Monday, February 11, 2008

From the Race Front: COLLEEN WOODS

On last weekend's Rocky Raccoon Race in Huntsville, TX

What surprised you most about the race?
Not too much. I had done the race in 2007 and it was nice to return to a course that is familiar and filled with so many friends.

What advice helped you achieve your goal?
My goal was to start this race. I have had a lot going on recently and I had let training fall by the wayside. I knew if I got to Rocky Raccoon and saw so many of you out there, doing your best…I would be inspired. Needless to say, I absolutely was! And thanks to Tom Triumph for having me out to his house the weekend after the race, so I could continue work-outs with someone who is so great!

I did two loops and earned the three dreaded initials…DNF. But I am not too bummed about this. And I hope to be back in 2008 to claim a finisher’s medal.

Did you meet any new friends on the course?
I laugh that I went from NY to Texas to find a new friend from Staten Island! I did two loops of the course with Marisol Mafoud, Ed’s wife. She was excellent company and had me laughing so hard. It was also great to spend time with Lora on the course. Hope to see you in the Tetons this summer, Lora!

Is there something you learned that you'll use in future races (good, bad, or ugly!)
I learned that not living in the same town as Lisa and Jay when training for a race definitely affects my race performance!

Any words of advice for others thinking about doing an ultra?
The best way to even consider if ultras might be for you is to volunteer at an ultramarathon. You’ll get to see the stages a runner goes through and decide if it has an atmosphere you’d enjoy. Volunteering helped me decide that I was interested in the 50 mile distance, but not in running a 100 mile race any time soon. You guys that do 100’s are crazy…and I love you for it!


leigh said...

you look hot girlfriend. next year you and me and 100 miles????

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Colleen..and and Tom look like 2 little kids:)
So great to see you and how wonderful of you to walk with Eds bride for 38 miles..she will and I am sure you will remember this the rest of your life!

Amanda said... are now officially a stealth trainer...congrats on the two loops, what's that, about 6 loops of the park?

Dee-Dee said...

You go girl! Congratulations on your continued success.


charlee said...

WOW.. it's a strange and wonderful world, when 38 miles is a DNF... which in this case stands for DOING (outrageously) NUTTY FEATS you are a rock star...

Nick said...

Are you kidding me??? 38 miles? I am so proud of you Colleen!

Wanyas the Self-Proclaimed! said...

You look great! Great job, Colleen!