Sunday, April 21, 2013

Niwot's Challenge Report

It was the race designed to get harder and harder the further in you went. The 2013 Niwot's Challenge ended up being a greater success than even I could have hoped for. This morning, through the exhausting fog of directing such a race, I am proud of the performance of all those who came out; and very much enjoying viewing the pictures of what failure looks like.

This Is Niwots
The Niwot's Challenge was designed after two iconic running events in Ultra-running lore. One, obviously being, the Barkley Marathons in Tennessee. The other being the More and More Difficult (MMD) 50K in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Runners would be tasked with negotiating some of the most rugged and taxing terrain in Colorado's Front Range. They search for books along the way to prove their presence at mandatory mountain top locations. They had 10-hours to make it to the 25.5 mile halfway point of the run, and 24-hours to complete the entire course.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

RR: Rockin' K 50 Miler 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Rockin' K 50 Mile Ultra
50 Miles - Kanapolis State Park, KS

"Our patience will achieve more than our force."
~Edmund Burke

I travelled to Kansas with my Colorado Mountain Ninja brethren, to see where my training progress is in regards to my Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run training plan. My training started back in October, where running 6 miles was quite a task, and I weighed a175 lbs. Since then, I've lost 20 lbs, and more closely followed my training plan then I ever have before. The Rockin' K 50 Mile Run near Ellsworth, KS, was chosen to be my "shake out" run. A run where I'll get a first hand look at what's working, and what's not working, with my ongoing training towards the Vermont 100. But over the last month of training, it started to turn into a bit more than that.

After a great performance at the Twin Mountain Trudge in February, and a great run with the High Line Canal 100K Fat Ass... I wanted to see what more I could do. For a race, I'd put down the cameras, put aside being social, and run. My fellow ninjas Mark Larson and Jerry Armstrong would also be running in the 50 mile run. Historically, Jerry and Mark are much faster runners than I. They are talented, fit, slim, fast.. they look like what people think runners look like. Mark has been traveling abroad for the winter months, a nomadic bum by nature. Jerry has focused a great deal of his training on elevation gain. Both of these guys, are two people who would take a "slow-day" when thinking of training with me. I guess part of me wanted to prove that I'm not the slow guy these days. That I can hang, that I can push and challenge as much as they. That it doesn't matter if you run 100 miles in a week or 50, what matters is that your training is tact, on track, has meaning, and you want it. Afterall, 90 percent of this is mental.. right?