Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pain in my ass

September 27

Ran 11 miles in Evergreen with Bob, found some awesome new trails. Lots of good climbing.  Surprised that a two week stay in Ohio feels like I'm starting the altitude acclimation all over again.  Piriformis pain is back.  Spent the night stretching, sitting on a tennis ball and rolling my ass muscles around the ball.  Felt like I was going to pass out.  I'm sure trying to keep up with the young kids football team that I'm coaching didn't help.  

Monday, September 26, 2011

September 18-September 26

Relaxing week in Warren.  Slept a lot. Got to see two browns games(both wins) two WGH varsity soccer games, my dad on a horse, lots of friends and family for my dads surprise 60th birthday party. Jacob going to homecoming and two Sunday dinners.  Got a few good runs in at mill creek park.  Ready to head back to the mountains and climb a few more 14 ers before the snow comes. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


September 17

Worked runner check, went to the start of the trail near volney rogers and enjoyed watching all the runners come through and made sure they made the correct turn.  Once all the runners were through, I ran to the covered bridge and helped direct runners on which way to go.  Ran back to the log cabin. It was great to see old friends and make a few new ones, a big party with a few miles thrown in for the fun of it.   Another successful YUTC and I am happy to have been a part of it.  
September 16

Spent the day marking the YUTC 50k and 25k course.

Road runner beep beep

September 15

Ran 7 miles around Warren and legs are feeling good.  Slight hamstring pain but it subsided around mile two.  Marking the trail tomorrow for YUTC 50k and 25k.  Looking forward to getting back to the trails where my trail running started.   

Coming home

September 14

No drama travel from DIA to Akron.  Sat next to a chatter box home schooled kid.  Do not understand why travelers feel the need to 1. Stand up on the plane as soon as we reach the gate and 2. Gather around the baggage claim like that can't see their luggage from ten yards back.  Love fighting my way through the crowd as they stand, looking at a conveyor belt, which is going around in circles.  Makes no sense.   My sis picked me up and my first stop was the Warren Hot Dog Shoppe.  Hung out with la familia for a bit and got to see Jacob play soccer, WGH VS Shaker Heights.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chili cook off

September 11

Ran 10 miles with the Denver TraIl runners.  Started at lookout mountain, near Boettcher mansion, down to windy saddle parking area and out on the beaver brook trail. Some nice technical trails that reminded me of the massanutens.  After that, myself and the Combs family went to the Evergreen chili cook off.  Fun mountain town festival.  Live bands, fire fighter competitions and chili.  

Cycling Littleton

September 10 

28 mile bike ride with Maggie, 14 miles up, 14 miles down.  Deer creek canyon road to high grade road topping out in Conifer, almost 4,000 feet of elevation gain.  She is a climber and I am still trying to find my legs and lungs.  Cold descent.  Over 40 mph on the downs is fun on skinny tires.  Went to the corner bakery for lunch after our ride which is similar to a Panera but 10x better.  

Well, I wake in the morning
Fold my hands and pray for rain
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin’ me insane

Exploring Evergreen

September 09 

8 mile run up and around Evergreen mountain yesterday followed by a another 8 mile run bushwhacking and some rock climbing.  Headed up a long dirt road with about 1,000 feet of climb.  Fun climbs, legs are still tired.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Couch surfing

September 7, 2011

Stopped on my way back to Evergreen in Vail.  One of my favorite restaurants, a local joint called The George.  It is in the basement of Vail village off the beaten path from normal tourists to the mountain.  Surf and turf for 20 bucks.  During this visit I met Niki and Justin who live in Vail.  Niki just joined the peace corp and Justin is an avid snowboarder, tattoo artist. They participate in couch surfing and offered me a place to crash in an awesome ski chalet, which I gladly accepted.  Really chill, fun people. Mixing it up with the locals.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Journey Summary

September 07

U.S.A. Summer road trip 2011 is over

Starting in Evergreen CO and ending in Evergreen CO
7 states (Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon,  Washington, Idaho)

5,185 miles  on the Subaru 

Two  14,000 foot mountains ( Mt. Shasta 14, 179 feet and Mt. Rainier 14,411 feet)

One failed attempt at a 100 miler( cascade crest classic 100)

One  successful 100 mile run the week after at the Silverton challenge

Three really good books

Four great family and friends opened their homes and let me crash, shower, and do laundry.  

Time to start planning my Asian/European adventure hopefully next spring, summer.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


September 04-05

Big head Todd and the monsters 
"All life is, is really just a circle."

Beep, look up, check miles, check pace, subtract what was left to do and repeat.  

This was my first attempt at a 48 hour run, located in Silverton CO.  The course consisted of a 1 mile, all trail loop. 250 feet of elevation loss/gain per loop, switching directions every six hours  A huge circus tent was the start finish area.  A run within many runs.   A 1,000 mile challenge, a 6 day, 72 hour, 48 hour and 24 hour run  and by Sunday morning, all runners were out making loops.  Every runner wore an anklet computerized chip and we crossed over a mat that recorded the miles.  What was really cool about the run was the results were projected onto the tent wall.  Beep, look up like a salivating dog as the screen showed my reward. One nice and slow mile.  Winner for a split second.  On to the next loop.  
Started my run day with a chai latte and a breakfast burrito from the avalanche coffee shop( love that place). Run started at 9am, took off faster than normal and lead the run for the first 40 miles.  Went to bed around 10 pm and got a full nights sleep.  
Day two
Started the day with a chai latte and a breakfast burrito from the avalanche coffee shop(love that place). Oh the irony of repetition. Four people passed me while I slept.  
My milestones and what I thought about while running.
60 miles to go.
40 miles run equals bed time
50 miles halfway and every step from here on out is "Downhill"
69 miles only a 50k left
71 miles  if I was running the ring, I'd be done right now.  
74 miles less than marathon to go
81 miles. I'm in the teens of mileage left
91 single digits left

I only have to climb this hill 26 ,25 ,24 etc more times.

Two runners from Marshal were running together and every time I passed them I would tell them the start of a joke,  never the ending. 
"two guys walk into a bar, ok see you next lap" 
Next lap
" what is green and yellow and, ok see you next lap"
These turned to songs.
Me:Hey Jeremy  and Zach do you want to have the best lap of the night? 
Them: Sure Bill
Me: who let the dogs out
Them: you bastard, payback is coming
They got me back with tainted love the next lap.

Near the end Jeremy and I spent a few laps together chatting about we are marshal, west Virginia,  women, the coast guard (who was kind enough to let him out of Irene clean up to run) his running days at western states and the university of Oregon etc.  These miles flew by since 97% of the run I was by myself.

Didn't think I would like a one mile loop course or a hours event but it was great to get the miles in with 25,000 feet of elevation loss/gain. It didn't seem monotonous, didn't have to pack drop bags, carry big packs or plan for weather. The stress of normal hundreds did not apply.  Run when you want to break when you want to. I only threw up twice at sunrise the second day.  I would like to think the sunrise was so beautiful that I couldn't help myself but the real reason I continue to struggle with my nutritional and calorie intake.  

Congrats and kudos to the Combs family for cranking out some good miles.  

Many thanks to Rodger Wrublick, Nick and Jamil Coury for putting on great event. Definitely on my to do list next year, might even bump it up to 72 hours

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Lil hamster

September 01

Wow is summer coming to an end?  Cannot wait for some snow up in them thar hills.    Spent the day in Ouray and then later in the day arrived in Silverton.  Going to try my luck at a 48 hour race, one mile loop,around and round in circles for two days. ,  Should be a fun way to spend two days and hopes it turns out a little better than cascade crest 100.  Good luck to all those running the ring in Virginia.  It is good to be back in Colorado

On the road again

August 31 

Driving and driving, from Seattle to about 20 miles from the Utah line.  
What I learned.  I no longer listen to rappers that put LIl, (Wayne, Kim, scrappy, b, Jon) you get the idea.  Be original.  Rock,  use the word Theory In your bands name. Nope turning It.  You are trying way to hard.  I digress,  more driving.  Tried to sleep twice but both times I was wide awake so instead of staring at my ceiling i drove.  Thank you Idaho and Utah for a speed limit of 75. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

August 29-30
Spent the last two days in Sammamish by organizing all my bags, gear and relaxing with Brenna, Paul and the kids. Sundays dinner was awesome, fresh salmon and a great salad(thanks Brenna)   I am appreciative and thankful that I know so many great people, all over the U.S.  Very lucky.  I went for a run and it was enjoyable.  Wondering what changed from two days earlier?