This past weekend, I ventured up to Missoula, MT for the Missoula Marathon- I won my 11th State win and 15th marathon win! It was also my 6th marathon and 4th marathon win in 2014. I hadn’t been up to Montana in 11 yrs (I lived in Bozeman for a summer), so it was ‘amazing’ to get back up there and see Missoula by foot! [Read more...]
One of my marathoner friends recently reached out to me and wanted advice on transitioning from marathons to ultras. While I appreciate her thinking of me, I am farrrr from an expert on ultras quite yet! However, I definitely feel that I’ve learned a lot in my first two ultras. I’ll share what I’ve learned, and haven’t learned (so far!): [Read more...]
Last week, I was thrown back into the fire with my job (lab job, not running!). Jetlagged, recovering from 50+ racing miles/illness, and being mentally/physically “not all there”, I had to do some important new cell culture experiments… and within a limited time frame. I didn’t anticipate having to do all of this, but sometimes things come up! I did what I do as a long distance runner… I tried to gather the mental and physical fortitude to concentrate when I’m tired.
I did the first part well (collecting the cells from the bone marrow, which I seem to have a knack for). On the second part (the new part I had to learn), I worked slowly and carefully to make sure I did everything right– that’s how I work when I’m doing anything new. I’m a perfectionist. [Read more...]
After last weekend’s scare at Comrades in South Africa, I’ve decided to get Road ID (in green, to remind myself of my Nedbank Team/South Africa, who rescued me!). For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a wristband (and other types as well) that has your personal/medical information in case of an emergency- it’s like “dog tags” for athletes!
This past weekend took me to South Africa once again- only this time to Durban for the “Ultimate Human Race”… the Comrades Ultramarathon (89K, or 56 miles)! Given my underperformance at Two Oceans last year in Cape Town, I vowed to put myself in contention at Comrades. Unfortunately, I came up short of the finish, collapsing with 6K to go. I was in 4th for most of the race and moved to 5th in the last 18K when I started collapsing a few times. I remind myself that Bill Rodgers DNFed his first Boston (wilting in the heat) and went on to win it four times.
Little did I know (until I got to the ER and after blood work) that I had a fever and stomach bug during the race… and so did Conor! Both of us woke up in the middle of the night on Sat. and Sun. with night sweats- I didn’t think anything of it, since I haven’t been sick since 2008 (except for food poisoning and hay fever). I just thought it was the humidity! For 2 people who are never sick, this was ill-timing and a major bummer! Consequently, my fit legs carried me as far as they could until my body gave out. Thank you everyone for the support and believing in me! I’ll come back and have better days ahead!