Sunday, February 17, 2008

An Unexpected PR!!!

I could hardly wait to post my results from the Holiday Lake 50k (35 mile plus mile) race!!!

Even upon the arrival of the night before the race I was unusually calm. My race meal was noodles with a little bit if tomato sauce and a piece of garlic bread. I did not stuff myself like I have in past races. Even my sleep was great regardless of the dump hotel room that we had. Seriously it was the worst. The tobacco smell was so strong that I would have sworn that someone was chain smoking right in our room.

The morning of the race was also calm. Temps were much better than first predicted with a starting temp 44 degrees. Slight winds but pleasant. We started in the dark and my headlamp came in very handy. Single trek trails to start and runners had to funnel in the trails until it
opened up a bit and you could begin to pass and settle in a good pace. Normally I obsess about my time and distance remaining but for the most part I rarely had a clue of where I was at. I focused on just getting to the next station and moving. The river crossing were surprisingly refreshing (all four of them).
Somewhere around mile 22 or so I had to take a quick pit stop and go to the bathroom. I have become rather fast a this task and quickly resumed my run. From this point on eating food at the stations became a huge challenge. Even trying to get down a saltine cracker made me want to throw up. I hammered my liquids and knew that with my replacement drink I would at least be taking in some nutrients. It was better than nothing.

As I neared the finish line I could hear the cheers of the crowd and my emotions were at their highest. My wonderful husband, father, and step mother had huge smiles on their faces and I knew then that the pain that would follow once stopping would be worth it. A PR would bring me in at 6:41 and words can not describe at this very moment how happy I am at my results. I pushed and pushed for hours and with each step I had completed a time that I am so proud of.
Overall this course was wonderful. Lakes, streams, and beautiful winding trails would provide what trail running is all about. Each runner was so friendly and supportive. Short conversation as we passed each other sharing a brief story of our love for the trails and future goals. I love the spirit and attitude of each runner out there.

Thank you all for your well wishes!! It is a great feeling to know that so many cheer you on!! You guys are the best.

Today I will just rest and enjoy all of my thought of a great run. More pictures will follow but here are just a few to start.......


From one happy trail runner......

Robin

26 comments:

See Zanne Run said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

RunBubbaRun said...

Great job. PR, woohoo..

Sometimes it is just great to go out and run and not worry about your time to much..

Great pics, looke like a great day out there.

Congrats again.

runningtwig said...

Good for you!!! That is awesome!! And it sounded like a perfect day for a race. Keep it up!

Neese said...

CONGRATS! :O) And SO sweet you had family and support there for you. What a day! :)

Amanda said...

Nothing like a PR!!!! Awesome!! Maybe it's the new rock hard abs that are helping propel you along?

Wes said...

I am so excited for you! Congratulations on a great PR!!!!!

Who is SLB+? said...

Great job, great news and a great race, looks and sound like you had a blast!

Dave - Atlanta Trails said...

Congratulations on your PR!!

Marcy said...

CONGRATS ROBIN!! WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!

Stephanie said...

Ahhh..this is how it's supposed to be:-) Congratulations. Where are those pix!!!!!!????

Chris said...

Congratulations Robin on the awesome PR!

Somtimes I wonder if we "worry" too much about times, speeds and somehow keep ourselves from running freely and just enjoying the run. It seems like I can run fastre when I throw all the "stuff" out the window and just run.

Again, congrats on a great race and PR! You earned it!

Dana said...

BIG CONGRATS!!! Sometimes it's good to run free w/o worrying about pace,distance whatever.

Mendy said...

WOW!!!! Yah. I'm so very happy for you. I bet you are on cloud 9. I was gonna call you saturday and see how you did, but I don't have a working phone. Yep, mine is dead, and I don't have your # memorized.

If you see this while at work, give me a ring if you're not busy.

I'm ecstatic for you!!!!! You totally deserved a good race report more than anyone!!!

scott keeps running said...

Way to go Robin!!!!! Sounds like you were in the zone. Congratulations. You're awesome!

and I'm not lying - even though you called me a liar. ;)

Addy said...

wow...congratulations!!! It sounds like a PR was meant to be with your pre-race calm and you great additude at the beginning. Looking forward to more photos :)

My Life & Running said...

You simply are amazing! And sooo inspiring! Congratulations on a race well deserved!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh that's so great. It's awesome to hear how happy you are!! Way to go!

therunnerchick said...

WOW! Great job! :)

Eric Barnes said...

My name is Robin - I kick arse and take names at 50K's. You got a problem with that?

Congratulations on your PR! Glad all went according to plan. Seems the weather cooperated in many places across the country this weekend.

Trail Scat

David said...

Great job, Robin!!! I'm sure you are glad to be back in the swing of things, and I'm glad to hear a successful report. Gotta string a few of these together now! And you don't have to PR every one, but I'm sure that you (like me) want to.
:-D

jen said...

Yay!!! Awesome job Robin! What a great day you had. You really deserve that PR. Congratulations on running the perfect race and thanks for putting a big smile on my face. You are awesome! :)

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Awesome job with the race! Wonderful when it all comes together. It must be the new rock-hard abs. ;-)

J~Mom said...

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you!:>)

Lori said...

Oh Robin!!!! That is the best race report ever! What an awesome way to kick out 35+ miles :) You rock lady!

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Jason The Running Man said...

Great job Robin. Congrats.