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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru July 2016)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru July 2016)

Deo Jaravata, Yolanda Holder, Andrea Kooiman, Joshua Holmes before the Catalina Eco Marathon

The Extreme Racer Competition is now in the second half of the year and still going strong. July brought in 1,615 miles for the month and 16,101 miles total for the year! This update is through the end of July. First place has a pretty good lead but the competition is still pretty close between a few others in the overall Top 10. Don’t forget to update your points for August as soon as your August races are finished. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #525 Karen Vollan with 1,752.7 points. Second place, RIF #473 Teal Clark with 659.1 points. Coming in third place is RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 601.9 points.

Leading the men is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 1085.3 points. Second place, RIF #279 George Southgate with 1080.6 points. Coming in third place is RIF #486 Mark McCaslin with 885.3 points.

Here are the standings through July:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan  –  1752.7 points (RIF #525)
  2. John Kent Leighton  –  1085.3 points (RIF #190)
  3. George Southgate  –  1080.6 points (RIF #279)
  4. Mark McCaslin  –  885.3 points (RIF #486)
  5. Steven Smith  –  840.2 points (RIF #387)
  6. Sal Coll  –  711.55 points (RIF #425)
  7. Teal Clark  –  659.1 points (RIF #473)
  8. Mike Samuelson  –  638 points (RIF #282)
  9. Marylou Corino  –  601.9 points (RIF #410)
  10. Diane Bolton  –  560.4 points (RIF #159)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan  –  1752.7 points (RIF #525)
  2. Teal Clark  –  659.1 points  (RIF #473)
  3. Marylou Corino  –  601.9 points (RIF #410)
  4. Diane Bolton  –  560.4 points (RIF #159)
  5. Patricia Klein  –  497.8 points (RIF #450)
  6. Kit Brazier  –  447.28 points (RIF #548)
  7. Andrea Kooiman  –  389.8 points (RIF #404)
  8. Tiffani Glass  –  324.69 points (RIF #328)
  9. Maricris Beauchamp  –  259.7 points (RIF #518)
  10. Christy Bowers  –  246.25 points (RIF #60)
  11. Cheryl Bryll  –  242.2 points (RIF #432)
  12. Robin Brunet  –  217.4 points  (RIF #564)
  13. Suzanne Michelson  –  191.2 points (RIF #280)
  14. Marj Mitchell  –  131.2 points (RIF #4)
  15. Shannon Miller  –  124.8 points (RIF #338)
  16. Michelle Lenahan  –  114.4 points (RIF #283)
  17. Jennifer Liles-Dorris  –  99.9 points (RIF #398)
  18. Michelle Talbott  –  99.7 points (RIF #527)
  19. Erin Goetz  –  92 points (RIF #443)
  20. Jill Williams  –  76.1 points (RIF #521)
  21. Lisa Gonzales  –  51.7 points (RIF #5)
  22. Candice Graciano  –  48.6 points (RIF #545)
  23. Daniela Obregon  –  30 points (RIF #49)
  24. Robin Crouch  –  29.3 points (RIF #208)
  25. Angie Whitworth Pace  –  29.3 points (RIF #447)


Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton  –  1085.3 points  (RIF #190)
  2. George Southgate  –  1080.6 points  (RIF #279)
  3. Mark McCaslin  –  885.3 points  (RIF #486)
  4. Steven Smith  –  840.2 points  (RIF #387)
  5. Sal Coll  –  711.55 points  (RIF #425)
  6. Mike Samuelson  –  638 points  (RIF #282)
  7. Joshua Holmes  –  536.7 points  (RIF #1)
  8. Denis McCarthy  –  508.173 points  (RIF #263)
  9. Chuck Engle  –  463.15 points  (RIF #70)
  10. Jeff Liu  –  423.8 points  (RIF #275)
  11. Shane Tucker  –  408.5 points  (RIF #337)
  12. Scotty Winston  –  276.4 points  (RIF #364)
  13. Andy Noise  –  245.2 points  (RIF #570)
  14. Michael SK Mortensen  –  204 points  (RIF #553)
  15. Seth Crowe  –  179.5 points  (RIF #541)
  16. Michael Dasalla  –  105.8 points  (RIF #411)
  17. Karl Studtmann  –  78.6 points  (RIF #221)
  18. David Mickelsen  –  44.3 points  (RIF #164)
  19. Stewart Crouch  –  42.4 points  (RIF #89)
  20. Arland Blanton  –  26.2 points  (RIF #290)


If you want to live, you must walk. If you want to live long, you must run.” ~Jinabhai Navik

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.

 

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru June 2016)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru June 2016)

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Summer temperatures aren’t slowing down the Extreme Racer Competition. June brought in 2,312 miles for the month and 13,492 miles total for the year! This update is through the end of June. First place has a pretty good lead but the competition is still pretty close between a few others in the overall Top 10. Don’t forget to update your points for July as soon as your July races are finished. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group. Lastly, good luck to all that will be running in the Badwater 135, the Vermont 100,  and the Last Annual Vol State 500k.

Leading the women is RIF #525 Karen Vollan with 1,2574.6 points. Second place, RIF #473 Teal Clark with 613.7 points. Coming in third place is RIF #159 Diane Bolton with 560.4 points.

Leading the men is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 1023 points. Second place, RIF #279 George Southgate with 963.1 points. Coming in third place is RIF #486 Mark McCaslin with 885.3 points.

Here are the standings through June:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan  –  1574.6 points (RIF #525)
  2. John Kent Leighton  –  1023 points (RIF #190)
  3. George Southgate  –  963.1 points (RIF #279)
  4. Mark McCaslin  –  885.3 points (RIF #486)
  5. Sal Coll  –  711.55 points (RIF #425)
  6. Teal Clark  –  613.7 points (RIF #473)
  7. Diane Bolton  –  560.4 points (RIF #159)
  8. Marylou Corino  –  542.9 points (RIF #410)
  9. Steven Smith  –  526.2 points (RIF #387)
  10. Mike Samuelson  –  471.4 points (RIF #282)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan  –  1,574.6 points (RIF #525)
  2. Teal Clark  –  613.7 points (RIF #473)
  3. Diane Bolton  –  560.4 points (RIF #159)
  4. Marylou Corino  –  542.9 points (RIF #410)
  5. Kit Brazier  –  447.28 points (RIF #548)
  6. Tiffani Glass  –  321.59 points (RIF #328)
  7. Maricris Beauchamp  –  259.7 points (RIF #518)
  8. Christy Bowers  –  223.4 points (RIF #60)
  9. Robin Brunet  –  217.4 points (RIF #564)
  10. Cheryl Bryll  –   201.2 points (RIF #432)
  11. Suzanne Michelson  –  191.2 points (RIF #280)
  12. Marj Mitchell  –  131.2 points (RIF #4)
  13. Shannon Miller  –  124.8 points (RIF #338)
  14. Michelle Lenahan  –  114.4 points (RIF #283)
  15. Jennifer Liles-Dorris  –  99.9 points (RIF #398)
  16. Michelle Talbott  –  99.7 points (RIF #527)
  17. Jill Williams  –  69.9 points (RIF #521)
  18. Andrea Kooiman  –  52.4 points (RIF #404)
  19. Lisa Gonzales  –  51.7 points (RIF #5)
  20. Candice Graciano  –  48.6 points (RIF #545)
  21. Erin Goetz  –  39.6 points (RIF #443)
  22. Daniela Obregon  –  30 points (RIF #49)
  23. Robin Crouch  –  29.3 points (RIF #208)
  24. Angie Whitworth Pace  –  29.3 points (RIF #447)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton  –  1023 points (RIF #190)
  2. George Southgate  –  963.1 points (RIF #279)
  3. Mark McCaslin  –  885.3 points (RIF #486)
  4. Sal Coll  –  711.55 points (RIF #425)
  5. Steven Smith  –  526.2 points (RIF #387)
  6. Mike Samuelson  –  471.4 points (RIF #282)
  7. Chuck Engle  –  463.15 points (RIF #70)
  8. Jeff Liu  –  423.8 points (RIF #275)
  9. Joshua Holmes  –  401.7 points (RIF #1)
  10. Shane Tucker  –  373 points (RIF #337)
  11. Andy Noise  –  245.2 points (RIF #570)
  12. Michael SK Mortensen  –  204 points (RIF #553)
  13. Scotty Winston  –  203.2 points (RIF #364)
  14. Seth Crowe  –  176.4 points (RIF #541)
  15. Michael Dasalla  –  105.8 points (RIF #411)
  16. Karl Studtmann  –  78.6 points (RIF #221)
  17. Denis McCarthy  –  78.6 points (RIF #263)
  18. Stewart Crouch  –  42.4 points (RIF #89)
  19. Arland Blanton  –  26.2 points (RIF #290)
  20. David Mickelsen  –  15.3 points (RIF #164)

“There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life.  But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint.  So, too, are you.  Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.”  ~George Sheehan

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru May 2016)

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May brought in quite a few race miles for the Extreme Racer Competition. 2,204 to be exact! This update is through the end of May. Competition is still pretty close between quite a few and the men are beginning to increase their presence in the overall Top 10. Good luck to everyone that will be at RUTS for the Run It Fast Reunion! Don’t forget to update your points for June as soon as your June races are finished. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #525 Karen Vollan with 1207.8 points. Second place, RIF #473 Teal Clark with 492.7 points. Coming in third place is RIF #548 Kit Brazier with 447.28 points.

Leading the men is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 892 points. Second place, RIF #486 Mark McCaslin with 885.3 points. Coming in third place is RIF #279 George Southgate with 849 points.

Here are the standings through May:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 1207.8 points (RIF #525)
  2. John Kent Leighton – 892 points (RIF #190)
  3. Mark McCaslin – 885.3 points (RIF #486)
  4. George Southgate – 849 points (RIF #279)
  5. Sal Coll – 607.55 points (RIF #425)
  6. Teal Clark – 492.7 points (RIF #473)
  7. Kit Brazier – 447.28 points (RIF #548)
  8. Jeff Liu – 423.8 points (RIF #275)
  9. Marylou Corino – 353.4 points (RIF #410)
  10. Steven Smith – 326.2 points (RIF #387)

 

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 1207.8 points (RIF #525)
  2. Teal Clark – 492.7 points (RIF #473)
  3. Kit Brazier – 447.28 points (RIF #548)
  4. Marylou Corino – 353.4 points (RIF #410)
  5. Diane Bolton – 312 points (RIF #159)
  6. Maricris Beauchamp – 259.7 points (RIF #518)
  7. Tiffani Glass – 201.99 points (RIF #328)
  8. Cheryl Bryll – 201.2 points (RIF #432)
  9. Suzanne Michelson – 191.2 points (RIF #280)
  10. Christy Bowers – 157.9 points (RIF #60)
  11. Robin Brunet – 130.4 points (RIF #564)
  12. Michelle Lenahan – 114.4 points (RIF #283)
  13. Jennifer Liles-Dorris – 99.9 points (RIF #398)
  14. Marj Mitchell – 91.9 points (RIF #4)
  15. Shannon Miller – 89.3 points (RIF #338)
  16. Michelle Talbott – 55.5 points (RIF #527)
  17. Andrea Kooiman – 52.4 points (RIF #404)
  18. Lisa Gonzales – 51.7 points (RIF #5)
  19. Candice Graciano – 48.6 points (RIF #545)
  20. Jill Williams – 47.9 points (RIF #521)
  21. Erin Goetz – 39.6 points (RIF #443)
  22. Daniela Obregon – 30 points (RIF #39)
  23. Robin Crouch – 29.3 points (RIF #208)
  24. Angie Whitworth Pace – 29.3 points (RIF #447)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton – 892 points (RIF #190)
  2. Mark McCaslin – 885.3 points (RIF #486)
  3. George Southgate – 849 points (RIF #279)
  4. Sal Coll – 607.55 points (RIF #425)
  5. Jeff Liu – 423.8 points (RIF #275)
  6. Steven Smith – 326.2 points (RIF #387)
  7. Mike Samuelson – 321.6 points (RIF #282)
  8. Shane Tucker – 300.3 points (RIF #337)
  9. Andy Noise – 245.2 points (RIF #570)
  10. Joshua Holmes – 219.2 points (RIF #1)
  11. Chuck Engle – 209.6 points (RIF #70)
  12. Scotty Winston – 157.1 points (RIF #364)
  13. Michael SK Mortensen – 110.6 points (RIF #553)
  14. Michael Dasalla – 105.8 points (RIF #411)
  15. Seth Crowe – 86.7 points (RIF #541)
  16. Karl Studtmann – 78.6 points (RIF #221)
  17. Denis McCarthy – 78.6 points (RIF #263)
  18. Stewart Crouch – 42.4 points (RIF #89)
  19. Arland Blanton – 26.2 points (RIF #290)
  20. David Mickelson – 15.3 points (RIF #164)

“Most people run a race to see who is fastest.  I run a race to see who has the most guts.”  ~Steve Prefontaine

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

 

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru March 2016)

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru March 2016)

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Run It Fast Extreme Racer Standings

Closing out the first quarter of 2016 and our Extreme Racer Competition is in full swing with some very impressive numbers. This update is through the end of March. Note the equal representation of  women and men in the overall Top 10. Be sure to update your points for April as soon as your April races are finished. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group. We strive to have a strong Run It Fast presence at all of these fantastic races.

Leading the women is RIF #525 Karen Vollan with 459.8 points. Second place, RIF #473 Teal Clark with 314.4 points. Coming in third place is RIF #159 Diane Bolton with 277 points.

Leading the men is RIF #279 George Southgate with 557.4 points. Second place, RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 395.6 points. Coming in third place is RIF #486 Mark McCaslin with 323 points.

Here are the standings through March:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. George Southgate – 557.4 points (RIF #279)
  2. Karen Vollan – 459.8 points (RIF #525)
  3. John Kent Leighton – 395.6 points (RIF #190)
  4. Mark McCaslin – 323 points (RIF #486)
  5. Sal Coll – 316.15 points (RIF #425)
  6. Teal Clark – 314.4 points (RIF #473)
  7. Diane Bolton – 277 points (RIF #159)
  8. Kit Brazier – 200.78 points (RIF #548)
  9. Chuck Engle – 209.6 points (RIF #70)
  10. Cheryl Bryll – 201.2 points (RIF #432)

Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Karen Vollan – 459.8 points (RIF #525)
  2. Teal Clark – 314.4 points (RIF #473)
  3. Diane Bolton – 277 points (RIF #159)
  4. Kit Brazier – 200.78 points (RIF #548)
  5. Cheryl Bryll – 201.2 points (RIF #432)
  6. Maricris Beauchamp – 196.60 points (RIF #518)
  7. Suzanne Michelson – 191.2 points (RIF #280)
  8. Marylou Corino – 187.2 points (RIF #410)
  9. Michelle Lenahan – 114.4 points (RIF #283)
  10. Jennifer Liles-Dorris – 99.9 points (RIF #398)
  11. Christy Bowers – 99.3 points (RIF #60)
  12. Shannon Miller – 39.3 points (RIF #338)
  13. Tiffani Glass – 61.99 points (RIF #328)
  14. Michelle Talbott – 42.4 points (RIF #527)
  15. Andrea Kooiman – 39.3 points (RIF #404)
  16. Robin Crouch – 29.3 points (RIF #208)
  17. Angie Whitworth Pace – 29.3 points (RIF #447)
  18. Jill Williams – 28.6 points (RIF #521)
  19. Lisa Gonzales – 13.1 points (RIF #5)
  20. Erin Goetz – 11 points (RIF #443)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. George Southgate – 557.4 points (RIF #279)
  2. John Kent Leighton – 395.6 points (RIF #190)
  3. Mark McCaslin – 323 points (RIF #486)
  4. Sal Coll – 316.15 points (RIF #425)
  5. Chuck Engle – 209.6 points (RIF #70)
  6. Shane Tucker – 146.2 points (RIF #337)
  7. Michael SK Mortensen – 110.6 points (RIF #553)
  8. Scotty Winston – 107.5 points (RIF #364)
  9. Joshua Holmes – 93 points (RIF #1)
  10. Karl Studtmann – 78.6 points (RIF #221)
  11. Michael Dasalla – 66.5 points (RIF #411)
  12. Jeff Liu – 57.2 points (RIF #275)
  13. Mike Samuelson – 57.2 points (RIF #282)
  14. Stewart Crouch – 42.4 points (RIF #89)
  15. Arland Blanton – 26.2 points (RIF #290)
  16. Steven Smith – 26.2 points (RIF #387)

 

“You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear?  A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him.  Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys.  That’s the way to be great, running against yourself.  Against all the rotten mess in the world.  Against God, if you’re good enough.”  ~Bill Persons

[Extreme Racer points are rewarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.

 

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Joshua Holmes and Steve Durbin at Six Days in the Dome resize – Run It Fast

48 Hours of Doom at Six Days in the Dome – Race Report

Six Days in the Dome (48 Hour Race) 
Anchorage, Alaska – August 4-5, 2014

It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up nor wanted to miss. A chance to run the 48-Hour race at Six Days in the Dome with some of the all-time legends of ultra running. When Joe Fejes first told me about the race, the venue, and how he as going to try to break Stu Mittleton’s 6-Day record I knew I had to be there.

I knew it would start 12 days after I had run the Badwater 135. I knew I wouldn’t be my best, fresh, or perhaps even able to run it. I didn’t even buy my plane ticket until 6 days before the race. I also didn’t run a single step between my Badwater finish on July 22nd and the start of the Six Days in the Dome on August 4th.

I arrived in Anchorage around 3pm on Sunday, the third. I took a taxi to The Dome and arrived about 15 minutes later. I took a quick self-tour of the dome and didn’t see anyone else associated with the race. I then spent a few minutes on my phone trying to figure out where the pre-race mixer was taking place and to see if I had in fact packed a Toga (OK, that last part isn’t exactly true).

I found an email on my phone that the mixer was at Humpy’s. So I called the taxi company and arranged for a ride from The Dome to Humpy’s. I get to Humpy’s and can’t find Joe, other runners, or anyone else associated with the race so I walked out. Down $40 in cab fares to this point, and strapped down with my 50-pound backpack, I decided to walk the 3 miles to Wal-Mart to get stuff for the race instead of ponying up for another taxi. I probably should have called for a taxi but my frugality got the better of me. That was one very long three mile walk, with that heavy backpack on, in minimalist shoes, while the brisk Alaskan sun cooked me so slightly. I was smart enough to get a taxi back to The Dome after buying a good bit of junk at Sam Walton’s.

The Dome was a brisk with activity when I arrived back at it Sunday evening with my haul from Wal-Mart. I got my stuff settled at my race side table for the race and quickly made my pallet in a half dim room and relatively quickly, for me, found sleep.

The start of Six Days in the Dome was delayed 2 hours for timing issues. In retrospect, many of the 6-Dayers would say that was a sign of things to come. Everyone was ready to go at 9am and we got word that it would be delayed 1 hour until 10am and then that it would be delayed another hour until 11am. I had just taken a Gu Roctane and been through my pre-race rituals when news of the first delay got to me. Don’t let that sound like more than it is…I have very few pre-race rituals. But with a race delay, it’s beyond your control, and there is nothing you can do about it. So you wait along with everyone else. It affects everyone the same by and large.

Finally at 11am local time the race started. Most everyone probably started faster than they wanted to because of the pent up energy from being delayed for a couple of hours. I was pretty fast the first 40 laps on the 413 meter track but not nearly as fast as Zach Bitter who was there for one thing – to set the World Record for the fastest 100 miler.

I was lapping nearly everyone on the track at some point during that time, but Zach was lapping me what seemed like every 10 minutes or less. He was blazing fast, running like you’d see someone trying to put down a fast mile on a high school track. It would be easy to compare him to a gazelle or cheetah but in comparison to Zach any normally fluid animal’s form would be considered ragged and inferior.  And all the while he did it with a smile on his face, while we encouraged each other, and while he was gracious with every other runner on the track including going wide into lane 6 on several laps to high five dozens of elementary kids who were in The Dome for day camp that were cheering us all on. He was ultra smooth with the emphasis on smooth.

I ran really well for the first 15-20 miles. Through 20 miles I was right on pace to replicate my 100 mile PR time of 18:49 that I set at Across the Years back in late December.

However, my right ankle and feet were starting to bother me just 10 miles into the race. I thought it might be the shoes I was wearing (Hoka One One Conquest). So after 10 miles I changed into the Hoka One One Bondi B. The change helped very briefly before the pain and discomfort grew to a point that I knew a new 100-mile PR was not going to happen. The surface was harder than any other track I had run on before. I wasn’t the only runner to notice this early on in the race. Many complained about it as the race unfolded. I believe the hard surface along with the residual bruising, beating, and wear and tear from Badwater just 12 days before were likely the culprit for my feet and ankle feeling like they had been beaten over and over with an aluminum baseball bat.

And with that the entire race changed for me. I could have stopped at that point. There is no DNF after finishing 1 loop at a timed event. But I didn’t travel all the way to Alaska to run just 25 miles. For better or dumb I still wanted to knock off another 100 miler.  I walked as fast as I could and did so for most of the next 60 miles. The pain was still fluent, but it wasn’t as bad as it was when I would run. The bright side of walking for many hours on end was that I got to meet and talk with some of the pioneers and all-time legends of ultra running.

Those slow painful miles of walking were distracted by great conversations with Bill Schultz, Yolanda Holder, Marylou Corina, Joel Gat, Frank Bozanich, Josh Irvan, Andy Noise, Ken Rubeli, Bob Davidson, K-G Nystrom, Martin Fryer, Ed Ettinghausen, Lazarus Lake, Gregg Ellis, Brandon Wood, Francesca Carmichael, David Johnston’s son, Mark Mccaslin, Steve & Terri ‘Theresa’ Durbin and many others.

After about 15 hours of race time I took a shower and went down for a nice 3 hour nap in my sleeping bag. The rest and time off my feet helped a bit. I hit 24 hours with a paltry 71 miles. After about 80 miles I started to feel a bit better. The Dome had a gym full of weights right next to the track. So I’d lay down on the bench press, elevate my feet, and do a set of 40 reps just with the weight of the bar. This seemed to be a great magic trick to my body. I was able to run at a pretty good pace for several laps in a row after my chest pump. I believe elevating my feet, while sending the rush of warm blood to my chest, away from my legs and feet was a nice shot of adrenaline and redirect of the discomfort. I did this 3-4 more times over the course of that second afternoon and it helped each time.

I finally hit 100 miles in a Personal Worst of 33 hours and 45 minutes. I sat down and took a couple of small breaks before hitting 100 miles in an attempt to put my PW so far out of reach that I could never touch it again. I was extremely elated upon hitting 100 miles because of the mental focus and push it required to get to that point.

The miles were slow and painful after 100, but I continued to push through it. I made a deal with myself that if I made it to 110 miles before 1am that I’d go shower, lay down to sleep and not set an alarm. If I got up by 11am before the race was over I’d do more miles. If not I was content with what I had battled through to get to 110 miles in 38 hours.

I slept for 5-6 hours, quickly dressed, put on my shoes, and was back on the track at 7:30am with about 3.5 hours of race time left. I walked several laps at a brisk pace to wake myself up and to see how my feet, ankle, and the rest of my body was feeling. Once I felt like my body functioning at an operative level and well hydrated I started to feel the loud tick-tock of the race clock ticking down. I started chugging sweet tea and taking Gu Roctane again. I wanted to see how many more miles I could pour out of my body onto that concrete track before time expired. It was a point of the race where I could empty and dump all of my energy, and what remained in my body, to maximizing a strong effort until the end of the clock.

My motor started revving high and my legs started kicking and throwing down the soles of my shoes off the track at a pace that would have made a half marathoner and most 10K’ers proud. My laps went from 4:20 to 3:30 to 2:45 to 2:15, all the way down to 1:42 and 1:43 (6:40 mile/pace). I ran the last 20-24 laps between 1:42-2:10 and was able to put down several extra miles with my increased turnover of the track. I ran a couple of 7’s, and several 7:30-8 min miles during this stretch to conclude the race.

When I had started back at 110 miles, I had hoped to be able to get around the track enough to reach 120 miles.

The clock stopped and the trackside television monitor had me at 500 laps and 128+ miles. For some reason that number evolved down to 127.47 miles within a few hours of the conclusion of the race. It was nothing that I was going to throw a frenzy over or complain about at that point. As poor as my race had gone, I was able to feel really good with the way I finished it.

My quick explanation of my race is that I had a good four hours to start the race and a really great last two hours to conclude my 48 hour Six Days in the Dome…it was just that very poor and painful 42 hours in between those two strong stretches that had to be endured.

The highlight of my race was watching my friend Traci Falbo set a World and American record for running 242.35 miles in the 48 hour race. It was an amazing spectacle to behold. It was also a visual spectacular to watch Zach Bitter run 100 miles in 12:08 which is the third fastest American time ever. I also go to witness the first 60 hours of Joe Fejes’ U.S. record of 580.3 miles in six days. I was as equally impressed by power walking Run It Fast member Yolanda Holder who gracefully walked, at a very high speed, to 400 miles in six days.

A few days later, at the conclusion of all of the Six Days in the Dome races, I found out I was the 1st overall male winner for the 48 hour race. The 48 hour field was small, especially on the male side. I ended up 4th overall behind three great female performances and a mere 400+ laps behind Traci.

– joshua holmes

[photos: Jeff Genova/Joshua Holmes]

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