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Directionally challenged at the Corbett 50k.

by Dawn Lisenby on 05/29/16


Corbett 50k did not disappoint either in quality of trail or people who were there. What did were my navigation skills not even just on trail but to the race. I ended up in my nightmare scenario where you show up with 5 min till race start. After driving for an hour and half to find the race a trip to porta potty was a necessity and then we were off. Thanks to Jennifer Magill for bringing my number to me and helping me to get on my way w pins n ipod.

Then just when I thought I could relax and focus on racing after a discombobulated start I realized in my rush I had left my handheld w Skratch electrolyte in my car. At that point it was lose 2 miles or continue on with out it ...I chose the latter. My strategy was to get thru 15 mi loop as fast as possible to get back to my hydration and while was overcast. I had my fruit chews n just did those with water and an S cap at midway. I was feeling great after 7 miles and cruising the trails as first female. Thankfully I had preloaded with Skratch Hyper on way to race and am sure it helped me run strong finishing first 15 in 2:35. Despite getting lost twice!

After first loop I ran to car and got handheld. I was beginning to feel depleted and with sun coming out in full force pretty hot and was sweating a lot. I tried to down as much as I could but with almost 4 miles between aid stations on first loop and just water it did not cut it. The wheels came off around 20, when I lost lead and was passed by the amazing Stephanie Miller......my idol!

The last 10 miles was extremely painful in a way I have never experienced as mechanically I was sound but was just spent energy wise. I now know what a depletion run feels like and I can say I don't ever want to feel that again. It is THE only race I have ever really wanted to quit. That I did not I am proud of as it took all my will not to. Even with all my comedy of errors I still came away with a respectable time of 6:16 on a tough course footing wise and on our first hot day. I also managed to hold on to finish 2nd female and 4th overall.

I gained a lot of confidence in my fitness for Keys 50 as if I can pull off this finish when I had nothing in the tank and on legs full of training miles then I feel good for my chances to do a solid time there.

Thanks to the wonderful volunteers Trevor and Jamie Woyton, CB Pops Thompson, Tamiya Thompson, Julie Thompson, Eric Hulboj and Jennifer Carvallo for taking care of me during the race n at finish. Guy Rock for his most delicious food and smile!

And what a rockstar finish line it was with so many fun people to laugh and share stories with from the day. So good to chat with the inspiring ladies: Malika, Carla , Lara, Sandra, Samantha, Sally, and Renee. Glad to witness awesome finishes by Bob Becker, Jeff Stephens, and
Ron Hines. And sharing a most delicious beer...and lol with Tim, Heather, Darlene A and Mark Cudak....was priceless. This is what it is all about ....no matter the results it is the people that bring us back for more for sure. As I swore off ultras at least 5 x during the race ??.

Finally thanks to the most incomparable RD, Christiañ Stewart for putting on a race that has that old school vibe ... that as Heather C said to me "is what got me into this whole thing in the first place". It starts with you, my friend! Congrats on putting on a terrific race. I definitely plan to see you on the real course next year. ?????? ?#?corbett50k? ?#?trailtoes?
?#?endurenenjoy? ?#?skratchlabs? ?#?BOCOGear?

Speed Work at the Challenge 5k!

by Dawn Lisenby on 01/28/16

Ooo Wee...5ks hurt! Give me a 50 miler any day. ?? Came back to the Challenge 5k trail race this am to defend my overall title from last year and was race I had dedicated to my Dad. Fell short of overall female title but came away with masters win and 3rd female, 17th overall in a large field with a time of 26:16....17 secs off last year! This is a beast of a course called the "roller coaster"... but is so much fun. Three weeks post 100k and a difficult week personally ...I will take it! Glad to be able to sport my new 2016 Pearl Izumi Champion team jersey for the race. . ?#?lifeisgood? ?#?formydad? ?#?trailove? ?#?endureandenjoy? ?#?trailtoes? ?#?skratchlabs?

Redemption at Croom 100k!

by Dawn Lisenby on 01/12/16

I got my finish. And a shiny new trophy to go with it! Ended up 2nd female, 1st masters, and 6th overall in a time of 12:58. I really felt strong all day, and so enjoyed the cooler weather and running and laughing with friends in route to accomplishing my goals. This is a race that holds a special place in my ?. Thanks to Andy Croom and Amy Mathews for always making me feel a part of it. Thanks to Julie Thompson, CB Pops Thompson and their son for your amazing aid station and encouragement. Thanks to Carla Cellini and Mark Dodds (who got himself a new 50k pr!) for your crewing and pacing. I always appreciate you and the time we spend together. Thanks to my sponsors as well, who once again kept me running strong; with no blisters or stomach issues and looking good. 2015 has ended and 2016 has started with a bang! Now to rest up for a fun spring. ?#?croomzoom100k? ?#?pearlizumirun? ?#?endureandenjoy? ?#?trailtoes? #?skratchlabs?

Enjoying my day at the beautiful Caloosahatchee 50k!

by Dawn Lisenby on 01/12/16

The Caloosahatchee 50K was every bit as challenging and beautiful as I had heard and then some! The course is made up of my favorite thing to run.....hilly, single track. However, two days of rain made for many muddy sections that we were unable to run without slipping and falling, as well as, for greater fatigue in the legs throughout the race. My female competitors also didn't make it easy on me. I spent most of the first loop in fourth place. I moved into third place during the second loop. I went into the third loop even with the second-place girl, who was also a masters, so the race was on, so to speak. I am ecstatic that I was able to hold onto second place and to be able to take home the beautifully, handcrafted, overall masters award! Congrats to Danielle M. Zemola, who on her ultra anniversary came and took the top prize! Thank you Justin Radley for your classic, old school race! I had way too much fun running it and hanging out with many friends today. Can't help being pleased with how I felt during this race four weeks post Oceans 50. It bodes well for future endeavors. ??

Solo Dreaming First Overall at Oceans 50 Relay!

by Dawn Lisenby on 11/14/15

I got my blue bottle!  First overall solo runner @ Oceans 50 in a PR time of 10:00.59. So excited to have improved my 50 mile time by almost an hour, on a course that combines trail and road, and in temp highs today of 88 degrees with 80% humidity!!

Congrats to all the finishers and winners, especially the other solo runners who all finished on a tough day. I have to say my fifth year of running this race was when I felt my best...and I ran 50 miles. lol. A huge thanks to my girl Carla Cellini for being a huge part of why that was possible.

This race is a special one and it just keeps getting better. RD Carrie Meng and crew deserve many kudos for today. And to all those FCRunners who cheered me on...you so helped during those final hot miles. THANK YOU!

Lastly, a shout out to my sponsors because their products really helped me achieve this PR and kept me running strong all day, in high heat, with zero nutrition problems, blisters or chafing. With ALL my races this past year being in HEAT I am ready for a cold weather ultra now. ?#?solodreaming? ?#?oceans50? ?#?pearlizumirun? ?#?endureandenjoy? ?#?skratchlabs? ?#?trailtoes?

Vindicated at 2015 Tick Tock 12 Hour Relay!

by Dawn Lisenby on 11/14/15

My lake did not disappoint me today, inspiring me, along with all the other amazing runners and volunteers, to push when tired legs at 50k did not want to go and the heat with a high of 90 was taking its toll. I pr'd my 20, 50k and 50 mile splits and moved from 4th to 2nd in the last 4 laps. I am ecstatic to have achieved both my goals and ended w/ 19 laps, 1 behind first for 2nd women, 5th overall and 54 total miles. So great to see friends Barbara Gay Neel, David Yancey, Justin Radley and Noelani Taylor. And what can I say about my girl Carla Cellini who came to crew and ran 23 miles with me. She believes in me and is a great friend that I ?dearly! . ??. Thanks as always to my fantastic sponsors who kept me running strong for 12 hours! And thanks to Mary Marcia Brown and husband for putting on a race around my lake. It was splendid!!
?#?pearlizumirun? ?#?trailtoes? ?#?skratchlabs? ?#?seizeitliveit?

Keys 100: "It's Just Around the Bend!"

by Dawn Lisenby on 06/01/15

Keys 100 completed in 30:20. My first 100 mile race was everything I thought it would be and more. I got to run at the beginning with a runner I greatly admire, Chris Twiggs,  who helped me immensely with my preparation for the race. Then from 50k to 100k I got to run with a good friend and the runner who inspired me to do this race as my first 100, Bradford Lombardi. I had a rough spot from 70-80 where the heat index during the day of 103 finally took its toll nutritionally and physically and it was not looking like I would get my finish. I looked at my crew and thought of their sacrifice and an amazing finish line party awaiting and thought "no way I am not finishing this thing". I started moving and never stopped for the last 20 miles. The finish line did not disappoint! Bob Becker puts on an amazing race. When I came around the bend, there were so many in this race!, and saw everyone standing up and cheering for me it was just the most incredible feeling, one I will never forget. Many told me I would cry at the finish but I was so happy all I could do was smile. I am still smiling. I am pretty sure I will be for days. Thanks to my most amazing crew, Carla Cellini, Mark Dodds, and Chris Thompson, who not only took the best care of me, but took on another runner during the race without any hesitation and cared for him as well. Thanks to all the runners who motivated me to keep moving and who at the finish and afterparty congratulated me on my first hundo! Thanks to my sponsors whose products helped me to complete my race happy and healthy. Thanks to:  Dr. Adam Lemnouni of Flagler Chiropractic; Clay Wilson; Natalie Cuchetti; and Rosa and James McCall of Flagler Beach Natural Medicine, who all work to keep my body able to handle many miles, it takes a village!. And a special thanks to my family who supported my first 100 by allowing me to road trip to the Keys and have a few days to enjoy the experience. Yesterday after my turning point I saw the allure of 100's. And even though I may have sworn them off a time or two I am looking forward to my next one. I may give it a few months though ??. #Keys100 #PearlIzumiRun #TrailToes #SkratchLabs #happyrunning

Citrus 4 Mile Trail Race-One of My Favs!

by Dawn Lisenby on 03/24/15

Well you all know its hard for me to resist a race. Decided while I wait to run Carla Cellini in from the last aide station for her 50k I might as well jump into the Citrus 4 Mile Trail Race. Was pleasantly surprised a week after running Palm 100k that the legs wanted to go, although the last mile they turned to bricks. Pleased to come in first overall female and 4th overall in a respectable time for trail of 34:30. Now to bring my girl home!!!
#pearlizumirun #trailtoes #Skratchlabs #Keys100

Fun in the Sun at Palm 100k

by Dawn Lisenby on 03/24/15

Palm 100k finished in 14:02. Fifth female. It was a rough day from the get go as just had nothing in my legs..maybe from fighting off bug this week or not being used to the hot temps.  I really did not think I would finish but with the pacing/crewing of Chris Thompson I was able to. Thanks to the RD Scott Richards for taking care of me at the finish and getting me a meal to eat. And for Mike Melton making me laugh. Congrats to the other ladies who were pushing a hard pace in that heat. I learned a lot of good lesson I will take into the Keys 100 with me, such as caring for my feet every 6 hours and taking in even more Skratch Hyper as I still think I could have used more salt. Happy to have my 100k finish and it was the fight I predicted it to be! ? Thanks to my fantastic sponsors #?pearlizumirun? ?#?trailtoes? ?#?Skratchlabs?.  My new Pearl Izumi Champions tank was perfect.  I never felt hot or got chafed.  My Pearl Izumi Emotion M2's kept my feet and legs happy all day.  As did my use of my Trail Toes Anti-friction cream and tape.  Super excited as well about my new nutrition sponsor Sratch Labs.  I used their Hyper and Exercise Drink all day and really felt a good level of energy.  Others even commented on how good I looked throughout the race.  As the Keys 100 will be hotter I will be looking to add more Hyper as mentioned above.  I also will be experimenting with adding in real food from their great book "Feed Zone Portables".  As the only thing that bothered me towards the end of the race were the Huma gels, I took one per hour.  My stomach was just becoming unhappy with the sugar by 50 miles in.  I do not want that problem on my 100!  All in all a great preparatory race for the Keys.  Things happen for a reason and I am glad that I ended up doing this race as I really enjoyed the views and all those I met along the way!!  And now I go into the Keys 100 feeling loads more confident and very excited for more fun in the sun!!!!

26.2 Miles of Bliss at the 2015 Breast Cancer Marathon

by Dawn Lisenby on 02/19/15

Mission Accomplished!! 26.2 miles of laughter, smiles and love for my sister with Carla Cellini, at the 26.2 with Donna The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer We finished feeling great and yes holding hands smile emoticon in 4:31. Then got to feel like rockstars in the Ruth Chris VIP tent. We got to eat a delicious lunch, have a beer or maybe two, as well as, hang out with the other AMAZING Donna Ambassadors and founder of the marathon Donna Deegan. So proud to have raised $1200.00 dollars for breast cancer research and on a whole the ambassadors have raised $15,000 dollars!  Also there was one of my fav RD's Caleb Wilson, who did a terrific job of covering the Donna 110 Ultra! Excited to finish this race strong and feeling good, with many miles of training this week in my legs. Definite confidence builder for Palm 100k in 4 weeks! ?#?cudnotfindthefireball? #26.2w/Donnna ?#?DonnaAmbasador? ?#?findthefinish? ?#?PearlIzumiRun? ?#?Run365? ?#?trailtoes? ?#?luvSkratchlabs? ?#?formysister? #mayhavetoraceitnextyear

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