Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Harry's Moab Red Hot 55k Race Report - 2014 Edition

About half way through the summer last year I swore I wasn't running Red Hot in 2014. I was worn out from a long season of running and I wanted a long break over the winter to recharge. The more I thought about it, the more I reasoned that I wasn't getting worn out from running so much as I was getting tired of running in the heat of summer. So, with that, I started formulating a plan to front load my season in the spring months and take advantage of the off-season strength I would gain at Bomber Athlete over the winter. This past weekend was the first test of this grand "plan."

Starting 2014, hoping that some of this work will pay off

This was almost as painful as running on slickrock.

As I set my schedule up for 2014, two goals naturally presented themselves. Since I'm a bit OCD, I like round numbers. Goal number one was to go sub 5 hours at Red Hot. The other is to go sub 7 hours at the Buffalo 50. This would mean that I'd be shaving off about 15 minutes from last years Red Hot race. I thought it was pretty aggressive as I couldn't recall anything I did in the 2013 edition that went terribly wrong. In fact, I thought I ran a pretty smart race.

With that goal in mind, Kathleen, Leo and I made our way to Moab on Friday. This was a weekend of many firsts as Leo would be making his first roadtrip and his first hike the Sunday after the race. We packed our car with more "stuff" than I realized we even owned. Making our way down was easier than expected and race check in went smoothly. We met up with the HUMR gang at Condo de Farka but bailed early to get some sleep. Kathleen was super attentive to Leo on Friday night which allowed me to sleep soundly, so I woke surprisingly well rested come Saturday morning.

Now here's where the details get a bit hazy. The race itself. I actually had a plan going into it. Being a bit more familiar with the course, I decided that I would start out fast and take advantage of the dirt roads at the beginning. So, that's what I did. The first few miles were at a pace I knew I couldn't sustain, but in the back of my mind, I knew I would lose some ground on the technical downhill in the later stages of the race.

Thank you to Matt Trappe for taking this amazing mid race shot.

This "strategy" seemed to work out alright. Miles clicked by. I felt good. I attempted to keep myself fueled with actual sports/race related food, mainly Honey Stinger Chews. I remember seeing the HUMR makeshift aid station at around mile 7. I also recall seeing Jeremy at another aid station. I apologize if I wasn't super friendly. I made a concerted effort to not be a "d$ck," as Breein has told me I can be during races. I even made some small talk with a few runners.

Gang of HUMRs (or is it a Gaggle?)

Somewhere around mile 12 (maybe?), I started to run behind two time Hardrock winner Darcy Africa. I felt completely out of my league running near her, but the pace seemed like it was manageable and for some reason it felt like what I should be running to go sub 5 hours. So, I kept her within sight over the next 15 miles or so. After seeing Jared, Lane and Cory at their makeshift aid station, she even remarked that "I must know everyone out here."  It was nice to see familiar faces out on the course and this helped motivate me to run hard.

The miles went by and I was able to keep up on the climbs and flat sections. As soon as it turned to any sort of technical downhill, it was apparent that I was out of my league. My quads cramped up at about mile 22. I took some emergency S-Caps and eventually they loosened up. Around mile 28 I was promptly dropped by Darcy, which I assumed would happen at some point. I peg legged it down the slickrock and prayed for more runnable dirt roads.

Paparazzi Breein

 My prayers were answered as the last section of the course turned into glorious dirt jeep roads. These may be boring sections for some, but I craved the soft dirt. My legs started to turn over again and my mind turned to that sub 5 hour goal. Around this point in a race a lot of F-Bombs get dropped in my mind, and this time was no different. With the end in sight I convinced myself that I wasn't running hard enough and that my legs didn't hurt enough. I asked my legs to turn over quicker and they graciously responded. Around the last few downhill turns I saw Britta who informed me that I was only about a mile from the finish. One last check of the watch confirmed that I could probably sneak in under 5. The last bend before the finish was where Jerry, Breein, Cody, Jo, Kathleen and Leo were waiting and cheering runners on. I vaguely remember giving Jerry a high five before crossing the line at 4:58:53.

#Nosqueak... Solid placement of logo. No chafing issues!

Post race after party.

Leo's first hike. He chose a pretty nice spot!

Monday Funday run with Britta. Hidden Valley (Ranch) Trail

Early morning slickrock running.
I can't finish this report without mentioning a few gear related, sponsor and otherwise random comments.
1. Pearl Izumi N2's are my go to. I can't seem to find any fault in them. No feet issues. Enough cushion even on the slickrock.
2. Squeaky Cheeks. This was my first race using it for chafing prevention. No issues at all. Worked perfectly and I probably didn't smell as terribly as I would have otherwise.
3. Bomber Athlete. I can't say enough about how my training in the off season has helped. I owe Joel and Bomber Athlete. Read my testimonial here...
4. Races are great, but the highlight of the weekend was the hike up to Delicate Arch with Kathleen and Leo
Next up... Buffalo Run 50 miler and hopefully a 50 mile PR.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Harry's 2014 Race And Fun Run Preview

It’s finally 2014. I have been waiting for this racing season to start since I bailed at Big Mountain at Wasatch in September. With the exception of one race, my schedule is complete and I’m ready to get started. Fall/Winter off season training at Bomber Athlete is going well and I feel fit. I learned a lot in 2013 and I tried to set myself up for a solid 2014 by applying the below criteria for race selection.
-          Run races and distances that speak to me
-          Run more races in the Spring
-          Surround myself with people I enjoy running/spending time with
-          Complete my 2014 racing before our Alta Via 1 adventure
-          Resist the urge to sign up for any 100 milers
So, here goes…
February – Moab’s Red Hot 55K
-          Enjoy the warmth and red rocks. Go under my 5:13 time from last year

March – Buffalo Run 50 Mile
-          50 Mile PR, sub 7:16:59

April – Zion 50K
-          Enjoy one of my favorite places with Kathleen & Leo. Throw down a fast time.
June – 6 Hours of Malan's ("Tour de Malan's")
    -          Start at midnight and make it 12 hours of fun. This is the premier non-sanctioned, unofficial, Malan's repeat event in the greater Ogden area.

June – Bryce 50 Mile
-          Participate in the HUMR Bryce invasion. Appreciate one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever been on. Oh, and maybe run it around 9 hours.

June – Silverton Double Dirty 30 (100K)
-          This is my focus race if it ever comes to fruition. Permit issues may cause it to be cancelled, but I’m still holding out hope. I’ve got a solid back up plan if it comes down to it.

August – Alta Via 1 – Italy
-          Enjoy the company of friends through the Dolomites of Italy.
September – Mountain Lakes 100 (Pacing)
-          Help pace Britta to a super solid 100 mile (and podium?) finish.
Well, that’s it. 2014 looks to be another fun adventure. This is the second year I’ll be running with/for the HUMR Ultra Team. We’ve got a lot of great sponsors and I’d like to thank them for the support they give us. Please check them out and show them some love!
-          Smith Optics
-          Squeaky Cheeks
-          Stuart Roofing
-          UltrAspire
-          Striders
-          Jared Clark Construction
-          Arete
-          Bomber Athlete
-          Roosters Brewing Company & Restaurant
-          Antelope Island Buffalo Run
-          Mountain Luxury Real Estate & Development

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Bomber Athlete Difference

In the spring of 2012 I thought it would be a good idea to try my hand at the 100 mile distance at the Buffalo Run on Antelope Island. I had recently completed my first 50 the autumn before at Run Rabbit Run and felt up to the task of double the distance. With this new distance commitment came more weekly mileage. As the weeks progressed leading up to the Buffalo Run, my cross training diminished as the mileage crept higher. Throughout these weeks I started to notice pain in my left glute, hip, groin and hamstring. I also noticed my speed was drastically decreasing and I felt less powerful and athletic overall. While I did manage to have a fairly successful 100 mile debut, I decided that I would never again let high mileage get in the way of my overall fitness. My body was getting torn down and I needed a way to build it back up again.
Today's choice of suffering is...
By the time my 2012 season was over, I had heard of off season training some of my fellow HUMRs were doing at Bomber Athlete in South Ogden. I didn't really know what to expect, but I figured it would be worth a shot to get some strength back. After the first class, I was hooked and back on the path to strength and durability. All the power/Olympic style lifting I was used to doing in high school came back to me... muscle memory is a beautiful thing! My pain on the left side of my body was gone and I began to balance out the strength on both sides of my body. And most importantly to me, I felt strong and athletic again.
This off season is now my second year with Bomber. I attribute my injury free and successful 2013 to Joel and the work we put in during the winter. My best races were early in the year when I was still going to Bomber twice a week. My only regret last year was not figuring out a way to lift year round (this will be rectified in 2014).

Buffalo Run. 50 Mile PR.

If you have struggled in the past with injuries or the feeling of being completely worn out before your season is over, I would strongly recommend you give Bomber Athlete a try. Strength, power and durability are wonderful attributes for mountain runners, something that Bomber readily has available to you (if you're willing to put in the work). If you don't happen to live near South Ogden, look for something similar in your area. I promise you won't regret it.
Thanks again Joel!
Breathing optional.

Evil sleds.

Jon Wheelwright. Russian Twists. Eye of the Tiger

HUMRs putting in some work

BJ "resting" after rowing.

Jim embracing the suffering.

Alternate pull up grip
Mustached pirate long jump

Tearful long jump

Some sort of Lion King long jump

Monday, November 11, 2013

Trail Chronicle: The Oldie but Goodie

Classic BoSho
I was thinking Friday during my standard "oldie but goodie", what makes a run a classic?  Why am I fascinated with and continue to come back to this trail?  And so I contemplated the oldie but goodie for 10 epic miles from Popperton Park, up Dry Creek to upper BoSho, to the top of Terrace Hills and back.  My favorite.  I thought that I would delineate it for all of you.  Here are three signs that you have an "oldie but goodie" on your hands.

1.  Le Drame:  The drama, man!  You either know the people on this classic route, or your know their deal.  Running on Dry Creek, you will see the university and hospital employees out in droves around lunch and right after work.  On the first sunning day in awhile, or a serious weather warm up, the trail will be packed with mountain bikers.  This was the case last week...let the drama commence.  I love the mountain bikers, especially when I'm feeling strong!  I love passing them on the uphill and keeping up with them on the flats.  I also love when you are pushing it and really working hard they will all get off the trail for you.  It's a fun game.

Epic sunsets also help the oldie but goodie.
2.  High Frequency of Flow:  Could it be the product of the sheer number of times you run the oldie but goodie?  Could be.  I am sure there is a high frequency of terrible runs for the same reason.  BUT, I do believe that flow, runner's high, or euphoria, is more common on terrain that you are intimately familiar with.  Think about it.  Your mind can wander and let loose far more frequently on a trail that you know like the back of your hand than a technical adventure.  Flow, and other similar amazing feelings, are giving your body positive feedback and thus keep you coming back for more.

Happy dog!
3.  Location, location, location:  Let's be honest, it's convenience is the reason you first started going to this trail in the first place, but the terrain can't be all that bad or you wouldn't waste your time.  You probably have easier runs closer to your home (like flat on the road), but you chose this convenient run for it's dynamic and decently easy and hard nature.  My oldie but goodie is close to home (check!), dog friendly (check!), has a 2.5 mile uphill to start, the middle is rolling and basically non-technical, I sometime descent 1 mile before I turn around so I can climb back up, rolling back, and bomber downhill to the car.

Go get yourself some oldie but goodie this week!  Happy trails, my friends.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

First Snow Run

I love being a runner who loves to run the morning of the first snow.

Sage and I bundled up after toast and tea this morning, ready to leave fresh tracks around the Avenues.  I love making fresh tracks and so does Sage.  Although we chose to bypass the dog park for epic tracking out, we left our mark almost everywhere we went.

At one point, not far from home, Sage looked up at me with fresh snowfall plastered on her eyebrows and face.  I said "You're all snowy" and she waved her tail furiously and hopped back into her run.  She loves morning snow adventures, too.

I feel invincible running through a fresh snowfall.  The world is sliding to work in their cold cars, cranky people are complaining about being cold, and Sage and I are catching snowflakes in our eyelashes.  It's a beautiful thing.

Did I mention that I love running?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

HUMR ultra team shirts

Hello Team,

It's time to place orders for our HUMR ultra team shirts.  This will be the only place you can get a shirt with our team logo on it.  Color choices and prices are listed below.  I have also included links so you can take a look at the shirts and color choices.  There is a fairly quick turn around on these so don't delay.  


The shirts are Asics Core shirts. 

-You can get a sleeveless shirt for $8
-Short sleeve shirts are going for $9
-Long sleeve shirts $13

***If you want your shirt(s) to have the word, “crew,” on the back add $1 per shirt***

You have a choice of WHITE (short or long sleeve), BLACK & PURPLE POP (all styles)

Sleeveless:  BLACK or PURPLE POP



You have a choice of WHITE, BLACK or ELECTRIC for all 3 shirts

Please direct all orders and any questions you may have to