Devoted Non-stop Faith---> DNF (otherwise know as Did Not Finish in a race). A marking that haunts a lot of distance runners has turned out to be just that for me. However, my faith in God, his directions, and answers never keep me from believing in him. I may not always like his answers, but he has his reasons, those of which I may not see right now.
Moving on, most of you know that I DNF'd in my attempt to break the AR/WR at Rocky Raccoon 100mile last weekend. A feat I was sure I could succeed at....Until mile 67 :( I woke up pretty sick that morning with nausea, headache, and well..I will just keep it clean for the "non-ultra" runners, hehe.
It was 3am (a bit earlier than I was going to wake up), but I quickly went into recovery mode. Flushing my system with electrolytes, TRYING to eat, resorting to some ib-profin, etc..this has never happened before. I tried not to panic as I started feeling somewhat better and headed to the starting line. Excitement grew, but worry lingered. A few miles into the race I was sure to keep the fluids, eating, and electrolytes going. Soon enough I began to feel good and was rolling along the roots, tall trees, and over the hills. The course was a bit more technical than I had expected, much to my happiness :)
I was now half way through my 4th 20 mile loop of 5 . "I've got this!".. I thought to myself. Grabbing a few things from the aid station "Damnation," I quickly ran on. Just a mile down the trail I was suddenly slapped in the face with a terrible dizzy spell! No biggy I thought, you are peeing great, eating more than normal, and GU Energy Gels are still tasting yummy. At this point, I had about a 30 minute lead on the women's field so I decided it was fine to walk a bit and shake off this dizzy spell. Not the case :( I felt like I drank my weight in wine and was stumbling around with the trees, leaves, and roots spinning. I started dry heaving and had some crazy tummy pains. Met by some fellow, concerned and motivating runners...they encouraged me to keep going, just keep walking ( my thoughts were the same, since I was out in the back loop where no aid was). Slowly walking, jogging, and trying to keep the tears back, the aid station came into view. I could make out someone in a red t-shirt running towards me to help. It was Liza Howard (what a wonderful, inspirational lady)! She did what she could to help me (as a tumbled over a chair), it was such a relief to have someone there who knew I wasn't just going through a "low." As a mighty, awesome competitor herself, she was well aware that I too, probably new my body well enough to know that "something is not right." ..After all, I did race 2 Rocky Mountain Ultras within 2 weeks, I DO KNOW WHAT A "LOW" IS :) ...this was not just a low! She sadly helped me take off my chip as I now was listed as DNF.
In the next days, my sister (wonderful crew Angela), who is a RN, looked me over and noticed my gallbladder seemed to be swollen, hot, and tender. As soon as we arrived back home, I saw the doctor who also made the same discovery. He stated that I would most likely have to have it out. No surprise there for me, because I was diagnosed with a swollen gallbladder and put on a bile salt (Cholocol) 2 years ago to help me absorb fats. However, in the past year, I dialed in my diet even more (during my training periods), and my gallbladder seemed to be much better, so I stopped taking the Cholocol. After more testing, urine, blood and ultrasound, the Doctor has not come up with many answers..except more testing and that I have elevated Liver Enzymes. Turning a bit more complex than we all thought, my direction has now included my previous doctor and nutritionist to help with the results and getting this taken care of!
God has a funny way of making you stop and listen, perhaps I shouldn't have ignored some things in the past, but stopping me at RR was the only way he could get my attention! Maybe he is just telling me I need rest, maybe it was JUST the humidity, maybe I'm psycho (well we all know that being an ultra runner), but in anyway I'm still so GRATEFUL for the race opportunity. I spent some much needed time with my sister, brother, hubby, friends, made new friends, and all around appreciate the ultra world. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT, AND HELP. .... I will be back for that record!
ICESPIKE, ULTIMATE DIRECTION, GU ENERGY, THE SIMPLY BAR, AND BODY ARMOR SUPER DRINK!
Crew: One and only Wyatt Yates, Nick Suszek, Angela Soltysiak, ...and all the runners for your support a long the way! Tejas Trails- you rock!
*** Slideshow soon to come
BYE BYE LEAN, BRING ON THE CARBO BLOAT!!! IT'S RACE WEEK. MORE SPECIFICALLY, ROCKY RACCOON 100 MILE AND USA 100 MILE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.
AS I EXCITEDLY PACK, I REFLECT ON ALL MY HARD WORK THIS TRAINING PERIOD, HOW BLESSED I AM TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR THE UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT OF MY OUTSTANDING CLIENTS, SPONSORS, AND FAMILY. THANK YOU ALL!
MY DAYS HAVE STARTED OFF WITH A QUICK LOVE QUOTE FROM MY AWESOME HUBBY, WYATT. ENCOURAGING PHRASES ARE CONTINUING TO FILL UP OUR FRIDGE FOR THE "ROCKY RACCOON COUNTDOWN."
I AM REMINDED THAT THIS RACE IS MUCH LIKE A MARATHON. ONE OF THOSE FIRST MARATHONS WHERE YOU HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN YOUR FEET WET, YOU HAVE TRAINED HARD, AND ULTIMATELY...YOU JUST WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT!
ALTHOUGH I HAVE EXPERIENCE NOW ( AND HAVE GOTTEN MY FEET WET), WE ALL KNOW ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN AN ULTRA AND WITH EVERY ULTRA COMES A NEW LEARNING EXPERIENCE. BUT:
THESE QUOTES SAY IT ALL...
THANKS TO: SIMPLY CHOICES, GU ENERGY, ULTIMATE DIRECTION, ICESPIKE, BLACK DIAMOND, BODY ARMOR SUPER DRINK--- ON TARGET 4 VETERANS, TEAM COLORADO
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A big THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has and continues to support my goals. I am very proud and honored to have received the "ULTRA RUNNER OF THE YEAR AWARD" from Ultra Runner Magazine and it's affiliates. Words cannot express how I feel right now. Again thank you, especially to my awesome sponsors and people behind the scenes:
THE SIMPLY BAR
BODY ARMOR SUPER DRINK
as well as...
Dr. Mark Barsewski of the www.backandjointclinic.com
Jing Liu of www.massage-to-health.com
Both phenomenal body workers who keep mine going!
BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!...2:55a.m. The alarm goes off to wake me for what would be one of the best days of my life. Bundling up for a frigid morning (the temperatures had been in the record lows for the area this week), complete with my new Sprinter Black Diamond head lamp....Wyatt and I left for the course. The race started with the elite women's pack charging up the first hill. Initially, I got caught up in the competition, but quickly realized I needed to sit back and enjoy this beautiful, starry morning and eat some breakfast :) (Eating a lot throughout the race was the overall plan). We crest the first hill and I took off.... really just running my own race, using my strengths (the technical downhills mostly). I was surprised that no one came with me, but thought we would probably go back and forth a bit over these first few sections. That didn't happen. Although it was still dark, the stars lit up the ocean crashing against the rocks on the coastal trail as I ran happily. Shortly after that I arrived at the Tennessee Valley aid station (about 9 miles in) and took a brief look back to see the dancing headlights trying to chase me down. A little baffled at the amount of people and support at the aid station, Wyatt quickly stepped out of the crowd for the water bottle exchange and I was on my way. The next 20 miles were almost a blur with the exception of "THE" Timmy Olson literally helping me with my drop bag at one of the aid stations- I was shocked an ultra stud like that would take time to help me- just goes to show HOW AMAZING ULTRA RUNNING PEOPLE ARE!!!. Head down, focused on the course, I battled the cold wind. When I made the turnaround at the out and back portion of the course, I was greeted by Megan and Magda only a few minutes behind me. With the wind at my back and a technical downhill section next, I capitalized on my lead. Throughout the race I focused on taking a lot of GU Energy Gels, eating 3x as many Simply Bars as I normally do, and pushing the fluids. Good thing I had the Ultimate Direction Vesta to hold it all! Although it was a chilly day, the sections with sun burned me up! It was enough to soak me with sweat until I ran into a colder, damp mystical forest. What a diverse course! The unique sights, trails and challenges would put this event on top of my race charts.
Rolling through the aid stations, I was finally on the last climb. Frustrated, because I had just learned that Magda was only 1 minute behind ( actual: 7.5 minutes behind but no one knew for sure)...I was going to hammer up this last uphill and anyone who tried to pass me would have to die trying. There was only 6 miles to go at this point and once I got to the top it was a 2 mile downhill and 1 up to the finish...as my new friend Michael informed me and passionately said..."you got this!" as he climbed up and away. Totally locked in now, I was giving everything I had. I crossed the finish line in disbelief. How AMAZING God and his gifts are! I have never felt so blessed, grateful, and slightly overwhelmed. I've never crossed the finish line with that much media before. The cameras shot off like fireworks as I pushed through them, making my way to a hansom guy in bright yellow, my hubby, my head crew and #2 fan (not #1 because that is my brother's spot :) Throwing my arms around him, we embraced, my body relaxed and I whispered, "Go team Yates!"
7:21:51, 1st Female, 21st overall
The next few days were filled with way too much driving but an experience I will also never forget- Viewing the Redwoods. What power and strength these magnificent, mystical trees have. I was blown away.
Now, a few more days of rest, then back to training. No time for a long vacation as hoped...I didn't realize the shorter time frame I had in order to prepare for the next race, Rocky Raccoon 100 miler. Vacation to follow that race!!! Rocky here I come :)
THANKS TO MY SPONSORS:
1. ULTIMATE DIRECTION
2. GU ENERGY
4. BODY ARMOR SUPER DRINK
5. THE SIMPLY BAR
6. BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT