12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF
Short-Term Running Goals:
None for now
Long-Term Running Goals:
Unretire at some point
Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler
Win a 100 mile ultramarathon
I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos! And I have the absolute best wife in the world. And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!
Lunch- 8. Took it a bit easy to see how my back was feeling. It felt pretty good for most of the run, just a bit sore at the end. Not too bad after.
TS11 Miles: 8.00
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Apr 04, 2016 at 19:44:49 from 188.8.131.52
Looks like Jared is going to get #3. I just watched the movie. Impressive that you gave that race a real shot!
From Jon on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 05:32:49 from 184.108.40.206
Yes, Jared did it. Amazing. And 2 others also started the 5th loop- which means it was the first time 2 runners dropped out during that loop.
I didn't give it a great shot, not compared to what the finishers do. It's an amazing race. When are you doing it?
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 07:49:13 from 220.127.116.11
I just read your report again. Have I ever told you that you are a very good writer? Seriously, if this engineering thing doesn't work out for you...
What's the oldest person to ever attempt it? I'll be 52 next year. Not even a possibility but I used to be pretty good with a compass and a map back in my Army days.
I just walked by Jared's house - still no one home obviously. I want to congratulate him in person.
From allie on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 14:07:18 from 18.104.22.168
i've been seeing bits and comments about barkley around the webz, but i never looked into what it was until i read your [fantastic] report. i actually pulled up a chair and read the whole thing. with snacks.
i loved all the background info you provided on how the race came to be, and the cigarette-puffing mastermind behind it all. true adventure. it's awesome you were able to give it a shot. maybe you can go for round II when you unretire.
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 16:16:31 from 22.214.171.124
Wait... Jon retired???
From Jon on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 19:31:56 from 126.96.36.199
Rob, did you not know I was retired? As for age, I'm pretty sure there have been Barker's in their 60's, though they weren't making a serious attempt at finishing. I think one of the finishers was around 50, though.
Allie- you're pretty close to Barkley-land in GA. I hear about it more in SC than I did in UT.
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 20:24:42 from 188.8.131.52
Of course I knew. It's on the title of your blog. You need to re-think that btw.
From Jon on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 at 07:15:05 from 184.108.40.206
Why do I need to re-think it? I'm still retired. I haven't done a single race in 9 months. I haven't done a run longer than 14 miles or 2 hours in 9 months. And I've only done 1 race in 18 months.
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