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Moonshiner Madness Night Trail Race 5k

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

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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: 11.00 Month: 44.50 Year: 651.50
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: 280.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 35.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
46.500.008.003.0010.0067.50
Progrid Guide TR Miles: 10.00Road M3 Miles: 17.00Stinson Miles: 10.00Road M3 2 Miles: 15.50Trail N1 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

AM- 8

Lunch- 6

Progrid Guide TR Miles: 6.00Road M3 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.500.008.000.000.0022.50

AM- 10

Lunch- workout with Jim.  Beautiful day for a workout- upper 60's, cloudy, and a slight breeze.  Ran 2 miles to the lake, then started a tempo around the .85 mile loop.  We planned on sub-6 pace, but ended up going much faster.  Hit the first 5k in 17:30, second 5k in 17:16, and finished the 8.1 mile tempo in 45:34 (5:37 avg).  All the miles were between 5:31 to 5:44.  Could have done more as I felt good (well, at least the second half, though I slowed some miles 6-8), but I have a 5k this Friday and a 50 miler next Saturday.  2.5 mile cooldown.  12.5 total in 1:20 (6:27 avg).  Fastest tempo in years for me, maybe ever.  Felt good to run fast.

Stinson Miles: 10.00Road M3 2 Miles: 12.50
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.006.0017.00

AM- 9 with Jim at 7:15ish pace, then a few xt.

Lunch- 2 run, then 4 xt.  My lack of sleep finally caught up to me, hard.  Runny nose, stuffed head, sore throat, itchy eyes- yup, I'm sick.  Blah.  Rest, hope to get well enough for my 5k on Friday night.

Progrid Guide TR Miles: 2.00Road M3 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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No run, just rest.  Still sick- this seems to happen regularly pre-race, brought on by high mileage and lack of sleep, I'd say.  At least I have over a week to recover before the big race.  Taper time.

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Race: Moonshiner Madness Night Trail Race 5k (3.11 Miles) 00:17:58, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.003.000.008.00

Lunch- easy 3 miles with 4 strides to shake out my legs.  They felt better than I thought they would, but not great.  Still going to give the 5k race a go tonight.  I do feel generally much better today- still have my cold, but 2 nights in a row of 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep did wonders.

PM- Moonshiner Madness night trail race 5k again.  It's a wonderful trail race after dark on the trails of my beloved Paris Mtn.  I won the race last year by over a minute in 18:45 and was hoping for similar results this year.  Saw lots of friends at the start, including Aaron and Lynn, plus the Nighs.  The race starts off with .25 mile downhill on road before .5 mile on trail.  Last year, I had a 30 second lead by the one mile mark, but this year I actually had competition with 2 or 3 guys within 10 seconds.  After the .75 mile mark, there is a steady road climb of .75 miles and I absolutely killed myself trying to pull away- I definitely did not go too slow but instead found myself running hard and already suffering terribly.  At the 1.5 mile mark, we finally hit the uphill and singletrack trail for the rest of the race.  I estimated I had a 10-15 second lead but felt the technical downhill singletrack is my strongest part of the race.  Sure enough, the headlamps behind me faded, leaving me alone to enjoy dodging the rapidly-appearing rocks, roots, and branches.  I was able to ease my effort to 95% rather than all out, which greatly lessens risk of injury on a night run.  I wanted to race by feel so didn't even wear a watch but was happy with my finishing time of 17:58.  I didn't remember my time from last year so am very pleased to have beaten it by so much.  Plus, sub-18 seems very fast to me for a race run primarily on technical singletrack in the dark, given I only ran a 17:30 on the road during a day workout this week.  Cullen Mann finished in 2nd place in 18:34 (lots of volunteers on the course thought I was him and cheered me on to his name) and Mike Coggins finished 3rd in 19:01.  Lynn won for the women, as she has all 6 years the race has been held.  

I really enjoy hanging out at this race afterwards.  They have lots of snacks, and it's cool how the finishing area seems to magically fill up with 300 runners- more and more just appear out of the dark.  The nighttime air gives it a feeling that is different than other races- kind of special.  Plus Half Moon Outfitter gives great raffle swag and prizes (I won a $50 state park pass and a Suunto Quest watch- anybody want to buy the watch???  Or I might keep it, as I always need good gear) and cool disco balls for the winners.

Overall a fun, well organized, unique race.  If you've never done one, try a night 5k trail race- definitely adds spice to your running life.  Now it's time for me to officially taper for The North Face Georgia 50 miler next week.

Trail N1 Miles: 5.00Road M3 2 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.000.000.000.004.006.00

AM- herded up all the kids and dropped them off at the gym childcare.  Ran a couple miles but had a real bad sideache so moved to the elliptical.  Xt is allowed during taper time!  Then practice the church primary program for tomorrow.  Now it's time to mow the lawn (if it stops raining) and a haircut.  Tired after my late night race last night, so might take a nap, too.

Progrid Guide TR Miles: 2.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
46.500.008.003.0010.0067.50
Progrid Guide TR Miles: 10.00Road M3 Miles: 17.00Stinson Miles: 10.00Road M3 2 Miles: 15.50Trail N1 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
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