Archive | May, 2012

Best Medal

Vote For The Best Medal – January 2012

We get a lot of awesome medals submitted to Run It Fast and we thought it would be fun to select the best medal submitted each month. Of course, we might be a little biased so we would like to invite you to help us decide the best bling. At the end of the year, we’ll have one final vote to select the best medal of the year!

So, let’s get started. Below you’ll find a link to the survey for the medals submitted in January 2012. Let us know which one is your favorite!

January Medal Survey

Thanks for voting!

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Ice Age Trail 50 Mile Ultra Marathon Buckle – 2012

Ice Age Trail 50 Mile Buckle (2012)

Here is the finisher’s belt buckle from the Ice Age Trail 50 Mile Ultramarathon that took place on May 12, 2012 in LaGrange, Wisconsin.

This is a solid buckle. It looks stone cold and well earned!!

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[Medal submitted by Nicholas Wied. Follow him on Twitter @nwwied]

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Edinburgh Marathon Medal – 2012

Edinburgh Marathon Medal (2012)

Here is the finisher’s medal from the Edinburgh Marathon that took place on May 27, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Over 23,000 runners took part in Scotland’s largest running event (per the race website).

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[Medal submitted by Simon Anderson. Follow him on Twitter @jaakarhu69]

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Naresh Eating a Rattlesnake Cooked by Lazarus Lake in Bell Buckle, TN (Gary Cantrell)

Extreme Ultra Runner Naresh Kumar Eats a Rattlesnake

Extreme ultra-runner Naresh Kumar came to the United States from his native India two years ago.  Within his first months here he trained for and easily completed a road marathon.

However, he quickly fell off the deep end once he started running in Vibram Five Fingers and found trails. He started doing every ultra he could find in his trusty rubber-toe shoes. He all of a sudden had completed dozens of ultras, including a couple of 10o milers and the Vol State 500K foot race, along with many others.

Then he added extreme cycling, rock climbing, helicopter lessons, and anything he could find to try to satisfy his savage desire for adrenaline and fun.

He then started doing these crazy ultras in Bedrock Sandles.

During this time he became friends with the wicked King of Pain Gary Cantrell, better known in the running community as the sinister Lazarus Lake.  Lake known for covering hundreds of miles in his prime just for the heck of it, solo, is the founder of the Strolling Jim 40 Miler, a cakewalk compared to his other creations - The Barkley (toughest ultra-marathon in the world with 11 finishers since it’s inception years ago) and The Last Annual Vol State 500K which covers a brutally hot and humid Tennessee for 314 miles in July.

Today, I was scrolling my Tweets when I saw one from my good friend Naresh that had him holding a plate of what looked liks soft-serve frozen yogurt from Ryan’s Steakhouse except it wasn’t yogurt…

It was a skinned Rattlesnake that Lazarus was preparing for Naresh to eat.

Below, you will see the blow by blow pictures of the rattler being skinned, deep-fried, and served to Naresh to eat.  The final picture in the series being a medicine bottle, as a souvenir of his decision to dance with the Dr. Kevorkian of ultra-madness – Lazarus Lake in his Bell Buckle, Tennessee kitchen.

Anyone else for some deep-fried rattlesnake?

You can follow Naresh Kumar on Twitter @iamarunr

He is also RIF #2 in Run It Fast – The Club

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Ed

I Must Be Doing It Wrong


On Saturday, during the Nanny Goat 12/24/100 Ultra Race, I saw some tempers flare and heard others had tantrums/meltdowns. I had not seen that before in a trail race/ultra before and it surprised me. I thought it was just me who had little meltdowns during races. Luckily, no one was there to see the one I had on Saturday. While I was on the course, I tried to be positive/laugh so only Twitter bore the brunt of it. Which was, thankfully, only one tweet.

I think that when you enter the world of ultras and you see all these amazing people doing them and read about all their great adventures that you have this idealized vision of what an ultrarunner is. I know I do. To me an ultrarunner is someone with their sh!t together, who always smiles, never complains, figures out issues and deals with them, and just keeps running strong.

Yeah…that’s not me. So far, I’ve done 4 ultras and in every one of them, I felt:

  • Depressed – because I wasn’t as fast as I’d hoped.
  • Frustrated – because I couldn’t figure out stomach/feet/leg issues.
  • Whiny – because I wasn’t having a rainbows & unicorns race.
  • Sad – because I didn’t turn into the magical, glorified ultrarunner I thought I would be.
  • Angry – because I sometimes thought about quitting.
  • Fear – because I sometimes thought about quitting.
  • Doubt – that maybe, just maybe I didn’t have what it takes to run ultras.

So I must be doing it wrong. Right?

When my friends run ultras or I read race recaps of ultras, I’m always looking for some insight into what they were thinking when they were out there. Did they hit a low point? Did they have any doubts or fears? Am I the only one with thoughts like these?

And then when people congratulate me or tell me that they are proud of me for what I’ve accomplished, that little devil on my shoulder whispers in my ear “yeah, but they don’t know you were _____ (fill in the blank with any of the above).” That stupid little devil makes me feel guilty for accepting praise. I REALLY need to get rid of her or at least put a muzzle on her. Because you know what? I’ve been getting them done. Sure, it hasn’t always been pretty but I finished all 4 of them.

So I must be doing something right. Right?

I guess the whole point of my post is this…If you are thinking of going for an ultra (or your first marathon or half marathon or whatever new distance) but you’re not sure if you can do it…then go for it! Because if I can do it, you can do it.

Just know this…ultrarunners are NOT perfect. Take me for example. I am not a gifted runner. I’m not fast and I’m not agile on the trails. I am full of insecurities and doubts. I have low/ugly/would you like some cheese with that whine moments. I am not the poster child for an ultrarunner. Or even a runner really.

But…I am a runner and an ultrarunner. So, even if it isn’t all sunshine and roses, I keep going. That’s all you have to do. Keep going until you’re done. If you can do that, you ARE doing it right.

[photo submitted by me]

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Nanny Goat 12hr-24hr-100 Mile Medal – 2012

Nanny Goat 12hr/24hr/100 Mile Medal (2012)

Here is the finisher’s medal from the Nanny Goat 12 hour/24 hour/ 100 Mile Ultra that took place on May 26, 2012 in Riverside, California.

Nice medal and congrats to RIF #5 on putting down impressive milage during the 12 hour event.

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[Medal submitted by RIF #5 Lisa Gonzales. Follow her on Twitter @runlikeacoyote]

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Ottawa Marathon and Half Marathon Medals – 2012

Ottawa Marathon/Half Marathon Medals (2012)

Here are the finisher’s medals from the Ottawa Marathon and Half Marathon that took place on May 27, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Beautiful and colorful medals that proudly display the Canadian Maple Leaf.

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[Medal submitted by Elysia Van Zeyl. Follow her on Twitter @ElysiaV]

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Keybank Vermont City Marathon Medal – 2012

KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Medal (2012)

Here is the finisher’s medal from the Vermont City Marathon that took place on May 27, 2012 in Burlington, Vermont.

Simple yet solid and Starbuckish!!!

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[Medal submitted by Renee. Follow Renee on Twitter @rckNH]

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Coeur d’ Alene Marathon Medal – 2012

Coeur d’Alene Marathon Medal (2012)

Here is the finisher’s medal from the Coeur d’Alene Marathon that took place on May 27, 2012 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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[Medal submitted by RIF #20 Laura Raeder. Follow her on Twitter @LauraRaeder]

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Soldier Field 10 Miler Medal – 2012

Soldier Field 10 Miler Medal (2012)

Here is the finisher’s medal from the  Soldier Field 10 Miler that took place on May 26, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

This one kinda smells Irish!

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[Medal submitted by RIF #10 Dianna Seda. Follow her on Twitter @DiannaSeda]

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