Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nanny Goat 12/24/100 Insanity

Nanny Goat was the brain child of Steve Harvey who one day was talking to his friend Shelli Sexton on how he would like to do a race to help raise funds for wounded warriors and have it in a looped format. Shelli suggested her horse ranch property in Riverside CA. And Steve and his wife Annie started putting on this stellar event.
My finishing medal on completion of 32 miles. With some very dusty Cascadia trail shoes.
Every trail runner that signs up can choose between a 12 hour format, 24 hours or 100 miles the rule being if you make it to mile 86 before the 24 hours Steve will give you an extra 4 hours to complete a 100 miles to which you could earn your self a coveted light blue buckle!
there was never an issue of what nutritional product would get me through this event even if I was only doing a scaled down version I took extra for my friends.

When it comes to running gear Brooks USA will always save my day
The event 1 mile loop started and finished in a barn!! Yes that is right a BARN!!

My friend Paul had managed to get our group a special stall even had Hay freshly laid on the floor the decoration of Hawaiian Style seemed suitable for a Ranch setting!

So it was very simple, run one mile loops until you drop!! The week before I had badly turned my ankle and had spent 4 days with no movement and my ART and sport doctor David Bolton after giving my ankle ultra sound and a worried look said mmm, a 100 miles??? make sure it is well taped and do not run.
My friend Nathan Swift came to the rescue like a knight in shining armor he had my ankle taped in no time and I really had no movement what so ever ! Did I mention that is what he does!
So at 8am on a Saturday morning at the Sextons horse ranch in Riverside Steve and Annie Harvey gave us a running brief which deserved an award and 165 trail enthusiasts set off on to the one mile loop.
Before the first mile in the barn all smiles for the adventure ahead.
with good friends Ray, Paul and Patty at the fun race brief
You knew as soon as you started this one mile multiple loop it was going to be a different and fun day indeed
 take a right onto Gopher alley I walked this section...
another right and I saw an amazing Caballo Blanco the white horse reminded me of Micah True his spirit lives on.

plenty of spectators.

The mile loop really was amazing, I walked the first mile just to get a grip on whether my taped ankle would hold up to the course and I was not to be disappointed! 
Going through the Orange groves was special nothing like freshly squeezed Orange Juice hand picked from CALIFORNIA!
At the end of the Orange grove section was a bump of an uphill onto a small piece of asphalt turn right again and this was were you could see all the runners returning form the out n back section before making a left and a left back to the tents, RVs and decorated stalls in the barn to complete the mile!
I enjoyed the asphalt as I liked to see the other runners.

At the end of each loop this 11 year old called Colby would be ringing a cow bell and cheering on the ultra runners.  


 My personnel goal was to do about 5 loops but because my ankle was so well taped I walked jogged 18 miles before I decided to stop and ice my ankle. I really felt good as I was certainly not pushing a pace so decided to change into a different running skirt and fill up my bottles with perpetuem and I was good for another few miles.
After mile 18 I iced my ankle changed my socks and pampered my self for 20 minutes.

After thoroughly icing my ankle spraying both legs with Kool n Fit spray I put on my race face which is a smile and set off for mile 19 I could not believe my ankle was holding up to the abuse I was doling out, even if I was being over cautious It was a blessing to be able to do these miles and I was ALL smiles.
I set off in the hope of making a marathon the sun was coming out and I was surrounded by so many inspiring trail runners volunteers and great support.
Our Ranch hosts were every where, picking up garbage, emptying trash, giving iced water hosing down the ground cover

Added music nothing like a bit of beach boys to keep the motivation going.
Passed this 32 times now I know what horses must feel like when they are doing the HOT WALK!
Annie Harvey makes sure that Nanny Goat gives the best aid station possible.
Gosh did I also mention with every loop we also passed an aid station which was so well stocked I only needed to rely on my own perpetuem, they had Hammer Heed, hammer gels, endurolytes, as well as fruit, pasta, tri tip, veggie burgers etc..I kept to Hammer Nutrition as it was pretty toasty during the day.
All smiles as I realize I have done 4 more laps than I thought I had and 32 miles was finished!!!
Sam finishing 50 miles and I was happy with 32 walking/jogging combo and Steve gives us our unique awards.
While my friends continued their quests for 100 miles I decided I needed to recover and so I took my reclining chair out into the sun to watch all the action, I had brought my Compex Sport Elite unit so I could recover and enjoy the running party as it unfolded right before my eyes.
Compex doing its job while I make new friends.
My friends decided to do the 12 hour event and Steve obliged with a great photo finish

Our friends Wayne and Ray came out to support but ended up enjoying our celebration

Had to wear the jester hat (thanks Colby)
So to sum up my event I finished 32 miles without re injuring my ankle I had gone to give extra support to my friends and made new friends too. The event that Steve and Annie put on is like no other I am aware of. the theme is definitely have fun, the food and aid station support out standing, the medals are priceless and the Ranch animals make good spectators.
Next year I also want to get a light blue one hundred mile buckle but more importantly raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project
Always a good event when sponsored by Hammer Nutrition and you get a piece of Bling!
A huge thanks to Hammer Nutrition, Polar USA, Rudy Project USA, Brooks Running, Ocean Potion suncare, Triall3sports, Kool n Fit, Fuel belt, Nate Swift, David Bolton and my awesome friends. Most of all my husband who totally supports his crazy Little English Muffin.
Next Year I hope to get the blue buckle apparently according to Steve 165 runners racked up 10,518 one mile circuits. His web site is

My info for my walk /jog can be found here

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