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!

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 16.50 Year: 551.50
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: 495.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 418.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 333.50
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 260.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
59.000.000.000.003.0062.00
Progrid Guide TR Miles: 6.50Pace 2 Miles: 10.00NB 800 Miles: 5.00XT Wings 3 Miles: 15.50Fuel XC Miles: 22.00
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House hunting in South Carolina.  I felt great today, no soreness other than my sunburn.  But I chose not to run- this is a super easy recovery week before some very hard weeks.

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AM - 3 easy XT miles in SC.

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PM- Back in Utah.  Ran 6.5 miles with Marci up Green Canyon in the heat.  Legs were predictably very sluggish after a long plane ride.  My wife is hardcore.  She is trying to decide if she wants to do a 25k trail race next month.  

Progrid Guide TR Miles: 6.50
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AM- Considered a challenging run today, then decided to just go easy again.  10 miles on the river trail, starting at Stokes.  22 cars in the parking lot, which ended up belonging to the Mountain Crest cross country team members and parents, out for a run on the trail.  

Grand Mesa 50 mile race report has now been posted.

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AM- Crazy trail run.  I enjoyed sleeping in and got a late start at 8:45 am.  Already warm.  Ran up the wonderful Jardine Juniper for 3.3 miles till the intersection with Cottonwood Canyon, spotting one moose along the way (he disappeared into the trees in the 5 seconds it took me to grab my camera).  I have never done Cottonwood before and decided to conquer it today.  

It was immediately apparent that Cottonwood would be a lot slower than the very-runnable Jardine- the trail was overgrown and very steep, both up and down- the first mile alone had 800 ft climbing and 700 ft descending.  I dropped from 10 min miles to 20 min miles.  Then, I reached the meadow.  Normally I enjoy high mountain meadows, but not this one.  The trail was so overgrown it was almost impossible to see the trail, and the plants were so wet from dew that I was soon soaking wet from chest level down to my now-squishy shoes.  And there were literally hundreds of downed trees across the trail, which I could not see until I was almost on them.  More than once my shin very painfully observantly made me aware of downed trees- my shins are now covered with big, bloody swollen bruises.  And the undergrowth was so thick that I had trouble moving my feet forward at all.  I was moving at 2 miles per hour, when I wasn't sprawled on my face due to grabby branches.  It was very annoying and slow, not trail running at all.

 

There is a trail in here... honest.  Believe it or not, it's straight ahead in this photo.

 

No, really, I swear there is... 

 

Ok, now I'm not so sure.  Hard to see with 5-7 foot high plants!

I pushed onwards through the 5-7 foot tall plants, finally reaching the end of the meadow after just under a mile.  I found the (very faint) trail and pressed onwards for a few more minutes before deciding the trail was impassible.  I turned around, cursing the meadow the whole time.  Shortly after leaving the meadow, I heard something very large in the ravine just below me that seemed to be following me for a while.  Worried, I lobbed several large rocks in its direction to no avail.  Thinking it was likely another moose or even a mountain lion, I found a stout, 2 foot long branch to use as a club.  With adrenaline surging, I ran with the club (first time ever in my life).  Fortunately, I reached Jardine trail 2 miles later without incident- the 5 miles on Cottonwood took me over 90 minutes!  I ran up the trail on the typical tree route, taking a picture of the tree before returning the 5 miles back to my car.

 

 Cottonwood Creek

 

Cody, I took this picture of Logan Peak just for you.

 

Requisite shot of the 3200 year old Jardine Juniper tree

Total run was 15.5 miles with 5000 ft elevation gain and equal loss, in about 3 hr 10 min.  Slow.  Joe and Cody, I cannot recommend ever running Cottonwood Canyon in any form- it is not at all suited for a trail run, unless you enjoy 2 mph treks through head-high weeds.

Last year I hit 2000 miles on Aug 12, while I just reached that milestone today for 2010.  And this whole "no job, just trail running for a month" gig rocks!!!

PM- 5 miles pushing the stroller on the river trail while Marci ran to the end of the singletrack and back.  We made it to the start of the singletrack, then back to the car, then back up to a little ways past Stokes.  The stroller is rather hard to push up gravel hills, but absolutely flies on the downhills. 

NB 800 Miles: 5.00XT Wings 3 Miles: 15.50
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AM- I decided to do a trail run I had never done before this morning.  I drove up the canyon to just before the turnoff to Tony Grove and parked near the USU Forestry Station.  The route is known as Turkey Trail-Peter Sinks-Stump Hollow, and was a delightful 22 mile run.  Unfortunately, I felt very tired and hungry right from the start, and only had a few hundred calories with me, so ran most of the way bonked.  Slow and painful.

Turkey Trail is an ATV route that climbs 2100 ft in the first 3.8 miles, topping out at Peter Sinks.  The next 4.3 miles were all between 8200-8400 ft as I skirted Peter Sinks and reached the singletrack at the top of Stump Hollow.  Peter Sinks had a very desolate feel, and I never saw another person up there.  Stump was a very delightful, generally smooth and soft singletrack that descended about 1400 ft in about 3 miles.  It strikes me as very comparable to Jardine Juniper, and I highly recommend it (unlike Cottonwood, from yesterday).  I would have enjoyed it more if I felt better and knew I wouldn't have to run back up.  I saw 2 horse riders near the turn around, my first people in 2 hours.

The run back was painfully slow as I was out of energy and dehydrated.  I even had to walk a few of the flats and downhills due to lack of energy.  I eventually made it back to the car in 4:03:57.  Total run was 22 miles with 4600 ft climbing and 4600 ft descending.  

I highly recommend Stump Hollow, and plan to do it when I am fresh and can run more of it.

More pictures- I'm taking lots of pictures so I can remember all this for myself.  Hope you don't mind.

 

Turkey Trail ATV

 

Peter Sinks- it is the sight of the 2nd lowest temp ever recorded in the continental US, -69.3 deg on Feb 1, 1985.  The bowls trap air that is so cold that trees can't grow in the bottom of the sinks.  Even in the summer, they never go more than 4 days without freezing.

 

Stump Hollow

 

Lots of flowers

 

Did I mention it was dusty?  This is right before I jumped into Logan River. 

Fuel XC Miles: 22.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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Progrid Guide TR Miles: 6.50Pace 2 Miles: 10.00NB 800 Miles: 5.00XT Wings 3 Miles: 15.50Fuel XC Miles: 22.00
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