Behind Brown Eyes

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This year I placed 2nd out of 14 in the F19-29 age group with a #10k finish time of 50:34. Overall place, 45/143; women’s rank, 6/55; and paced at 8:09min/mi. Considering how horribly hilly this course is, and that I beat my time and division place from 2013 (51:22, 3rd place), I’d say today was a great day for a #run and my much needed #rejuvenation. I’m not giving up on a first place age group award; I can do anything I set my mind to with the incredible support I have. Every day you can take the path toward a #betteryou. :) #StormKingRun #running #raceday (at Storm King Highway)

#Bittersweet evening. Like #Jeter, pair #2 (get it?) of my #Kayanos is #retiring. :( We’ve had some memorable runs in 2014—from my second #marathon (#BMOVM in #Vancouver, #Canada in May) to my first #ultra and #50K on #trail (#TheNorthFace #ECSDC in June)—and I will never forget them. I’m so proud of what I’ve #accomplished this year with my #running, and I’m super excited to figure out what’s next! With these freshies on my feet, it’s time to pick a #race. :) #inspired #run #running #Asics #GelKayano20 #passion #newkicks #betteryou #dreambig #goals #believe #achieve #fitspiration #motivate

#TBT: That time I left myself a #BoogieBoard message to come home to after #running in the 2014 #ECSDC—and successfully completing my first #50K! :) Well, it felt wonderful, then agonizingly painful, then gradually better. Then oh danggg. What’s this?! Goodbye hip flexors, hello #recovery. #run #rest #accomplishment #goal #achieve #run #betteryou #race #ultra #ultrarunning #runtrail #trail #DC #trailrunning #endurance #challenge #first50K #injured #hipflexors #healing #TheNorthFace #Brookstone

[Preface: The date of this post is June 3, 2014. Please pardon Tumblr for not allowing me to back-date—and welcome me back to what my blogging used to be like before Instagram existed. That’s right. Words, sentences, paragraphs—naturally with a few photos for your viewing pleasure].

Pinch me, I’m dreaming…

If you run, race, or have participated in any kind of competitive sport, THIS has inevitably happened to you. And even if not specific to a sport, it still applies to that big event that you’ve been anticipating for years, months, weeks, or even just days, in the case of “spontaneous sweater”-wearers (such as I).

It’s the few-days-before-your-big-event dream where everything goes wrong and it feels so stressful and SO real. You practically awake in a state of panic, (or night-sweat?) with a frantic anxiety that plagues your entire being.

Well, that would be me last night—because my first ever 50K (on trail—emphasis more on terrain than distance) just happens to be this weekend in Washington, D.C. I’m excited, nervous, anxious, passively downplaying it, and having all of these mixed emotions that are mindlessly drifting from my soul—to my soles.

"It’s only five more miles than a marathon, right?” That’s what I keep telling myself.

But that’s just it: it’s five more miles. Five more miles than I’ve ever raced, on an almost entirely trail running course. Talk about something new.

What was I thinking—or rather, was I thinking?

Well, the “what” is easy. I was thinking a few things. Namely these:

  • A 50K is on my 2014 running to-do list.
  • I’ll already be in semi-peak shape, having just run the BMO Vancouver Marathon on 5/4/14.
  • Three days later, on my 26th day of birth (i.e., June 10), I’ll be eating cake thinking of what I accomplished just three days before.

So, in answer to my own question, I guess I was thinking. Sort of. But admittedly, I keep overlooking the “I HATE RUNNING ON TRAIL” part. (I’m just a pavement-pounding kinda gal). But I really need to start bringing that whole trail image into focus a bit more, and mindfully hide the layer with the Gaussian blur.

I hardly ever, almost never run on trail; I can count the number of times I’ve “hit the trails” at work on less than one hand. (One of those being today! I’m holding on to the slight hope that it will minimize how blindsided I’ll otherwise be without a few pre-race trail runs on my Kayanos). Oh, and all of said trail runs have been by force, and resulted in some freak twinge in my ankle that I blame entirely on the trail—aka the “it’s so much better for your knees!” surface—even if that freak twinge was caused by a lifeless leaf.

Couple the lack of trail running experience with the fact that I’ve never run an “ultra” distance, and well hey—a little insane right? Maybe crazy, overzealous, ambitious? “Yes, I know,” to all of the above. But I’ve done my research, and if I want to do a 50K, my all-road options are quite limited. I think I found one, and the timing and location would be difficult.

imageSo I thought, why not embrace The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K in D.C. while I’m still in shape from an 18 week marathon training plan? I’ll think of my 42.2K race in Vancouver as a training run, take one full week of rest (post-Van marathon), train for four more [weeks] before the D.C. 50K, and sign up to make it official somewhere in between.

I know myself well enough to know that I’ll be KICKING myself on June 10 if I didn’t register for this. The timing is right, the opportunity is now, and here I am to seize it!!

I’m all set and registered—and most importantly, have the support of my Swink from the start to the finish!!! :)

So, in spite of some arbitrary time goals I’ve set in my head (please let me just sub six hours because I don’t know if I can stand on my feet for much longer), I’m really just trying to have some fun with this event and enjoy it for what it is:

My first 50K.
My first trail race.
And my first (and likely only) ULTRA.

Wish me luck!! And with that, here is my stressful 50K dream from last night. To keep it short and authentic, here is the text message I sent to a few of my friends, nearly verbatim.

It was all just a dream…

Btw. Totally had a dream last night that I only had my CORAL colored socks with me for the race and I hate that color. I would never bring or race in that color sock. Then I went through all of my other pairs and none matched. I wanted my neon orange and couldn’t find those. Then I wanted black and could only find hot pink! I was so stressed! Then I wore those stupid coral socks and my Sperry’s to the race and was late to the start. I had my hiking boots in my bag at the hotel and was wondering—why didn’t I just bring my running sneakers like I had planned all along? I stuck with the Sperry’s because I knew they were comfortable and at least have the arch support I need. Then my dad brought me a lemonade on the course. I had a sip because I thought I needed the sugar and some other guy started drinking it. I thought maybe I should take it with me but the cup was like a Big Gulp cup with just a straw (no lid) so I couldn’t just throw it in my bag. I could barely move my feet when I started the race and then saw all of these people BBQ’ing. And I’m like, huh. These must be the 50 milers. I guess they have time to do this, as I’m dragging myself onward like a deranged sloth at mile 15. It was also this open course that was almost sandy near a beach and grassy. Everyone was being causal about the run…but I was just the stressed girl in the coral socks and Sperry’s, haphazardly spilling lemonade.

I’m a #50K #finisher!!! :) Is this for real?! What an unbelievable first #trail #running experience at @thenorthface #ECSDC. And I achieved my #goal: completing my first 50K race before my 26th birthday!! #runtrail #medal #racebling #hbd #betteryou #achieve #dreambig #endurance #challenge #run #accomplish #DC #selfie #selfieSaturday #latergram #memory #believe #proud #happiness (at Hampton Inn Dulles/Cascades)

#RACEDAY!! “May the fourth be with me!” :)
-Pre-race meal: @Quaker #oatmeal with 1/2 banana, cinnamon, walnuts, craisins, pinch of dark brown sugar; bite of PB for good luck (and to calm the nerves); cup of hotel room coffee brewed by Kenny G.
-All full of race nerves as I head down the elevator to meet Argentina Brian—who surprisingly kept me very calm up until the start. (Thank you).
-My bib: #975; Bob calls me “Rocket,” bib says Krystina; 42.2 kilometers; I hate the metric system; let’s stick to miles; #secondmarathon; #bmovm; ready to #RunVan; trust your training. #run #running #vancouver #marathon #betteryou

Pre-race #expo ritual: writing down my #goal and taking a picture with it. A #marathon is all mental. I knew 3:30 was a stretch goal—but that’s what I trained for. I wanted to #run a #BQ time. Came close to hitting my secondary goal of 3:45 but had some major GI issues during the #race. Overall, I’m #thankful that I was able to finish—and for the 18 weeks of #commitment to a #training plan that allowed me to start. #Running has changed my life. It makes me realize what I’m capable of achieving—and with every stride I am humbled by that feeling. #betteryou #bmovm @bmovanmarathon #secondmarathon #dreambig #achieve (at Vancouver Convention Centre)

#TBT: Last Sunday’s second and LAST 20-miler of my 18 week training plan. Naturally followed by a banana whey protein shake with fresh mango—then a salad and my favorite Godzilla Roll from Hirame #sushi. #bmovm #marathon #marathontraining #training #run #running #nourishment #famished #feedme #trainhard #funning #justdidit @bmovanmarathon

Today was the day I achieved one of my biggest #running #time #goals: #run 8 miles in under one hour. I FINALLY DID IT!!! And the thought wasn’t even on my mind. :) #Proud to be where I am today. #Blessed with the lifestyle change I made and the #happiness it brought me. #betteryou #havefaith #nevergiveup #believeinyourself #achieve

Healthy, homemade refuel after this morning’s nostalgic 17 mile run. Crisply seared teriyaki salmon with brown rice; sautéed garlic snoodles; maple brown sugar roasted butternut squash smash; and Italian seasoned baked eggplant. #eatclean #run #running #healthy #foodie #refuel #protein #fish #salmon #teriyaki #squash #eggplant #butternutsquash #healthyliving #getinmybelly