Sunday, February 18, 2007

It's official.

After several weeks of back and forth with the City, we received the word that our race is going to happen.

How does a 50K in Texas in July sound? A bit hot? Okay, then we'll run at night. Here's the details...
El Scorcho 25K/50K 2007

What it is
· A 50K and 25K run around a 3.1 mile looped course. In miles that would be 31.06999 and 15.53499 respectively
· The race will be one of the few--if not the only--ultramarathon event in Tarrant County. An ultramarathon is any distance over 26.21875 (which is the distance of a regular marathon).

Event Details
· The race will start at midnight the morning of July 15, 2007 and finish up sometime around 6-7am
· The race location will be the 2 mile looped trail around Trinity Park in Fort Worth, TX. The trail will be extended on its northern boundary by .55 miles in order to create the 3.1 mile distance.
· There will be 2-3 aid stations set up on the course which will provide water and fuel every 1-1.5 miles.
· Medical staff will be provided by the University Of North Texas Health Science Center with a local physician overseeing care.

The Draw
· There are a lot of ultramarathoners in the DFW area, but currently there are very few--if any--local ultramarthon events. The closest events are generally located in the Hill Country area.
· There are not very many running events during the summer, so this event would provide opportunity for people to bridge the spring and fall running seasons. For example, there is a nine month gap between the Cowtown Marathon (Fort Worth) and the White Rock Marathon (Dallas).
· El Scorcho is special. It has the same mystique as the Hotter than Hell 100 held every year in Wichita Falls. The time of the year and distance of this event will present a unique challenge to runners who are normally accustomed to racing in the spring and fall/winter when temperatures are cooler. The midnight race start will allow runners to avoid the harsh sun, but still battle against the warm Texas temperatures.
· The shorter 25K event is designed to appeal to a broader base of runners who want to participate but do not want to compete in the ultra distance.

· The race will benefit Cook’s Children’s Hospital of Fort Worth.

Who's with me??? In the next few weeks, we should have a website up and running about the race. I'll post the link on my blog. Very exciting stuff.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

It's hard to whine about the cold in Texas when the news depicts the bitter, brutal conditions in the northeast. But I'm going to do it anyway.


I'm not motivated to run or hit the gym before work. I hate the walk from my car to my office because the wind whips between the parking garage and the building, chilling me to the bone. When I get home at the end of the day, I want to stay inside and not venture into the chilly air.

This needs to end soon!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Today is going to be a long day. I have several things to file with the court. I have a lunch meeting. I have discovery to go through. I have an after work dinner meeting. It is 7:40 a.m. and I am already sleepy. Ugh.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

There are times when I'm a total dork. Why? Because I got up early this morning and waited an hour and a half in front of Super Target. And why did I do this? Because I've wanted a new video game system for awhile. And--after skipping on the PS2, the Xbox, and the Xbox 360--I was jonesin' for something. The PS3 was too rich for my blood (seriously, who spends $700+ for a toy?!?), but the Nintendo Wii ($250) was doable.

So at 6:15 a.m. I found myself pulling up to our local Target to wait the hour and forty-five minutes until the doors would open and a Wii would be placed lovingly into my shopping cart.

And, thankfully, I got my toy, as did 12 other lucky folks who joined me in experiencing the beauty of seeing the sun come up over a retail parking lot.

And, yes, the Wii is as good as they say. It's hell of a lotta fun.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Last weekend I went on a 21-23 mile run. I'm not sure exactly how far. I mapped the route on the USATF website before leaving the house. It was supposed to be just over 21 miles. But I missed my turnaround point on the course, so I'm not exactly sure how far I ran. My guess in around 22 or 23 miles.

In any event, I felt good during and after the run. Other than a little tiredness, I was fine. And this was a decently hilly route, too (at least for Fort Worth).

What does it all mean? Probably nothing, but maybe... just maybe... I'm getting stronger on the longer distances.

So begins the taper for the Mardi Gras Marathon on Feb. 25.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

These days, I find myself more and more preoccupied with endurance. Just a glance at my bedside reading material confirms my obsession: Ultrarunning magazine, Marathon & Beyond magazine, Bicycling magazine, Runners World, Outside magazine, and the Triathlete's Training Bible.

But with a kid on the way--yes, that's right, Nell and I are having a kid!--my weekend training/racing excursions will soon give way to the joys of parenthood.

So here's a list of races I'm going to try to enter this year before GandaBoy/Girl joins us.

02.25.07 - Mardi Gras Marathon (New Orleans, LA)
03.10.07 - Waco 50K (Waco, TX)
04.01.07 - Fast and Furious F-1 Duathlon (Grand Prairie, TX)
04.21.07 - IRP Striders Duathlon (Grand Prairie, TX)
05.05.07 - Tri-Benbrook Triathlon (Benbrook, TX)
06.24.07 - Cow Creek Country Classic 100 (Waxahachie, TX)
07.15.07 - El Scorcho 50K (Fort Worth, TX)
08.25.07 - Hotter than Hell 100 (Wichita Falls, TX)

And I'll probably throw in White Rock at the end of the year.

It's going to be a great year!!!


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