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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Full posting re: Howl At The Moon

So, I did the Howl At The Moon 8-Hour Ultra as my first ultramarathon, and it went (for the most part) great. J came down from Chicago to crew/poke me with a sharp stick when I lagged.

We drove out to Kennekuk Cove County Park Saturday morning for a 7am start, picked up my race packet, and started getting ready.

The race started promptly at 7am, and unsurprisingly for me, I started off way too fast. My goal was to get a total of 35 miles in, which required maintaining about a 13:40/mile pace, including all breaks. My plan was for a 10 minute break every two hours, swapping out fuel bottles, swapping shoes if needed, and sitting for a couple minutes. That meant that I needed to maintain a 12:51 pace while moving. The course was a 3.29 mile loop, and I did the first loop in about 30 minutes. I tried to slow down on the successive loops, but was not having much luck with that - while I'm just about the furthest thing from a super-fast runner, I have a rfeally hard time getting myself to run slow.

Bandaging one of my tiny running injuries (as of Tuesday morning (race was on Saturday), my only injuries from the race are one small blister on each of my big toes, and one other small blister on each of my feet). I used a Spenco 2nd Skin blister kit on the blisters for the first time, and I'll use it again if required - worked great.

My plan for fueling was to use primarily Perpetuem, plus a little bit of solid food if I started going stir-crazy on all liquids (I brought some Lara Bars and Clif Nectar bars, and figured I'd pick up some boiled potatoes at the aid stations if needed) and a little Hammer Gel if needed. I mixed up the Perpetuem the night before, figuring that I'd use one small flask every hour, swapping fuel bottles at roughly two hour intervals. Unfortunately, I'd somehow managed to miscalculate the number of flasks of Perpetuem that I needed, and only mixed 6 bottles, rather than 8. I discovered this about 5 hours in. The ironic thing is that I bonked at about 4 hours in, long before running low on Perpetuem. At that point (about 19-20 miles in), I bonked like never before (actually, "like never before" is a little bit of an exaggeration, since it was my first experience bonking). I was moving along fine, still a little faster that what I wanted my pace to be, but was feeling strong, and seemed to be in a groove. All of a sudden, about a third of the way into the loop, the energy left my body, and it took every ounce of willpower that I had to keep myself from sitting by the side of the trail and sobbing hysterically. I managed to keep going, get some gel in, and pick up some fruit at the next rest stop. after that, I was able to pick up the pace a bit for the rest of that loop, but could tell when I started the next loop that I was in trouble. The need for hysterically sobbing faded pretty quickly, but my legs quickly got more and more tired/dead, and I'd soon slowed down to a walk. Most of the rest of my loops were done at a walk, and I ended up finishing 9 loops by a little past 2pm. At that point, I didn't think I'd be able to get another full loop in before the clock stopped at 3pm, so I took a break until they opened up the 1/2mile out and back course for runners at 2:30.

I started off walking the out and backs (as were most of the people), at what seemed like a slow death march pace, but managed to get a second wind (ok, probably about a 12th wind at that point) and ran most of my last two out and backs, finishing with a total of 31.61 miles. (That's a little more than 50k for those of you on the metric system)

Much enjoying both sitting down, and a post-run beer.

Thanks much to KRR and all the race volunteers for a great event, J for crewing and running with me, and Tracy for providing me with Endurolytes at the last minute (I realized late Friday afternoon that I was short on Endurolytes, and my next shipment wouldn't arrive until probably this Friday).

This was one of my favorite events, and at this point, I'm very seriously considering Howl again next year instead of Pikes Peak Ascent...I'll have to see.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Howl at The Moon initial recap

I'll be posting a longer report with pictures soon, but here's the initial report:
  1. I'm uninjured, except for a few minor blisters. I'm moving really slowly, and am a bit sore and exhausted, but I'm uninjured.
  2. I did not meet my milage goal (35m), but did come damn close (31.61 miles, which means I ran 50k, which pretty much officially makes me an ultramarathoner (an ultramarathon is anything longer than a marathon, but pretty much all ultramarathons are at least 50k)
  3. Howl was fantastic! I'm very seriously considering doing it again next year in place of Pikes Peak Ascent. More on that to follow.

Friday, August 11, 2006

8 Hour Ultramarathon Playlist

Here's what I'm going with currently (in no real order, I'll be listening to it on shuffle) - let me know if you've got any last minute suggestions...
Howl At The Moon
UnderworldBorn Slippy Nuxx (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
2PacAll Eyez On Me
SlipknotLeft Behind
Linkin ParkNumb / Encore
Sarah McLachlanSweet Surrender
Jay-ZMoment Of Clarity
Juno ReactorMaster of the Universe (Edit)
Bonnie TylerHolding Out For A Hero
ChumbawambaOn eBay
The MisfitsWe Are 138
SurvivorEye of the Tiger
Violent FemmesBlister in the Sun
DidoThank You
The MisfitsWhere Eagles Dare
Guns N' RosesWelcome To The Jungle
DMXWhat's My Name?
Mr. DibbsLive @ The Fillmore SF 4-30-03
Lamb Of God11th Hour
Kanye WestTwo Words
Killswitch EngageTake This Oath
Nicki FrenchTotal Eclipse Of The Heart
The Bloodhound GangThe Bad Touch
Simple MindsDon't You (Forget About Me)
Rob ZombieSuperbeast (Porno Holocaust Mi
OasisLive Forever
OasisD'you Know What I Mean
Death in VegasDirt
The KillersMr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix)
Dean GrayBoulevard of Broken Songs
Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run
Arcade FireRebellion (Lies)
The OffspringWant You Bad
Sarah McLachlanHold On (BT Mix)
The LoxMoney, Power, & Respect
The Chemical BrothersGalvanize
Paul OakenfoldGet Em Up
PennywiseFight Til You Die
Johnny CashThirteen
Pop Will Eat ItselfTouched by Hand of Cicciolina
Kid RockFuck That
U2Pride (In the Name of Love)
MadonnaDie Another Day (ultra396Mix)
Thirstin Howl IIIBrooklyn Hard Rock (Pt 2) Feat. Unique London
Cyndi LauperMoney Changes Everything
Kanye WestNever Let Me Down
UnderworldBorn Slippy Nuxx (2003 Edit)
The DistillersSick Of It All
JinHere Now
Lemon Jelly'93 aka Don't Stop Now
DJ Paul & Teenage WarningBrohymn (Dj Paul's Forze Mix)
Drive-By TruckersLet There Be Rock
White ZombieMore Human Than Human
The White StripesSeven Nation Army
Sarah McLachlanSilence (DJ Tiƫsto's in Search
Gogol BordelloUndestructable
Bloc PartyBanquet
Foo FightersI'll Stick Around
Mike NessCharmed Life
Social DistortionWhen Angels Sing
The StreetsWeak Become Heroes
Blood For BloodLivin' In Exile
The Mighty Mighty BosstonesThe Impression That I Get
Lamb Of GodLaid To Rest
AtmosphereTrying To Find A Balance
The TheInfected
BlurGirls & Boys (Pet Shop Boys 12" remix)
NonpointIn the Air Tonight
The Crystal MethodName of the Game
LaibachSympathy For The Devil (Who Killed The Kennedys)
DanzigMother (Live)
Destiny's Child vs. NirvanaSmells Like Booty
Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards6 Foot 5
OrbitalHalcyon On + On + On (Live)
Run-D.M.C.Walk This Way
Pat BenatarInvincible (Theme from "The Legend of Billie Jean")
Fort Minor featuring Styles of BeyondRemember the Name
LaibachGeburt Einer Nation
Smashing PumpkinsPerfect (Nellee Hooper Mix)
Of MontrealWraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games
The StreetsGeblendet Vom Licht
EntombedWolverine Blues
Lemon Jelly'64 aka Go
Ja RuleLife Ain't a Game
The Bloodhound GangI Hope You Die
The Mighty Mighty BosstonesThe Rascal King
The UkrainiansNalyvaimo Brattya (Let's Raise Up Our Crystal Cups,Brothers)
A3Power In The Blood
OasisDon't Look Back In Anger
Happy MondaysKinky Afro
Oxide & NeutrinoThey Think It's Easy (featuring Sef)
The BraveryAn Honest Mistake
Paul OakenfoldStarry Eyed Surprise
Bon JoviLivin' on a Prayer
The Flaming LipsFight Test
Lunatic CalmLeave You Far Behind (Version 2 Instrumental Mix)
Front 242A.W.i.a.T.C.
Shadows FallInspiration On Demand
Public EnemyShow 'Em Whatcha Got
Eminem & Nate Dogg'Till I Collapse
FaithlessTake the Long Way Home

Howl At The Moon: 109 songs, 8.0 hours, 520.8 MB

Thursday, August 10, 2006

One down, sleepy sleepy, and GETOUT OF MY HEAD!

Deployment project is done! No major problems reported, and I now get a minute bit of rest (went to be at about 8pm last night) before the ultramarathon this weekend. Current weather forecast for Saturday has the temperatures in the 70s and 80s, with humidity just under's going to be steamy.

My allergies are currently kicking my butt - as of this morning, I can't hear out of my right ear. I'm popping Sudafed like it's going out of style, and hopefully it'll clear up before Saturday (I've had this happen before, and it typically clears up in 1-2 days).

Monday, August 07, 2006

Fun start for the week

Saturday consisted of a 65 mile bike ride, followed by my usual Saturday between ride/run food and nap break, followed by an attempted 8 mile run. I say attempted because I ended up doing only about 7-1/2 miles, and the last half of it or so was pretty much at a shuffle. Got up at 0500 on Sunday to start work on the deployment for this week, worked until about 0630, then rested a good deal of the day on Sunday.

At about 0130 this morning, got a call from the engineer letting me know that one of the servers had slowed down, and that we were looking at potentially being outside of our migration window in terms of cutting over to the new system. Got that taken care of, addressed a couple of backup-related issues, back to bed. Alarm at 0500, woke up, upgraded two servers, 200 crunches + 64 push-ups on the stability ball, made a double-patented Shea'sSuperSmoothie (1 serving vegan protein powder, 2T lecithin, 1T psyllium husks, 5g l-gllutamine, 2 cubes frozen wheatgrass juice, 1T peanut butter, 1T honey, 1c frozen blueberries, 1c soy milk, 1/2c water. Blend until smooth, conquer the world), in at work by 0645 to finalize the cutover on two of the systems being migrated. Officiallly ready for a nap now, but currently planning on a full day of work.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Plan My Music

(not to be confused with Pimp My Ride)

So I'll be doing the Howl At The Moon 8 hour ultramarathon on the 12th of August. As with most ultramarathons, headphones are allowed, and I'll be bringing music for inspiration/motivation. Please post comments below with suggestions for music, and I'll see about adding it to my playlist....

Changes, spirits, half a million dollars, and a long day

Recent past/near future:
I got promoted to "Senior Research Programmer"!
I've accepted a small part-time job (1 weekend day + some holiday float time) at our favorite local wine store
Next week is crazycrazy time for me - Sunday through Wednesday I manage a ~$500k deployment, and on Saturday the 12th, I run my first ultramarathon (Howl At The Moon - I'm aiming for >35 miles)

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