2011 came to an end just as it started. With an early morning 20.11 mile New Years Day run. Nothing real significant or notable happened in between but a few things do stick out in my mind. I'm not a fan of looking back or living in the past because it is whats next that really matters. Of course the past does help set the path for the future so here we go.....
In December of 2010, I signed up for the Rocky Raccoon 100. The race was in early February so I picked out the perfect “get in shape for 100 miler” plan. I decided to “streak” until the week of the race. January ended with 260 miles. That was and is the biggest month for me. Whatever. The 100 miler was also a great fundraiser for the Relay for Life. I asked for a dime per mile and YOU donated over $1,000. Anyway, despite having never run more than 54 miles and thanks to an awesome crew, I survived and finished in 20 hours 59 minutes and 40 seconds. Not horrible for a rookie. Here is a little video we made.
Next was a ½ in March. I hadn't ran an official half in about 4 years and my PR was still 1:30:36. It was time to fix that. Of course it was almost freezing with the wind blowing and a major thunderstorm during the race. At start time, the race officials told us they were postponing the start for a few minutes “until the bad lightning passes” This left me to wonder if there was a such thing as running in good lightning.... The race did start about 10 minutes later and I ran straight into the wind for the first half. At the turn around, I realized that the wind was coming from the side and it was now MUCH worse. At least I was still running in “good” lightning. The rain kind of hurt and I was really cold but managed to still PR with a 1:27 and some change. Good times, yo. Good times.
April was the 2nd Annual Honor Scroll 50 Mile Run. The Ouachita 50 mile race is held just outside of Little Rock, AR and is a trail run in every sense of the word. The Climb over Mt. Pinnacle is insane but awesome. This year, I hit the top in 1st place because the lead pack took a wrong turn. A photographer at the top took my picture and I was lucky enough to have the dumbest look on my face. I didn't buy the official pic but it was published in the July issue of UltraRunner Magazine. Figures that I would look like an Idiot in my only shot at the big time.... In 2010, I had finished in 3rd place but 2011 was tough on me. A knee issue left me limping for 35 miles and an 11th place finish. It was still an awesome privilege and honor to carry so many names with me on the scroll as WE continue the journey to eliminate cancer.
On May, 2nd I decided to start a run streak. This would last through the summer. June is the month for the Relay for Life, Ozark County. Once again, I asked for donations and in return ran all night around the track. In a pink tutu. It was a lot of fun and many friends came to do a few laps/miles with me. One dude even rolled for 31 miles out of the 53 that I ran. It was awesome. Except for the chaffing issues.... never-mind.
In July, I broke out “Ye Olde Schwinn” for round 2 of the Lake Free-Bird Sprint Triathlon. I had promised to train for this one but.... well.... my bad. I don't know how I didn't drown but somehow I made the swim. My back tire was about half flat so it was kind of a tough 14 miles but you know....
The run was mo' better and I finished right at 1 hour 30 minutes. This July I will be trained. Or not.
The run streak ended after 119 days. After resting for 2 days I ran again and ended up with a bad calf strain that left me not able to run for 10 days. Not a huge deal. Except for the 50 miler on October 2nd. In a moment of desperation, I purchased some calf compression sleeves. These are NOT tights. They are compression sleeves..... whatever. They work and I was proud to wear them.
The “Kickin' Route 66 50 Mile road race was on October 2nd. There were a whopping 6 people that started the race. 5 finished. This was my first “road” 50. The course ran along, you guessed it, old Route 66 from Lebanon to Springfield, MO. I didn't know what to expect so I quit thinking and just ran. The first 31 miles had several hills. Don't know why this surprised me but it did. The aid stations were unmanned except for 2 or 3 in the beginning miles. After mile 26 or so, I didn't see another person associated with the race. At mile 37, I came across an unmanned aid station with a giant cooler full of hot hose water. I had to have some because it was 80+ degrees out and I was 37 miles in. Took me a minute but I realized that a milk jug type container had been fashioned into a ladle. Self service at it's finest. I was also hungry but skipped the fly covered, melted PBJ's that were baking in the sun.
I was pretty pissed at this point. Might have even posted a “not so nice” message about the RD on my facebook page. I got over it as I crossed the finish line carrying my 4 year old son. My time was 7 hours 30 minutes and I was in 2nd place. Not horrible. I got a trophy bottom with a Hot Wheels car that I guess needs to be glued to the top. Right. The medal was nice and it turns out that my time was a Missouri State Record for the 50 mile distance in the 35-39 age group. That takes the sting out of drinking hose water but still this is the 1st and last time I will blog about it. What doesn't kill you..... whatever.
October 23rd was the Turn The Trail Pink event at the Dogwood Canyon 50k. YOU stepped up big here and donated over $2,000 to the ACS. It was a great day. The course had changed from the previous year and included many more hills. Steep hills. I finished in 5th place overall and even managed to turn a cartwheel. It is widely considered to be the greatest cartwheel ever done by a 39 year old man with a beard, wearing a pink tutu at the finish of a 50k trail race. Here is the video....
The next weekend, I thought it would be cool to carry my son for 3.1 miles at our local 5k. It was dumb and the next day I had to quit a run after 10 miles. My knee hurt bad. I diagnosed it as ITB and rested for a few days. Then decided it would be okay to run the Bass Pro Marathon. It wasn't. Last year I finished in 2:58. This year was 3:36 with an awesome limp. Whad'ya gonna do?
I played cheerleader for the Idiots Running Club at the the White River Marathon in Mtn. Home Arkansas. It was an awesome experience to watch and cheer for my friends. Every Idiot that ran PR'd. It was freakin' awesome. Of course I would rather run but this was a close 2nd.
I'm sure there was some other dumb things in there but you've got to be bored by now. 2012 has started with a 20.12 mile run and new goals have been set. They are simple and easy to remember.....
~Run. Smile. Run. Frown. Run. Grimace. Run. Mumble to myself in a state of delirium. Run. Don't die. Finish. Repeat.~