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2012 Hoover Dam Half Marathon

Race Name: Hoover Dam Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10K

Date: December 15, 2012

Distance: Half Marathon

Footwear: Altra Superior (Rob), Vibram Spyridon (Ryan), Brooks Pure Grit (Scott)

Time: 2:00:14 (Rob), 2:10:20 (Ryan), 2:17:16 (Scott)

2012 Hoover Dam Half Marathon

 

With this being Ryan’s first official half marathon, and a return to the course that holds my half marathon PR, we had high expectations for this race all year. After running a 1:56 last year, I wanted to better my time — and hopefully beat Dalyn’s PR of 1:53 set at Surf City in 2011. Ryan and I decided that 1:50 was our goal, while Scott just wanted to finish as he was still nursing some injuries from the past couple months.

In truth, none of us were 100% healthy coming into the race, which made our goal time pretty out of reach from the start, but it’s good to have goals all the same. Since running the Bootlegger 25K a month ago, I’ve only ran on Saturdays, skipping the important mid-week runs while waiting for my bruised right foot to heal (it almost has), while Ryan has had knee issues after playing six soccer games in a row a couple weeks back.

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By on December 19, 2012 in Race Reports

S.A.F.E. House Run For Shelter 5K

Race Name: 4th Annual S.A.F.E. House Run For Shelter 5K

Date: November 17, 2012

Distance: 5K

Footwear: Vibram Bikila (Ryan), Altra Samson (Rob)

Time: 20:51 (Ryan), 21:48 (Rob)

With Ryan having lived in Henderson, NV for most of his life and myself spending six years there, whenever a 5K takes place in the Water Street district of downtown Henderson, we try to make sure at least one of us runs it. Four years ago, Ryan took part in the first ever running of the S.A.F.E. House Run For Shelter 5K with a 24:02, placing 2nd in his age group and 13th overall. The following year, Ryan, Dalyn, and I all ran the race, with Dalyn and Ryan both winning their age groups with a 23:32 (7th overall) and 24:51 (11th overall) respectively, and myself taking second in my age group with a 25:47 (14th overall). Last year, I was the only one that participated, finishing with a 23:07, 1st place age division, and 8th overall.

For this year’s race, Ryan and I both had lofty goals coming into the race, with Ryan shooting for a sub-20:00 and myself aiming for a sub-22:00. Our time goals were completely off the cuff, and we didn’t really do any 5K-specific training, but thought we had good shots at meeting our goals.

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By on November 27, 2012 in Race Reports

Bootlegger 25K

Race Name: Bootlegger 25K/50K

Date: November 10, 2012

Distance: 25K

FootwearAltra Superior

Time: 3:01:36

Bootleg Canyon has become one of the places that we really enjoy running in the Las Vegas valley, so when I heard about the Bootlegger 25K/50K I decided it was a must-do for me. I always enjoy getting out and meeting new trail runners from the Las Vegas area, and what better place is there to do so than at one of the several trail races we get here annually.

Only in its second year, with this year being the first time a 25K distance has been offered, the Bootlegger 50K should quickly gain in popularity considering the challenge it provides and the two race directors, Ian Torrence and Josh Brimhall, both being well-known ultra runners. Bootlegger picks up where the World of Hurt 50K left off after disappearing for reasons unbeknownst to me after the 2008 race. Both Josh and Ian raced in the World of Hurt, along with ultra-legends such as Hal Koerner, Scott Jurek, and Jenn Shelton.

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By on November 12, 2012 in Race Reports

Warrior Dash Las Vegas 2012

Race Name: Warrior Dash Las Vegas

Date: October 20, 2012

Team Members: Rob, Ryan, Scott, Taylor, Nickee, Dustin

Footwear: Vibram Spyridon LS (Rob), Vibram Spyridon (Ryan), New Balance MT-101 (Scott)

After scheduling Tough Mudder for October 6, a mere two weeks before Warrior Dash, it certainly wasn’t on our radar of events that we’d be doing. We’re also obstacle race fiends and always appreciate a good deal, so when a Groupon popped up in our inboxes, we jumped on it!

After Tough Mudder two weeks ago, we really toned down our training and relaxed for a couple weeks, but we knew there was almost nothing we could do (short of breaking a limb) in just two weeks that would make Warrior Dash hard after completing Tough Mudder. That being said, we still expected to have a good time and we weren’t disappointed!

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By on October 24, 2012 in Race Reports

Tough Mudder: Las Vegas 2012

Race Name: Tough Mudder Las Vegas 2012

Date: October 6, 2012

Location: Beatty, NV

Team Members: Rob, Ryan, Scott, Amy, Jed, Valarie, Ron, Jonathan, Tom, Erik

Footwear: Vibram Spyridon LS (Rob), Vibram Spyridon (Ryan), New Balance 110 (Scott)

Tough Mudder is by far our favorite event to date. It’s a perfect mix of tough running and challenging obstacles, plus we got to play in the mud. This race being two hours from home made it close enough to be considered our home course, which gave us a little extra motivation to make it a good race. We were able to double the size of our team from Tough Mudder SoCal and had many more spectators at this event than we did in Temecula. Having an audience of family and friends makes any race, especially tough races like this, better. When you’re eight miles into a race like Tough Mudder, beat up and tired, it completely revamps you when you see your family and friends on the horizon and can hear them cheering you on, or laughing as you nosedive into the mud.

What sets Tough Mudder apart from most other races is the emphasis on camaraderie and enjoying the challenge. Whether it’s pushing you to run hill after hill through sandy terrain, or conquering dire fears of ice-cold water, heights, or an electric shock, you’re teammates and fellow competitors are there to help and motivate you along the way. Teamwork is emphasized the second you climb over the wall into the starting corral (an heart-pumping and awesome way to start a race) and the MC begins delivering his pep talk explaining that Tough Mudder is a team event, not a race, and you’re goal is to help the person next to you finish. The Tough Mudder pledge recited just before the race starts says it perfectly. Tough Mudder is all about having a fantastic time with a group of other crazy people (like us) while testing your limits mentally and physically. I can speak for all of us Crazies when I say that the feeling you get after finishing a Tough Mudder event is unlike any other event, because it’s challenging but you have a fantastic time others, instead of competing by yourself like most races.

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By on October 10, 2012 in Race Reports, Tough Mudder

Devil Dash: Las Vegas 2011

Race Name: Devil Dash Las Vegas

Date: May 12, 2012

Team Members: Ryan, Robert

Footwear: Vibram Bikila

This race was a blast because I had the opportunity to participate in it with my nephew, Robert. That was the highlight of the race. Although this race was still fun, as they always are, you got the feeling that the organizers of this race were either lazy or didn’t have the resources they needed to make this a race that could hold it’s own against the other races available. It was more of a 5k trail run than an obstacle race. From a 5k aspect it was a decent race.

The Race

This course was run through Bootleg canyon near Boulder City, NV; which is one of our group’s favorite trail systems to run. The only problem was that a portion of it was run through a BMX course, ramps and all. Overall the terrain was good though. The course had some nice hills and plenty of room to run. It was course that is welcoming to all levels of runners.

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By on May 16, 2012 in Race Reports

2011 Scorpion Warrior

Race Name: Scorpion Warrior Las Vegas

Date: March 17, 2012

Team Members: Rob, Ryan, Tom

Footwear: Vibram Spyridon LS (Rob), Vibram Bikila (Ryan)

After completing our first Tough Mudder and our first obstacle race we were immediately hungry for more. Scorpion Warrior certainly was not on our radar. We didn’t even know it existed, and with good reason, when we stumbled across the race on Groupon, at a very reasonable price. After having such a phenomenal time participating in Tough Mudder, and our next one months away, we jumped at the opportunity to participate in another obstacle race.

This wasn’t even close to being our favorite race, but we made do. We found our own ways to enjoy the race and had some fun with what little we were provided with.

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By on March 21, 2012 in Race Reports

Tough Mudder: SoCal #1 2012

Race Name: Tough Mudder SoCal #1

Date: February 29, 2012

Team Members: Rob, Ryan, Dalyn, Adam, Tom

Footwear: Vibram Spyridon LS (Rob), Vibram Bikila (Ryan), Vibram Bikila (Dalyn)

Tough Mudder event consists of roughly eleven miles of trail running, plus about twenty-five obstacles with names such as ‘Death March’, ‘Arctic Enema’, and ‘Electroshock Therapy’. They claim to be “Probably The Toughest Event on the Planet” and it has to be at least in the discussion for normal athletes like most of us. Knowing all that, you must get something amazing at the end, right? Prize money? Nope. The medal that makes all marathon medals jealous? Nope. A normal medal? Again, nope. What you do get is the sweetest orange headband you will ever own emblazoned with ‘TOUGH MUDDER’, and the satisfaction of completing one of the toughest obstacle courses most people will ever attempt (also one of the most fun, just take a look at their pledge).

As Tough Mudder is all about teamwork and camaraderie, as soon as we decided to do the event, we started asking everybody we thought would be interested if they wanted to join our team. We also came up with an official team name: Crazier Than Thou. After quite a bit of initial interest, we ended up with only five members of the team, but we still managed to have a blast! It was great having other people we know out on the course to help out and get through some of the challenges together. We all assisted one another by pushing or pulling each other over the Berlin Walls, helping each other up Mt. Everest, sharing our pains after Arctic Enema, or just motivating each other through the running portions, which may have been the most difficult parts of the course.

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By on February 29, 2012 in Race Reports, Tough Mudder

2011 Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Race Name: Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Date: December 4, 2011

Distance:  Marathon

Footwear: Inov-8 f-lite 195

Time: 4:40:31

After finishing the Chicago Marathon in October I hit the streets hard to prepare for the Las Vegas Marathon, my second full marathon. Unfortunately, a couple weeks before the race I went out on an interval run to test out a new pair of shoes (Inov-8 Bare-X 200) and made a terrible error. With “barefoot” shoes I usually remove the insole for a closer-to-the-ground, more flexible feel in the shoe. Well, turns out it’s best if you remove them both rather than just one. Six miles later and I had one inflamed achilles tendon, just in time for it to affect the marathon I’ve been training for.

Being a night race, I had to prepare for it differently than if it was a morning race, mostly by watching what I ate and making sure I wasn’t tired or sluggish by race time. Ended up having real oatmeal and blueberries for breakfast, and then a bean and chicken burrito for lunch, and lots of water. For dinner I stuck with a Clif Bar and banana, which is my normal breakfast before a morning race.

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By on December 7, 2011 in Race Reports

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