Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
10K - 42:04 (53rd place)
15K - 1:06:50 (39th place)
Half - 1:31:52 (33rd place)
27K - 1:56:48 (30th place)
32K - 2:17:48
Finish - 3:03:37
Finished 21st overall. 20th out of 752 men. 5th out of 80 in the 30-34 age group. Hit the second half in 1:32:05, not too shabby. I'm now listed as second place in the clydesdale division, though the guy their listing in first place ran 3:17:08.
I'd also like to note that I had to hit the port-o-shitter at the 5K mark to take a piss. I would say this stop cost me exactly 32 seconds, so that woulda put me across the line at 3:03:05.
You can see the race pics of me here. Ladies, feel free to order a life size poster for your bedroom, but an autograph is gonna cost extra.
For the year, I'm at 2813 miles.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
More good news on the running front: I was voted in as a board member at large with the Pikes Peak Road Runners last night!
Currently relaxing with some 180 orange energy drink (it was free after the race) mixed with sweat tea vodka. In a few minutes I'm off to hash with the Tulsa H3. Good times!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The guy chain smoking and drinking hard sitting next to me noticed I had a running shirt on. So he started telling me old stories of his running days. Turns out he was the former school record holder for the mile at the University of Colorado. He ran 4:00.04 way back in 1959, only five years after Roger Bannister first broke the four minute barrier. He said that during that race he had outkicked Wes Santee. He joined the Marines once he graduated and headed up the physical fitness department at Quantico. But once Vietnam kicked off, he gave up running and went over to do what jarheads do. And the guy never gives up, as someone at the meeting told me he had punched someone in the mouth at the last meeting who called him a "chickenshit Marine." The punchee required stitches.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Hit the Red Rock Lounge afterwards. Lots of entertainment. Thought I was gonna get to see a bar fight until the bartender threw a few people out.
This morning was a brisk 22F at 5:30AM for my easy run through the Garden. 5 miles, just under 49 minutes. Woulda been a little faster but I had to stop to drop a deuce. No sharting for this runner.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
After basically taking October off (I took 15 rest days that month), I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. I've run 15 of the 17 days of November.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Hooker is tiny, but their civic good sense is big. Signs welcoming you at the town borders feature paintings of 19th century prostitutes. The town's American Legion baseball team is named the Horny Toads. Bumper stickers and T-shirts for sale boast slogans such as "Not your typical Hooker" and "I could've been a prince, but it's more fun being a Horny Toad." And as you leave, a sign encourages "Why don't you come back and see us sometime?" Well done Hooker! Our only suggestion: add the word "Kwikee" to the sign in front of the "Klean Kar Wash."
Pretty decent week, got in 73.1 miles. Sitting at 2749 miles for the year, probably hit 2800 at some point during the Route 66 marathon.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Here's a description of the beer:
XXXXX. Imperial Stout. Just in time to keep you warm during the colder
months of winter! It’s body is huge, it’s dark malt character is huge, it’s hop
profile is gigantic, and it’s ABV is enormous. It’s basically everything that you
would expect from a noteworthy Imperial Stout, and more! We age this beer
on fresh Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Dagoba Cacao Nibbs, and French Oak. 10.5% ABV
Any suggestions I get from the peanut gallery may receive a sweet Soul Runners t-shirt.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Over 2700 miles for the year. 50 days to do 300 miles, no problem there. Starting to wonder what number I should go for next year?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I love "The Purpose" section of the description, and will be amending it into something I can send to all the team-in-training types who hit me up for money so they can go run the Sydney marathon or whatever vacation they want me to fund under the disguise of curing some disease.
However, it should be pointed out that Katie and I once discovered PBR Light in the back of Mr. Skurka's truck while parked in Leadville (I swear we weren't stalking him). What the hell is up with that? The guy hikes thousands of miles all over the globe and still prefers light beer?
Monday, November 09, 2009
I volunteered only using my Army background, but a few days ago I finally received my honorable discharge from the Air Force. Few years late, but better late than never I guess.
Great time afterwards, we killed two kegs of Bristol and then headed to the brewery until they kicked us out at 6PM. Awesome way to spend a Sunday!
Friday, November 06, 2009
First time up the incline for a while for me. Dare I say I've become so lame that I haven't climbed the railroad since before Hardrock? Yikes, no wonder my vagina has been bleeding so bad lately.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
The usual suspects skipped this workout to stay in bed. Paul D, Fast Eddy, Keith, Justin. Look for me to have a big year against those slackers!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
But I'll always remember, there's only one real race on Thanksgiving day!
Other good pics:
Best half marathon - Platte River
Best non-ultra trail race - Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent
Gotta question the best ultra pick of Collegiate Peaks (and Greenland 50K last year?). No problem with either of the races, I've done them both several times and will probably do both again this year. But they're hardly the highlight of the season. Though CP will improve this year due to Eddyline Brewing opening up right at the finish line. The voters aren't too out there though, Leadville and the San Juan Solstice have won this award in the past.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
From the Gazette:
In the Ward 3 race, runner Matt Carpenter was winning easily. Carpenter had 77 percent to 29 percent for his opponent, innkeeper Karen Cullen.
Carpenter credited his victory to literally running the ward.
“I thought it was a small enough ward that I could go around and talk to constituents and see what they were feeling,” Carpenter said. “I didn’t pull a list of registered voters; I wanted to talk to everyone.”
Carpenter noted the defeat of ballot measure 2C, which was losing by about 2 to 1 in early returns in Colorado Springs would affect Manitou as well.
Looking toward January , Carpenter said he really thought he could “hit the ground running."
"I’ve been going to council meetings forever," he said. "The only thing that will change is which side of the dais I’m sitting on. My number one thing is to get back to where everybody in Manitou has a voice again.”
And in other mountain town election news, Breckenridge has legalized marijuana!
Included in that fun was this epic video I took of the heavyweight fight between BLOS and Brooks at Nacheaux's house around 3:30AM.
Tues AM - nice ten miler with the PPRR Sunrise Striders. 7 miles at a slight tempo pace through Bear Creek Park, then three miles cool down. 1:21:35. Still not feeling 100%, but improving with each day.
Damn, that stupid punch was rough!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Lots of crap going on in Colorado Springs. But it was relatively boring in Manitou. I didn't even get to vote for Matt C, since I don't live in his ward.
No idea how far I've gone since I started running back in 1989. If I had to guess, I would think I've averaged at least 2000 miles per year since then. That's less than 40 miles a week, so that number is probably higher, but I've never kept a log until recently. So maybe just over 40,000 miles?
6.2 miles, 1:19:28, 204th out of 217 men. Ouch!