Up­com­ing races

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Wed­nes­day: Sun­stroke Sum­mer Stam­pede Race #9, 7 p.m. at Brushy Creek Trail, Cedar Park. See www.sum­mer­stam­pede.com.

Satur­day: Tough­est 10K In Texas, 8 a.m. at Han­cock Park Pav­il­lion, Lam­pasas. See www. runtex.com.

Satur­day: Brown Santa Christ­mas, 8 a.m. in July 5K at Wil­liamson County South­west Re­gional Park in Le­an­der. See www.wilco­brown­santa.com. says Ter­ra­nova. “My biggest week I ran 140 miles.”

But more im­por­tantly, to re­ally get a feel for the rig­ors of the Sierra Ne­vadas, Ter­ra­nova trav­eled to Cal­i­for­nia, com­plet­ing three 50-mile races, all with at least 10,000 feet of climb­ing to sim­u­late Western States: the Lake Sonoma 50 Miler in March, the Leona Di­vide 50 Miler in April, and the Quick­sil­ver 50 in May, which she won.

Sup­port teams are vi­tal to ul­tra run­ners. In the Western States, Ter­ra­nova had two key sup­port­ers.

“Paul had my fuel bot­tles ready when he saw me at miles 23, 38, 55, 62 and 78,” she says. “He helped to get me out of the aid sta­tions in two to three min­utes.”

Don­ald­son also helped by pac­ing Ter­ra­nova throught the last 22 miles of the race.

“You’re al­lowed a pacer for the last 38 miles of Western States,” says Don­ald­son. “The whole point is to pro­vide a psy­cho­log­i­cal boost. Things come up: chaf­ing, stom­ach prob­lems, etc. So the pacer’s job is to be up­beat and to keep things in for­ward mo­tion, and to be very pos­i­tive.”

To avoid stom­ach is­sues, Ter­ra­nova, who is a sports nu­tri­tion­ist, ig­nored the good­ies at aid sta­tions, which of­fered cook­ies, pizza and sand­wiches, in­stead tak­ing in only liq­uids for fuel.

“I pre­fer mix­ing elec­trolytes and car­bo­hy­drates in my wa­ter bot­tles,” she says. “I make a kind of a cus­tom sports drink. I know ex­actly how much I need to take in — be­tween 85 and 100 grams per hour.”

A late-race col­li­sion al­most caused Ter­ra­nova to miss her goal of break­ing 24 hours.

“We were run­ning up the fi­nal climb, and I went to pass this guy. He and I col­lided, and I fell hard at mile 98. There is noth­ing like the slam of ex­hausted mus­cles af­ter 98 miles of run­ning. But I got up, limped for a bit, and hit the road with 1.3 miles to go.”

Hit­ting the track at the fin­ish line, Ter­ra­nova ex­ulted in her ac­com­plish­ment.

“Twenty-three hours and 56 min­utes was never so sweet,” she says.

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