Thursday, February 07, 2008

From the Race Front: LAURIE ANDREWS

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

What surprised you most about the race?
You mean the rest of the country is not covered in white, fluffy snow at this time of year? The course was beautiful, but allowed for no day dreaming (roots were ready to trip you up at every step). It felt so good to be in the presence of so many supportive and enthusiastic Dreamchasers.

What advice helped you achieve your goal?
Enjoy where you are, doing what you are doing – it hit me in lap two that I was running on a beautiful sunny day, with wonderful, warm friends all around me – what a great place to be.

Did you meet any new friends on the course?
I did meet some new friends and was thrilled to see some familiar, loving faces.

Is there something you learned that you'll use in future races (good, bad, or ugly!)

I really thought I was holding back in the first lap, but alas, I once again can’t seem to grasp going slow to go fast – and I paid for it, especially in lap two when it was pretty warm (at least compared to Wyoming at this time of year). Thrilled to report that I got my nutrition right and my stomach didn’t stage a revolution part way through the race.

Any words of advice for others thinking about doing an ultra?

Have a race plan and follow it (easy to say, not always easy to do)

Train in similar terrain if you can

Have fun and be in the moment


Anonymous said...

Did not get to meet you but sure would like to, you are so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie,

Its so great to see you through many the cold of the Tetons, the heat of Moab...and now the pleasant temperatures of Texas in Feb. Your committment to training and having fun are an inspiration to me. Keep on truckin!



Bob Becker said...

Hi, Laurie! It was great seeing you again last week, especially on the course. You are always ready with a smile and encouragement for the rest of us--generally when most needed. Thanks for being a very special cheerleader as wellas a terrific runner. Congratulations!
Bob Becker

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Beautiful smile award:) Always with a smile even behind that..this hurts:)
Good race for you..coming from the snow to running on trails in the hot sun is not easy for anyone and you made us all proud.
Can't wait to see you again very soon.

Anonymous said...

You went blasting so fast by me; I wasn't sure if it was you :) Can't wait for MDS. Well done!!!! Kira

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing your beautiful self out there!

leigh said...

Laurie, you are ready to Rock MDS! Can't wait to see you! Leigh