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Where Run It Fast Runners Are Running This Weekend (Feb 4-5, 2012)

Where Run It Fast Runners Are Running This Weekend (Feb 4-5, 2012)

We asked on Twitter (@runitfast) where you were running this weekend and 40 of you responded!

A good number of you will be down at the Rocky Raccoon 100/50 miler, the Krispy Kreme 10k Challenge in North Carolina, and the Jackass 50K.

Best of luck to you all and Run It Fast!!!

Joshua Holmes – What should be a very wet and sloppy Jackass 50K!

Tianna Marshall – Hansen Dam Friendship 30k run

Sandra Laflamme –  @RaggedMountain NH-Winter Wild Series @TeamAMPllc#running

Katie Grant – Where are you running/racing this weekend? Fish Creek Park in Calgary AB Canada

Kelly Bruce – Cherokee Park in the Snowman Shuffle 4miler…wish me luck 😀

Vanessa Probert – I am still in recovery from shin splints & stress fracture, so I have 2 run on soft track. Will be running @ the local highschool

California Footwear – Davis Stampede 1/2 marathon. Woot!

Leah Mary Clark – The hilly roads of Indianola, IA. #SimpsonCollege#GoStorm!

Stacey Crawley – Superbowl 5k in Columbus, GA!

Suann – rocky raccoon!

RacingItOff – Rocky Raccoon 50 miler!

737 Guy – hills of central texas

Heather Blackmon – Jed Smith 50k in Sacramento – my first ultra!

Michael J. – krispykreme challenge in Raleigh, NC! Just for fun 🙂

aimee bellwood – 13.5k Richmond park, London with @stevensongemma tomorrow – hold off snow!

Kayleigh Nias – Thames Trot 50miler… Terrified! X

Angie Gerber – 16 mile training run in beautiful Helvetia, Oregon.

Craig Brett – Longleat 10k on Sunday, plus 22 miles training run on Saturday

Matty Brennan – long mynd valleys fell race, UK. 11 miles, 4500 feet of climb, and some snow. Should be fun.

Casey – Surf City Marathon for me!

Amber Goetz – Winter Flight 8K in Salisbury, NC

Kiki – I’m running the Snowman Shuffle 4 Miler in Louisville, KY on Saturday.

Lisa Gonzales – I’ll be running in the mud on Saturday at the Jackson Jackass 50k!! And hopefully Shelby Farms on Sunday or Monday.

Rachel Matuszek – probably 3 mi on trail tomorrow with my dog and definitely a 10 miler on Sunday with my husband on the bike path in Bristol RI.

Aaron Johnstone – 12-miler. Tapering for @austinmarathon on 2/19!

Jonathan Bobbitt – Jackson Jackass 50k!!! My first ultra long training run!!

Jeff – River Trail 15k in North Little Rock, AR

Jason Howard – running the surf city marathon in Huntington Beach Ca this weekend.

Lee Anne Hooley – Super5k in Lowell on Sunday, around town for a tune-up tonight and tomorrow.

Joshua Guiles – Superbowl 5k in Ann Arbor, MI.

Gerard Pescatore – 11 Mile training run in Philly.

Kevin Ronayne – looking forward to the Super Sunday 5 in Cambridge, MA

kelli – snowman shuffle 4 miler, louisville, ky

jose hernan jimenez – 10K XXXI Ed. La Candelaria – Greetings from Costa Rica 😉

Lauren Stone – 7 mile recovery training run in STL

Anji Nussbaumer – 50k in Charlotte, NC. First Ultra race for the Queen City!

Sarah Malaney – 3 mile group run. the first of many for Bridge the Gap Half Marathon training

Jade Blackford – around the block 🙂

Nicole Johnson – Krispy Kreme Challenge, NC

Williamson Owners – 50k in Charlotte, NC. First Ultra race for the Queen City!


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Joshua Holmes – Custer, South Dakota – Lean Horse 100 Mile

Lean Horse 100 Mile Race Report (2011) – Joshua Holmes

“I used to do a little, but a little wouldn’t do it, so the little got more and more. I just keep trying to get a little better, said a little better than before” – ‘Mr. Brownstone’ (GNR)

The Lean Horse 100 Mile Ultra Marathon took place on August 27-28, 2011. The race started about 8 miles west of Hot Springs, South Dakota at 6am just as the sun was starting to peak over the Black Hills.

The race was created by running legend Jerry Dunn who ran 200 marathons in 2000 and the New York City Marathon 28x in a row on the NYC course before running the official NYC Marathon on the 29th day.  He did a similar thing with the Boston Marathon as well.  Sports Illustrated even did a brief piece on him back in 2002.

Lean Horse is run on the George S. Mickelson Trail for about 90 miles. The rest of the race is on pavement for about 8 miles and grass/trail for 2 miles. The Mickelson trail is composed of crushed gravel. The surface is extremely smooth and fast for a 100.

About 120 runners started the 100 mile race and 77 finished. A 50K and 50 miler also started at the same time –  so the trail, which is fairly wide, was a bit congested for a few early miles.

It was a warm morning which was an indicator of how hot it would get later on that morning and afternoon. Temperatures seemed to reach the low 90’s from around 11-4.  The trail doesn’t provide too much shade so the sun was hitting us square on for several hours.  This created some runner tan lines that a candy cane would be jealous of.

I hadn’t run in any sort of elevation in a long time so I wasn’t sure how it would impact my running, if at all.  The race started at 4,200 feet above sea level and climbs slowly for the first 50 miles. At mile 26 it reaches 5,500 before dipping back down to 5,200 a few miles later before climbing to the highest point at 5,882 around mile 38.

The elevation was not a factor to me. I just didn’t seem to notice it during the race.

During the heat of the day I could hear the echo of many native prairie rattlesnake’s rattle echoing off the sides of the low mountains I was running between.

Dunn’s main objective is wanting everyone to finish the race. He is lax on some minor things in hopes that as many runners as possible can finish 100 miles. The 30 hour time limit is not relaxed though. All runners have to finish before that time to get an official time and belt buckle.  Those runners finishing in less than 24 hours get a sub-24 buckle.

The race allowed for 4 drop bags that we would cross 7 times at miles 9, 16, 29, 48, 64, 76, and 83.  I found that was very adequate for us non-crewed runners. However, aid stations seemed a bit too spread out at times, especially during the hottest part of the day.  Some aid stations were 6.6 and 8.3 miles apart. That made conservation of water a must at times, especially for those going light with just a handheld water bottle.  A good number of runners had a crew, but I didn’t see any real advantage to that. To me it seemed like a major burden to the family, friend, or hired help that was having to stay awake to help his or her runner.  A crew is not at all necessary for this race.

I had a great first 50 miles. My fastest on record at 11:16:00. At mile 48 though  I started to slow. After running for 11 hours in the heat, and the last 6 on so in direct sun and temps in the 90’s, I was tired. The climb back up from 48 to 58 was grinding. I just wanted to lay down and take a nap.  A runner who had caught me tried to cheerlead and pace me through those miles, but I eventually told her to go on.  I didn’t want to slow anyone else down, especially when they were feeling so good and strong.  A runner must make hay while the sun is out – metaphorically speaking. I later found out that she made a lot of hay and had a really great race.

The course elevation profile makes it out to look as if when you get to mile 55 that it will be downhill the rest of the way home.  This is not true. There are countless climbs…albeit none that are backbreaking. After turning around at mile 48 you climb from 5,018 feet back up to 5,882 feet around the Crazy Horse Monument at mile 58/59.  From that point to the finish it is a pretty nice overall decline in elevation but it rolls a lot.  Most of the elevation drop came in the last 14 miles.

My stomach wasn’t happy for most of the race. Porta-potties were scarce, but big rocks on the side of the trail were available from time to time.  If you ran up on one of these spray-painted rocks then I feel sorry for you. It must have been the bears, bisons or mountain lions.  Too much honey can be a bad thing….so I hear!

There were parts in the last 10 miles where the road was 30 feet wide and the drops so steep that the locals likely ski and snowboard down them in the harsh South Dakota winters.  I’ve never seen a downhill I couldn’t use to my advantage though and at that point I was so ready for the race to be over so I refused to break on the downhills and sped past many runners who thought I had been shot out of a cannon. I did my 95th mile in 9:16 and averaged 12:25 for the last 10 miles.

There has to be a part of every race where you Run It Fast no matter what type of runner you are.

In the last 10 miles I passed nearly 25 runners. No one passed me besides Marc Johnson who came back with 2 miles to go to re-pass me after I had passed him around mile 95.  We talked and ran the last 2 miles in together and looked out for snipers who might be aiming for us from behind. We pushed each other harder than if we had been alone.  I told him he was the stronger runner at that point and that I wasn’t going to race him to the finish.  It was Marc’s first 100 miler, and he did a great job finishing fast.  It was a very nice last couple of miles to finish my second 100 miler.

I finished the Lean Horse 100 in 26:30:57 after being on pace for a sub-24 hour finish for more than 60 miles.  However, I was pleased. I knocked 3 hours and 17 min off my previous 100 mile finish.

The race finished at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs where runners had parked their cars before catching shuttles, vans, cars, scooters to the start line. Dunn couldn’t have been happy when the buses to transport the runners to the starting line were late to arrive.  Almost every runner had hitched a ride from a crewed runner by the time the bus made a cameo.

I hitched a ride from a fellow runner whose wife drove several of us on-edge runners to the start in their family mini-van. Luckily they knew where they were going.

I ran well from miles 1-48 and from 82 to the finish. I struggled from 49-81 but I was still moving well.  I was able to stay healthy throughout the race, unlike my first 100 miler at Rocky Raccoon back in February.  The only real issues I had were two blisters on the ball of both feet and a slightly upset stomach for 70 or so miles of the race.

The Mueller Center is a nice community center that hosted the packet pickup, expo, race Q&A, and finishing line.  A nice spread of food was provided for the runners upon finishing the race there.  Jerry was there to congratulate runners as they finished.  He also had driven his Lean Horse Ale black school bus back down Argyle Road the last few miles yelling encouragement at runners as a cloud of dust kicked up behind the custom ride.

The finisher’s Belt Buckle (see HERE) was extremely nice, shiny, and heavy metal!  A medal was also given to all finisher’s.  Those that placed in their age division received a horse shoe trophy. The male and female winners received a bust of a horse head.

Would I run this race again? Without a doubt! It’s a great place for someone wanting to run their first 100 or PR at the 100 distance.

The town also had a Taco Johns which is 37 and 1/2 degrees of yum!  It made the perfect post-race recovery meal and midnight snack.

Other places I’d recommend to eat in Hot Springs would be Dale’s Family Restaurant and the All-Star Cafe.  Both are local establishments.

Lean Horse 100 Ratings:

  • Packet Pick Up/Expo: 8/10
  • T-shirt/Goodies: 4/10
  • Finisher’s Buckle/Medal: 9/10
  • Running Surface: 10/10
  • Course Navigability: 8/10
  • Aid stations: 6/10
  • Race Director(s): 10/10

joshua holmes (2011)

Lean Horse 100 Website

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Joshua Holmes – Andrew Jackson Marathon

What’s 314 Miles? I’m in for the Last Annual Vol State 500K Road Race

I started 2011 with two BIG running goals (to me at least).  One was to run and complete a 100 mile ultra marathon. Back in February, I was able to finish my first 100 miler down in Texas at the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile Trail Race.

The other big race this year I wanted to run (and hopefully finish) is the Last Annual Vol State 500K Road Race (yes, that’s 314 miles) that takes place every July in Tennessee.  Well it starts in Missouri and finishes in Georgia, but 300 of those miles wind through the Volunteer state. Which can get rather toasty in mid July.

The race was started by Lazarus Lake (Gary Cantrell) in 1981.  Runners have a maximum of 10 days to finish the race and end up at ‘The Rock.’

I needed several dominoes to fall into place before I could commit to Vol State.  All the dominoes have fallen.  The planning has begun.  This is my public confession of my insanity and confirmation of my intent to be at the starting line in Dorena, Missouri on July 14th for the 2011 Last Annual Vol State 500K.

My cousins Erick and Blake from Kansas are coming down to crew me for the week.

I have no clue if I can complete this race. I’ve done 100 miles before, once! This will be 214 more miles on top of that.

I believe I can, but it’s the unknown and makes me a bit crazy in the head thinking about it.  I stay up late at night looking at maps and attempting to come up with a strategy on how to attack it. I will have to be very disciplined and run within myself until I reach the finish.

Any friends or runners who want to join me at any part, and run that day or several miles that day with me, are welcome to join me.  Email me or tweet me @bayou and we will set it up.

I am going to try to live blog the race (while competing) here on Run It Fast and also on my Facebook Running Fan Page (Like it HERE).  You can also follow me on Twitter @bayou if you so desire.

Who Benefits From Such a Selfish Act of Running 314 miles?

I have few policies in life. One of those policies is that if you are going to do something that could result in your death, then you should raise money in the process to help benefit those less fortunate.

So here is what I’m going to do in connection with running a 500K.  I run a lot of races.  Runers at all of these races, even half-marathons and 5K’s, almost always rant and complain because there wasn’t enough water or a water table close enough for them.  Runners will have the biggest hissy fit if they go more than 15-20 minutes without a volunteer standing there offering them water.

So I’ve decided to raise money through Charity: Water to help build a water well in one of 17 developing third world countries. The well will provide actual clean drinking water to men, women, and children who desperately need clean water for survival.

With your help, we will raise $5,000 over the next couple of months. With that money, we will provide a permanent water source to 250 men, women, and children in need.  That’s 50 families which usually makes up an entire community.

The reach of clean water doesn’t stop at hydration. It allows more time for other essential things that can be done instead of walking for hours to find water. Women and children can spend more time learning to read & write and developing skills needed for survival in the 21st century.

View my Charity: Water page to help build a well to give water to 250 people for life.

DONATE HERE: 314 Miles – Water for 250 men, women, and children!

If you don’t have much today then donate a little. Then come back and donate a little more. Just like 314 miles, we will help build a well a little piece at a time.
Thanks in advance for your truly amazing support!

– joshua

I will be running the 2011 Last Annual Vol State  500K in memory of Charlie Reagan (Read More Here).

A great running friend who was murdered on June 16, 2011.

Unofficial (Official) Last Annual Vol State 500K Website

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Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Trail Race Finishers Belt Buckle 2011

2011 Rocky Raccoon Finisher’s Belt Buckle

Here is the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Trail Race finisher’s belt buckle from the 2011 race that took place in Huntsville, Texas.

The race is really well put on and has superb aid stations throughout the 20-mile loop.

Rocky Raccoon Race Website

2011 Rocky Raccoon Results

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