Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Crazy Talk" and some pics

Somehow I have talked myself into a 50k.
I have a couple I am looking at. One is in May. Another is sooner than May.

I don't plan to do a 50K and actually "race" the first time. And, I don't think I would do more than one this spring. One thing at a time...

Here are some photos from recent runs:
Rainy Peak

Turnaround for 17 miler 

I have been running with one focus: Increase Volume (Not very cautiously).  This is a situation of "Do as I say, not as I do."

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Our family took a little trip to Diamond Lake recently. We don't get much snow at home; Diamond Lake is at about 5,000ft- so plenty of snow!

The idea was to go ice fishing. (My opinion: ice fishing is crazier than a 50K.) There was some snow, but my hubby and I were nervous about going out on the lake, so we ended up taking the kids tubing on a nearby slope instead.

All had fun, and at the end of the day, we stopped by the lake...and sure enough folks were out there putting a line in a hole in the ice. We now have plans to go back. A certain 5 year-old boy is eager to try his luck!

While there, I picked up a guide to the North Umpqua trail system. It's about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from me, but BEAUTIFUL and there are miles and miles of trail through forests along the North Umpqua River. One section even has a natural hot spring...Now I am trying to figure out how I can move to Glide, OR.

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During all of my running, I have been testing some new fuel my brother and sister-in-law gave me for Christmas. REAL honey + electrolytes.

I never really feel like I NEED fuel in training, but am using it on long runs to try to ensure I recover quickly. It doesn't hurt that it tastes yummy!

What's your favorite long run fuel?

Would you rather go ice fishing, or run trails and soak in a hot spring?





50 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics!

    Good luck with that 50 k - you're a brave woman! :)

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  2. Awesome 50k news! All the best with your training. Those honey stingers are great! I would definitely choose trail running above ice fishing. Will you do a trail 50k?

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    1. Thanks Johann! Lots of good ones to choose from around here. There are a few spring trail races only 1.5-3 hours drive.

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  3. That's not crazy talk; that's awesome talk! I'm so excited for you! Please give deets- which 50K? When? Where? I REALLY believe you'll love the 50K. It's much different than racing a road marathon- in a good way. Keep rocking the way you're doing now, and you have nothing to worry about.

    And um, "NO" to ice fishing; "YES" to trails. And I'd only do the hot springs if the water was sanitized (germaphobe, much?).

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    1. LOL about the sanitization. I think the water coming out of the ground is pretty clean, though I haven't done a test on it! We could bring our own clorox, though!
      I will send you a FB message about the race :)

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  4. Run trails...like 1000 times over!! :)

    What exciting news!! I can't wait to hear how training goes. It's always fun to see someone take on new challenges. How wonderful that you have such an extensive trail system semi close.

    My cousin and his family went to Oregon for vacation this summer; actually, they had a family trip AND he also went with friends. Anyway, he couldn't get over how beautiful it is. It reinforced my desire to come visit there some day.

    On my longer runs, if I eat anything it's usually a GU. It works for me, and I've been too lazy to really explore options, just grab what's there and go. I like things like honey stinger waffles, sport beans, and GU chomps on the bike, but none of that is good for me when I'm moving at a hard pace. I can see honey working well.

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    1. Yes, and they taste TOO good. haha.

      I am kind of used to the beauty, but there is ordinary Oregon pretty and North Umpqua pretty. This is truly breathtaking.

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  5. Fuel that seems to work for me and is easy to find where I normally shop: Powerbar and Gu gels and dates. 50K's are a fun challenge! Looking forward to following your training for that! I really like the "Turnaround for 17 miler" photo. The colors and the trees - so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Tina! I like grocery store easy, but ordering bulk works out cheaper usually- and our grocery doesn't carry gels. I have to drive an hour to pick a few up :)

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  6. I would say talking about a 50k is always crazy talk!! Ice fishing is something I have never done but it sounds cool...however I would probably pick the hot soak!

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    1. You are in good company!! :)

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  7. A 50K huh? I figured you would probably be running one sooner than later. The distance seems crazy to me, but you are going to do awesome. I know that eventually someday I will probably run one, but not anytime soon! I have never gone ice fishing before, I don't like to be cold so I don't think I would have the patience for it. Real fishing is hard enough! I use the honey stingers all of the time and love them!!!

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    1. Too funny about "real fishing" ! I bet there might be some frozen lakes near you.

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  8. Exciting! 50K isn't crazy to me but ice fishing kind of is. :)

    Honey Stinger waffles are my favorite!

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    1. The waffles..yes. I won some of those once and they never made it to becoming running fuel. I ate them all as snacks! Oops.

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  9. Wow. Such a cool life you have up there. Ice fishing?!?! Nothing but sand in these parts. I actually just scheduled a family photo shoot at the sand dunes before we move from here in May.

    Fuel is fuel to me. I really don't care, and I sort of just grab what's available. Nothing excites me about it. For racing, I do prefer the runny PowerGels because they are easier to go down and they have more sodium than the other brands. For training, sometimes I mix it up and treat myself to those Sports Beans. Kind of fun to eat candy on a run. Haha. Honey Stinger chews are really delicious though!

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    1. I haven't tried the chews! I need to!!

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  10. I think you are going to be amazingly good at the 50k distance. :)

    Now there is NOTHING more miserable that I could imagine than ice fishing. Sitting or standing in the freezing cold, on ice, starting at a dark hole of freezing cold water, hoping to catch a fish?? Seriously - MISERY. Tubing is SO much fun (I can handle the cold as long as I am moving!) We have tons of hot springs around here and the kids love to go in the winter time. :)

    For fuel on long runs I have started using Generation UCAN. Love it!

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    1. Ahhhhh! You made me laugh SO HARD! haha. I love your honesty, Erin :)

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  11. Wow! If I had the scenary you have, I'd be running constantly! So beautiful. Love how you non-chalantly said, "we were going to ice fish, but took the kids tubing instead" like no big deal, every day stuff. That would be HUGE, HUGE, HUGE for my boys. HUGE!
    A 50k, wow! I look forward to following you on that journey. I still need to cross off a marathon.

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    1. Not a non-chalant trip. Lots of planning, but we are better prepared for next time now!

      It's really hard to take a rest day sometimes, it's nice to get out and see stuff.

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  12. I am planning on a 50k this year too although I'd really like to make it a 50 miler but not sure I'll get the go ahead for that just yet ;) Get that volume up dude, it's a happy happy place to be! Just take it easy and enjoy! :)

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    1. It's coming up!! LOVE it ...missed it. When you can drag the hubby up here, lets do one together. I'll sherpa for you...from WAY behind. :)

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  13. Great pictures :)

    I signed up for a 50K last summer but was injured and had to skip it, considering one again this year.

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    1. Hope you can re-do that one! Overcoming injury for a great race would be so rewarding.

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  14. I love that you are going to run a 50k! That is on my list of to-do's for when my kids get a little older. Also on my list is to do more trail running. I don't do much of it now solely because it takes more time to get to the trails and run. (Not much longer...the trails are only 5 miles from my house.) And I get a little freaked out about running on the trails by myself during the week when no one else is around. Sucks that we (women) have to think about that kind of stuff.

    I would prefer to run on trails followed by a soak in a hot spring! :)

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    1. It would be hard to live so near trails and not be able to run them alone. I understand your feelings. Even tripping is enough to warrant a partner. Come on down and we'll run and soak!

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  15. I've used Stinger in quite a few races, it basically just tastes like straight up honey. If I use a gel though, I typically use one with caffeine.

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    1. Yeah! The Ginsting has caffeine and a little ginsing, but just tasted like honey. Mmmm. I will be getting more!

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  16. I ran 5.21 miles yesterday—my longest yet! (I'm so excited!) So I haven't had to use gels or the like, but I have been taking note of your comments on them as well as a few other bloggers that I read. The Stingers sound more appealing to me than the others I've seen.

    My friend who helped me get back into running is doing a 50K this weekend. Based on what I know about her training and how much you run, it shouldn't be a problem for you.

    I'm a Southern girl, so no ice fishing for me! I'd rather run trails!

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    1. Hi Katy! Congrats on the 5.21 miles! It feels great to reach a new distance, doesn't it?

      Hope your friend has a great time racing!

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  17. You couldn't pay me to ice fish! My parents lived near a lake in Maine for a bit, and those people would ride their snow mobiles over the lake! Crazy! So the hot spring for me please! Can't wait to read about training for a 50K! That will be a whole new adventure!

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    2. They have snowmobiles for rent up there too! Sounds fun..just not near any holes. ha!

      Thanks Katie. Funny thing is, I bet you could run a 50k yourself right now and run it well :) Did I say I was training for a 50k?? LOL

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  18. You are so brave...a 50K and a desire to go ice fishing. I could never do either! I know you will be great! I can't stand honey, but my husband loves those Honey Stinger things. I prefer GU, but it can be rough on the stomach sometimes as well. I don't think I have found the perfect thing yet. Can't wait to hear more about your training. Awesome pics too!

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    1. I know some people think honey tastes too sweet. But I love it! See...I am wearing my bee outfit above!

      Keep testing stuff and you'll find the perfect thing for you.

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  19. Good idea to run it for 'fun'/experience rather than aiming for a particular time/place for your first one.

    I've run on some Oregon trails, but not quite as spectacular as those. Definitely a trail run rather than ice fishing, although would like to try the latter once. At the moment, don't use fuel, as the long run is 16 to 20k. In the past, liked 'Gu' brand 'normal' and their 'Roctane' gu.

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    1. Now I am curious! Which Oregon trails?

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  20. Whoa! 50K... now that is ambitious, but cool. The path looks great too. I like fig newtons for long runs of more than 15 miles. Shorter runs I like Stingers and/or Gatorade.

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  21. I won a box of Honey Stinger gels in a contest--they just arrived last week! I haven't tried them yet because I'm not running long enough (2 hours is usually the length run where I feel I need gels or something), but I'll be interested to compare notes. I like caffeinated fuel, but none of the ones I got have caffeine.

    A 50K! How wonderful! I think you'll really enjoy it.

    And on the trails....yeah, I'm always trying to figure out how to talk my husband into moving somewhere closer to the mountains. We have good trails in Boulder--but if you want to escape the crowds you have to drive further than we usually can.

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  22. Awesome that you're training for your first 50k! I am too. Mine is April 27th (at least, that's the one I picked). Honestly, I'm not sure if I can run it, heh. But so far, I'm doing a good job of sticking to my running schedule and my legs are hanging in there with me. I tried an ice bath the other day, but I lasted all of 30 seconds :-/

    Right now, it's all about "time on feet" for me. Which is both good and bad. I know it'll train me for those longer distances but I also like to enter some shorter trail races once a month and some of those finishers are running *so* fast. It makes me feel so slow. So I'm adding some speedwork and hills to my training. So far, so good but I feel like I'm starting all over again, ya know.

    Anyway, as fas as fuels go... I'm just eating a protein bar when I go on my long runs. I nibble on eat around mile 6 or 8 and I drink one bottle of water with electrolytes throughout the run. So far, that's been holding up for me. I haven't felt like I've had to take any gels or anything. But I'll keep trying a few things.

    Good luck on your training!

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    1. Ricardo, I bet you'll be ready for the 50k in time! Sounds like you are doing everything right to me. Besides, I figure walking is OK because I hear that's the "thing to do" in an ultra. So that takes the pressure off, right?
      Those ice baths are a tough. I still do them, but like to wear a down coat and drink something very hot. The first 2 minutes are the worst. After that you go numb. lol

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  23. Holy 50k! I'm impressed. I've never been anywhere cold enough fish in the ice. It sounds like fun.

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  24. I haven't done very much distance running so I haven't tried many types of fuel. There is a small company near me called REVhoney and they create energy drinks/fuel out of pure honey and it is all fantastic! They have 'honey shots' that are great!
    Oh.......and congrats to the Ducks!! :)

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  25. Love the pics.
    Trail running my first choice, Ice fishing second. My brother and I hit the Canadian boarder in VT and Ice Fish all weekend. Need at least a good 3" of ice, and know where the channels are before going out.

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    1. A brothers trip would make it fun! Actually taking my son will be fun too- mostly for watching his face as he lands the walleye or Pike he thinks he'll get (there's only trout there, really!)

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  26. I've never been somewhere cold enough for snow or ice and never been fishing but as much as I like to try new things... running would always win!

    So excited for your 50k!!!!

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  27. Hey! Just stumbled across your blog - 50k, wowwee! Best of luck - how exciting and what an amazing accomplishment that's going to be!

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  28. YAY for a 50k!! And ice fishing *IS* crazier than a 50k. =D

    Honey stingers though - ewwwwwww.

    As fuel I liked perpetuem and Vanilla Clif shots. I would take the clif blox too sometimes. I'd also spread a tortilla with a laughing cow cheese wedge, stick on a slice of applegate farms cooked ham, and roll it up. I'd munch on that during long runs and it was fantabulous.

    Right now I'd rather soak in a hot spring. Just thinking about running trails at the moment makes my achilles cry.

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