2014 Belmead Trail Fest Race Recap

I was not really in the mood to run a marathon yesterday, then after me and another runner got lost that just made it more frustrating. I was just too sore in my hip joints from participating in last weekends Virgil Crest 50k to run a full Marathon.

My options were to pull out.. DNF or run/walk the coure. I ran a little,  but mostly hiked the full marathon.  I constantly reminded myself that my body was not healed, and sure enough all my weak spots started to hurt like my knees and so forth. This is my tenth marathon in my quest to run a marathon in all 50 states and luckily it was hiker friendly.

I know what pain and suffering is like and so I knew how to deal with this from past experience. As I looked at all the runners passing me by I realized that I am still about 20 pounds overweight. I am at a standstill with no weight loss.

During this marathon I started to think about what Jenna told me and I have made a commitment to stop drinking alcohol at work. This could very well be the reason I can't loose the last 20 pounds. I drink anywhere from 2 to 5 glasses of Merlot four days a week. If I really love myself why am I drinking so much alcohol? I thought this the whole time as I struggled to finish my marathon. I need to change this habit of mine today.


  1. Every marathon finish line is a success story. Congratulations! I know it wasn't the race you originally wanted but that's ok. it's the race you got.

  2. Hi Christy: I just started a running blog two weeks ago and came across this site. What attracted me to it is the things we have in common. I haven't mentioned it yet in my posts but I've been a vegetarian for about twenty-five years. And I too love animals (and have a dog) so I don't eat them. I think in this day and age we can survive very nicely without meat. And another point is that when I was putting on a lot of miles it can become an almost religious experience. And it certainly has an addictive component.
    Do you take any supplements by any chance? Two that come to mind is 1) l-arginine which helps build muscle from body mass which in turn burns more fat cells. And 2) creatine which is an amino acid which promotes athletic performance but you may not like this one.
    Another thing I would do is to cut out the merlot. It's like just pouring sugar into yourself and that gets stored as fat. You really have to cut it out to achieve your goals.
    I want to offer all my encouragement and if I can give you any advice please do not hesitate to contact me. And read my posts when you have a chance.

  3. I had a couple friends who ran this as well. Gorgeous trail -- great pics! I'm dealing with some shin pain as well and know how frustrating it is to be held back. But you finished! Good on you!


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