Friday, April 15, 2016

Rocky Raccoon 100




Basics

  • February 6th & 7th 2016
  • 100 miles with 5, 20 mile loops 
  • 11,000 feet of total elevation change 
  • 6AM start in Huntsville, Texas 
  • 30 hour time limit 
  • 5 Aid Stations per loop at ~Miles 3, 5 , 12, 16 and 20
  • 359 starters and 241 finishers (67%) 
  • Finished in 26 hours and 24 minutes 
  • http://www.tejastrails.com/Rocky.html


Course Description

The course is within an oaky-brown, woody forest on gentle rolling hills.
The forest floor is comprised of soft, crispy pine needles and ankle-biting roots.


Here is the course by loop:

Loop 1: 20 miles

Loop 2: 20 miles

Loop 3: 20 miles

Loop 4: 20 miles

Loop 5: 20 miles




Race notes for rereading this when I'm 100 years old










The heroes of our story (Clockwise). David, Mike, Mark












In one weekend we spent: 

Total 54 hours in Texas
Minus 4 hours of driving
Minus 7 hours of sleeping
Minus 31 hours at the race
Equals 12 hours eating at Buffalo Wild Wings













No kidding. One aid station had a volunteer cooking bacon and his name was Kevin.













Noticing a theme yet for this race report? Well, we were in Texas.














Ok switching to the more serious subject matter.













WHOA! No kidding!
Mike pointed this out. 
Then he spent like 2 hours trying to think of the girl's name from Love Actually.












Which of course was answered in like, 0.2 seconds by asking at an Aid Station with a few female volunteers.















And then that discussion... led to another discussion about this movie. A movie which I still plan on never seeing.
















We went to this store for drop bag supplies and you know what? Most items are pretty affordable.











We checked in here and they didn't have a room with two beds per the hotel reservation.
And two guys going to share a bed in Texas? Nope. Comped a second room!





















Early in the race, I was running with another runner and she remarks she has been sick all week.

So I tried to connect.
"You were sick? Me too. I've been trying to get rid of this cold."

Her reply: "I've been having hot flashes."












My coworker is from Houston and said earlier in the week that Texans will say "It's fixing to be."
and it means "It's going to be."

I was running around all morning saying "I'm fixing on having a good day!"

And no one ever figured out I was from New York.
















Running up to a group of volunteers and my friend David says:

"Hi I'm David Snipes, lead ultra-runner from Virginia.
After the race I'm going to be doing shots of J├Ąger in the parking lot. You're welcome to join me."














There are quite a few places where you run out and back.
When you pass, you of course encourage the other runners by saying "Good Job."
After awhile though it really does become forced and boring.
So Mike started in with things that rhyme with Good Job.
Like "Hood Mob."

So if you ran this race and someone said "Hood Mob" to you then it was Mike.

p.s. Hey Mike, Just FYI but Hood Mob is real. They produced 2 albums and you can get them on Amazon.













Also Mike from "Not sure if you heard me as I was coming up behind you at mile 50 because you were listening to Iggy's music on repeat but I was making "Walking Dead" Zombie noises."












Hellgate eyes
Whoa. Hellgate eyes but not at Hellgate!
Mike got these later in the race.
Probably because he shot by me at mile 50.
He shouldn’t have been running so fast.
Hopefully a Lesson Learned.












But my eyes played tricks on me during the race too and I saw all kinds of crazy stuff in the forest.
A clown car,
crabs,
blue vultures
and alligators.
But the blue vultures were real. I'm sure of it.












Or it could have been the alligators that were real. I can't remember.


(Note to self. Write race reports sooner after the race so you remember.)
(Another note to self. You have 2 young kid. This is going to take some time.)
(Third and Final note written by wife: YOU ARE BACK SAFELY? GREAT. YOU RAN A 100 MILES? GOOD FOR YOU. NOW LEMME SEE... THIS ONE POOPED HIMSELF, THAT ONE IS HAVING A MELTDOWN AND THE CAT PUKED ON THE RUG. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING? YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE A RACE REPORT??)











Seriously. It was so freaking cold at night in Texas.
I wore more layers running this race than I did when training during the winter in Boston.













A runner and his pacer tried to catch me those last 3.5 miles and that improved my pace.












We went looking for a place to shower before boarding the plane.
Called a Super 8 and they said it would be $79 to use the shower. 
But online we could book it for $40.
















Gigantic statue of Sam Houston to scare the living daylights out of you on your highway drive.













Mike used a voice command to "capture" this photo. 
But "Turn off" and "erase phone" didn't do anything.












Oh sorry. You wanted to know about the race. Here are a few photos. 












They have a banner.


















They have a clock.

















Typical Aid Station for anyone wanting to see.













Here is the trail. I know it's like wow trail! 














 The only jungle in Texas.













Heading back from the Damnation Loop. This is a happy sight.













The start. Wow I really have this race report not in the best order.













Friends from NY. Chip and Scott. 
Any of the good photos you see were taken by Chip. Thanks Chip! 













My serious running face.













Buckle Time!
Finished in 26:24 with an average of only 5 hours of training per week.













My daughter had been pretty sick the week before the race.
And she asked me to wear this necklace while I was away.

I wore it 100 miles for her.

(Another Wife Note: AWWW GO AHEAD AND WRITE THAT RACE REPORT NOW. I'LL EVEN READ IT.)












I'm sure everyone has seen A Million Ways to Die in the West.
 I wanted to try and smile.
But knew I couldn't hold it for the 30 sustained seconds needed for a photograph.













David apparently sleeps with one eye open. 








And then you place lumber near his nose and he can cut it for you.

video




Thanks for reading!



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ghost Train Trail Race, 100 (2015)


"All proceeds go to the Conservation Commissions. Every dollar gets put back into the trails, and returning runners can see the improvement each year!"


Basics
  • Saturday October 24th & Sunday 25th, 2015
  • 15 mile out and back course (7.5 miles from the start to the turnaround, then 7.5 miles back.)
  • Regarding distances "Any multiple of 15 miles. Run 30, 45, 60, 75, 90 or 100 miles, with an option for "bonus miles" over 100. Choose your distance on race day; there are no DNF's 
  • ~270 starters for the ultra distance and 41, 100 mile finishers 
  • Around 6,000 feet of total elevation change
  • 95% trail with some road
  • 9AM start in Brookline, NH
  • 30 hour time limit
  • 3 Aid Stations at Miles 0, ~7.5 and 15. 
  • Finished 100 miles in 25 hours and 53 minutes with only 5.5 hours of training per week.
  • https://sites.google.com/site/ghosttrainrailtrailrace/home


Race Photos

Ran a loop with Kevin at the Peak 200 in 2014

The start

It is Halloween
See. It's Halloween.
Turn Around Aid Station 



We ran Lap #1 like we didn't have 85 more miles to go.

Smiling but paying the price for Lap #1.
















Rough night plus snow and rain

Made it.

Gave my buckle to my 5yo niece for running her 1st mile on her own.