Sunday, October 20, 2013

Team RWB- Chicago Chapter runs with MUDD Ultrarunning Dudes & Dudettes

Team RWB Chicago Chapter and the MUDD club
It was a beautiful fall day for a run on our home trails! We were blessed to have the Chicago Chapter of Team RWB, come out to run with us MUDDers at Veteran Acres in Crystal Lake, IL! Team RWB was so generous bringing bagels, coffee and rolls.

We broke up into a few different pace and distance groups. Everyone had a great time! Thank you so much Team RWB! It was a special day! We look forward to sharing some trails with you again soon.

photo credit Katrina Strich (Allison Caldwell, Dave Caldwell, Brandi Henry)

If you are interested in joining Team RWB here is a link to the website

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cactus Rose 100- It's almost here!

Cactus Rose 100:  Bandera, Texas - October 26, 2013 
Race start: 5am Saturday  (36 hour time limit)  
Race description-
No Whiners, Wimps, or Wusses : A nasty rugged trail run
Bonus Points for Blood, Cuts, Scrapes, & Puke

"Sounds like fun- let's sign up!!!"-Michele, Holly, Tim

I'm road tripping to this race with 2 of my dear friends, Holly and Tim.  We are camping at the race start.  It will be Tim's first 100 mile race. WooHoo! He is going to do great! We all are! Planning, training and talking about training together has been a lot of fun. I am grateful to get to share this experience with my crazy friends!

Training has been going well. During the last 5 weeks I have ramped up my weekends with solid long runs. Running 22-26 miles on Saturdays. I have done these runs on the most rugged  trails I can find near my home. Then I backed these up with a 10 to 16 mile run on Sunday. I've also gotten out on the trails at night during the week for a medium length run. I used these runs for speed work, running the first half easy then finishing up at tempo to marathon pace. I run 5-7 days a week.  Every week the runs have gotten easier and easier. Now it's time to put it together for 100 miles! 

A little about the race...

The race is self supported.  You arrive at your drop bags every 5 miles. I've been planning my drop bags for weeks. One thing I got that I'm pretty excited about is self heating cans of Chicken Soup. Hot chicken soup has brought me back from the dead at 100 mile races so this was a great find. Other supplies include ensure, fruit, paydays, homemade almond bars, Sprite, S Caps, and Wet ones. The race supplies ice, water and a well marked 25 mile looped course. The course direction changes after each loop.

36 hours is a long cut off time. Most 100's are 30 hours. A long cut off time is a sign of a really tough course.

Creepy Critter WARNING- It's been said we need to watch out for Giant rattlesnakes on the course. I found this picture on the Internet of a rattlesnake caught in Texas in the general area of the race. I'm not sure you can believe everything you read on the Internet, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared...

Giant Texas size rattlesnakes- "Everything is bigger in Texas"

Never hurts to be prepared....


1 medium-sized rattlesnake (3-4 lbs.), cut into steaks 
1/2 cup flour 
1/4 cup cornmeal 
1/4 cup cracker crumbs 
1/2 cup milk 
1 egg 
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt) 
1 teaspoon salt 
dash pepper 

Mix dry ingredients. Whisk milk into beaten egg and use to dip snake steaks. Then coat them with dry ingredients. Fry, uncovered, in 400 degree oil until brown. 

Haha!!! Hope we don't need to use this recipe! All kidding aside. I am really looking forward to this challenge. I can't wait to see my Texas friends! Yee Haw!!! Let's do this!
~Happy trails - Michele

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rock Cut- Triple Crown race series

We all had a great time at the Rock Cut Hobo Run race weekend! The Hobo races have reasonable prices and plenty of swag. The race is held at Rock Cut State park which has great campground. We got a group together and rented 3 campsites. Park rules allow 3 tents on each site and we were filled to capacity with tents, MUDDers, love and laughter!

Trying to photo bomb Gerome

 Hobo Triple Crown Race Results

Friday- 10k night run
dry, cool, pr weather
Saturday- 25k
Sunny and beautiful, great day for a run
Sunday- 50k
major downpour, trails were MUDDy
Caveman and Momma Caveman! Nice 25k finish (11 years old)

Congratulations on great runs from our MUDD camping crew-

Shelley Cook for finishing 1st overall Female in the Triple Crown Series!

Alec Bath 3rd overall in 25k!

Imola Hablik son ran the 25k. He is 11 years old! Imola Hablik finished the 25k with her son. It was a PR distance for both of them.

Blair Piotrowski finished the Triple Crown with Age Group awards! 

Timothy Kruse finished the Triple Crown with a age group award!

Todd Brown on killing the 50k after killing the 50k at North Face in Wisconsin the day before! B2B50k weekend!

The rest of us went to cheer, support, and squeeze in some training miles! I know I've never laughed so hard. It was fun to meet Roxie who was a sweet camping dog. A fabulous weekend Giggle Fest! I am so thankful for great friends.

Selfie by Runnerpics photographer Scott Laudick!
Lot's of laughing around the campfire

Me and my sweet daughter at the night 10k

Gerome and crew sitting around the campfire

This was when our "camp circle" was still small

Scott Laudick, Geoff Moffat, Andrea Pate

Scott Laudick and Geoff Moffat had a way with the well as the sweet tea and maple syrup

Alec Bath, Shelley Cook