About Rob

When not running the trails of the Las Vegas valley, I work full-time as a User Experience Engineer for The Active Network. I tend to go full kamikaze running downhill sections as fast as I can, and aspire to run at least a 50-mile ultra and compete in World's Toughest Mudder in my lifetime.

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Moonlight Madness 30K

Race Name: Desert Dash Moonlight Madness 30K

Date: November 12, 2011

Distance: 30K

Footwear: New Balance MT-101

Time: 4:11:18

So where do you start when you write about the most difficult, but also most fun, race one has run to this point of one’s life?

Let me start by saying that previous to this race, I enjoyed running trails. Unfortunately, running “trails” within running distance (or a short drive) of my house mostly consists of running dirt roads and Jeep trails through the desert. Having said that, I believe I can now say that I LOVE running trails, having spent about 4 hours on mostly singletrack trails winding through Cottonwood Valley on the southwest side of the Las Vegas Valley. As long as I can talk some runner friends into joining me for some runs, I will absolutely be running these trails in the future; especially since they are only a 10- to 15-minute drive from my house.

Okay, back to the race. Traditionally, this race has been held solely as “Moonlight Madness” by Desert Dash, a local running group/race organizer. However, this year was the beginning of the Day and Night series, allowing runners to choose between running a 5K, 10K, half marathon or 30K in the morning or at night (or both!). Since I had missed the previous Moonlight Madness Half Marathon in May due to my IT-band injury, I never even considered running the morning races. The day before the race, as I was picking up my packet, I started questioning the decision of running 18.6 miles in the dark on trails I had never set foot on previously. Why? As of packet pickup, I was the sole registrant for the nighttime 30K. Yep. Me, myself, and I, along with almost 19-miles of trails in the middle of the desert in the dark. What could possibly go wrong?

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By on November 16, 2011 in Race Reports, Trail Running

2011 Hoover Dam Half Marathon

Race Name: Hoover Dam Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 10K

Date: October 29, 2011

Distance: Half Marathon

Footwear: Merrell Trail Glove

Time: 1:56:44

After logging a 20-mile run the previous Saturday, followed up by logging 20 more miles this week leading into today’s run, I am AMAZED at the time I was able to pull off today. I might be in a little better shape than I thought I was. Also, woohoo for PRs! Beat my previous half marathon from  Surf City in February by 30 seconds, even with 1400 feet of elevation gain!

The Race

I decided to run this race as part of my Calico Racing Half Slam, an extra award for completing four or more half marathons within a calendar year with Calico Racing. A friend of mine, Charlene, and I decided to run together and pace each other with the goal of her first sub-2:00 half marathon and my second. We figured out what our average mile split needed to be, subtracted a little time for error, and set my Garmin 405c to track us based on those calculations.

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By on November 2, 2011 in Race Reports, Trail Running

2011 Chicago Marathon

Race Name: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Date: October 9, 2011

Distance: Marathon

Footwear: Inov-8 f-lite 195

Time: 5:35:18

I left Las Vegas as a “runner” and returned home as a marathoner, having completed the Chicago Marathon.

A good friend of mine, Ryan (different than the Ryan that posts here), with whom I talk running quite a bit, lives in Northwest Indiana. We decided that we each wanted to run a marathon so I told him that if he wanted to run one I would fly out and run the Chicago Marathon with him. Go big or go home, right? It was supposed to be his first full marathon and my second, but an IT-band injury in February of 2011 disrupted my training enough to prevent me from sticking to my original plan. As a result it was a first for both of us, which worked out for the best.

Thanks to another IT-band injury in the other knee (did I didn’t really know what I was doing as far as training went?), my plans for a fast marathon were altered, and I focused my training for the 2011 Las Vegas Marathon in December, with the Chicago Marathon being a “fun run” with no time goal in the middle of my training. To add to the disruption of the IT-band injury, I welcomed my second child into our family in July, a mere three months before my first marathon. Nothing like waking up six times in a night to help you amp up your mileage  and feel rested. There was also another, very personal family tragedy that I won’t talk about here, but it both hurt my training and propelled me to new levels of mental strength and determination at the same time.

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By on October 12, 2011 in Race Reports

Gear Review: Amphipod Run Lite Hydration Belt

Brand: Amphipod

Model: Run Lite 4

When I started running about a year ago, I quickly found the need for water that I could carry with me while on my runs. Running in Las Vegas in August without water is a sure-fire way to quickly discover what heat exhaustion feels like. If you’re really not careful you can visit heat stroke land as well. So, instead of having to make sure all of my runs routed past parks with water fountains, I took a trip to one of my local running stores and checked out their hydration belts before finally choosing the RunLite 4 by Amphipod.

One of the main things I liked about the belt, besides being able to carry up to four 32-ounce bottles of water, along with a rather large storage pouch for storing keys, energy gels, and other miscellaneous things, was the ability to remove the clips for the water bottles (and the pouch itself) if I don’t need them. I was really excited about being able to customize the belt to however long or difficult the run I had planned was going to be, and it did not disappoint. It’s fairly easy to remove the clips for the water bottles, as well as the storage pouch in a matter of seconds before I head out the door.

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By on August 10, 2011 in Gear Reviews