Sunday, May 27, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Wait, that's not right. I've got San Francisco in late July. That will be the lost one until the fall.
Oh, and here's the next goal--I want to run 50 miles straight by the end of the year. I'm setting my sights on the Ultracentric 12 hour run. I am insane.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
An Ultra in Texas in July?
A new ultra. A new marathon. And hopefully soon, we'll be able to share with you news of a new marathon series that is much like the Marathons of Texas.
First, the new ultra. And, yes, I did say in July. It is most appropriately named the El Scorcho Run and it makes its debut in Fort Worth's Trinity Park at midnight, July 15th.
Fort Worth running buddies Ryan Valdez and Jason Costantino asked themselves, "Who has ever run a ultramarathon in a park in the center of a big city, in the middle of a Texas summer, and in the darkest part of the night?"
Until now? Nobody.
"The course is located on a 3.1-mile loop inside beautiful Trinity Park," Valdez said. "Ninety percent of it will take place on a lit, crushed limestone path that meanders through the park and along the banks of the Trinity River."
He added that the course will have virtually no traffic and enjoy plenty of support.
"The three mile loop will allow us to keep an eye on everyone and make sure they are doing great," he added.
The registration fee for the 50K is $40 and the 25K is just $25.
And according to the Fort Worth Running Company's Jim Newsom, who is helping Valdez and Costantino with the event, the response so far has been pretty good.
"We've got about 30 so far and the event is still two months off," said Newsom. "We've had people from as far away as Colorado signing up."
"Most of the ultra clubs have indicated they are going to support our event."
Newsom indicated that Valdez would be listing the entrants on the web site and where they are from so people can get an idea of the field.
"We've having fun getting this event going." he said.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
The hills may be a bit rough, but I'm excited about getting to see the city on foot. It will also be nice to hook up with Ra-Ra, my long lost law school friend and confidant.
In preparation for the SF run, I've got the Andy Payne Memorial Marathon later this month in Oklahoma. I'd never heard of Andy Payne until I stumbled across the marathon bearing his namesake. According to the race website, Payne was living in Oklahoma when the Great Depression hit. In an effort to find work, he hitchhiked to California, where he came across an ad for "The Great Cross-Country Marathon Race," a run from California to New York with a $25,000 prize for the winner. Payne covered the 3,422.3 miles first in 573 hours, 4 minutes, and 34 seconds. He took his winnings and paid off the mortgage on his family farm. Considered a hero throughout Oklahoma, Payne won the office of Clerk of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma in 1934, a post he held for 38 years.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
P.S. I forgot to thank Cracka and KatDaddy for coming out to the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon last week. It was great seeing them as I ran down the chute to the finish line. We got to spend a couple of post-race hours hanging out and grabbing lunch. Married life seems to suit Cracka well, and KatDaddy seems to really enjoy Cracka (strange as that may seem). Best of luck in Ireland, kids!!! (wink, wink)
P.P.S. Last thing. I was quite impressed when, seconds after receiving my finisher's medal at the OKC marathon, I was offered (and accepted) a massive Carl's Jr. cheeseburger. Take note folks--that is the way to end a marathon.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
(Admitting you have an addiction is the first step....)