Run?

Run?

Postby Spahny » Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:13 pm

Leading into the season of the Western States, Badwater and Hardrock...

I will start with a most profound and beautiful explanation of the big question:

Why?

It is not about exercise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwIE0cSaniA
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:27 pm

Kilian Jornet has finally gotten his name drawn into the Hardrock 100.

Who is Kilian Jornet?

Jesus...

What is Hardrock?

It is an ultra endurance run in the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado. It is the ultimate mountain race. It will pass through the small mountain resort towns of Ouray and Telluride. For anyone who has visited these places and believe that they know them, they do not. They visited them as tourists. They took pictures. Maybe they even skied a little. To the runners of this race these mountains are the 8th wonder of the world and simultaneously a beast. They will run into it's mouth and down into it's belly. And they will be there for a long time. And none will be the same as they were when they entered.

The course record is 23:23 30 set by Kyle Skaggs in 2008. It is an incredible record. Nobody has come close. Kilian will win the race in 2014. But how fast?

There is over 65 000 feet of elevation change.

The high point is 14,000+ at Handies Peak.

There are 13 peaks above 12,000.

Temperatures will be in the teens at the least overnight at high altitude.

You will climb and descend scree, bolder fields and snow pack.

Navigate too many water crossings up to your frozen, sore nipples.

You will fall. And you will bleed some.

You will cry.

You will lose a couple of toe nails at the very least.

I could go on...




Time should be the least of concerns to the "average" participant.

Kilian Jornet is not average. Trust me. Everyone who knows anything about this sport is wondering, "How fast will Kilian run Hardrock?"

Here is Kilian while filming Tony Krupicka on a little training run up to the top of the Grand Tetons and then racing back down. You'll only get a couple of brief glimpses of this incredible camera man.

At least he breathes heavily a couple of times. This is the greatest and most humble athlete you have never heard of.

My brother.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Z1-smRsoU
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:55 pm

Kilian Jornet. The 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rplnNnpT8EM
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Re: Run?

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:10 pm

If I could kudo your posts, I would.
I used to run a bit...loved the moving meditative state I sometimes reached. But I was a mere toddler compared to the people who compete in races like Badwater and Hardrock.
I bow down.
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:07 pm

Thank you, B1.

I'm 58 today and did quite a bit of endurance running and racing in my prime. Baldy Peak was always my weekend goal. I was unsuccessful in my one attempt at 100 miles at Leadville in the 1990's but I did have the chance to complete in a variety of other events. I wish I had done more and seen more. But it really wasn't about the what and where as much as the who. In the end this solitary endeavor led me my fondest friends and some wonderful little adventures.

I'm still able to run today but I have to be a bit more cautious and my competition days have been over for quite a while now. It doesn't hurt me to see these young people scampering around the mountains though. I love it. Their spirit is inspirational. If I ever discover a miracle for my right knee I will join them again.

The comraderie is still the same. The crazy people. The people that never yawn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylqls5pyxko
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:19 pm

We bs'd about trying this.

Sage Canaday ran in the Olympic Trials and ran 2:21 at the age of 21. If you want to learn how to train well and improve for marathons you would do well to look up his youtubes posts.

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olFUHI1T11o
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:40 pm

This is the best little piece on the sport I've ever come across. Dominic Grossman wins but you can see the depths he has to go to get there. So much respect for this.

This is the Angeles Crest 100. It started in 1986. It's the back drop of Santa Anita racetrack. You can even see Baden-Powell from the grandstand. I can point out where the trail is cutting into the side of the peak.

As an FYI, I was training for this race in 1995 when I slipped on scree coming down Baden-Powell. I fell about 10 feet on to the switchback below and broke a rib. That's also where I took a small chunk of cartilage out of my right knee on an ill-placed rock... All worth it. I just wish I could have found a way to try this one.

I teared up watching Dominic finish.

A 100 mile race is like living your life in a day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUPwfG5Q9zo
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Re: Run?

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:46 pm

I think real racing fans love true stayers. Horse or human, they're a special breed.
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Re: Run?

Postby pointgivenfan » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:28 am

I'm doing half-marathons in September and October, but I think that's about as far as I'm going to go. Unless I try a full next year.

I also gave myself a blood bruise under 95% of my big toe nail while I was playing ultimate frisbee on Saturday, so training for those halves just became a lot more interesting, especially if (or when) the nail falls off.

Those who do these endurance races are a breed apart. I wish I had the balls to try one, but for now I'll just admire from the sidelines. ;)
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:02 am

Here is a quick tour of the Western States course for anyone curious.

It's not the most picturesque but it is still the most competitive race with a very strong international flavor to the field. It is a runnable course and for those wondering, yes you had better be able to run the thing out if you want to win it. It's not supposed to be over 100 this year, which helps.

The old Wide World of Sports show covered this race a few times in the late eighties. It isn't a sport made for television though.

http://www.ultrasportslive.tv/official- ... e-preview/
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