Training has been going very well the last few weeks. Despite a lot more rain than usual for Boise, I’ve been able to get out and get in plenty of miles the last two months. In fact, the last two months I’ve had more overall miles than ever before, which is pretty exciting! Joining my hubby for his 5k a day nearly every day has been a nice way to bump up the training miles while keeping the injury risk pretty low since we usually walk those 5ks. I feel it’s been a useful recovery tool as well.
There are a few things going through my mind as I head into the final stretch to my third Antelope Island Buffalo Run on March 21st. This will be my 3rd time running the 100 here and my 4th time running on the island since I paced my friend Bertha in October at the 100k, so I’m comfortable knowing the course practically by heart and know where to push and where to hold back, which will be useful. There are many friends coming from Boise and Utah who I’m incredibly excited to see out there, which will definitely keep my spirits high during the race. Some faces I met in 2012 have become life-long friends like Joshua Bryant and Cory Reece. Many close training friends from Boise are also making the journey including my pacer from last year, Derek Call. It will be fun to see if he still does a heel click for every mile during his 100 like he did for me last year for the final 50 miles of mine! Knowing Derek’s happy-go-lucky nature, I’m guessing there will be plenty of heel-clicking action for the photographers to capture! A new friend of mind, Serrah West will be out there running her first 100 and I can’t wait to see her tear it up! She’s fast and crazy awesome, so I am expecting to see her land in the top 3 ladies by the finish line!
My husband Wayne and our five children will again be out as my crew and support for the race, which I’m totally stoked about! This is becoming an Ebenroth spring tradition and one I look forward to so much for the way it draws us together and helps us create some great family memories. I can see it now… my children will be sitting around at Thanksgiving in 20 years talking about all those years they got bored out of their minds while their nutty mother insisted on running 100 miles around an island – for FUN!! It will be grand!
After another rough patch with my stomach on an overnight training run last week, I decided to go ahead and order some Tail Wind Nutrition powder in the naked flavor. I really am at my wit’s end about how to get enough calories in me during a long ultra without having the nausea come on like a tidal wave and just make my race a struggle. I know if I can get a handle on that, my times will really improve. I guess Antelope Island will be a test for that!
Not only am I trying something new with my nutrition for the race, but I’m also doing something else really daring – I’m doing this one without a pacer – on PURPOSE! I’ve really looked up to a few of the local Boise runners who have been ultra running longer than the rest of us and most of them do these things without assistance – and they do it well. I’d really love to learn how to manage myself better and consider this the next step in growing up as an ultra runner. It may be a horrible disaster, but I figure this particular race is an excellent time to try it out. I’ll definitely be wanting a pacer for the IMTUF 100 in the fall due to the terrain being more difficult and the aid stations further apart (and with my history of getting lost, I’d say it’s a safety issue), but for this one, I think it’s a great opportunity to see if I’ve learned anything at all in the last few years of ultra running or not. I’m actually pretty excited about it. I once did a training run for 50 miles entirely alone and it was one of the best training runs of my life. Bad weather came, hail, rain, sleet and crazy high winds, but I stayed mentally strong and kept myself moving despite the storm. When the weather had been mild earlier in the day I had such a nice time just relaxing and enjoying the day on my own and that is something I really am looking forward to for this race – just a little ‘me’ time for this mom of five!
The Boston marathon is only 7 weeks away now! I’ve already received my official Cheeto-dust orange jacket and I can’t wait to earn the right to actually wear it in public like a badge of honor! Another local mom of five and I (who is also a first time at Boston) will be traveling together and we’re just beside ourselves with excitement as the date gets closer and closer! I’d have to admit that I’m partly doing the 100 at Antelope Island this year just to dispel some of my nerves! I think it’s working at distracting me! My Boston training has been going really well, too and I really think I have a shot at a PR on Patriot’s Day! The key will be recovering well after the 100 and then showing up rested and ready to rock on April 21st! It will be a dream come true running that course. I hope I can see through my tears of joy!