Friday, January 16, 2009

We Were Selected in the Miwok Lottery! YIKES!

We found out on Saturday that we made it into Miwok 100K, and I am excited and a bit terrified. Our first 50 miler was Firetrails 50 last October, after a series of pitiful 50K trail run times (at least for me), and was a purely spontaneous desire for adventure and experience. We made it well enough within the cutoff times, though not at all speedily, and I ended up thinking that I could have gone further if necessary (though I was almost too tired to eat at the end! For me, that’s pretty tired!) So, in principle, this 100K shouldn’t be such a scary ordeal. I think part of the scariness is the fact that I’ve seen these hills up there in the Headlands, and they are not to be trifled with. The other aspect is that this isn’t just spontaneous, we’ve signed up 5 months in advance. That’s 5 months to plan, worry and fret! (oh yeah, and prepare!)

It also brings up the question of what other races to include in the 2009 schedule, and how to train for these events. I’d really like to do a regular street marathon (in a time that doesn’t embarrass me too much) and am considering Napa Valley Marathon on March 1st. But is training for a street marathon compatible with training for Miwok? Inquiring minds want to know (at least this inquiring mind does!) Training for a street marathon, as I understand it, involves training to increase running efficiency and maximize fat burning while flirting with your lactate threshold (a little too fast and you pay a painful price, a little too slow and you, well, take a little longer). Training for Miwok though—that’s trails and hills and trails and hills, ad finitum, well up to about 16 hours worth if you’re near the back of the pack as I suspect I will be, figuring out what gear to use and training your feet and everything else for the challenge. They seem like incompatible objectives. Please feel free to jump in here with advice, though probably at this point it’s too late to make much of a difference anyway…

Another race I’d like to include is the Diablo 50 miler, about two weeks before Miwok. Maybe that’s cutting it too close, I don’t know. I think it depends on how aggressive we are about that race—after Firetrails, I had swollen ankles and legs and was up 3 lbs of fluid for most of a week. But it’s possible we are adapting somewhat because the ankle swelling/weight gain seems to have diminished (no excessive weight gain or ankle swelling after last weekend’s 20 miles through El Corte de Madera and Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserves—and I wore myself out on those hills and have been sore all week).

In addition to training, running and more running, and oh yeah hills, we are motivated to get back onto a weight loss trend, instead of just holding steady like we have since August. I really don’t want to have to lug an extra ten or twenty pounds for the whole 100K distance. And who knows, we might even get faster too! So this is a good motivator to be more disciplined about our diet. The good news is that there was no appreciable weight gain over the holidays because we were able to mostly stick to low carb eating, even for desserts (yummy truffles and pecan pie heavy on the pecans and light on the sugary filling). I am not disciplined about food, and have enjoyed the low carb/paleo diet because I do not have to be disciplined (unless someone is waving carbs in front of my face). I cannot stand being hungry and feeling deprived. Still, something’s gotta give. David is really getting frustrated—he was down to 185 lbs briefly in the summer, but went back up over 190 after we started ultrarunning (now on a downtrend again). And running more only seemed to make the weight go up a little more. Since our last 50K on December 13th we’ve been taking it easier, taking more rest days and putting in easier distances mostly, shallower hills, moderate heart rate training. But that hasn’t done anything to help get the weight loss going again either. So now we’re going to try to be more cognizant at least of total calories and cheats and see if the weight won’t come off again. Wish us luck!

7 comments:

Julianne said...

Congrats on getting into the Miwok 100k! You guys are nuts! Um, I don't even know how far 100k is???

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Hi Julianne,

Yeah, we're a bit crazy. 100K is ~62 miles. Sounds like a lot I know, but so did 50 miles and we survived that allright, despite never having gone nearly that far. If you can do marathons, you can do ultras, and faster than me too!

Cynthia

runrunrunrun said...

This is so exciting! Keep us posted on your training.

Lynn Astalos said...

I ran my first 50-miler last year at the AR50 and sort of wish I had tried to get in to Miwok this year. I'm running the Napa Marathon as a training run for several 50Ks which are all training runs for the Transrockies Run in Aug. Suggest doing the PCT Woodside 50K on Feb. 7 (I'm doing the 33K). Doing Napa on Mar. 1 can't hurt but you better sign up quick before it closes. If I qualify for Boston at Napa, I won't do Bizz Johnson this year and do the Firetrails 50. Good luck! I'll come back and see how you did!

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Hi Lynn,

Thanks for visiting. I looked at the Transrockies Run you mentioned - it sounds very fun!

olga said...

Wishing you luck - it's a great run!

Donald said...

Hi - Thanks for visiting my blog, and congrats on getting into Miwok! I was a lottery loser this year. Diablo is also a fantastic race, but 2 weeks might be cutting it close - I did Diablo/Miwok last year when they were 3 weeks apart, and I was pretty burnt for a while afterwards. Of course, that was kind of the goal anyway :).

Sounds like your year is already off to a good start. Good luck with the rest of your training and racing.