"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Race Report : Jed Smith Ultra Classic 30K Run

Stats for the day
Total Run Time: 3:34:04

tal Distance: 18.82 miles (according to Garmin GPS)
Pace: 11:22 min/mile (Man. I never expected it to be that good)
Total Calories burned: 2105
(according to Garmin HR monitor)

I got there about an hour and 45 minutes early, checked in and proceeded to wait in the car and go through my now ritual "self-doubt session." Every person I saw looked like they knew what they were doing. I asked myself more than once, "why are you doing this?"

The race was held in Gibson Ranch Park in Sacramento. It was a beautiful park with a lake (complete with geese and ducks) and the start was held by the stables. There were horses, goats (with babies!), a ram (sheep), and a llama. The course was a looped 3.31 mile course and was as close to perfectly flat as you can get without being on a treadmill. The 30K started with a 2.25 out and back to account for the odd distance. Then you ran 5 of the 3.31 loops.

Things I loved about this run:

1. I finished!

2. I was third in my age group and they gave me a hat!! (I think there may have only been 3 in my age group. I will have to check on that. Still awesome!)

3. The people running the race were super nice, supportive and organized. Kudos to Sacramento's Buffalo Chips Running Club!

4. The Ultra runners (there was a 50 miler and a 50K [31 miles] happening at the same time) were so supportive and nice to the back of the packers like myself! Cheering you on, smiling, saying 'your looking good' (this is usually code for 'you look like shit, and like you could use some encouragement').

5. There were two aid stations on the loop, so you were completely covered for food or drink. I had enough on me for the race, but still nice to know it is there.

6. Real bathrooms! No port-o-potties! There were two easily accessible bathrooms on the loop. Rock on!

Things that sucked

1. IT WAS COLD!!! Bitter cold. I wish I had worn a thicker shirt. My blue fleece is too warm to run in, but the thin long sleeve I wore was too cold. At one point I took off my gloves, big mistake. One I wasn't smart enough to correct for about 7 miles. Once I put the gloves back on I felt better all over. Lesson learned.

2. On top of the cold it was windy and raining. Not hard rain just drizzle, but still. Ick.

3. Two words: Looped course. It is a little cruel to have you run past the finish line 5 times before you get to cross it.

4. The recent rains made the trail portion muddy. Really muddy. After a few loops of runners the mud got sticky and threatened to pull of my shoes.


Southbaygirl said...

You Ran it! You finished and you got a hat! Damn girl! Thats' awesome. Gotta make this short-must track down my waterproof so I don't get too wet!!

Tracy said...

First let me say HOW PROUD I am of you!!!! OMG!!

- Not only did you overcome the elements (and I'm sure a comment or two from a negative voice in your head) but you finished - and LOOK at your time!!!

- The "good" points about this race definitely outweighed the "bads."

- Great detail on the race. I feel like I was there!

- Great photos of you. You're BEAUUUTIFUL! :o)

- I love the animal photos. I laughed at the horse photo. Look at it again. It looks like she's poking her head out of a changing room (or a shower) and you interrupted her.

- You kicked ass. I wouldn't be surprised to find that you spent the next two days smiling. You deserve it.


Southbaygirl said...

Alright...the game is about to start-GO GIANTS!!!

You are a rockstar!!! What an amazing race you ran!30K in the mud! I so know how your shoes felt-not fun running with pounds of mud on the soles of your shoes!!! And yeah it must of sucked running past the finish time-what a tease!!! But you did it and your pace was great! I'm the penguin!!! Penny the Penguin-you know when i was growing up they were my favorite animal so it's only appropriate that I run at a penguin pace!!

Now how is Melvin??? Did you pick him up today?? Let me know!!!

As for the Buzz half marathon-I start my "shit shovelling " job on Feb 12th...which is everyday until my real job calls me. So I don't know if I'd be able to swing it the first weekend-I also don't know if I could muster 13.1 miles in 2 weeks-are you trying to kill me?? ha ha!! But lets definitely do a run sometime soon!! There are so many. I checked out the Buzz race-it's near Paso-one of my favorite areas!!!! I so want to do the Buzz but don't know if I'm ready yet......but we should discuss all possibilities!!!

Rock on woman!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!


Southbaygirl said...


How's melvin? Did you pick him up yesterday? What did they say? Or what did they find??


Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

Excellent Work!