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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Harbison 50k – one mo again.



     I have run Harbison all 3 years it has been going on. I was my 1st 50k and I really love the event. It’s a great way to start off the New Year and Dan (the RD) puts on a great event.

Kelley, me, Tim and his Bib number

     One reason I love it is because of (like most Ultras) the people. I was able to talk my friend Rachel into running it as her 1st 50k and she killed it. I know she would do great as long as she did not go out to hard.

   Friday we all headed to Columbia S.C. where the race takes place. I had lunch with Tim and Gary and just hung out until the race briefing.  It was great to see so many friends and just chat it up about what ever people talk about. After the briefing Rachel, Tim, Gary, Kelley, (her husband who I thought was a myth), Taryn, Andy, Jim and myself all had dinner together. One of the many things I love about this stuff. We all talked about what the plan was for each of us. All having different goals Kelley and Myself was just looking at it as a fun run to start off the new year and said we would just run it together.


Morning of the race.

     We all linked up at the start and down the trail we go. This is a 2 loop course that has changed all 3 years. This year there was about a 2 mile gravel road start to open the field up a little. We started out Rachel, Kelley, Bo, and me all running together.  The start was so cold but the day heated up nicely. At about mile 9 I had to rip out the mesh in my running shorts. My “boys” were so cold and tight “up” that they were getting chafed soooo bad. I joked a little hoping that the runners around me and the girls would not think I was some freak digging my hands down in the front of my shorts. Kelley being an ER nurse I almost asked her to take a look. That shit was ON FIRE!!!!!! But once I ripped the mesh I was good to go.


     Around mile 12 we hit a new section of single track trail next to Broad River that was so pretty but also a big drop off. I really loved that section. It was so cold that the water freezing on people’s hats and even eyelashes made everyone sparkle in the sunlight. At one point Kelley looked back and her face was just gorgeous. She’s a pretty woman to start with but the ice on her face looked like one of those snow fairies in the Christmas movies you see (really cool). At mile 16 Rachel and some other people that were running with us got tired of our slow pace (about 11 min miles) and took off. I was glad to see Rachel moving faster and knowing that she took the 1st loop easy with us that she would finish strong. (5:30 – 3rd female). Kelley and I just took it easy and had a blast. So many great stories and just banter between us I was so glad to be running with her. It made the run so much fun. The last 10 miles or so we were kind of leap forging with Lester. He started feeling a little sick slowing him down a bit. I was sad to see him saying that but happy to see him. I have a lot of love for that man. He has helped me out so much and just has a great heart. Doug was working one of the aid stations due to his amazing run on the foothills and feeling a little sick just decided to help instead of run.

     We came up on the finish and were happy to be there. I did my normal handspring at the finish and then we went and got some food. We all sat at the finish just talking about the run and when we might see each other again.


     I really love the course this year and hope he keeps it the same. I was going to run it every year I could but am looking at maybe moving on to another event for 2014. I am so happy that Rachel not only finished her 1st 50k but did so well and is now looking at doing another one. Running with Kelley was a blast and would not change one thing about our run together. Taryn ended up with a 5:05:55 and 1st female way to go girl and that’s with taking a wrong turn and adding 1.5 miles. Some people made comments about “how could someone take a wrong turn out there?” well let’s see.... try running an 8 min mile or faster staying extremely focused and running 29+ miles one a trail 50k and then you will see how easy it can be. I loved seeing everyone out there Andy, Taryn, Seth, Rachel, Tim, Gary, Will, Lester, Brian, Jim, Kelley, Viktor and mama, Chris, Lynne, Bo and Amanda to name a few. I really missed seeing some of the people that could not make it due to work and other life obligations.

     There is always pressure from the outside to try to win or PR or some crap like that. Sometimes it’s better to take it easy and have a fun run with a friend. Thank you Kelley for making it so much fun it’s good to get back to why we started doing this stuff in the first place.

Everyone always wants to know what my training looks like where here is the past 2 months.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
0
0
6.5
4
0
10
0
0
3
4.5
3
Bench
0
5
0
4
6
3
0
14
5
0
0
0
4
0
15
3
0
0
2
4
0
Last Chance
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
6
0
5
0
0
3
2
1
0
31
0

Now If I’m trying to ball out on a race then yes my training looks a LOT different. Take into account that during these 2 months I set a new CR on a marathon and ran a 5 hour 50k. That counts a lot into this. It’s kind of like being in a non-stop “taper” or just being lazy.