Friday, October 29, 2010

Javelina Jundred 2010

Well folks, it was another successful outing at the Javelina Jundred. My third consecutive appearance at this event. Tony did great. He has continued to progress as a runner - stronger, faster. I run with him only once or twice a year and I really notice the difference. All his hard work is paying off.

It all went like clockwork and Tony notched another course PR, bettering last year's 23:42:11 with a 22:57:27. Oh he was hauling like a mad man to go under 23 hours. The last 4.7 miles, the distance between the last aid station to the finish was probably his fastest miles of the race.

If you want more deets you can read my crewing and pacing report here which was posted on Tony's site. Enjoy the pictures.

Hanging out with Tony and the other runners during registration Friday afternoon.

Steve formerly of the bay area now Seattle, Jasmine of Colorado and Lynne of New York at registration Friday afternoon.

One of the unique handmade category awards.

Fellow Tamalpan Bradley Fenner meeting Tony Portera Saturday morning. Bradley would have a great race with a 19:35:07 and 6th overall.

Fellow Tamalpan Erika Lindland with early leader, Josh Brimhall, in the background. Erika was crewing for Bradley Fenner. She was supposed to pace as well but couldn't because of an injury. I don't know what was more incredible, that she couldn't find someone for the last 40 miles or that she found three separate people for the remaining three loops.

Jenn Shelton.

Jamie Donaldson.

Luis Velasquez and Janet Thomson.

Looking hawt PJ! PJ is a local who the first loops with Tony, just as they did on their first Javelina back in 08.

Another local, Rachel Spatz on her first Javelina.

SoCal Coyotes head honcho, Jimmy Dean Freeman. Spectating is a tough job!

Beautiful sunset before some awesome night running under a full moon.

Finally meeting Tess Geddes! We come from the same region in the Philippines, speak the same language. Not as common as you think with 7,100 islands and 77 dialects.

Sugar and alcohol, my stomach has met it's match.

One of these of these days.

For the photoset, click here

Friday, October 22, 2010

Back in Javelina Jundred!

My third consecutive year in Arizona for Javelina, crewing and pacing Tony again just like in the first two. This is a great race and I like being here. I may change my mind once I actually run it one of these years however:) I jump in at mile 60 and I'm looking forward to more night running by the full moon with the lights off. It is an even bigger crowd than last year, 300 registered entrants, the most for this event. My first year it was only 150 or so. The race has grown but so has the quality. The Coury brothers go all out and I'm sure it's going to be another great event,

Well just a quick holler before turning in. Tony is already asleep, good job runner!

Just two of the funky cool special handmade awards.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tantalus 10-Mile

10.10.10. - Ten miles, October 10, 2010

Return to Honolulu
The last seven days I've been in Honolulu, Hawaii. I spent time growing up in the islands; junior high, high school and part of college - some pretty incredible years. This past june my step father passed away and my mom choose this time to return his ashes to Honolulu, the only place he called home. I may do a short post here about that, maybe, I haven't decided yet. He never really left Hawaii and he was well loved by the friends he left behind when he moved to Florida.

Excited for the Race
Anyway I was not a runner when I was living in Hawaii, in fact I hated it. In high school it was the part of wrestling practice I dreaded the most and in my years in the University of Hawaii I ran sporadically only because I wanted to lose weight. I had never participated in a race in the islands and was itching to do so. I did some googling and found the Tantalus 10-mile road race. The start was only a mile from my old apartment and only a few miles from where we were staying Waikiki. The morning of the race I was nervous and feeling heavy from the last four days of eating and drinking. Oh you know I was catching up on all the ono (delicious) local food that I've been missing - the best Hawaiian food is still in Hawaii. It was also exciting to be racing again however, felt so good to pin another number and line up with my fellow runners and so soon after the 100 miler. Not having any expectations except a finish I positioned myself in the middle of the pack and endeavored to hold that position untill the finish.


The Course
The course changes direction each year and this time we were going counter clockwise. The first five miles was a gentle uphill in long switch back sections. It was tough in that it was long, it also false peaked right before the top. One thing I've gotten better at is hill running, I'm stronger and more patient. I ground it out all the way to the top with persistence and strength. If I had to guess we probably peaked at a couple of thousand feet, not too bad for 5 miles. At the false peak I let loose thinking we had already started the final descent and had to scale back once we hit the final uphill but it got me on the right mindset for the next five miles. I found that extra gear that got me chasing. I thought some of the switch backs on the downhill were tighter on the turns and steep on the apex. I would come in wide and dive into the apex of the turns like a race car, cutting some distance and picking up speed. I wasn't a runner in my youth, oblivious to the whole concept until I learned it, believe it or not, from a video game. Works great with bikes too. There was hardly any traffic on the roads and only executed the turn when there were no cars. Slowly and steadily I reeled people in as I did in the last 2 miles of the climb. I started to slow down the last two miles but kept my focus on my turnover. The thought of getting passed back kept my short stubby legs turning. I crossed the finish line a lot faster than I had expected and was pretty stoked. My legs hurt bad on all that hard surface downhill but it was as much fun as it was intense.

I drove the course after the race to take pictures. Here is a lone runner climbing up the same road we ran.

A view of Oahu's famous landmark, Diamond Head. Waikiki to the right.

Looking back the way we came. That guy running ran the course backwards and he left as I was finishing.

Up and up.

Lush and green at the top.

A Great Run
I clocked a 1:22:26, 36th overall and 8th in the age group. Considering where I am right now, still in recovery mode from the Pine to Palm 100 and with low weekly mileages, I was happy with the results. More importantly I felt good. My body, it seems, has responded well to the 10 days of rest that I gave it after Pine to Palm followed by short runs and a return to the gym for body work. At the top of the last up hill I looked at my watch and it said 54 minutes, if that was the halfway point that would make it 10.8 minutes per mile for the first five. It would also mean that I covered the last five miles in 27 minutes for a 5.6+ pace. Without a Garmin I can't truly say but I like the ballpark figures.

Actual time and placing updated from the official results

Shortly after I finished.

It was a great event and I enjoyed myself. I got to talking with the race director afterwards who was out directing traffic by the finish line. During the race I also made the acquaintance of Tim Quinn, another ultra runner from the bay area. I hollered at him because I recognized the "Dick Collins Firetrails 50-Mile" logo on his cap that he was wearing backwards. We've never met but we have done the same races and know some of the same people. Got to talking with him a bit more after the race. I hung out for the time it took me to drink a soda and take some pictures. I then drove the course so I could take more pictures and was rewarded with a rainbow when it started drizzling.

Tim Quinn.

With Tim at the finish.

I was back on vacation mode after that run, haven't run a mile since because of all the activity with the family but I'm back now and will be preparing for what's left in the schedule. The remaining weekends of October are packed with running events and I'm much more confident that my body will be able to keep up.

Folks hanging out post race.