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  1. darna

    Scout's Honor

    So, according to google maps it was just 8.5 hours but it took me 10 hours to drive to Albany, GA arriving nearly midnight Thursday. Friday was rainy so didn't get a chance to check out the entire course. Saturday, race day, was absolutely beautiful perfect day. My tummy issues continued. It was a race to the bathroom (which you have to go off course 1/4 mile away one way from the trail) rather than the finish. I finally figured out on the 3rd/last loop that the culprit was the Endurolytes (electrolyte capsules) that gave me runner's diarrhea, stomach and leg cramps. I stopped taking it after the last aid station but a bit too late I only had 5 miles more to the finish. I was taking it every hour from 9am. Race started at 8am, I finished at 6:59pm. The cut-off was 8pm. So, it took me 10 hours 59 minutes. I would say an hour was wasted because of 4 trips to the bathrooms. Lesson learned. Always dial in your nutrition before race day. I thought I did, but you have to test it in the long runs (which I never did)!!! So, I was the last of the 50K. I'm a bit disappointed on the time but I it is still a win for me because I was able to make it to the bathroom (which is available only every 5 mile) before some gross stinky accident happen. 'Never did it cross my mind to quit while I sit in that throne in agonizing cramps. 'Just thankful that they have clean, flush toilets, toilet paper, and hand soap and paper towels to wash after. I guess, you could literally say sh*t happens! Just another day in a runner's life... BTW, you get a shirt, plastic cup for signing up. But, the custom artwork (made by kids who visited the Chehaw Park Zoo), the 50K medal and the 50K finisher cap you only get if you finish. Just got back a bit earlier after 10 hours drive back with big blister on my left foot and a small one on the right (first time I ever had blisters). Ate a much deserved sushi and beer. Will probably post more race pics next time.
  2. darna

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    Thanks! These are from Lake Crabtree County Park and Umstead State Park in Cary, North Carolina. I mostly do my runs here. They are connected via the greenway system.
  3. darna

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    the rest of the photos... the white stuff are feathers from the birds, i think seagulls or something... twilight at Lake Crabtree i usually run the inner Highland Trail and then go to the Lake Trail (follows the shoreline) the view from the boathouse of Lake Crabtree. i work in the 7th floor of the middle building so we get this nice view of the lake. the Reedy Creek Multi-User Trail entrance of the Umstead State Park the Sycamore Creek beside the Company Mill Trail in Umstead State Park. no snow at all in january.
  4. darna

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    'thought i'd share photos from the shenanigans in the past couple of weeks or so... the entrance to my favorite Lake Crabtree County Park trails - the Highland and Lake Trail which are also mountain bike trails weirdest thing on the greenway... this is new! i didn't even notice this statue had to post this 'coz... yeah, what's with the goat up there? when it rains continuously.. the greenway gets flooded... looks like the cyclists are having fun... walkers/runners have to navigate on the grassy knoll the rooty Company Mill Trail.. didn't even notice there are carvings on the trunk it was my teammate's birthday... so, i baked this caramel custard cake and brought it to work
  5. darna

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    Week 2 is looking much better. Nothing like Jocko Willink's podcast - What Is Your Weekly Training Schedule to get me out of the rut. He trains everyday at like 4am or something. I have no excuse!!!
  6. darna

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    Week 1 was a series of lows and vegetative states. Didn't meet my 25 miles weekly target and did not get to run to work at all. Sadly, the rainy weather makes for a good excuse.
  7. darna

    Scout's Honor

    Right. I can't seem to get my act around the long runs. So, I will let it go. In my mind, I need at least 4 hours to do a long run. The mind is resisting...
  8. darna

    Scout's Honor

    Not sure what happened in 2019. 'Got lost in the minutiae of my doubts and fears and the year went by and didn't have much to show for it. For the first challenge of 2020, I need to focus on one big goal, believe, do, and achieve it. Looking back, I realized people saw that I doubted myself and they started doubting me and the doors of possibilities got closed for me. I've signed up for the 50K of the Chehaw Challenge in Albany, GA on Jan 25, 2020. This is so happening. I can positively taste it! No excuses, no doubts! I.can.do.this! Scout's honor!!!