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May 10, 2013

Choices & Play Dates

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26 it is!!!

I’ve made a decision to go with the longer distance. It will be tough, but I think this marathon might be fun. Here I come TNF WashDC.

My past experience with trail marathons and the comfort during the past few days’ 17.5 miles have helped in the decision making. Let’s hope that keeps up.

In other news, Harriet and Jessie had a play date this weekend. Lots of chasing tennis balls, random butt sniffing, and couch naps. These two are too cute!

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Signing off… ETT -_-

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May 15, 2012

The North Face 100 Endurance Challenge (50km Race Report)

The good news is… I didn’t die! The not so good news is… I didn’t win my mother the car she keeps thinking is the prize for all the races I participate in, so not a great Mother’s Day for Mama Ducky (as she affectionately likes to be called)!

The awesome thing about this race is that it was run in true EarthToTrish fashion. I have to say that from start to finish, every moment was a ‘random, but necessary note to self’. Case in point:

  1. KEEP CALM: I couldn’t really get my nerves under control the morning of, so Harriet Houdini (the bestest furry friend any girl could ask for) got her claws clipped… at 4AM! WTF was I thinking???
  2. ALWAYS PLACE YOUR PRE-RACE SNACKS IN A SECURE LOCATION: Since I couldn’t manage to eat any food before I left home, I packed myself a little bag of goodies and promised to force myself to fuel up before the race. I stuffed the goodie bag in my nifty back pocket (made especially for super cool running peeps like myself)… and it fell out while I was running to the bag drop-off location. =/
  3. DO NOT RUN UP A MOUNTAIN BEHIND PEOPLE WITH HIKING STICKS: Or in front of them for that matter. The race course included a 50km companion trek which contained a lot more elevation than the regular course, but we started together. I can understand bringing the sticks along, but those people are wild. The flail those death wands all around and poke at ya. Hooligans, I tell ya!
  4. ALWAYS STOP TO APPRECIATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS: Heaven Lake was serene and beautiful. Just see for yourself…
  5. WHEN RUNNING IN TIGHT MOUNTAIN PASSAGES, NEVER EVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE PATH: So it rained pretty hard the night before the race. The mountains absorbed a lot of the moisture and made the uphill trek ever more arduous. However, I found out that it made running (and even falling on your butt and sliding) downhill very easy and quite entertaining. UNTIL… a rescue team volunteer decided to get by attention. He said ‘hallowwwww‘ and I said ‘huh,’ turned my head to see what the fuss was about and ran head/temple-first into a tree branch. I like that tree branch, because when I fell over the side of the mountain as a result of the collision, it was all I had to hang on to.
  6. RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS MEAN WELL: After the unfortunate forest altercation, I was politely escorted to the medical van where a team of two very nice ladies took a look at my head to make sure I had not suffered a race ending injury. The only problem was that they were slowing me down. I needed to pass the next check point before the cut-off time and the minutes were just ticking away while they checked me out. I was very sad…
  7. SWEEPER BUSES MUST BE OPERATED BY THREE-TOED SLOTHS: So the medical team cleared me to continue and I made it past the next check point. I was cooking. Then it happened… another kind rescue team volunteer approached me and says ‘hello madam, are youĀ äŗ”äø‰å…­å…­ [5366 – my bib number]? I’m sorry, but you did not make the check point in time.’ He then proceeded to explain that I needed to go with him to the next water station to wait for the sweeper bus. I’d been disqualified and I was crushed, but understood that I needed to follow race rules. Together, we made it out of that mountain pass and had some nice conversations about this year’s NBA playoffs and my KT tape. I decided to ask when the sweeper bus would be by to get me. When he told me the pick-up time, I almost cursed at him. I’m pretty sure though, that he may not have understood it when I said “oh HELLLL NAWWW, HOMIE.” I had no intention of waiting three hours in the heat for a bus. So I decided to buck the system and finish the race.
  8. RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES AND DRINK CHINESE RED BULL: The stipulation for me continuing on was that the rescue team volunteers had to agree to follow me through all the mountain passes. I felt bad, but they were all willing and it was the least they could do, right? I was running again!!! Of the three volunteers that escorted me they all took pictures with me and one that didn’t speak much at all reached into his backpack and pulled out a tiny gesture of kindness. He handed me a can of Chinese Red Bull and says, ‘here… drink… better than water!’ I never drink energy drinks. I’m a water and gel kinda gal, but his tone and facial expression didn’t really give me a choice. It was like drink this or I’ll beat you about the legs with my walking stick and I needed my legs to go on.
  9. RED BULL REALLY GIVES YOU WINGS: Or at least it gave ETT wings. I took two sips of that potent little demon juice and started to fly. At one point I realized that my escort was having a hard time keeping up. When he finally caught up with me, he was trying to point out that I’d run probably 5 or 6 kilometers with the empty can in my hand. HAHAHAHAHAHA I’m such a weirdo. Here buddy! Throw that can away for me while I tear up the rest of this course.
  10. *TIME IS SECONDARY TO COMPLETION: Eight hours and twenty minutes is the unofficial race time for number 5366. However, after being disqualified, the race officials didn’t recognize my accomplishment. I did!!! I finished it.

This was my longest distance… EVER! I can’t believe I thought I could do this and now I can’t believe I’ve actually done it. It’s an amazing feeling! Don’t let anyone tell you different. I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything, but maybe next time I’ll try not to run into any trees!

Signing off… ETT =)

* – IMPORTANT STUFF

P.S. Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all those wonderful mommies out there! You are loved and appreciated.

P.P.S. I beat the sweeper bus back around to the finish line. =)

February 1, 2012

Because it looked like fun…

… is usually my answer to the question of why I do the crazy things that I do. To be honest… it’s a cover all for most of the questions I get asked. DON’T JUDGE ME!

That CrossfitingĀ fool, Viking Superhero, and I have teamed up to designĀ a marathon training plan. This is a big deal for me, becauseĀ save my last long distance endeavor… I usually follow some running aficionado’sĀ plan that I found on theĀ Internet or in a magazine.Ā I really enjoyed marching to the beat of my own drum last time andĀ I’m dead set on keeping it that way. Now ifĀ only I were a running aficionado.Ā 

I’m excited about this collaboration with Viking Superhero. To me, he is all things athletic andĀ is great withĀ strength training andĀ motivation.Ā He’s competitive and resilient. He seems to think that my short running experience will be beneficial to him in some way sinceĀ this’ll be his firstĀ marathon, butĀ I’m sticking to myĀ “if IĀ did it, you sure as hellĀ can do it” philosophy.Ā 

So far it looks like we’ve got some endurance and strength building loosely laid out for the first two months. We’ve both signed up for some runs (i.e. marathon & 50k) in May, so the plan is to try out our homemade training plan and tweak it as we go along. Once we have everything laid out, I’ll post the particulars. Feedback is most welcome. So is sporadic motivation. I mean, we can’t very well stay entertained by this guy for the entire race, can we???

Signing off… ETT =)

December 31, 2011

Did I Ever Tell You Guys That I Was Crazy

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I’ll spare you all my “nut” jokes and just say that I hope everyone has a wonderful & safe New Year’s Eve and the most incredible 2012. I’ll probably be somewhere amongst the Central Park shrubbery with a bottle of champagne and a bag of salty nuts……..What!?!…You see who’s sponsoring the race! Don’t look at me like that! >_<

UPDATE: The Emerald Nuts Midnight Run sponsored by NYRR was great and so were the festivities in NYC! I hope everyone had a wonderful NYE šŸ™‚

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Signing Off…ETT =)

December 17, 2011

The Honolulu Marathon Recap

This was a wonderful experience. Given the opportunity, I would do it all over again. And I would run behind this guy…

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Like many other marathoners, part of my pre-race ritual includes reading race reviews. Sadly none of my go-to bloggers had done this race so I had to rely on the regular Internet…UGH. The results were not pretty. Major complaints included too many runners, organizers catered to Japanese runners more than Americans, and too much highway! And that’s only naming a few.

Thank goodness I’m as stubborn as an ox (my mom showed me the test results…this is a proven fact). I just have to experience things for myself. And after I saw the starting line…then the fireworks…IT WAS A WRAP

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Those reviews were bogus. There were lots of people running and more than enough room for all of us. There were English/Japanese translations for everything. That was never an issue. And the scenery was beautiful. You’re running in Hawaii!!! Enjoy it!

I started with a pretty even steady pace…I was happy with that. Singing Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes out loud and taking it all in.

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Them came the spill…it was an unfortunate accident. Someone stopped short in front of me and to avoid killing her I dove left and my knee made contact with the concrete…HARD. That was at mile 15 and every move was painful after that.

I was moving much slower, trying to incorporate a walk-some/run-some technique, but I couldn’t mask the pain. Then the water came…that rain was good and bad all at the same time. It was refreshing, but it brought a pretty wicked head wind.

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The important thing is that I made it…and I was happy. It took 6 hours and 55 minutes, but boy was I happy. So we’re the two young ladies that finished alongside me that burst into tears. It was just THAT AMAZING!!

And then I went surfing…

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…ok, I went to a bar to watch football, but in my head I was surfing.

Great race! Great island!

Signing off…ETT! =)

December 14, 2011

No More Running…

…at least not until New Years Day! Ok, I’m crazy for thinking this… but even though I can barely walk today (two days after the Honolulu Marathon) I’m already planning my next race. 18 days from now I plan on running in the new year at Central Park. What can I say!?! I’m born & raced in NY.

The Honolulu Marathon is complete… It was beautiful, painful, long, eventful, and AH-MAZE-ING. 70 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it was awesome to see the Japanese turn out for this event. Kama’aina & Malihini… we all ran together. Much aloha to Honolulu for hosting us and Japanese Airlines for sponsoring us and the Hawaiian people for being so hospitable.

Mahalo,
ETT