1. Avoiding Caffeine in preparation for a Race: this is probably the most no good idea I've seen all my friends practice. Here's why you'll never see me do it: it just sounds sucky. Why would I avoid my most pleasurable taste adventure in the morning for a massive caffeine jolt during a race? I say prepare your body for massive doses of caffeine during the race by indulging in the weeks before an event. Cup of coffee in the morning? Why yes! Two shots on vanilla ice cream? Bring it on. Triple Americano for the drive to Portland? Hell yeah. All 3 in one freaking awesome caffeine enhanced day? It's called 100 mile training. That way when you have 40 gels during your 100 miler that each have a shot worth of caffeine, you'll handle it in stride.
2. Trying to finish under 24 hours: I added this for you 100 mile newbies. You all want that sub-24 finish. It doesn't seem to matter if it's Western States or Hardrock. Run by feel and you cannot go wrong. Run by time and you will go wrong. Don't worry if this doesn't make sense. It will after you've done a few or after Karl Meltzer passes your went-out-like-it-was-a-flat-5k-butt.
3. Buying Peace of Mind: Be careful making last minute purchases before a race. They are almost always a bad idea. As we get nervous about a race, our mind tries to think of things that will make us feel better: maybe I need that more burly pair of trail shoes. Oh man, maybe I should buy that super starch that everyone says will give me more sustained energy. I think I need new shorts. That waist pack might be a better idea than my backpack. Let go of the fear, you have everything you need 'cause you're here, right?! You can't buy peace of mind no matter how hard you try!
4. Wearing Gaiters: Ask yourself these three questions: 1. Is it snowing and/or am I going to run in the snow? 2. Will I be running Plain 100? 3. Am I wearing hiking boots, a rucksack and sporting hiking poles? If you answer no to all three questions you are not allowed to wear gaiters. Trust me it will simplify your life.
5. Running for Miles instead of Fun: Goals are good, but stubborn ultra runners are not. If you find yourself making laps around your car to get an even 30 miler, you have a problem. Gosh darn it if we don't find ways to make runs harder and more miserable. I like the new take on training where athletes track their running by hours instead of miles. You just can't judge a trail run by distance.
6. Wearing a Shirt while Running: Totally overrated unless you live in Bellingham, Alaska, you're albino, are wearing a pack or it's wintertime in the mountains. Ok, so maybe shirts won't go away entirely, but it sure is fun to feel the freedom of bare skin during our little dance on the trail! No one cares if you don't like your belly, dig it!!
7. Obsessing over Splits: Ahh, it feels good to feel in control. But it's all a big beautiful illusion my running friend, take it from a running control freak like me. Splits Smitz. Better to spend that time carbo loading on another IPA and watching Breaking Bad.
8. The Good 'ol Training Race Ego Bust: If I beat your ass in a race I don't want to hear that you were just using it as a training run. C'mon stoke my ego a little better than that! But seriously, no need to have elaborate explanations for your performance. It is what it is. A finish is a finish. Nice work!
9. Overtraining to get Stronger: This one is for me. It's the rest time that makes us stronger, paired with good training. Rest Candice rest!!!!
10. Late night Drunk Race Registration: Perhaps the real reason why 100s are selling out?! Cheers to that!
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OK, saw myself in more than a couple of those... also thinking about Karl M coming bat-sh*t back at me in the dark on my way out at Bighorn... bout scared my "went-out-like-it-was-a-5k" butt to death!ReplyDelete
Love it :)Delete
I love my gaiters. I don't love sand in my shoes.ReplyDelete
haha, I figured I'd get a little heat from the gaiter wearers.Delete
I loved dumping a couple tablespoons worth of sand out of my shoes the morning of Cheaha 50K. Guess I need to remember to wash the insides as well as the outsides. Meh, just think of it as an exfoliant so I can have soft tootsies.Delete
Gaiters be good at The Rut too, I dumped a couple acres of scree shrapnel out a few times on the descent the first year!Delete
Maybe it's my big feet or my questionable stride, but I can't go more than a quarter mile without stuff ending up in my shoes. Gaiters fix all that, although there is the stress of having to remember to put them on before you put on your shoes. And, well, the stress of the fashion angle as well (thanks Dirty Girl for complicating this with so many choices).Delete
Haha, these are terrific! I especially laughed out loud at #8, as it also found a home on a list I wrote this week ... http://trailrunnermag.com/people/culture/1209-15-excuses-overheard-at-trail-racesReplyDelete
+ Totally agreed on gaiters :)
Thanks for sharing, Candice!
Hahahaha, Thank God for drunken signups!!! You know, I'm always hesitant to show off my beer belly, and get sunburnt being from the 'Ham, but maybe I'll give it a shot next time I'm running through the trees like a gnome. I'm signed up for the Nanny Goat 24 hour event this May, and my goal is just to feel good and see how far I can go. Friends are pressuring me to buckle, but I don't want to kill myself. I really love this. Thank you for sharing :)ReplyDelete
Beer bellies are hard earned! Show with pride my friend!Delete
I love this! Thank you!ReplyDelete
I do like that you qualified gaiters for Plain...reinforces my thoughts that I need to try a pair :)ReplyDelete
Yes, I'd definitely use them for Plain. there's a time and place, even if it's fashion, lolDelete
Gaiters at Plain are nearly worthless. That satanic dust will get thru any humanly-constructed barrier. Waterproof gaiters over neoprene socks might slow it down.Delete
Good luck with that. :)
I guess I can use your blog as an excuse when I go shirtless at a race. Does that work for women and men? Does a sportsbra count as a shirt?ReplyDelete
Your blogs are awesome Candice.... Not only are they informative, but I like your easy going approach to life in general... Work hard, play hard, spend time with family and friends and smile your ass off the whole time ;)ReplyDelete
women without shirts? sign me up to run an ultra!ReplyDelete
All right, I live in freaking South Dakota. If I run sans shirt I will probably lose a nipple...or three.ReplyDelete
Number 8 is just spot on. You can add the following "excuses" to the mix too.ReplyDelete
I just raced a week ago
I didn't taper
I have a cold
My leg is broken
Okay maybe the leg is broken one is straight up legit but the others you might want to keep to yourself until you are out of earshot from the folks that just crushed their race and are over the moon with a time you would consider pedestrian.
The problem with the shirtless thing is that there are often normal people out on the trails as well - seeing me out there shirtless would be enough to get them to try to revoke the race's permit.ReplyDelete
Amen to coffee! I actually coached a girl who worked at Starbucks. It was a beautiful thing!ReplyDelete