I'm retired from racing. Really.

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I also maintain a blogspot running blog. Check it out. 

5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

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:

Goals 

None for now

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon

Personal:

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!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 11.00 Month: 54.00 Year: 947.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 418.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 455.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 278.50
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 168.00
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 70.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
73.000.000.000.0012.0085.00
Float Miles: 9.00Pace 3 Miles: 15.00NB 769 3 Miles: 6.00NB 760 Miles: 11.00Fuel XC 2 Miles: 32.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.004.0010.00

Lunch- run 6 with Ben and Daniel, then bike 4 to rest my Achilles a bit.  Don't want to injure it with MMT this weekend and my 100 in a month.

Float Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

Lunch- 7 on the GE trails with a good group, then 3.5 on the road/track.  Mid-80's and very humid... summer is coming.  1:21:30.

Pace 3 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.008.0017.00

AM- I was planning on a 14 mile BW, but my legs immediately and unarguably told me that it wasn't happening today, so I settled into an easy run pace for 3 miles.  That wore me out enough that I then hoped onto a XT machine for a while.  Pooped.

Lunch- yup, still pooped.  6 with the guys on another mid-80's, humid day. 

NB 769 3 Miles: 6.00Float Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

Lunch- 11 with Jim, Jason, and Dan while listening to Dan recount his St. George Ironman last Sat.  Legs felt much better than yesterday.  Even did a few fast miles with Jim at the end.

New shoes today- another in the NB 76X line.  I think this is my 13th pair in that series- started with 765's up to 769's, and now NB rolled over to 760 again.  Definitely my favorite line of shoes ever.  I normally retire all my shoes at 500 miles, but I have 3 above 500 right now- hopefully I'm not running on borrowed time and skirting injury with them.  Feel ok so far- much better than when my Brooks or Mizuno crap out at 350 miles. 

Short run tomorrow, then leave very early Sat to go pace Neal Gorman at MMT 100.  Should be fun and rainy- he's trying to give Speedgoat Karl a run for the ribbon. 

NB 760 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Lunch- 4.5 easy on a very hot, very humid (80%) day.  Ready for tomorrow- I am packing tonight and leave at 6 am.  7 hr drive, run 40 miles, sleep, 7 hr drive home.  Should be fun.

Pace 3 Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
32.000.000.000.000.0032.00

Out of the house at 6 am for a 400 mile drive to Massanutten 100.  Temps were mid-70's and very humid- it could have been worse.  Predicted rain storms never emerged, which was nice.  I met my runner, Neal Gorman, at Camp Roosevelt aid, mile 63.  He was about 20 minutes behind his (very ambitious) schedule and in 2nd place, 15 minutes behind Karl Meltzer.  The first leg went very fast as Neal and I got to know each other.  His crew members (wife, mother, sister) were efficient and encouraging at the aid stations.  The second leg was a real doozy- we ascended Kerns Mountain, then followed the very, very rocky ridgeline for 5 miles.  Brutally rocky, unrelenting- impossible to get moving.  But Neal did awesome- I never saw him get discouraged or trip or anything.  He was feeling appropriately fatigued given the mileage and had a few bad spots, but ran well.  The Massanutten Mountains are definitely the rockiest place I have ever run- I have run stretches with that many rocks, but never mile after mile after mile.  We loved it.  My last section with Neal was particularly enjoyable, though- a gradual descent on singletrack alongside a creek.  Very green and peaceful- I dubbed it the Shangri La of MMT.  And Neal seemed to be running better than ever.  My 23 miles and 5 hrs with Neal ended far too soon, though, as pacer 2 (Jeremy) met him at mile 87 to accompany over the last 15 miles.

After Neal and Jeremy left, I decided to keep running the course.  I stocked up and pushed hard into the descending darkness.  Neal and Jeremy had a 10 minute head start, which took me almost an hour to make up.  I passed them, reaching the final aid station (mile 95.4) after almost 7 hours of running.  I wanted to run the last 7 miles, but a few niggles in my feet convinced me that there was no point in risking injury.  I cheered Neal through, looked in admiration at the runners just reaching the aid (it served as both mile 68.7 and 95.4, so most of the runners were just reaching the 2/3 mark), and called it a day at 10 pm.  Total was 32 miles running in about 7 hrs (6:25 moving time) with 6000 ft climbing and 5600 descent.

I rode with Neal's crew to the finish, where I ate some delicious food and talked to Karl for 30 minutes while waiting for Neal.  He crossed the line in 19:40, the 10th fastest time ever and fastest non-Karl time since 2007.  He ran strong and had a great race.

After, I took a shower and crawled into my tent at 1 am, exhausted.  Even though you aren't moving real fast while pacing, time on your feet and caring for the runner still tires you out.  It started raining just as Neal finished and continued all night (wet rocks and wet runners resulted in many DNF's).  I slept poorly for 3 or 4 hours, then wandered to the finish to eat and watch more runners (only 1 finished in the 45 minutes I was there).  I packed up and started home at 7 am.  I did find a runner who had made a wrong turn and was 4 miles off course, so drove him back to where he should have turned (nothing like 4 extra miles at the end of a 100).  Very tired on the drive, but made it home.

Fun, tiring weekend.  Pictures on my blogger

Fuel XC 2 Miles: 32.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
73.000.000.000.0012.0085.00
Float Miles: 9.00Pace 3 Miles: 15.00NB 769 3 Miles: 6.00NB 760 Miles: 11.00Fuel XC 2 Miles: 32.00
Weight: 0.00
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