Pat is a very talented runner, capable of running 100+ miles a week with several thousand feet in elevation change. His very recent half marathon PR is 1:13:04. Mostly running trails Pat has spent some time on the track and the streets. He has a very high level of fitness and is capable of a podium finish on Saturday. Having not seen him in the context of the Midnight Half before, he is a bit of an underdog but fully capable of causing an upset if things go his way. Keep an eye on his performance, i am sure it will be an impressive one.
From the start, I had the mindset of being out for a long run with 400 people. I followed the assembly line of racers up the first steep climb and then at the first downhill the eventual winner, local Meira Minard (she has won Rothrock multiple times), went bombing gracefully down. I tiptoed down as if on hot coals. I realized that I was not going to win this race by being conservative. I ran alone for the next several technical miles. Around 7 miles, a group of chatty men caught up to me. They kept me entertained until I fell flat in front of them and stopped the train. While I was rolling around on the ground, the third place girl passed me. I motioned them on so I could take my time and carefully maneuver the rocks. Despite my trying to be careful, I caught my toe and fell twice and rolled my ankle several times. Fortunately, just a couple scrapes and bruises to show for it.
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“Well it was my first ocr victory. I’d shown some good flashes in my previous races but couldn’t put together a complete race… Battlefrog I struggled to finish after having good runs but grip strength kept catching up with me. I did two Spartans this year and late burpees set me back in Montana and Charlotte. I wanted to have a clean burpee free weekend and I figured the running would take care of itself. Saturday I did just that. Even Sunday in the rain I did well. I fell off the Zwall but so did the rest of the top 20 in the rain and mud. That was my only set of burpees. That’s the goal for future races… clean on the obstacles.”
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I cursed a lot. I almost started crying.
By the time I was back up to the highway crossing, I was frantic. I found the small trail heading down into the wooded abyss on the other side of the highway (you could see flagging about 100-feet downhill in a headlamp beam once you were on the opposite side of the road). Running angrily downhill through every bit of pain, I was nearly hyperventilating. More...
After carefully analyzing topographic maps and satellite imagery I saw potential for an aesthetic route from the depths of the Carmel River Canyon directly to Ventana (single) Cone, arguably the most remote major summit in the Ventana Wilderness. Only an average of one party a year visits Ventana Cone and all appear to access via the 2 mile bushwhack from Pine Ridge. More...
A runner on my heels yelled to me to get up which is always good advice as it usually starts hurting if you don't get up and run right away. I bounced up and ran the rest of the way in a little fatigued and scraped up but no worse for wear. More...
Eric Blake was planning on running the Zermatt Marathon, representing Team USA in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships until injury forced him to call the race before it even started. He will be there this year to support his teammates and cheer on the rest of the runners. This interview was done before he had made the final decision to not race.
La Sportiva and Honey Stinger athlete, Laura Haefeli has won 7 Mountain and Trail National Championship titles, made 5 World Mt. Running Teams, been named Mt. Runner of the Year 5 times, and was the first U.S. Woman ever to win a medal at a World Mt. Running Championship. She also married into a beekeeping family. Here is what she has to say about beekeeping and trail running.
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