cred: Irving Running Club

Saturday morning I met up with the crew out in Coppell and rocked out 15 miles total for the day. It helps when you get to run with some fun people!

Done and done.

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I got some sweet swag after the run at the local running store. How awesome are these gloves? The weather has been so bipolar lately but they will come in handy the next couple of months when we have those chilly 40 degree mornings.

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They had a rep from the Competitor Group at the store too and she gave me a free shirt since I am running Dallas Rock n Roll in March. Can’t wait for that race! It’s one of my favorite 13.’s that I run all year.

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A little wine tasting in the evening…Gato Negro for the win.

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I caught up on some bootleg episodes of the ABC show How to Get Away with Murder…I’m only on season 1 and it’s pretty awesome so far. Don’t tell me anything because I’m only like 4 episodes in. That I literally spent watching back to back. I’m pretty A.D.D. so the fact hat it kept my attention even that long is a success.

Also…tonight I’ll be catching up on The Real Housewives of Potomac. Have you seen it yet? These girls are just a little bit crazy.

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Sunday funday runday…11 miles around the lake. On some tired legs after running a really strong 15 miler the day before. It felt good to get some back to back running in. Just about a month left til the Cowtown 50k!

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Ending the weekend on a strong note. Food prepping for the work week. Garlic chicken, cucumber and tomato salad, eggs and jerk sweet potatoes. Recipe for the sweet potatoes to come! They are freaking delicious.

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How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun/relaxing/productive?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you all have some fun in store for this weekend. I am without a doubt looking forward to the Cowtown 50K and moving on into ultra runner status on Sunday. Bring it on!

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Hey, I know it’s just a *baby* ultra seeing that it’s 31 miles but…you gotta start somewhere, right?

Let’s get to my faves this week!!

-Getting to watch the blind auditions of The Voice this week. I am officially hooked on this show and I have to tell you that Adam Levine can do no wrong. Gorgeous man.

Why you should set impossible goals. Yes. Work it. Do it.

Runners alphabet?! Seriously freaking cool.

Top 15 foods for runners. Love em all.

This Nike Impossibly Light Jacket….and while we’re at it those leggings too.

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-And if you have not already seen this or are living under a rock…Christina Aguilera’s Britney Spears impression. Dying laughing.

What are you up to this weekend? Have you seen any cute runner clothes lately?!! Do tell!

15 Miles, NYE and Wknd Recap.

Hello there! I got the day cranked up teaching a power packed spin session this morning. We did lots of hills, jumps, and sprinted to the finish line with this jam. Good stuff.

And of course I had to top it all off with a little Starbucks. Coffee and Michael Kors…Monday essentials for sure.

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How was your New Year’s Eve? Hopefully you did something to celebrate and ring in 2015. Of course I had dinner with some lovely people at Bistro 31.

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We did the whole countdown thing after and then danced the night away with our horn blowers and such.

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The next day (after sleeping in, duh) I had to get out for a fun run. I also ran on NYE morning. My new tradition…ending AND starting the year on a solid note.

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The rest of my 4 day weekend was fairly chill…and I liked it that way. I think I needed a little vacation FROM my holiday vacation.

Saturday…15 miles for 2015. Done. Yep, 50K training for the Cowtown Ultra is in full effect. I’ve gotta start getting used to the back to back LONG runs – which are pretty much now every weekend up until the race. Since I’ve been running marathons consistently for a few years now…I can bust out 15-20 miles in training no problem. It’s the 10 miles the very next day that gets me. I’d actually rather just lay on the couch with a glass of wine. Discipline, ya’ll.

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Sunday…grocery shopping while I sipped on a recovery beverage. Dark chocolate almond milk for the win.

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Oh, and yes…8 mile recovery run. It has been chilly here in Dallas (this morning it’s 25 degrees…I sorta love it) so I shivered my hiney off for a little over an hour and then went home.

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I also got to do some yoga this weekend with the amazing Joseph. Awesome sweaty vinyasa flow. Also, I want this Lululemon mat. Just because it’s pink and fabulous.

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How was your weekend?

Anyone else training for an ULTRA marathon?
I’m actually training for 2 ultras…we’ll discuss that at a later date. Let’s get over 50K first.