I'm retired from racing. Really.

Harbison 50k

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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: 12.00 Month: 59.50 Year: 419.00
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: 89.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
49.0031.000.000.000.0080.00
Fuel Trail 4 Miles: 11.50Lone Peaks Miles: 2.50Fuel Miles: 10.00Hoka Bondi B Miles: 24.00Peak Miles: 32.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

AM- Paris Mtn trail run.  Ran 14 miles total, with Justin joining for the middle 5.  Cool temps, uncrowded trails.  Felt good and enjoyed the last trail run of the year.  Even did the last bit with my Altra Lone Peaks, first run ever with them.  My calves are now a bit sore, unsurprisingly.  14 miles, 2:07 with 2000 ft climbing.

Fuel Trail 4 Miles: 11.50Lone Peaks Miles: 2.50
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HOLY CRAP...

My dive off the deep end of ultra running may now be complete.  I have done something unimaginable even just a few months ago- I applied to the Barkley.  I wasn't one of the unlucky 35 souls who got officially accepted, but I was placed number 13 on the wait list.  And I've already moved up to number 11.  From what I'm hearing, 10-20 people get in from the list every year, which means my chances are very good.  And so, until further notice, I'm training and planning to run the Barkley this year!  Nuts! 

Lunch- 10 miles running.

Fuel Miles: 10.00
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Lunch-10 miles with the biggest lunch run group ever, 10 runners. Quite the herd. Did upper body work after, something that I think will help at Barkley.

Finally caught up on 6 months of blogging, and a bunch of race reports (all except TNF San Fran).  Read here, if you want.  The entire 6 months is shorter than my Bear 100 race report, at least.

2012 Year in Review and a Look Ahead

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about 2012.  For no reason in particular, I don’t felt it was quite as good as 2011.  I ran the most miles ever and was relatively injury free, both positives.  I won 7 races ranging in distance from 1 mile to 50k and set 5 PR’s, including 4 in one race at a relatively-satisfying Umstead 100.  Winning StumpJump was an unexpected highlight.  But for some reason, I think I left a bit on the table.  Not racing Waldo was definitely a mistake, and I had a number of races where my performance range from a bit subpar (Uwharrie, Iron Mountain) to downright abysmal (TNF 50). 

For 2013, I expect myself to improve.  I plan to keep mileage about the same but want to increase the number of Big Workouts (especially hill work), which I feel decreased over the last few years.  Beyond that, I want to keep racing, running, and having fun. 

Planned races:

January- Harbison 50k

February- Mt. Mitchell Challenge or marathon

March- Probably Chuckanut 50k, if I get in the lottery

April- The Barkley Marathons, if I get in from the wait list (I’m number 11).  Yes, this is THE Barkley and is completely nuts.  I plan to train accordingly.  For the record, I never would have imagined running this race even a few months ago and now I find myself strangely excited.  If I don’t get in the Barkley, I’ll do Promise Land 50k

May- recover, or go Massanutten 100 (wait listed) if I didn’t do Barkley

June- nada

July- White River 50 (yup, 2 trips to Seattle for races)

August- maybe Laurel Valley 35, maybe nothing

End of year- plan to do TNF Atlanta 50, then Pinhoti 100, the Lookout Mtn 50.  Might do Georgia Jewel 100 or Grindstone 100 instead of Pinhoti 

Hoka Bondi B Miles: 10.00
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Lunch- ab class then 8.5 miles with some of the guys.

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Lunch, 5.5 ez with Todd and Aaron. Harbison 50k tomorrow as my first race of the year, basically a warm up. Should be fun.

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Race: Harbison 50k (31.2 Miles) 03:58:02, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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Quick report- Harbison 50k today in Columbia, SC.  Nice race, almost all singletrack with some technical portions.  Lots of fun.  Felt good and ran well, considering I'm just starting training again and wasn't focused on this. Shaun Pope won it in 3:47, I got second in 3:58, and 4 total runners under 4 hrs.  The old course record was 4:10, so competitive race today.  I wanted to break 4 hrs (my PR is 4:06 as a split at Umstead 100) and win, but 1 out of 2 ain't bad all things considering.  Final stats were 3:58:02 for 31.2 miles with about 2000 ft climbing.

Update 2 months later- finally did a Race Report compilation, including for this race. It's all on my Greenshortsrunning blog.  

Peak Miles: 32.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
49.0031.000.000.000.0080.00
Fuel Trail 4 Miles: 11.50Lone Peaks Miles: 2.50Fuel Miles: 10.00Hoka Bondi B Miles: 24.00Peak Miles: 32.00
Weight: 0.00
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