Shannon & Pam, after months of training, officially became ultrarunners with finishing Way Too Cool 2010 (3/13/10). They continue to run the long distances as they continue to challenge themselves physically & mentally. This is where they post those triumphs and also their tribulations.

December 15, 2009

12-15-09 Day 37 Shannon

Sunday was a FLWTS race at Beale's Point. It was a wet day! I got there early to help with set-up and registration and luckily we had the snack area to block the wind and rain. We were definitely at the right venue for a wet race :).

Pam and I did the 11.5 mile run. It was muddy which made for a more tiring race. You definitely use different muscle when running in the rain and mud. I remember saying to Pam how much I enjoy the 7-8 mile distance, I wonder when I'll enjoy the 11 mile distance??!!

I felt really good throughout the run. Diane had us going on some different trails which is always fun. As usual, Pam and I were poking along in last place, but we were enjoying ourselves. We stopped and chatted with the aid station volunteers, hit the potty a couple of times, and just kept trekking along. We finished in a little over 2.5 hours. We'll take it! Oh we get double points in the series for running in the rain - woo hoo.

After the race I went home took a hot Epsom salt bath and then crawled into bed for a short nap as I had to get ready for our 1st Anniversary & Holiday party for the Folsom Trail Runners being held at Linda's house in Cool.

The party was so much fun! Great food, great people, great raffle prizes, great gifts! I had a lot of fun and can't wait for the next one. No one has posted the pics yet, so I can't share any pics on the blog. Perhaps later I'll be able to post some pics of the party.

Today I am still really tired. Got to the gym and hopped on the hamster wheel (my new name for the treadmill) and my legs felt like lead. The first mile was tough, but I took it slow and easy. Picked it up for the 2nd mile. Finished up with a few minutes to spare so I did a small cool down before heading into yoga. Still feeling tired and still having lead legs I struggled in yoga, but it felt good to get in some good stretching.

Fatigue is definitely going to be a huge factor for me. I sure hope I start to feel the goodness that is to come by going wheat-free soon! Now I will admit, I haven't been 100% wheat-free yet, but I'm definitely 95% wheat-free and the 5% is a smidge maybe once a week. I will eventually be 100% wheat-free once I figure this whole thing out.

Here's to being muddy!!!


  1. Hey I didn't know you were going wheat free! I have celiac which means I a gluten free (basically means wheat free too) so if you EVER have any questions or are on the hunt for something to eat just holler! I've been gluten free for over 8 years now. Great job on the run on Sunday!

  2. Believe me, I come from a big Italian family so I understand bread and what it means not to have bread, pasta or even beer! It took a long time to come to terms with it but once you get past the hurdle and realize how much better you feel it is worth it.

    Millet & flax bread is healthy and delicious and probably the closest to regular bread also it is wheat free. I buy mine online which is costly but I buy in bulk ( They also sell pizza crusts, rolls and bread sticks!

  3. Nice job on the race, it was a fun trail in that weather.
    I have a gluten free bakery right near my house up in Cameron Park.
    nice people and good food. They also sell at several places in Folsom (see website)

  4. Oh I love Azna!! I've been going to them long before going wheat-free. I developed an addiction for their cinnamon rolls, so I had to stay away for a while! But I need more of their pizza starters, so I'll be visiting them soon :)

  5. Great post, shannon! I love the pic!