Sloppy Cuckoo 12-hour Challenge – I’m an #UltraMarathoner!

You guys!! I ran over 35 miles yesterday!!

I hauled a$$ through that finish chute!

I hauled a$$ through that finish chute!

My time wasn’t what I wanted, but OMG! That was the hardest, most challenging, awesomely awful thing EVER! Those trails were no joke!!

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I had to climb over fallen trees and huge stumps, run through mud and a creek, climb up and down unimaginable steep hills, and try not to kill myself on the wet rocks and gravel.

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I did wipeout several times, but I kept going!

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I completed 2 of the 3 goals I had set for myself:

  1. Complete at least 4 of the 6.55 mile loops. Check! However, the loops weren’t 6.55 miles – they were 7 miles!
  2. Complete (at least) 50k. Check!!
  3. Run the entire 12 hours. Nope. On my last wipeout I’m pretty sure I broke a toe. If not for that I know I could have done (at least) 1 more loop.

I got some awesome swag!

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I won a German Weatherhouse for completing 50k plus!

I can’t wait to do it again!! Lol! So my upcoming goals are to get some actual trail shoes, and to work on my coordination. Clumsy people on trail runs = lots of injuries!

Oh, and the fuel stops!! Seriously, the best ever! They had peanut butter sandwiches, Oreos, Fig Newtons, and so much yummy goodness!!

Oreos?! Yes please!! #getinmybelly

Oreos?! Yes please!! #getinmybelly

And the best part of the whole thing? I never once experienced any social anxiety! It was such a small field of runners (less than 500 I think) that I never felt smothered by gobs of people. I never felt overwhelmed. After the first 2 loops it felt like I had almost the whole trail to myself. It was awesome!!

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And I can’t wait to do it again!

Here's the outfit I wore, except I ended up swapping the shorts for one of my #skirtsports. I wore #Injini socks under a pair of Experias, and my New Balance Vazee Pace shoes.

Here’s the outfit I wore, except I ended up swapping the shorts for one of my #skirtsports. I wore #Injini socks under a pair of Experias, and my New Balance Vazee Pace shoes.

Holy crap, I’m an ultramarathoner!


Sloppy Cuckoo Training – Week 6 Summary

I ran 41.25 miles last week! No wonder I’m exhausted ;)

RunSummary July 27 - Aug 2, 2015

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Speed-work (quarter-mile repeats) NB Zante
  • Wednesday: Easy run (4:1 jog/run intervals) Kinvara 5
  • Thursday: Hills (Level 3) Launch 2
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 22-mile LSR. I overheated and had to quit at 18.54 miles (:30/:30 intervals – Zante), but after a gallon of water, some food, and a shower I was able to finish up (4.01 miles – PF2) on the treadmill.
  • Sunday: Recovery run (:30/:30 intervals – super slow because of the heat) Ghost 6 for 1 mile, then Newton Distance IV for 7.56

Still working out shoe issues. It turns out the Zante are only going to work for (up to) half marathon distance. After that they started rubbing on the tops of 3 of my toes, but only on my left foot.

The Ghost 6 immediately (in less than 1 mile) caused their usual blister – I think they’re too wide and my foot slides around too much in them, even laced up tighter. Again though, only on my left foot.

*My left foot is smaller than my right, by almost a full size. Pretty sure that’s why most, if not all of my issues are only with the left foot. I buy my shoes to fit my right foot. This is also why I consistently end up back in the PF 2s – I have them in 2 different sizes, so they always fit both feet ;)  When (if) I find a new go-to shoe, I’ll do the same thing, but so far that hasn’t happened. Boo.

This morning’s weigh-in was 113.8. I cannot believe that I’m still losing weight during this round of training. Granted, it’s all beans, greens and grains (and I still track everything), but I’m talking single meals that are 800+ calories! I’m not complaining though!


Week 5 Sloppy Cuckoo Training

After reviewing the last few weeks of training, I’m thinking that I need to make one of my weekday runs a bit longer, or do 2 runs per day once or twice per week. Especially on cut-back weeks. Most of the ultra plans that I’ve looked at have weekly mileage between 35 – 45 miles and I’ve been averaging 25 – 35. So I’ll be tweaking my training plan over the next few days…

Here’s how last week went:

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Week of July 20 – 26, 2015

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Speed intervals (2:1 x 10)
  • Wednesday: Easy run
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Level 3 Hills
  • Saturday: Long Slow Run (cut back week)
  • Sunday: Recovery Run (turned into LSR part 2)

I think Wednesday will be the day to do a longer (or double) run, and then maybe get rid of one of my rest days (most likely Monday). Doing those 2 things would get me an additional 6 – 10 miles per week, and then I’d be good.


In shoe news, the New Balance Zante have moved up to the number 1 slot in my rotation list. I don’t know why I pass(ed) them over so frequently – they are comfy, lightweight, and have enough forefoot cushion to go longer distances. Granted, I haven’t worn them for more than 10 miles at once, so we’ll see how they do on my 22-miler next Saturday.

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#skirtsports #REALwomenmove #roadid #garmin #injini #newbalance




Sloppy Cuckoo Training Begins

I’m officially registered for the Sloppy Cuckoo 12-hour Challenge!

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First off, I’m NOT planning on running for 12 hours straight! My goals are two-fold: 1) to (finally) become a marathoner, and 2) complete one extra loop (which would equal 50k) to become an ultra runner!

I’ve spent the past few days putting together a training plan where I wouldn’t be starting over from scratch. Especially since I just did a 23 mile run a few weeks ago. I came up with something similar to my last training plan (since it really worked well!), except this time I’m only designating a certain amount of mileage on the long run day. Here, have a look:

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I used to do my long runs on Sundays, but with the higher mileage it’s been working out better running on Saturday. Then I can mostly rest on Sundays, other than a short recovery run.

I’m going to continue using run/walk intervals for the long runs because they’ve really been beneficial as far as recovery goes. The intervals also make the really long runs less daunting ;)  For the shorter weekly runs, I either just run or do jog/run intervals.

I’ll be back in the next day or 2 to go over nutrition goals, gear/gadgets, etc…

Stay tuned :)