Clove’s Badwater Training Log: 4.18.2015 – 5.1.2015

No, I didn’t pass out in the sauna during the last two weeks.  I was traveling for work and getting my arse kicked by the beast that is Badwater! My mileage is still relatively low, and I don’t hit my first 80 – 90 mile weeks until mid-May.  Time management, however, is already becoming an issue, and it’s something I’m continuing to work on every day.  I’m so incredibly blessed more » Read more

Clove’s Badwater Training Log: 4.11.2015 – 4.17.2015

This entry shall otherwise be titled “My Twisted Spine.” My twisted spine put a dent in things this week.  Some people would say, “Star.  It was the very low mileage first week of a 15-week training plan, coming off of the training that got you to a PR 100-miler.”  Those people would be correct, but I would remind them that I am a super Type-A perfectionist, and that even though more » Read more

Clove’s Recovery/Badwater Prep Training Log: 4.4.2015 – 4.10.2015

This week was still a no-running/recovery week from Umstead, but it involved more active recovery and less sheer gluttony and laziness.  The biggest news is that I began my sauna sessions; I’ll be going on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and working my way up to a full hour between 180 and 200 degrees.  I also started my uphill walking workouts in preparation for Badwater’s longest and steepest hills, combining a relatively more » Read more

Clove’s Training and Food (So Much Food) Log: 3.28.15 – 4.3.15

As I have no training this week, I shall provide a fun look into 100-mile recovery! Saturday, March 28:  100 miles in 19:13, pajama pants. Sunday, March 29:  Rest with legs elevated until it becomes necessary to fly home.  Attempt to drink apple juice to take edge off of growling but nauseated stomach.  Become obsessed with thought of scrambled eggs.  Decide that scrambled eggs are the only edible food on more » Read more

How to PR a 100 Miler: The Good, the Bad and the Bloody

They always say you can’t control the weather, but you can control your attitude.  Challenging as it was at times, the weather could have been much worse.  Mother Nature, however, still had some fun plans for me, and decided to inform me of said plans at about 4 pm the evening before the race.  I was resolute – after all, I’ve been doing this thing for some 25 years now more » Read more

Death Valley Days = Badwater Training Gut Check

This past weekend was the LA Marathon, and since the Clif Bar Pace Team handles the pacing chores, DB and I were out west.  What better opportunity, we thought, to add in a visit to Death Valley, and re-visit the course we’ve now played on six different times. I’ve written before about what it’s like to run in Death Valley, specifically about the time that DB and I created our more » Read more

Clove’s Training Log: 2.21.2015 – 2.27.2015

Hallelujah!  It was a rest week!  I couldn’t believe how productive I was at work, or how rested and alive I felt.  And then, of course, the weekend rolled around and I started getting DB’s cold.  That’s the way it crumbles, I guess. Saturday, February 21:  Easy 3 miles with DB and our friend Ann on some “secret trails” at Disney World.  I was uncharacteristically nervous about my pacing gig the more » Read more

Clove’s Training Log: 2.14.2015 – 2.20.2015

Heh.  For my first 100-mile week in a year, Mother Nature certainly pulled out all the stops.  Sandy snow, sub-zero temperatures and even worse windchills.  What outstanding Badwater training! Actually, I don’t entirely kid.  I was so profoundly overdressed on two occasions that I was moving like Randy during the snowsuit scene in “A Christmas Story”.  Which says nothing for drenched – soaked, I say! – my first and second layers were. more » Read more

Clove’s Training Log: 1.31.2015 – 2.13.2015

Hi Salties!  As promised, I’m back and looping you in on where my training’s at. While Badwater (“BW”) looms large, there’s a big stepping stone on the way:  the Umstead 100 on March 28.  I was in the middle of a block in which I was supposed to run an 80-mile week, a 90-mile week, and then a 100-mile week, but due to my travel schedule, I had to flip it to more » Read more

Clove’s Big Announcement!!!

I’m going to need bottles.  Lots of them. So let’s let the cat out of the bag, and quickly.  I won’t be needing baby bottles, I’ll be needing water bottles.  Lots of them.  ‘Cause Clove’s been accepted to run BADWATER. Yes, the Badwater 135, the mysterious, storied, painful, beautiful, at times completely unfathomable, Badwater.  135 miles across Death Valley, from the lowest point in the continental US (the Badwater Basin) more » Read more

Clove’s (!) Training Log: Week of 1.18.2014

Hullo?  Anyone out there? Yeah, it’s me.  You know the one – the one who spent half of last year trying to get knocked up via drugs, doctors and procedures, then ran a quickie 100-miler when it didn’t work, and then proceeded to fall off the face of the Salty earth? I’m baaaa-aaaack.  And I’m sorry. You know, I meant to get back a hundred different times.  Busy is not more » Read more

Clove’s Secret: The Things That Running Cannot Heal

Nope, this one’s not about infertility. Those of you that follow me may have noticed that I dropped off the radar after the failed pregnancy push earlier this year.  I did exactly as planned; trained up as best I could over five weeks and ran Burning River.  There should have been a race report.  Actually, most of the race report exists, but it became too painful to finish.  I need more » Read more

Runners are Not Special – Until They Make Others Feel the Same

Yesterday, a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook that resonated with me.  So much, in fact, that I immediately realized that our own community could use some similar reminders. Kristen and I met more than ten years ago.  She was training for her first marathon and I had just moved to Columbus.  We had some fun times running and going out with friends until she moved away (boo), more » Read more

Clove’s Training & Fertility Treatment Log: Week 5, Cycle Four

Well, I guess I’ll just cut to the chase. 19 weeks, 76 shots, five pregnant days back in March – but no baby. Sorry, Salties, but I’m not pregnant.  Definitely not pregnant. I’ve had so many thoughts, so many ruminations, so many emotions over the past week, and yet this post just isn’t working out to be one of my more emotional ones.  I had thought, a week or so more » Read more