VT 100 ….how is this over already!!??

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Guy leaving 59….

 

Hard to believe the VT 100 has come and gone.  All the planning and anticipation is over, only to be replaced with preparation for next year already!!  We’ve decided as a group, we NEED team shirts!  We were throughly impressed with other crew peeps who had killer matching tops….yes we were a little envious of your bright, wild colors and awesome logos!  So that is on the list for next year, as well as naming Christine (my sis in law) “Executive Director of Crewing”, I was going to name her “Head Crew” but Executive Director has a much better ring, don’t ya think?!!  Chris and Elaine (my sis in law) and our boys are fabulous crew members; they drive (well not the kids 😉 , haul & lug coolers, gear bags, wipe Guy’s face with cool wash cloths and pretty much keep me calm when I get a little worried about Guy!!  No, I never worry!!  We had a fabulous time crewing for my hubby Guy on the 100 this year.  Crewing with the kids and extended family and friends (especially my BFF Jules and her kiddos) made the time fly by while we waited anxiously for him and his buddy Hugh (Jules hubby). Christine & Elaine would say I’m a nervous Nelly… but I’m proud of myself this year, I was less neurotic …. I’m growing!! lol.

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Hugh and Guy eating up the miles…

Guy’s day didn’t go as planned. He began to feel nauseous at mile 49, and we learned a big lesson as crew.  We need to look for the warning signs better.  Sometimes your runner will get an extra adrenaline high just by seeing familiar faces, but we should have been making sure he was ACTUALLY eating with our own two eyes!  I now remember the “oh I dropped my PB&J, oops” He had plenty of time to slow down, sit and refuel his body, even for an hour. Has your runner ever needed the extra time to get his or her stomach back on track?  Or other issues that were bothering them? We also learned from Guy that watered down Gatorade was not cutting it this year.  Last year was much cooler and it was ok then, this year, being more humid, he needed extra calories and electrolytes. We just ordered tailwind, so we’ll keep you posted on how we like it. Guy ended up making it to Spirit of ’76  (76 miles), despite feeling pretty horrible for the last 20 of it.  I couldn’t be more proud of him. He is one tough cookie and is my true hero in life.

This ultra thing is a work in progress and we’re always looking to learn more.  Talking with other runners and crew is a great way to gain knowledge on new strategies.  We just started reading up on Jason Koop’s book “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” available at Amazon for $15. Lots of great info, very detailed….we got it a little bit too late, but it’ll help for next year and our upcoming races!!!! It’s a must have for any ultra runner!! Be sure to check it out….

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The Epic Crew!!

Even though the day didn’t go as planned for us, we were beyond thrilled about our friend, Hugh who finished!! He battled through a hellacious thunder-storm which dumped buckets on the runners throughout the night.  He earned his buckle on a pretty brutal day and we couldn’t have been luckier than to share that with his entire family.  Memories I will cherish for a long time to come.

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Hugh crossing with his family right there….they crewing all day and night!! Troopers!! 

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Crew and our runner!! Guy at mile 30

We’re looking ahead to the Jay Peak Trail Festival, Guy and I will be tackling the 25k (it’s a beast) and we’ll cheer the boys on in their Green Circle 5k at Jay Peak.  This will be excellent training for the VT 50!! I’m so fired up to be running the whole darn thing this year……keep ya posted on training and tips.  If you have any to share, especially about stomach issues, please pass along…always learning.  Be kind and keep on inspiring!! xo

All in the Family….

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At the finish of the Salomon Trail Running Festival at Pinelands 25K

We just love visiting Maine, who doesn’t??…the ocean, sea salt air, fresh seafood, sand…and Running!! The Salomon Trail Running Festival at Pinelands is such a great race.  It has many distances to choose from, 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 50 miler.  My boys and I entered the 25k this year, the track is rolling hills, wide beautiful trails and open meadows.  The aid stations are jammed packed with all sorts of fuel, sandwiches, chips, cookies, etc.  My boys especially loved the Swedish fish, stashing them away in their pockets as they ran by.  What I love about these races, and I use the term races loosely, because you set your own pace; is because it’s a leisurely hike through the woods with lots of people and food around. We take the time to chat, eat, take pics, and to enjoy.  I think it’s a great experience for kids, they’re outdoors, not in front of a screen…. the environment around is constantly teaching them.  I feel running is a great outlet for kids, they can get some energy out, feel good about themselves, and have a sense of pride for taking on a challenge.  My boys don’t do tons of races a year, usually Pinelands is the only “bigger one” with a few 5k’s sprinkled in.  They love so many other things in life too, such as golfing, basketball and swimming in the pond.  I think it’s great to inspire your kids to set goals that they can see develop right before them, give them courage to try something new.  It’s also a great family activity, lace up your shoes together, grab a water bottle and head out onto the trails near you…

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Jase finishing the 25k, proud mama behind him!!

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Justin cruising along the trails….looking great!!

 

After we finished, we ate, grabbed our goodies of Darn Tough socks (A main reason I sign up for this race, my amazing free socks I get at the finish!!!) water bottles, and the famous cow bell.  The kids played and ran around while we waited for Guy and friends to finish the 50. He looked great all day!!  This is such a great training run for the Vermont 100 in July.  I love that we all run together and that we are blessed to be able to……..Get up and get out there! Inspire each other!! See you on the trails….xo