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:

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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!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 42.00 Year: 401.50
XT Wings 3 Lifetime Miles: 235.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Peak Lifetime Miles: 282.00
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Fuel 2 (road) Lifetime Miles: 463.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 343.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 395.10
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 458.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 86.00
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I figure it is a good time for an end of year review.  For my goals, I did a pretty good job meeting them.  I stayed relatively injury free, met my mileage goal of 2500-3000 miles (I would have been pushing the upper end if it weren't for my slacking plus a number of sicknesses in Nov/Dec).  I did set new highs for weekly, monthly, and yearly mileage.

I placed top 3 at Striders, Logan Peak, and MMM, and barely missed my goal by placing 4th at Jupiter Steeplechase.  I crushed my 1/2 marathon goal by almost a minute and a half, though I completely missed my St. George goal. 

I would say the highlights of the year included the first 3 striders races, particularly the 10 mile- I really enjoyed the challenges of the hills.  I got sick before the 1/2 marathon, which threw me off for the 1/2, 30k, and Ogden marathon.  WBR was ok, but I don't think I'm going to do any more overnight relays- I've done 5 and the fun is gone for me.  I really, really enjoyed doing my first 3 trail races- Logan Peak was a very fun, challenging course where I learned a lot about trail racing while managing to win and set a course record.  Jupiter Steeplechase was just plain fun and I want to do better in 2009.  The high point of the year was the 2 week period where I crushed my 1/2 marathon PR by 2.5 minutes at the TOU 1/2, and then won the MMM and almost set a course record.  Fun times.  That was quickly followed by the low point and my only bad race of the season at St. George.  I had really been looking forward to that race and knew I was in sub-2:30 shape.  However, I think I had not fully recovered from my previous races, though I still would have run a PR except for the weather.  I can't complain about only having one bad race all year, though it is disappointing when it was the one I had been focusing on and building towards.  I planned to take a little time off and then train the rest of the year, but a very busy schedule combined with a number of illnesses have resulted in a end of year slowdown, with only 27 miles in Dec.

Now for next year- the first think I need to do is get in shape again for the Striders series.  I am really looking forward this these races.  Assuming I can do the training, I want to aim for 2:35 at Ogden.  If I can get that, I plan to run very few road marathons in the future.  I am definitely running Wahsatch Steeplechase in June, something I have always wanted to do.  Things are a bit fuzzy after that, though there will be an emphasis on trail races and ultras- potential races include the Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run 15k, Wasatch Speedgoat 50k, Jupiter and MMM, TOU 1/2, maybe pace someone at the Bear 100, run the Ogden Valley 50 miler, and maybe run NYC marathon in Nov.  Who knows.  First I have to get over this darn cold and get in shape.  I want to run 3000+ miles and stay injury free.  That is the plan for the year- should be a fun one!  I'm tentatively planning on a 100 mile ultra in 2010, so I better get ready for that!

Happy New Years, everyone!

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