Archive for January, 2010

Mountain Mist 50K Race Report

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2010 by Kel

I think I found Heaven. Someone bottled it up and spread over 31 miles of a beautiful mountain in Huntsville, AL. I don’t think I have ever felt so at home while racing. I was in my element and the mountain won my heart but left the rest of me broken. I would not have it any other way.

The race started at Monte Sano State Park and took the runners through what they call “Alabama’s Toughest Trail Run.”  Mist definitely provided a very technical trail which included an abundant amount of rocks (smooth, jagged, gravel and boulders) allowing for several close calls for face plants and twisted ankles. It had rained for several days before causing 70% of the trails to greet us with thick mud puddles. Wet muddy shoes coupled with leaves added to the difficulty of navigating the trails not to mention the extra 5 lbs of weight it added to each foot.


The first 23.5 miles of the trail run was challenging but what lied ahead from 23.5-29 was two tough, long climbs that will be imprinted in my memory forever. Waterline was at mile 24 and consisted of 600 feet of elevation gain over one mile in which part of it was climbing the side of a waterfall grabbing onto roots to pull you up the side of the falls and it was made even more difficult with the mud and lack of footing. To put it in perspective it took me almost 21 minutes to complete mile 24!

Rest Shelter (can you say misnomer) was at mile 29. I am not sure how to explain how painful it was 29 miles into a trail run to hit another 600 foot climb. This one tested you not only physically but mentally as well. By this time your quads are crushed from not only the ascents but the downhill technical sections as well. But the thoughts of the finish line being so close heals the pain and weariness. Once you get to the top of the climb the sight of an aid station with a sign that says “1.8 miles to go” was Heaven sent.

The last leg into the finish all I could do was think about the 5 hours and 20+ minutes I spent on Mist, the volunteers that were just out of this world, how amazed I was that Dink Taylor could successfully setup such and amazing race and how proud I was to be part of an incredible adventure.

5h 24m 27s - 31 miles - Approx. 4K feet of climbing

5h 24m 27s - 31 miles - approx. 4K feet of elevation gain


– At registration I said my name and the volunteer (James Hurley – sweet guy!) said I recognize your name. Then he puts the local paper on the table and says, you are seeded top 3 woman. I was completely embarrassed and asked why I was seeded! After I crossed the finish line as the 2nd overall female I see Dink and he says, “That is why you were seeded in the top 3.” 

– I stopped for at least a minute at each aid station pounding M&Ms like they were going out of style. All the volunteers were like, “You are the top female, why don’t you take the cup with you and keep going.”  I kept thinking why would I do that when I can just relax and socialize? At mile 26.4 I was passed by Dana Overton a well known ultra trail runner in them there parts. Oh, I guess they were telling me I should keep moving so I did not get passed 🙂

– After the race I was in the lodge and see the man that was behind me at Waterfall. He comes up to me and says, “I wanted to let you know that I did not look up your skirt. I looked down the entire time.”  Ummmm, I had shorts under my skirt! I wonder what the guys thought when a skirt passed them in pink arm warmers and gloves…nice!

– Major congrats to my friend Jason that not only destroyed Mist but also my time! Pulling off a 5:11 with a stress fracture in his shin. Now that is tough! Way to go J! You are now officially better than me at EVERYTHING!

The BEST Finishers Medal EVER!


Recovery Smoothie With Some Helpful Hints

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 by Kel

Thanks to my girl JC for a lovely text message today telling me it was time for me to put out another blog entry. Since she “yelled” at me in the text (yes, she used capital letters) I am putting out a post that ensures my next text will surely read “tree hugger” (maybe in caps too…we will see). Thanks JC 🙂

I have been slowly moving to a higher percentage of my diet being “plant-based” since the big “40” is only a year away, my body does not recover as quickly and I never intend to end my adventures in endurance sports. I am not a nutritionist or certified in anything but insanity so please know that these tips are from what I find to work for me. After reading Brendan Brazier’s book Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life I realized there are some amazing foods out there that help lower body fat, increase muscle tone, diminish visible signs of aging, help you sleep better, experience better moods, increase energy and mental clarity and build a stronger immune system. After every workout I make myself a smoothie made of the foods I already love and the new ones I have learned about.

Below are the foods I use in my smoothies (I am not giving portion sizes as the point here is to bring attention to the foods and their benefits):

Fresh Fruit: Banana, Blueberries, Strawberries – No need to go into the benefits of these fruits!

Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein powder – at 85% protein, this product has the Highest (non-soy) raw whole grain sprouted vegan protein on the market. This product is top notch!

Garden of Life Perfect Food (Super Green Formula) – This powder is made with vegetable, sprout and organic cereal grass ingredients, one serving is equivalent to 140 grams of fresh grass juice to ensure your body receives the nutritional benefits of multiple servings of fruits and veggies.

Navitas Raw Maca Powder – This one is 100% pure maca powder that is certified organic, kosher, vegan and raw. Maca root has been used as a stress-fighting adaptogen to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue and it also provides many essential minerals, fatty and amino acids.

Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil – This is rich in Omega-3 – the good fat! It is an ideal 3:1 Omega-6 to -3 ratio and helps our bodies metabolize fat and especially vital to combat the effects of stress, aging and environmental toxins

* I also use Coconut water, some pomegranate juice and put in a little almond butter or Agave nectar

Helpful Hint!

For those of you that are like me and skip a recipe that looks amazing because it has an ingredient I don’t know the above may turn you off. BUT, I knew I would stick with making my smoothies so I get most of the “unique” products from Amazon and the best part is most of them I use the “Subscribe & Save” option so it gets delivered directly to my door on the schedule I set (once a month, 2 months, 3 months) and it is free shipping and 15% off the cost for signing up and you can cancel at any time either a single shipment or the entire subscription – no risk!

MacaCoconut WaterHemp Oil Protein Powder

Hope some have found this helpful! My next entry will be about my first trail run, Mountain Mist 50K, in Huntsville, Al. 

Until next time…Midget OUT!