Day at the Office

Day at the Office
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I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Phillppians 3:14

Monday, February 23, 2009

Back in Full Swing and a Trip to Crosstimbers

Training update: Back into full swing. As always, doing the Spin thing on Monday and the strength training on Wednesday. Tempo and hill training runs on Tuesday and Thursday respectively followed by a 25 mile run on Saturday Morning and a 10 mile trail run on Sunday Morning.
Enough with the training stuff and on to the good stuff.

After Saturday’s run, I showered and was off to Luke’s Basketball game. He had one of his best games and played stifling defense. Luke is not afraid of contact and likes to mix it up under the basket, which at the age of 8, is half the battle. He hustled the whole game.

Right after his game, we changed, grabbed a bite to eat, and then was off to the Crosstimbers 50 mile Ultramarathon on the shores of Lake Texaoma. I had a couple of friends running the 50 miles and was anxious to check in on them. This race is known as one of the tougher 50 milers in Texas.

We arrive around 0200 and Luke was in his element running around in the woods. After about an hour of our arrival, Scott Eppleman wraps up the 50 miler and wins the whole thing. After his completion Scott looked like he had just walked around the block instead of running a half a century.

Scott Eppleman - 50 miler winner at the finish line

Upon arriving, I checked in on Marshall K and Dmitry R half way splits. I couldn’t believe Marshall’s time. After calculating his 30 mile training run times and cross referencing his splits, he was on pace to run substantially under 11 hours. I had pre race predicted a time for Marshall at around 11 hours. Dmitry was on pace to run a strong race as well.

Marshall comes into the aid station with only 5 miles to go. He looked strong. I call out, MARSHALL, YOU ARE RUNNING LIKE AN ANIMAL! He reponds, I’m in 5th place…, “ I know”…to find out the huge obstacles he overcame the last five miles and the outcome, read about it HERE. That’s his story to tell!

Marshall at the 45 mile marker....Running Like an Animal

Off for the last 5 miles...little did he know what was about to happen! Read his blog to find out.

Luke and I waited for Dmitry to come in. It was getting close for us to go back to town due to prior commitments, so I ran a ways down the trail knowing it would almost be time for him to come into the aid station. We never saw Dmitry, but when it was said and done, he had set a PR. Way Freaking Cool.
Luke having a great time
All in all a great day. Congrats gentlemen!


Marshall said...

Thanks, Dave! I appreciate the shout-out, and I really appreciated seeing you there at the race. One thing I never told you was that during much of the race I kept repeating in my mind, "I am a Mountain Goat, I am a Mountain Goat," and it made me so darn happy to think that! Man, I wish I'd eaten something at the start/finish area before my five miler. But we live and learn, don't we? Thanks for being there and for the encouragement. Can't wait to see you kill 'em at Grasslands.

Mark "The Naked Runner" said...

I'm with you, Dave! Marshall ran an exceptional race! Very impressive on that brutal course! I ran just ahead of Dmitry most of the afternoon and I think he finished about 20 minutes or so behind me! He also had a great day! Wish we could have met up! Take care and hope to see you at the Grasslands! Peace!

Marcy said...

No joke! OMG I'd need a wheelchair after that. Dude looks like he just came back from a casual stroll. Dang!

Rick Gaston said...

So Dave, what does your son Luke think about all this ultra running stuff? You sure are grooming one future crew person. I read Mark's report, sounds like a pretty technical course. Great report by your buddy too. See, don't stop eating. Everyone is wearing long sleeves in the pictures, you guys like it warm don't you. Anyway good job getting down there. Always fun to hang around the races to see friends come through, gets you inspired as well.

Missy said...

STUD(s), damn it all! I'm so clutzy. I really want to try trail running but I can't even walk across the street without spraining an ankle. That looked crazy good (weather wise).

Thanks for the comment...that's me and my fake southern accent when I try to fit in around here..when I've had to many or just a firey pee;)