Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I'm Officially Ready for 100-Miles!


I led the Trail Nerds on a run last night at SM Park. Eight of us showed up to run. The first 5-mile loop went smoothly, and I was feeling "light on my feet" through the whole loop. (That's "light" as in effortless). Keep in mind that I ran a trail 50-Kilometer run two days ago and was feeling really crappy through most of the run, which I was attempting on very little sleep. Something I didn't mention in the last post: I had also ended up breaking a toe on my right foot, and twisting my left ankle pretty good, during the 50-K. Luckily, it was early on in the race, (mile 8 or so), and I had time to get used to running on them.

So I was surprised that I felt good on the first loop last night. Two of the runners dropped-out after that loop, one due to puking, and the other due to lack of training. So I had 6 willing guinea pigs with which to push the pace up substantially for the 2nd five-mile loop, three of which had run the 50-K on New Year's Day with me. I hammered the downhills and flats, and pushed the uphills bigtime. We averaged a 7:30 pace on the rocky & rooty course, and only Kyle crashed a couple of times into the trees. We finished, and my breathing went to normal in about 10 seconds. My heart rate went back to resting heart rate in less than a minute, and I felt GREAT! Holy crap! I realized that I'm ready for Rocky Raccoon! This is a big thing with me...I have to KNOW that I am prepared and that I CAN do it. Now I just need to stay healthy and uninjured until February 4th.

Training notes:
Total miles since Sunday: 40+
Today, no running. I did my back and biceps workout this morning, and will hit the gym again tonight, ride the bike for 40 minutes and do bigtime abs. I may even hit the steam room...(I have a guest invitation for 24-hour fitness, tonight).

24 comments:

E-Speed said...

all of this with a broken toe and twisted ankle? You must heal fast!

Ben, aka BadBen said...

No, the toe is still broken, swollen, and is turning a nice shade of purple. It's not my big toe, so what the heck...it'll be fine.
I lay my ankles down occasionally, and it hurts a lot, but this time it wasn't a bad sprain like I had last March. In that case, I taped the crap out of my ankle & foot (for 2 months) to continue to run.

Donald said...

Good luck at Rocky Raccoon - I hear it's a great race. It does sound like you are well-prepared based on all the trail miles you've been logging.

Ben aka "Good Ben" said...

That was a good run. I rolled both of my ankles during the first loop and was really feeling it at the end of the second one. Good thing we were cooking though. Had we been going slower, I'd have been more tempted to wuss out. Looking at it today tells me I should've wused out. :-( It's pretty swollen so it matches my second toe on my right foot all swollen and black. Might've broken my toe as well. Good Stuff!

Ben, aka BadBen said...

Well Good Ben, you're young; you'll heal quick enough! Good job on your first Ultra! Skipping the marathon distance is good for the ego. See you tonight at 24-Hr or at Thursday's run?

Josh said...

wow! that's incredible. i would have definitely whimped out and not run with the broken toe and twisted ankle. incredible!

angie's pink fuzzy said...

Woo hoo!!! Way to go. Hope the toe heals ok. Good luck on Rocky Raccoon!

Ben aka "Good Ben" said...

Maybe Thursday night. Gotta ice the ankle again tonight whilst watching the game!

Julie said...

Hey Ben!! Thanks for the suggestion! I will take your advice and will buy those exact screws tonight at the hardware store. A HUGE congrats to you Ben on getting to that level of training and running! Fantastic!! Thats my ultimate goal, to get to that level and to race in 100 milers. Again thanks for the advice and congrats on the achievement!!!

Julie said...

Hey Ben!! Thanks for the suggestion! I will take your advice and will buy those exact screws tonight at the hardware store. A HUGE congrats to you Ben on getting to that level of training and running! Fantastic!! Thats my ultimate goal, to get to that level and to race in 100 milers. Again thanks for the advice and congrats on the achievement!!!

Julie said...

Hey Ben!! Thanks for the suggestion! I will take your advice and will buy those exact screws tonight at the hardware store. A HUGE congrats to you Ben on getting to that level of training and running! Fantastic!! Thats my ultimate goal, to get to that level and to race in 100 milers. Again thanks for the advice and congrats on the achievement!!!

Julie said...

Hey Ben!! Thanks for the suggestion! I will take your advice and will buy those exact screws tonight at the hardware store. A HUGE congrats to you Ben on getting to that level of training and running! Fantastic!! Thats my ultimate goal, to get to that level and to race in 100 milers. Again thanks for the advice and congrats on the achievement!!!

Ben aka "Good Ben" said...

Thanks Vaughn. That's a good goal to have. Maybe I'm partial because it's a goal I share, but I think most people don't push themselves enough in life. BTW, it should be known that BadBen has a shoe fettish (see earlier post) and when he says to "screw your shoes" then you might want some clarification before running to Ace hardware! ;-) J/K

robtherunner said...

Glad to hear that you have that confidence. I know exactly what you mean. Good luck with the toe.

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Johnny Lyons said...

Smokin'!!! Tear that 100 up!

I tried my Inov-8s on a night trail run and hurt my ankle and foot a little bit. Of course I did it without a light and on a extremely rocky trail, but I know the Hardrocks would've protected me better.

Curly Su said...

jeez. a broken toe and still running? blech! i did that in middle school and used it as an excuse to not participate in gym for a month. hehe. awesome job persevering. thanks for the new year wishes. you too, ya know...have a great 2006...

Charles N. Steele said...

I ran Rocky Raccoon in 1998; it's a great course, you'll love it.

If this is your first 100, a piece of advice that was given to me that worked: make sure you feel fresh at 50 miles, then you'll be OK.

Run well!

Julie said...

Hey Ben! Thanks for the advice on the size of screws to get. I took your advice. I put them in the shoes last night. I really excited to try them out today. A HUGE congrats to you Ben achieving this caliber of endurance! I bet your super excited about running your first 100 miler!!! Talk with you soon!! Vaughn

Ben, aka BadBen said...

Thanks, but it's not my first 100. And it's my 4th consecutive Rocky Raccoon.

brent d. said...

That's amazing. You amaze me with the distance and speed without mentioning you have a broken toe!

Bolder said...

booyah!

look forward to reading your success in your race report!!

Susan said...

OMG - running with a broken toe - isn't tha dangerous? Good luck at Rocky Racoon.

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Love the leg shot. I always love seeing everyone covered in mud after a great trail run.

Hope the toe heals soon and you have a great race.