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Race Report: Labor Pains 12-Hour

Since beginning to run longer and longer distances, my idea of a training run has changed considerably. My sense of anticipation has also shifted quite a bit, to the point where anything less than 50 miles doesn’t really trigger any of my pre-race jitters or antsy feelings. That was certainly the case this time around as I approach the 3rd year of my birthday run tradition.

I went to the Labor Pains 12-Hour race last year because it looked like a fun way to spend my birthday, and I knocked out 40 miles in the heat and humidity, and enjoyed every minute of it. The weather was considerably different this year, but the goal was the same. September typically marks the beginning of the fall racing season for me, and luckily the weather shifted to accommodate, with cooler temps and light rain/ overcast skies. This was less than ideal for the epicurean’s relaxation and reading plans, but it proved to be excellent running weather…mostly.

We arrived about 30 minutes prior to the 7:30 start time, parked in almost the same location as last year, and I made my way to packet pickup. Other than the weather, the biggest difference this year was having company for part of the day. Michelle, a local friend, decided to make the drive up and use the race as her long run for the weekend, and it was great to have a familiar face to run with for a good chunk of the day. Our paces are very similar and we run a lot of miles together in general, so it worked out quite well.

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lap after Lap…ticking them off. 

To refresh your memory, the course is a 5-mile loop with close to 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Runners complete as many loops as they want, stop when they want, and start again if they want. There is an aid station at the mid-way point, and the trail is mainly wooded single-track. All the rain this year added mud to the equation in copious amounts, and I did plenty of sliding around throughout the day.

In general, my legs were feeling really good, and my pace remained relatively consistent throughout the day. Michelle and I ticked off the miles pretty smoothly, running the flats and downhill portions, and walking a few of the larger uphill sections after the first few laps. She ran the first 25 miles with me (plus the extra 1.2 for a marathon finish), and it made the time just fly by having someone else to run with consistently. After we said our goodbyes, i kept on moving and knocked out my final 3 loops with relative consistency.

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Such a great way to spend a birthday…chasing42! 

As usual, it was a very well-organized race, the aid station at the start/finish was nicely stocked with a variety of snacks, and I made sure to help myself to the beer at the half-way point during the last few laps as well! The weather may have been soggy and less than ideal for relaxing outside (sorry, beautiful epicurean!) weekend day, but it still proved to be an enjoyable day. I still have a few more years before I need to head back out for a 9th lap, and I will continue to return to this race as my birthday run tradition continues. I’ll keep #chasing42 for yet another year!

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Daily Chase: Vol. 79

I am still alive. The streak is still in play. I’m beginning to sound like a bit of a broken record. Life has a funny way of shifting and adapting to fit the space that it’s in, and that has meant having considerably less time for the assessing and reporting on my various running-related endeavors. However, I’m still squeezing in the training, and the love for running and the trails only continues to grow! I can’t promise consistency in my posting this fall, but I can promise consistency in my running. That’s what we’re all here for after all, right?

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Sometimes you kayak to a beach where wild horses roam…

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Run: The fall racing season is in full effect, and my running has continued to stay steady, although perhaps not with the same amount of vertical training that I would like or I was able to get during this period last year. In the last month, I’ve had some amazing adventures in the woods, logged plenty of tedious road miles, and kicked off my own fall racing season. I celebrated my 38th birthday with my 3rd Annual Birthday Run at the Labor Pains Race again this year (9/3), and logged another enjoyable 40 miles in Reading, PA. The weather was damp and cool this year, which was refreshing to say the least, and I had some wonderful company for the first 25 miles, which made them fly by too. It’s a tradition I’m looking forward to continuing well into the future.

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These don’t look edible! 

This past weekend, we traveled up to Cook Forest State Park in northwestern PA, and relaxed by the fire, next to a river and a trail head with some wonderful single-track. I got to play in the woods plenty, and it certainly made my heart happy!

Tomorrow, we are heading up to New York for a long day in the woods as well, so I’ll have more information to come!

Thought: More people need to get outside and disconnect. I know this isn’t a terribly profound statement, and I’m far from the first to utter it. I also know that the conflict reports on the “impact” of screen time on socialization, learning, and other forms of behavior are far from conclusive, so I’m not making any claims about the adverse impact of decreased social interaction and connection with nature. However, I continue to experience enough anecdotal evidence in my own life to suggest that if more folks just took a step back from their lives and tried for a brief moment to put things in perspective, we’d all be much better off. With that being said, #optoutside seems to be far more important than it was even initially intended to be. We are all #chasing42 differently, but I sure hope your chase causes you to step back and listen/look more, and type/talk less!

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Amazing trails and amazing company…what more do you need?!

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