Saturday, November 8, 2008

Re: 50 and done

Hey Thomas,
Having had Achilles problems, I totally understand. Plus I'm drunk. So
good job on the 50 miles!
JiM

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On Nov 8, 2008, at 4:48 PM, "lisa@inov-8.us" <lisa@inov-8.us> wrote:

> Hello everyone, thanks for all of your wonderful supportive
> messages. They were great to receive!
>
> So per the subject line: I've called it a day at 50 miles. I don't
> regret stopping at this point, but I do regret not having the
> training time to properly prepare..
>
> More later. Thanks again for your thoughts.
>
> Thomas
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

50 and done

Hello everyone, thanks for all of your wonderful supportive messages. They were great to receive!

So per the subject line: I've called it a day at 50 miles. I don't regret stopping at this point, but I do regret not having the training time to properly prepare..

More later. Thanks again for your thoughts.

Thomas
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Re: Through 40 Miles

Let's see, it's now 9 hrs into the race. I hope TM is hanging in, not
to mention LM and CM.
I am en route to Gordon Beirsch in SF for a night where I'm sure I'll
likely have at least one too many.
But I'll be awaiting what I hope is good news!
JIM

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On Nov 8, 2008, at 1:39 PM, "lisa@inov-8.us" <lisa@inov-8.us> wrote:

> Carter ran about 1/2 mile with Thomas leading up to the 38.5 mile un-
> manned aid station. While he seems to be moving well enough, he is
> not as upbeat as I'd like to see him at this stage in the run.
>
> He was 5lbs down at the weigh in, which is hopefully mostly due to
> scale variation but we'll watch it.
>
> We are waiting about 6 miles from the last place we saw him, around
> mile 44. I'm hopeful the milestone of him getting to 50 miles will
> keep him going.
>
> BTW: Carter and I just paid $1.99 per gallon to fill up the car!
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Through 40 Miles

Carter ran about 1/2 mile with Thomas leading up to the 38.5 mile un-manned aid station. While he seems to be moving well enough, he is not as upbeat as I'd like to see him at this stage in the run.

He was 5lbs down at the weigh in, which is hopefully mostly due to scale variation but we'll watch it.

We are waiting about 6 miles from the last place we saw him, around mile 44. I'm hopeful the milestone of him getting to 50 miles will keep him going.

BTW: Carter and I just paid $1.99 per gallon to fill up the car!


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McDonalds

Just saw 2 guys in the top 5. They were sharing a large fries from McDonalds.
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Through 30.6 miles

Thomas just made it through the 3rd aid station. He says he's not feeling good because it's warm here and he's not feeling like he is in shape enough to do this.

He said he would get to 50 miles then see how it goes. The Achilles is holding up so far.

Carter and I refilled his bottles and when Carter handed them to Thomas, Carter told him to "Be a man. You can do it!". I had to laugh out loud. Thomas replied to Carter that he should come out and run it with him. Well, you know Carter just would! Thankfully, Carter has agreed to run with Thomas later when he may really need the company!


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3 Hrs Into MR100

MR100 started on time and they have been going for 3 hours now. The temp is now 64 degrees and sunny with a light breeze.

Coming into the 2nd aid station (16.4 miles), Thomas took off his hydration pack because it was leaking. Oddly enough he commented about hoping it wouldn't this morning before we left the hotel. He didn't bring a backup bladder.

Carter and I filled up his water bottled and replenished his food in his bottle belt and helped him into it.

We are waiting for him at about 23 miles. His Achilles seems to be holding up and he has managed to maintain a reasonable pace (instead of going out too fast as he has in past 100 milers.


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Re: About 1 Hour To Race Start

I'll be running myself in about an hour (not 100 miles). Thomas knows
most of the people I will be running with, so we will all be thinking
about him.
Lisa please tell Thomas good luck from-
JIM

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On Nov 8, 2008, at 6:15 AM, "lisa@inov-8.us" <lisa@inov-8.us> wrote:

> Thomas slept pretty well but has been just ready to start the race
> since dinner last night. He's had a fairly good breakfast, has made
> up his gel and Roibos tea, arranged and re-arranged his accessories
> and treid to relax.
>
> I got back from a run 20 minutes before we were scheduled to leave
> for the race start. He practically bounded out of the door to go
> get his timing chip and weigh in. He is nervous. Mostly about how
> well his Achilles will hold up. And how much the recovery time off
> to heal it from GMR relay will impact his performance today.
>
> BTW: Carter's poison ivy is doing really well and he's enjoying
> Sponge Bob on the TV before we hit the road.
>
> Lisa
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

About 1 Hour To Race Start

Thomas slept pretty well but has been just ready to start the race since dinner last night. He's had a fairly good breakfast, has made up his gel and Roibos tea, arranged and re-arranged his accessories and treid to relax.

I got back from a run 20 minutes before we were scheduled to leave for the race start. He practically bounded out of the door to go get his timing chip and weigh in. He is nervous. Mostly about how well his Achilles will hold up. And how much the recovery time off to heal it from GMR relay will impact his performance today.

BTW: Carter's poison ivy is doing really well and he's enjoying Sponge Bob on the TV before we hit the road.

Lisa
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Friday, November 7, 2008

Sitting in Elk City, Oklahoma

Hi All,

Thanks so much for the well wishes -- Greg and Wendy, I had no idea you'd been studying up on your Danish! ;-)

We arrived in Dallas last night around 9:30 PM and were in bed by 11 so all up we did pretty well. The bad news of the day was that Carter contracted a Poison Ivy rash on his nose and cheek. He has been a real trooper with it not complaining at all and today we made a detour to the pediatrician to get him some steroids. He's improving already.

The trip up from Dallas was uneventful but long (300+ miles). We've done our shopping, had dinner, and are getting ready for bed now. I'm so sick of waiting for this race, thank goodness it is only 12 hours away now!

Thanks again for your thoughts, they are really nice to receive.

Cheers,
-Thomas

Click here to read older updates: http://sevenweekplan.blogspot.com

We expect you to win. So win!

Kaerligste hilsner fra Greg, Wendy og Finn.
 
Ingen wining eller grĂ¥d!

good wishes from New Zealand

Dear Thomas

 

Wish you all the best son. You can do it. Good wishes too from Daniel – doing his own marathon at work all weekend.

 

Kaerligste hilsner fra Mor og Daniel

 

PS Lisa, I can’t seem to follow Thomas on what he sent me, are you able to send me another link.

 

 

Race

Hi Lisa,

Hope all is well and the flight good.   We missed you guys last night at Nelos, you'll have to put in extra time when you return.  Good luck to Thomas.

Eileen: 

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Walk in the Park

Well, not quite, but a walk around the block anyway: 2.4 miles on the usual course. It felt good to be outside in 67F weather -- perhaps a lot like what I will see on Saturday.

My legs feel fine as does my back after a massage yesterday at Letting Go.

Final Weigh In

So it's Tuesday again so it is time to record my weight. For some reason my body has figured out this schedule and adds weight just in time for the visit to the scale. All week I've been weighing in between 174 and 176 (fairly well hydrated too!) but not today! Oh no, not today!

Today's weight (after a 24oz soda): 176.5

You could argue that I'm 175 if you take the soda out, but really, that's a fairly pointless difference since this week is all about hydrating and I'm going to add some fluid weight anyway.

Sigh. More dieting after this stupid run is over.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Oklahoma Shopping List

When we get Oklahoma I will need to pick up some things for the race. Mostly food items, others that simply can't be brought on the plane due to size or available space.

Food:

Cheese sticks
Pickles
Diet Pepsi & Sprite
Paper towels
Beer -- post race.. ;-)
2x 5G Water Jugs (maybe a bit too much, one might do it)
Cold cuts? Turkey? Salami?
Bread?
Mayo?
Bananas

Packing List

With just a few days to go before the race and just three full before we get on the plane, it's time to write up the packing list...

Clothing:

New long shorts with compression liner
Full Length Tights -- just in case
Long Sleeve and T Compression shirts
Long sleeve coolmax T
Short sleeve coolmax T
Half Zip top
Two pairs of thin socks
Two pairs of thick socks
Gaiters for dirt road sections
Winstopper Gloves
Mittens (37F near the finish!)
Wind jacket
Skull Cap
Visor and Cap
Arm warmers
Mistlite Pants

Shoes:

inov-8 f-lite 230's (primary shoe)
inov-8 roclite 305's (secondary shoe)
Crocs for post race lounging
inov-8 roclite 295's for traveling

Food & Fluids:

TJ's Orange Flavored Rooibos Tea
Carbopro
NUUN Tabs -- Kola if available, etc
SaltStick tabs (Primary electrolyte, about one an hour)
S! Caps (Secondary electrolyte if things are going south)
70% Dark Chocolate

Packs, Bags, Bottles, and Other Stuff:

Nathan hydration vest
Two UD bottles -- old style tops
Gel Flask
Get Mix Container
Two hand straps
Nathan bottle pack
iPod
Sandwich size baggies
Thermos (for the soup eaten on the run!)
Blister Kit/First Aid Kit
Tylenol and Ibuprofen
Headlamp
Reflective Vest
Spare Batteries
Sun Glasses
Body Glide
Sun tan lotion