The Antelope Island 50K Crusher

It was a dandy of a day, not too chill, not too hot. 80 peeps lined up, Jim drew a line in the dirt and said “go!”. I ran like heck and shortly after a mile found myself surprisingly in 2nd. I had no idea what I was doing up there, but I carried on. 8 miles later we all missed a critical junction that was not marked and had to back track. That kind a sucked and put us 12-15 peeps behind. the 3 other dudes I was with took off like banshees and with them any hope for my podium finish. A stretch of sand, sun and an exhausting 1000ft climb about put the dagger in my heart. Finally after much delirium I spied with my little eye aid station #2. I ate a grip of grapes, three fingers worth of Mt.Dew and ran on and on and on and the evil cramping bunny turned its head my way. The agony. but somewhat refreshed and with a long hill I coasted for a while.

Photo courtesy - Lori Burlison

Photo courtesy – Lori Burlison

Photo courtesy - Lori Burlison

Photo courtesy – Lori Burlison

Photo courtesy - Lori Burlison

Photo courtesy – Lori Burlison

The chili was yummy.

The chili was yummy.

so was the ginger ale

so was the ginger ale

great views from my car, even better from the trail.

great views from my car, even better from the trail.

Excited to be alive.

Excited to be alive.

My poor shoes were attacked by goat heads. My real head was attacked by gnats, 14,000 of them.

My poor shoes were attacked by goat heads. My real head was attacked by gnats, 14,000 of them.

My prize (filled with chilli)

My prize (filled with chilli)

After mile 15 or 18 or something I cried a little and was forced to run/walk the rest of the way. I tried not to walk longer then a minute and tried to run 2 minutes if I could muster it. A few peeps passed me and I frowned, I passed a few peeps and grinned inside. But really it was all about just finishing by that point. No way could I have maintained 2nd or even top five, but maybe a top ten? (I got 14th) Anyways the last uphill about killed me dead but somehow I forced the legs to keep swinging, when the white tent of glory appeared on the horizon. Hallelujah! I crossed around 5:35, about thirty minutes faster then my first 50K in March and believe you me, I am never doing that again!

PROOF!

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Another Snowshoe Race is in the Books

The famous Bigfoot

The famous Bigfoot

Before Start with Adam

Before Start with Adam

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nice selfie

nice selfie

sweaty

sweaty

perdy

perdy

with John the Race director

with John the Race director

Another snowshoe race is in the books. This year I ran the 25k again along with Adam “SlimJim” Hurricane-Buster. The weather and conditions were about as good as I could have asked. The trail (10k loop) was nicely groomed. But I digress, the fun began at 9:10 a.m. with a”go!”. I ran the first 10k loop at a descent pace but not too fast. I walked a fair amount of the steep hills. First -place winner (Kandice) and  I passed and re-passed each other often through-out.

I ate a few gu’s and Sports beans, checked my name in at the loop end and headed up the steep 5k loop. Quite the climb, and most of it in shade. That caused me to cool down a bit. About the top the calves began cramping (no!). But I trudged down as fast as I dare. I had my pockets too full and had to cinch up my pants at the bottom. I tried to adjust my snowshoes as well since the left kept turing pigeon-toe. But whatever I tried never worked so I just went with it.

I checked in before my last loop, filled me bottle with heed (sick) and sat in the snow for a while, until I saw Kandice coming,then I hopped up and scooted away, I knew it was only a matter of time before she caught me. I also knew we were sitting at #1 and #2 respectively. She did eventually catch me on a slight 8% grade hill and I tried to stay with her for a bend or two then gave up. She was tough as nails running up every hill.

I got to the aid station and grabbed a Red bull and some potatoes. As I went on I thought that there was no way I would catch her, until near the top when I saw her, I kept track and saw I was about 4-5 minutes behind her. But I had little steam for the downhill and never saw her again.

The last 2 miles I knew I was close to my goal of sub 3 hours. But I had to put the hurt on and dig deep. I tried hard not to walk much but the exhaustion was killing me. The last .5 mile I just gritted my teeth and finished it off. Getting an official time of 2:59:55! Although I looked at my Garmin watch and it says 2:59:51, but whats 4 seconds?

End result is I got 1st place Male, and 2nd place overall, woopt-de-doo! I can’t wait to suffer all over again next year. But really this year was much better. I kept my feet dry for 75% of the race and cut 26 minutes from last years time, so who’s complaining?

Here is the exciting map #”s : http://www.strava.com/activities/108979759

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I Went for the 25K Distance this Year

For my third year at this event I opted to run the 25k distance. Previous two years I ran the 10k. Here is last years photos report. This year I was accompanied by my friend Adam who ran the 10k. As you can see in my last year pictures I wore shorts and had forgotten gloves, so I was rather cold and under prepared. This year I was going to be better prepared. I began by picking up a Airhole face mask, which was light enough that it worked well for running. Although I found I was warm enough with out it about 4k into the race. Next I acquired some super-light, nice race snowshoes from Northern Lites. These shoes were awesome and delivered to me expectations. I noticed a few other competitors rocking the Northern Lites, in fact at one point there were three of us in a row, all in the top five positions wearing them, go team!

My big mistakes were, one, not wearing waterproof shoes and /or gaiters. I knew this would be an issue and I thought I had prepared well, by brining two pairs of running shoes and three pairs of socks. But alas my feet were wet about 75% of the race. It was good to have gloves however and pants to keep my legs warm. The only other thing I would have done different is to get more calories at the aid stations, I think I kept my self just under the level I needed to be at to keep going strong.

As for the race itself, the course consist of a 10k loop and a brutal 5k loop, so for the 25k I did one 10, one 5 and a final 10. I likely pushed to hard on the first 10k as I was around a top five finisher of that. Then the 5k was a punishing climb (I forget the elevation). I enjoyed the chance to chat with a fellow competitor up the climb.

I have to give mad props to the marathon and 50k runners, I felt so out of shape I could not have gone another 10ft further then the 25k distance. A couple of dudes doing the 50k helped me pull through my last 10, so thanks to them. I look forward to next year where I plan to compete much better.

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Gib Wallace 10K Trail Race Report

Some sweet action photos Emily took from the 10k Gib Wallace Trail Run (part of the N.U.T.S. Series) I did this morning. It was excellent weather, (a bit on the warm side) super-excellent marked, some dang good elevation (1100ft), great atmosphere and support plus I picked up some sweet schwag. 

And I was pleased with my time 0:50:45 (or there abouts) and placed 5th – woot!

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Amasa Back 9.5 Mile Race

What a race. We ran the 9.5mi amasa back April 14th 2012. Beautiful weather and we were all happy with our times: see them here Much like last years but with more people. Highly enjoyed.

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New Years Eve 15Mile Run with Adam

Great New Years Eve 15 Mile Trail Run with Adam, Dale and Anthony. From the zoo to the top of NSL on the BST. Well I crawled my way to 15 miles, 2597 ft gain / 2399 ft loss. The others bravely conquered 9+ miles. Seriously I was dying that last mile and a half, muscle cramps and I ran out of water around mile 13. But it was still an epic day and an epic run. At least I know I can run the 25k snowshoe race next month.

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