Wrapping up 2018 and Prepping for 2019

It’s Thanksgiving week! It’s hard to believe 2018 is coming to a close. I have some fun races planned for the remainder of this year and a few BIG goals for 2019.

Next up on the racing schedule is the Monroe Turkey Trot 4 miler this Thursday. We normally go to Alexandria each year for Thanksgiving and I run the Calvary Turkey Trot, but this year we are hosting my family for Thanksgiving (!) here in Monroe, so my sister Megan and I are going to check out our local Turkey Trot. I like that it is a 4 miler versus a 5k.

Then I have the Big Dog 20 miler this Saturday. Last year I ran the Big Dog 50k as my first ultra-marathon. I dropped down to the 20 miler this year because I am running the Brazos Bend 50 miler on December 8 with Megan. We had planned on running the 100 mile distance, but after an ill-fated attempt at The Piney Woods Ultra 100k in September we decided to drop down to the 50 miler at Brazos Bend.

On loop 5 (of the 8 loop course) we realized we were at a place where we were going to start missing cut offs. We admitted defeat and decided to drop from the race. The race started with pouring rain that continued all day long. The trails were like rivers in some places and I experienced chafing like never before. The chafing was so bad over my entire body that I passed out while taking a shower after the race. It was crazy! And not something I hope to ever repeat.

So back to loop 5 - while we were slogging out the last few miles Megan and I talked about the 100 miler looming in front of us. We both realized that we were not physically or mentally prepared for it. We made the decision to drop to the 50 and have a fun day of running together at Brazos Bend, rather than just trying to survive through 100 miles.

I’ll be back with a recap of the races this week…plus some big announcements for the 2019 racing calendar!

 The state of my feet after loop 2 of the Piney Woods Ultra 100k

The state of my feet after loop 2 of the Piney Woods Ultra 100k

 Megan and I finishing up a loop at the 100k - soaked to the bone

Megan and I finishing up a loop at the 100k - soaked to the bone

 Training lately….winter came early to north Louisiana

Training lately….winter came early to north Louisiana

 Throwback to a summer training trip at Tyler State Park for the 100k

Throwback to a summer training trip at Tyler State Park for the 100k