Saturday, January 26, 2013

HURT trail 100 mile run "Not for the weak"

January 19, 2013 I joined the HURT family for the 3rd year in a row to do the 100-mile run. The race takes place on the island of O'ahu in the Makiki trail system. These trails are beautiful and give some amazing views of the island. The race is five twenty-mile loops, with about 5,000 feet of cumulative elevation accent and decent per loop.

HURT really does hurt. The course will definitely humble you.  The statistics prove it with just a 43% finish rate this year.

Overall I had a great race, finishing 40 minutes better than last year.  I finished 38th out of 122 starters in 34:09:00. I'm also very pleased with how focused I was. Not once did I get tired, negative, or have any doubts. I had a great team helping me in Dave Easa and Sonja Billes. They met me at all the aid stations and they took turns running with me through me through the night and second day.

As hard as it was, the HURT family is amazing.  The volunteers at all the aid stations were wonderful.  There were a few times that I even had to be reminded to get moving because I was being too social.

Running through Punaho Flats - Photo by Rob Lahoe


Punaho Flats - Photo by Rob Lahoe


At the finish with my crew after 34 hours.  (R to L) Dave Easa, me, and Sonja Billes

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Recap of my running in 2012

In 2012, I logged over 2,500 miles - and with a couple of months that went by where I failed to actually log the miles, I'm certain I was over 3000 miles.  I did 7 100+ mile races this year - more than I have ever done.  Although I was very pleased with my success in all of the races, I hope to improve upon all my performances and maybe even fit in a few more races in 2013.  Here are some of the highlights of 2012:

All the belt buckle bling for 2012

HURT100 (Hawaii) - 34:48:00 January 14, 2012
There is nothing like starting off the year with possibly the hardest one of all.  In 2011, I could not complete 100 miles of this race, and dropped down to the 100k, so in 2012 I was coming back for redemption.  This race consists of about 25,000' of elevation (cumulative ascent and descent) over the 100 miles.  The five 20-mile loops are mentally challenging as well.

I came close to the 36-hour cutoff, but was able to finish with the help of my friend Jason Davis every twenty miles at the main crew station.  Never underestimate how much mental, physical and moral support a good crew can give you over the course of a difficult race.

I finished it this time!


Rocky Road 100 (Mission Viejo, CA) - 23:34:34 Feb 18, 2012
The Rocky Road 100 came at a difficult time in my schedule.  I was traveling a lot for work, which took a toll on my training.  I was actually in Japan the week before the race, and didn't get home until 2 days before race day.  I am used to having jetlag when I get back from Japan, but I don't normally have to run a 100-mile race while experiencing it.  Most of the time if I get tired during a 100-miler, it is during the early morning hours.  This time, I was getting tired at 3pm, just 8 hours into the race.  This was not a good sign, and it led to me taking two 30 minute naps in the back of my truck.  But, I was able to suck it up and finish the race.  I have to give a shout out and thanks to Mike Muenzer  who I had met for the first time that evening as he pushed me through the last 25miles.

Nanny Goat 100-mile (Riverside, CA) - 22:52:58 May 26, 2012
Nanny Goat is one of my favorite races.  Some might not agree with me as the race consists of running a one mile loop over and over, but I find it very entertaining because you can see and get to know all the runners, volunteers, and spectators.  It is also a very family friendly course, as friends and family can run a mile or two with you without committing to a 20-mile loop.  My wife ran 3 miles with me my first year, and my kids have run it the 2nd and 3rd year that I ran it (Maya ran 9 and 11 miles, Chase ran 7, then was sick).  They especially enjoyed running late at night with headlamps.
Its a party at the Nanny Goat 100/24hr

San Diego Rock 'n Roll marathon  - ~3:51:00 June 3, 2012
A week after Nanny Goat, I found myself running the SD Rock 'n Roll Marathon.  This was a last minute thing, as my friend Iso called me Saturday night before the race and asked if I wanted to pace with him.  "What the hell?" I said.  I was able to hang on to his 3:40 pace group until about mile 17, when I started slowing down.  Trying to keep up with a faster pace than I'm used to made me more sore than I was the previous week running 100miles.

What am I doing here?
San Diego 100 - 27:08:00 June 9, 2012
I wanted to fit this race into the schedule since it was so close to home.  I went into it taking it for granted, but this turned out to be a challenging course with some decent climbs.  It helped to have the support of Jason Obirek as my crew.  To my surprise, Iso came out to pace me the last 50 miles.  This was a big help because during the night I could really feel the past few weeks catching up to me and making my legs feel pretty tired.  Iso was a hard ass, but it was what I needed to keep moving forward.
At the start.  Go time!
Running through the finish with Iso.

10k with Maya - July 4, 2012
This was a fun relaxing run (for me) with Maya in her first10k.  She decided that although she enjoyed running 5k's, 10k's are not her favorite distance.
She just edged me out at the finish line


Badwater 135 - 32:45:26  - July 16, 2012
Badwater...there is just something about it that keeps calling me back.  This was my third year in a row running through Death Valley.  This year was a lot of fun, as the crew just seemed to be dialed in.  Sometimes it felt like one big party.  They also pushed me hard to try and reach my goal of sub-30hrs.  Even though we fell short, I still improved nearly 2 hours over the previous year.
Let's get the party started now guys!

100 Mile Urban Endurance Run (Southern California) - 22:28:00 - October 20, 2012
This race was put on by a great organization called the 100mile Club (Featured in the January 2013 issue of Runners World).  This run was different in the fact that it was run through the cities of the greater Los Angeles area.  It started in Corona and finished in Santa Monica.  It was pretty much a self-supported race, and I was fortunate to have a few good friends join to support me though the race.  There were plenty of things to keep us focused like traffic, some verbal domestic disputes, a full-on brawl in the middle of the street at 3am, and literally people around every hour of the race.  My kids were able to run with me at night (Chase ran 5-6 miles, Maya 9 or so).  I really enjoyed this one.
Getting some family support for a few miles. 
A great team (L to R: Michael, Angela, myself, and Jason)

Across the Years 24-hr (Glendale, AZ) - 102.88 miles - December 29, 2012
To finish off the year, I decided to take a road trip with Jason Obirek and run one last race.  It was a one-mile loop at the Dodgers and White Sox training facility, which was really nice.  It was a good time.  I'm a wimp when it comes to the cold, and I think I nearly froze out there.  I was surprised to actually get the 3rd male award for the 24hr.  The weekend consisted of several people breaking records in the 48hr and 72hr events - I think they were trying to outrun the cold!
Running a few miles with Ed "The Jester" Ettinghausen