Sunday, April 29, 2007
Met Melissa up at Greenland so I could show her the trails there. More Colorado weather - was 80F at the start and I ran shirtless, but soon a thunderstorm rolled in and we had to cut the run short due to lightening.
Start time: 4:20PM
Distance: 8.4 miles
Pace: 9:18 minutes per mile
Weather: varied (see above)
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Because the saleschick at the Colorado Running Company was super hot and wearing a skirt, I was somehow convinced that I needed new road shoes too, and I ended up with a pair of Nike Pegasus. Good thing being a member of the Pikes Peak Road Runners nabs me a 20% discount.
FYI, when I got up to the top of the Incline, there were some Penn State guys up there. Started shooting the shit with them, turns out one was from Lewisburg (about ten minutes away from where I was born) and the other was from Port Matilda (about 45 minutes away and a small hick town where I've passed out drunk before). Small world.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Whatever shoe I buy, they'll be put to the test early. Today's workout is a summit of Rocky Mountain via the incline.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
If you stay up late/get up early, you can rego for $15 from 12AM to 4PM on May 1. After 4PM the rego goes up to $25. The race filled up in less than two weeks last year, I expect it'll take less time this year.
You only get a shirt if you finish, but it's a cool shirt. Plus there's a great post-race scene. Definitely worth the money. Plus, your entire entry fee goes to some cool local groups - local XC teams, Barr Camp, Friends of the Peak, and El Paso County Search and Rescue.
The race website can be viewed here.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I was still in bed, but I mumbled something about real runners doing it in all kinds of shitty weather and that she needed to drink for whining before heading over to the Garden. Then I looked out my window - super shitty weather with heavy rain, high winds, and lightning. I wanted to crawl back into bed, but I was kinda trapped now.
But the weather wasn't so bad over in Manitou. For the first 45 minutes it was a great run. I was pushing up the hills and recovering down the hills, trying not to step on the zillions of night crawlers out on the roads. There was a mixture of sleet and rain, but the temps weren't too low and the rocks were protecting me from the wind. Due to the weather there weren't many people there, so the Garden was quiet and peaceful.
But life needs balance, and the good moments need to be offset by lousy moments. After a while, I left the protection of all those rocks, and the weather hit me pretty good. The wind picked up, and the sleet started pelting me in the eyeballs, which hurt like a bitch. The last 20 minutes of this run sucked pretty bad.
When I finished, there were only two cars left in the parking lot. The other runner saw me and asked "are we tough or stupid?" Mopping wet, freezing cold, and my face numb from the sleet, I told him I was leaning towards stupid at the moment...
Start time: 6AM
Distance: 7.4 miles
Time: 65:41 minutes
Pace: 8:52 per mile
Weather: 35F - cold, wet rain/snow/sleet
Kudos to Tits for braving the weather, not so much for Kibbles and Tits (did I get that right?) who slept in.
And yes, I know I skipped some runs, including two races, but now that I have a working computer at home I'll catch up soon.
Monday, April 23, 2007
More photos of yours truly can be seen here. Actually, you hafta go there, click on the Chatfield 7.5 mile race icon, and search for bib #1746. Lot of work, but when you get there you can order a coffee mug or a calendar or a tote bag with my image on it. I know all the ladies will want one!
The race itself was a blast. I didn't run particularly well, but had a good time. Course reminded me a lot of Walnut Creek Park back in Austin. Plus, there were three water crossings. Tried to talk a few Springs folks into going, but they all bailed. Yeah, the $20 entry fee was steep, especially for no guaranteed schwag, but they had so many door prizes that everyone went home with something. I got a nice pair of yuppie runner socks, which would probably run me about nine bucks in a running store.
Started the day off with a hard run with the Incline Club.
After that it was breakfast at the Purple Castle! Yummy! Some guy tried to eat a whole bowl of green chili. The cook (who is also the owner) came out of the kitchen and said, "Have you ever had our green chili before? You sure you wanna do this?" The customer replied, "It's OK, I grew up in Thailand." The guy got one spoonful down and threw in the white towel!
After Purple Castle it was off to Red Rocks Open Space for some hiking and goofing off. From there I went to Kinfolk's and then over to the Ancient Mariner!
And to top the day off, I went down to Tony's to watch the Nuggets beat the Spurs. Gotta love a bar that has PBR, Old Style, Hamm's, Miller High Life, and Labatt's on tap!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
HAIL TO PITT!
Week #20 distance: 48.2 miles
Week #20 time: 7:35:15
Average week #20 pace: 9:26 per mile
Total quest distance: 657.6 miles
Total quest time: 106:24:47
Average quest pace: 9:42 per mile
Average weekly mileage: 32.9 miles
Average daily run: 7.7 miles
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Staying up here tonight with Melissa, gonna have her show me some new trails. Tomorrow it's off to the Front Range Frenzy and then way down to Rockdale for the P2H4.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
60 hours to run 100 miles
36 minutes a mile
I don't care how tough the course
I don't care how steep the hills
I can run 36 minutes a mile
All it takes to finish
I must only not quit
Over 300 runners have thought this
Only one has backed it up
The others have heard a voice
A pitiful, plaintive voice in the wilderness crying "Mommy, I can't take it anymore."
"Mommy, I want to go home."
And the voice was their own
Humility Awaits at the Barkley
I've also taken a volunteer gig as an associate editor for the Pikes Peak Road Runners newsletter. Not time consuming, but a pretty cool job. Basically I just keep on the radar concerning running stuff (events, gear, news of the weird, etc...), and write little blurbs for the newsletter. My first one is gonna be about the Barkley marathon. Rest assured I'll eventually get something in there about the country's only duathlon club, the Austin Duathletes!
So, besides technically being a hare for Saturday's impending debacle, if you just can't get enough brownie trails here's my upcoming schedule:
April 20 - MOPP
May 5 - P2H4 80909 hash with a cast of thousands
May 11/12 - Sand Dunes hash with Bloody Z
June 7 to 10 - CoTex
June 25 - DIM hash with Tits on a Ritz
June 30 - Fart Collins hash with Free Bus(c)h and Knees Up (it's actually in Golden, CO)
Aug 6 - Jerry Garcia b-day DIM hash
TBA - SRV memorial hash, Austin, TX
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Start time: 6AM
Distance: 6.5 miles
Time: 51:13 minutes
Pace: 7:38 per mile
Weather: 35F - you can tell this next storm is gonna be a doozy!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Start time: 6PM
Distance: 6.7 miles
Time: 60:54 minutes
Pace: 9:05 per mile
Weather: 45F - probably the last decent day we'll have for a while
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Standing knee deep in a muddy puddle, I strain to hear calls of "on-on!". I’m bleeding, I've hopped fences, stepped in dog poop, crawled through a tunnel under I-25, and trudged half a mile up a creek. All to reach the beer check, a garbage bag full of luke warm Pabst Blue Ribbon hidden behind a bush. Yup, I must be spending another Saturday afternoon hashing in Colorado Springs!
Hashing started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, back in 1938 when a group of hounds, led by Albert "G" Gispert, began a weekly jog based on the old game of hare and hounds. Always beginning at the Royal Selangor Club, the group began to call themselves the Hash House Harriers, a dig at the less-than-outstanding food served at the club. Since then, hashing has spread out across the globe, and now boasts over 1500 kennels worldwide.
Though one will encounter different traditions in every kennel, there are some similarities. A hare will set out beforehand, either several hours early (a dead lay) or several minutes early (a live lay). The hare will drop markings with flour, which the pack is expected to follow. Typical markings include dollups (a mark of flour), arrows (which show which way the trail goes), checks (usually in the shape of an X, means trail can continue on in any direction and the pack must seek out true trail), and, every hashers favorite, a BN (beer near) - implies refreshments will soon be consumed.
While there are never any rules at a hash and trail can be anything from paved road to raw sewage, hashers tend to gravitate towards "shiggy," basically meaning they really like to get dirty. And hashers also have a thing for themed trails, usually involving a costume or special kind of alcohol. The infamous Red Dress Run, the beer mile, Jerry Garcia's birthday, the Betty Ford memorial, any major or minor holiday, basically any excuse for a hasher to let loose will be used.
The trail will eventually end, and the "circle" will start. Various infractions will be punished, such as finishing first, finishing last, wearing any article of clothing mentioning competitive running, having a birthday, wearing new shoes...the list goes on and on. Punishment comes in the form of being serenaded with a time honored risqué limerick just before downing a bit of beer. You do not have to drink beer to attend a hash, but it makes the festivities easier to understand.
A typical Colorado hash will include folks from all fitness levels. From ultramarathoners to two-pack-a-day smokers. But the atmosphere is laid back and non-competitive, and any race-like behavior is strongly discouraged. In fact, it is not uncommon to have a few fast runners get lost on trail, only to finish up with the folks who walked the trail already enjoying a brew.
The front range has several kennels to choose from. Here in the Springs, there are two groups to hash with on opposing Saturdays, the Colorado Kimchi Hash House Harriers (CKH3) and the Pikes Peak Hash House Harriers and Harrierettes (P2H4). In general, the Kimchi hash involves more drinking than running, and vice versa for the P2H4. We also sometimes have a DIM (Damn, It's Monday) hash, which tends to gather the more serious runners. Other options include hashes in Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, and Durango. Shucks, even Pueblo gets into the act every now and then.
The options don't end in Colorado, however. Kennels can be found worldwide, anywhere from Iraq or Afghanistan (which includes several Navy ships deployed to those locations) to bike week in Sturgis, SD. Hash megacenters such as Washington DC or Atlanta give one the option of hashing every night of the week.
As a first time hasher, you will be a "virgin". After doing something really stupid or on your fifth-ish hash, which ever comes first, you will be named. Your hashing name will stick with you forever unless you top your original stupidity with another stupendous event. Some of the few printable names from local harriers include Chucky Cheeks, Nuthin' But Net, Hoover Daaamn, and NASCOCK. Do not go to your first trail and suggest a name, you will not like the results.
If you want to become a local hasher, tailgate any vehicle displaying the Hash House Harriers footprint with the On-On logo or visit the "receding hareline" web site at www.ckh3.net and just show up. There are no dues and you don't have to "belong" to any kennel, but you will have to pay $5 for the free beer. If your interest is peaked and you want to try a hash but you don't want to put your pristine character in jeopardy, consider this - many of the Colorado hashers are entrusted with this countries most highly classified military secrets, even if they are running down Platte avenue in a red dress.
While reading this story, I was also reminded of another great hash name, "boner-nosed, beanie-wearing Jew boy." That was another remark Imus made on the air, but I guess it's a bit more acceptable to make fun of Jews than black females.
For the record, what little I've ever heard of Don Imus didn't really impress me as funny. Not sure if you can even get his show here in the Springs, and if you can I have no idea what station it's on.
Sure glad the politicians are getting involved in this, must mean there aren't any other major problems going on with our country.
Anyways, my nomination for my own Indian MOPP name: Nappy Headed Ho of the Boner Nosed, Beanie Wearing Jew Boy Tribe! Or NHHOTBNBWJBT for short.
Tits On A Ritz and Just Angie showed up, we get many more hashers there and I'll hafta start bringing beer. I'm serious too, I'd have no issues throwing back a PBR that early after a hard workout at the Garden. I mentioned this to the two, and Angie said she'd rather bring starbucks. Normally, when I tell a gal to put something in her mouth, it's not a bar of soap, but it was horrible coming to the Garden talking about starbucks. Sheesh!
Start time: 6AM
Distance: 4.0 miles
Time: 41:56 minutes
Pace: 10:29 per mile
Monday, April 09, 2007
Tomorrow I have a second interview with the City of Fountain working at their 911 dispatch center. I'm getting pretty creative with the excuses I'm coming up with to miss so much work!
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Week #19 distance: 30.6 miles
Week #19 time: 4:58:00
Average week #19 pace: 9:44 per mile
Total quest distance: 609.4 miles
Total quest time: 98:49:32
Average quest pace: 9:43 per mile
Average weekly mileage: 32.1 miles
Average daily run: 7.5 miles
Start time: 9AM
Distance: 6.2 miles
Time: 60:41 minutes
Pace: 9:47 per mile
Weather: 35F; snowing
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Rocky Mountain Double Marathon
Update: Melissa has already dished out some lame excuse to skip this one. If you know her, e-mail her and tell her what a wus she is! She's really gotten soft since leaving Austin for Colorado!
Start time: 6AM
Distance: 7.3 miles
Time: 60:13 minutes
Pace: 8:14 per mile
Weather: 45F; cloudy
For the record, it was the second time this week I left Johnboy in the dust. At Monday's DIM, he tried and tried but just couldn't keep up. He finished second to me at the beer check; and even though I had to solve the last five checks by myself, and I could see him and Charlie working together to try to catch me, they finished about half a Pabst behind at the on-in.
Start time: 6:30PM
Distance: 4.0 miles
Pace: 18:45 per mile
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
In other news, the Pirates are still undefeated and the Nuggets beat the Lakers last night!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
The Colorado Kimchi Hash House Harriers cordially invites everyone to the Platte Road Challenge!
The Kimchi hash will be celebrating their 100th trail on Saturday, April 14th. We'll be ditching the usual hash tradition of mud, sweat, and beer in order to have an epic pub crawl along the lovely and scenic Platte Road.
Start will be at Calamity Jan's at 2PM. The order of pubs:
1. Calamity Jan's
2. Putting Green Lounge
3. Baby Doll's
4. Wagon Wheel
5. Black Sheep
6. Knob Hill Lounge
7. Irish House IV
8. Walkabout Pub
10. Skybox Lounge
11. Bijou Bar and Grill
12. Arctic Brewing
Little something for everyone here - dive bars, a strip club, non-English speaking bars (cerveza, por favor!), a punk club, crime dens, yuppie bars, a gay bar. And, of course, a brewery. 80909 ain't just a zip code, it's the secret code to total drunkennesss!
It's a pay as you go event, plus normal $5 hash cash. Hash cash will be put towards buying kegs at Arctic Brewing at the final stop, so anyone still standing will easily be able to recoup their loot.
Any questions? Feel free to contact brownie or check out www.ckh3.net for further instructions.
Monday, April 02, 2007
This interview was the first time I told employers that I was in the Air Force reserve. There were three interviewers, and I could tell by the look in all their eyes that it was definitely a strike against me. Fuckers, they probably all have those "I support the troops as long as it doesn't inconvienience me in any way" yellow ribbons on their cars.
Have another interview tomorrow as an investigator for a non-profit downtown. Don't think it pays much but I'd be able to eat at Purple Castle everyday!
Start time: 9AM
Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 1:42:06 minutes
Pace: 7:48 per mile
Not an inch of dirt along the course, it was basically just a paved bike path along the Platte River until the last mile or so, where we cut through Denver and ended up at the Buckhorn Exchange.
My thoughts on the race:
-Road runners can be such dorks. Can't believe how much gear some of these people used. For a race lasting less than three hours, significantly less for most people, and aid stations every two miles, I saw tons of runners carrying along more crap than I'd take for a ten hour trip into the wilderness. I saw one guy with a 100 oz camelbak and at least ten packs of gu. It's 13 miles for chrissakes!
-I would like to meet the lady who came up with the idea for that new running skirt and lick her feet clean after she did the muddy buddy. That is one of the greatest inventions in the history of the world.
-I'm very much against the excessive cost of road races nowadays. But I actually got my money's worth here. For $35 I got a cool shirt (an actual race shirt too, not the cotton billboard full of ads that you get at most road races nowadays), good support on the course, all-you-can-eat burgers and brauts at the finish, all-you-can-drink beer at the end, and a ticket to ride the train back to the start.
-Seriously, team in training people need to calm it down a notch. They're fast approaching the level of the super religious freaks. I used to put up with them because the Austin group had a bunch of chicks in it who I wanted to nail. But it's just retarded how giddy they get. They were out in force on Sunday, and it was super annoying. I was sitting along the course after I had finished, about the 13.05 mile mark, watching runners come in. One guy, finishing well over the 4:30 mark, decked out in TIT shorts, a TIT shirt, and a TIT hat, started yelling and screaming, seemed like he was about to cream all over his fancy uniform. It's really great that they believe that traveling around the world to do a marathon or triathlon will somehow help cure cancer, but can you please quit bugging the hell out of everyone else?
-Though there were long sections of this course that seemed to go on forever, one spot really stood out. I was on the path, had a scenic Platte River on my immediate right. To the left I could see the snow capped mountains of the Front Range. And straight ahead I had a great view of the Denver skyline. I love Colorado!
-Was hurting so bad around the nine mile mark that I actually resorted to trying a packet of Gu. Used to eat these all the time, but one time Social Retard and I were out in Bastrop and I took one. She then started making some obscene noises, and just as I swallowed the last of the Gu she said, "now you know how it feels." I haven't had any since, and when I took one yesterday I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I think I'll continue my boycott. Friggin' gross, don't know how you chicks do that. The Gu didn't help anyways, the last few miles were painful.
Week #18 distance: 38.3 miles
Week #18 time: 6:19:15
Average week #18 pace: 9:54 per mile
Total quest distance: 578.8 miles
Total quest time: 93:51:32
Average quest pace: 9:43 per mile
Average weekly mileage: 32.2 miles
Average daily run: 7.5 miles
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Can't believe how shitfaced I got the night before a race. Don't expect a PR from me today.