The Georgia Coastal 155
On April 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm, four runners from Savannah will embark on a 48 hour 155 mile running journey following the Coastal Georgia Greenway from St. Mary’s,Ga. and culminating in Hutchinson Island, Ga. on April 19th.
Why? Because it’s there, – the Georgia Coastal Greenway, that is.
This run is a personal journey with friends and, with several ambitions…
- As a fundraiser for Liam’s Land, a 501c3 that funds research for finding what causes lymphatic malformations with hopes of finding a cure for this ailment.
- Bringing awareness to the magnificent project called the Georgia Coastal Greenway which aims to connect and bridge a series of trails and paths up the coast of Georgia.
- Possibly creating a multi-day foot race up the CGG and ending it at the Trade Center on Hutchinson Island.
- Lastly, because the CGG is there and why not be the first group of runners to run it!
This run will take us across six counties, 9 cities and 15 jurisdictions. The cities we’ll run in and through are St. Mary’s, Woodbine, Kingsland, Brunswick, Darien, Riceboro, Midway, Richmond Hill and Savannah.
The CGG is not yet complete but I believe that once it is it’s gonna have a huge positive impact economically because of the recreational opportunities it will provide.
Currently, 80% of the course is road and on US 17 and State Route 99.
The runners are all experienced ultra runners but this experience will mark their longest run to date.
The runners are…
- John Durant
- Jason Edenfield
- Karl Joseph
- Dan Hernandez
For more information on the Georgia Coastal Greenway please visit: http://coastalgeorgiagreenway.org/
For more information on the 155 mile run please contact Dan Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org, 912.398.9941
Run 4 a Reason
Hi there. Last week, I launched a contest called “why do I run”. The whole purpose for this contest was to give away the 50k spot that Ms. Caroline Dalis gave up for the Ledesma Sports Medicine Savannah Rails to Trails Ultra. Ms. Dalis was very excited about running this race but unfortunately things happened and she will not be able to run it. She asked if I would donate her spot to another 50k enthusiast and I agreed to her wishes. The condition, though, is that those interested in this 50k spot must do a write-up (brief or long) answering the question of why they run.
Well, we have eight contestants! And, below are there reasons on why they run. Please, read through each of the contestant’s posts and then vote on the one you liked the most by clicking on the “why I run” picture below. The survey is very simple with one question asking which of the writings was your favorite. You click on the name of the one you liked the most and voila! You’re done!
This coming Friday, December 12th, I’ll tally the votes and the contestant with the most votes will win a free entry to the LSM Savannah RTT 50k that takes place January 10, 2015. This person will also win a new 20oz Amphipod handheld. The two runner ups will also each get a 20oz amphipod handheld. These are pretty sweet water bottles.
When you’re ready to vote click on the “why I run” picture below and you will be directed to a surveymonkey site where you can vote for your favorite posting. :)
Why do I Run?
by Kim Crowe
I run for so many reasons! I started running to help manage stress. My youngest daughter started having seizures that would land us in the ER every time she had one. After a few months of that and she developed meningitis. I needed some help dealing with stress. I turned to running. Running allowed me to burn off a lot of built up emotion and eventually showed me how strong I could be. A friend suggested I sign up for a marathon and train with her. To make a long story short I ended up running a 50k in 5:48 before my first marathon which I ran in 4:00. I have run every race I could since then. Running taught me that even though times can be difficult, as long as you don’t give up the finish will be worth it! I have developed a passion for running and helping others which makes Ultras the perfect place for me bc if you know anything about Ultras you know the people are the most positive encouraging people ever!
Why do I Run
by Sue Gury
I am 51 years old, and through my life, I have always had a large number of things that I was fearful of, some with good reason, others not. A few of my fears involved driving, mostly based on an almost accident with a semi back in the mid 80s. I started running in 2001 a few months after quitting smoking. I progressed from doing 5ks to ultramarathons within about 4 years. There are many places that are hotbeds of ultra activity, our town is fair to middling, but the surrounding counties and states have many more opportunities then our area. Of course, there would be some highway driving involved, where most of my fears originate.
In the years since I have been running, I have gone from totally avoiding all highway driving, to using the local beltway, to driving I-95 to get to a friends house for races, to my top experience, which took place yesterday. There was a 50 k about 100 miles from me on the eastern shore of Maryland, but it involved not only highway driving, but crossing the Chesapeake Bay bridge (4.3 miles). I made myself drive down, do the race, and drive back, knowing full well that there would be highways, rain, and a big long scary bridge to contend with. Running is about the only thing that I love so much, that I would make myself confront my fears. I have also worked on my social anxieties by becoming a part of a vibrant running group.
In my case, running is helping me conquer my fears.
Why do I Run
by Stephanie Moore
I run because something interesting happens from the time you step foot out the door until the time you return. The mind is racing, you can plan your shopping list, over analyze that really good book you just read, repeat a fight you had with your spouse or significant other and suddenly know how to make it right, and solve other problems. You can plan your week, figure out what you will cook for dinner, plan your mom’s birthday party, and still find time to work on yourself and think about ways to become a better mother, wife, or sister. I have found that by becoming a better runner I also seem to become a better person than the day I was before. The mental clarity that comes hand in hand with running is unbeatable. I am able to think past my problems and find solutions instead of anxiety or stress. I reach a point where I know that things are going to be okay. I really can’t say i’ve ever returned home in a worse mood than when I left.
It’s all about self improvement and while it may seem like an exaggeration if we want to change the world we have to start with ourselves and maybe if everyone took time to figure out how they could become a better person, the world would indeed change.
So, that’s why I run. I want to do my part to make the world a better place and I’m starting with me.
Why Do I Run
by Jacquelyn Thayer
Mail box to mail box…..that used to be my motto…my goal…some days it was even a frantically whispered prayer….I literally would run from one mail box to the next. I would then WALK three or four mailboxes before running ONE MAILBOX SET, again……We are not talking rural routes here people….we are not speaking of mailboxes that are set great distances apart….we are talking about CUL*DE*SACS!!!! fataI was so saddened and bummed…what had happened?
I had just had my last child….she was only 14….YEARS AS THE DOCTOR POINTED OUT…not months….I was a NURSE….I was supposed to be a role model of health, yet I felt like someone had literally slapped me across the face with my single serving box of girl scout cookies when I saw on my chart it said “Morbidly obese, recommend diabetic and hypertension medications, patient in denial.” Denial? More like my provider was delusional….how could I be morbidly obese? Sure I was chunky….weighed a bit more than high school…fatgbut MORBIDLY OBESE….How FRICKEN RUDE!!! So ever the ICU nurse…I did a calculation to prove that my provider actually received his degree at some third world country that only required water polo and the ability to perform canine CPR to become a MD. But guess what??? That little brat, that 12 year old with eight years of college beyond mine was RIGHT! I was a fat ass time bomb. So I did the only rational thing, I bargained…I asked to be given time and promised to change.
Now I am SURE that other providers had tried to gently tell me to take care of my health. I just never heard them. I HEARD this 12 year old…..I heard him tell me if I didn’t lose a significant amount of weight I was going on medications and going to be like my ICU patients (yep he actually SAID THAT!) So I started to run….from mailbox to mailbox….eventually getting all the way to marathons and now training for ultras. I remember those mailbox days….I remember when it did not matter what the brand of shorts I wore were….THEY ALL RODE UP!!!! Cute little run skirts didn’t come in my size……I very VERY much recall what it felt like to feel like my entire skinny, strong body was trapped inside…..The only way I know how to describe it, is that you are trying to RUN and all around you……these heavy fighting squirrels, are trapped in pillowcases, and they are wrestling….and you are carrying those SUCKERS strapped to every available part of your body….I still struggle, I often look at other runner and wonder how they got so strong…so fast, so amazing! Then I remind myself….we NEVER know where someone came from….where their journey started…..We never know if they experienced the raging squirrel dance, if they suffer from debilitating demons that chase them as they run, if they agonize over every piece of food that enters their mouth…..But what WE DO KNOW is that EVERYONE who moves forward….be it as a one mile fun run runner, a 5K color run participant, a marathoner, an ultra runner, or a woman chasing her vision across the country……We are all RUNNERS…….and we are all AMAZING.
Why Do I Run
by Sean Davis
I am a runner because of my Grandfather. He was my hero. He ran track and field at Loyola in New Orleans long, long, long before I was born. He and I also shared the same birthday. He at taught me many things in life, but most important was to work hard and treat people with respect. I run because he inspired me. I continue to run now because I made a life commitment to fitness and avoiding a family history of diabetes. My grand father was a hard worker and taught me the importance of responsibility and accountability. Running and life takes self disipline and he did his best to teach that.
Why Do I Run
by Troy Harper
I’m often asked why I run. Honestly there is not a simple answer to that question for me. Like a lot of people, sometimes I run to get in shape or get ready to challenge myself at a race. Other times I run to help deal with the stress that life brings us all. There are times I run and figure out the answer to something going on in my life, and other times I may run and the miles just click away without me noticing and my mind has just been thought free and enjoying the world around me the whole time. I’m also a big believer in if we keep moving, we can fight Father Time, and I think we all want to take part in that fight. One last reason I run, and it’s not necessarily the actual last reason, is that it’s still fun for me to just go out and run. I can literally walk out my front door and go for a run if that’s what I want to do. It doesn’t require expensive equipment or gear to do, it’s just a simple thing that I still get enjoyment from.
Why Do I Run
by Courtney Bradley
I run for many reasons. I run because when I was 13 I didn’t make the volleyball team or the basketball team 2 seasons in a row. A sport without balls made sense to me. I joined the cross country team, a team that didn’t reject anyone. Running is a sport that doesn’t reject. I love it because it’s a team thing and an individual one. When I’m out there it’s me, my music and the beat of my feet hitting that pavement. When I sprint to the finish I feel that pain in my legs and I know it’s ok because that pain is almost over. I run because of that high you get when you look around you and see everyone in your race running beside you, you see the gorgeous river or horizon or tree or road kill or whatever along the way during a training run. The pain you feel the next day after a race when you can barely sit down, and going up stairs is just unheard of.
When I run, I run for myself. It’s not for my 4 kids whom my life revolves around or my husband whom I adore. I do for them, all the time, everything I do is for them as it should be when you are a part of a family, but when I run….that one is all me! I’m out there on my own, killing it, mile after mile on my own terms. The running app starts, the music begins and I am focused, on a mission. And that feeling of such accomplishment when I’m done is incredible. I run because I don’t have to have skill with a ball when I’m out there, I rely on the pure mechanics of my body from the motions of each muscle to the in and exhale of each breath. I feel healthy and happy and PERFECT when I run. It’s the true me. Someone asked me the other day, after a race, if I won. I thought, “What a silly question. Why would anyone ask that?” I run for myself. I didn’t win that race, but that wasn’t the goal. I had a fantastic race, loved the course and ran strong and that to me is an enormous win. To run is to win, and that’s why I run.
Why Do I Run
by James Thomas
I have many reason why I choose to run. First and foremost is my health, I run to help fight heredity, and show my kids a good life style. Second I am a police officer who refuses to give the bad guys a chance. Secretly I run to see the pride in my wife’s face when I met my goal or finished a race. It is truly amazing when you think about it, running can bring me such peace by being surrounded with all of Gods greatness. I am truly blessed.
There you have it! Please vote for the runner you feel deserves a free entry to the LSM Savannah RTT Ultra on January 10, 2015!
Thank you for your time!
When you’re ready to vote click on the “why I run” picture below and you will be directed to a surveymonkey site where you can vote for your favorite posting. :)
The second installment of Third Level Running is with Jen Kryzanowski, a hardcore triathlete from Charleston, South Carolina. This young lady is a strong and driven triathlete that occasionally hops the fence into the ultra running world….
- You are an IronMan Triathlete. What brought you into the world of triathlons and how long have you been doing tri’s? I started competing in running and triathlons when I was asked a simple question such as “Since you aren’t dancing anymore, what are you fitness goals?” Because I always tend to go over and beyond my abilities, I decided I wanted to do an Ironman. So in March 2010, I started with the running…since I was NEVER a runner! I was told the strongest triathletes were the strongest runners. Since then, I have competed in a lot of running races, especially in the year 2010 and I’ve place 1st in my age group in almost all of them. This year, 2011, is when I got serious about triathlons. All I can say is that I am absolutely in LOVE with triathlons. I’ve been running for 4.5 years and doing Triathlons for 3.5 years. I am a 3x full ironman finisher and a 7x half ironman finisher.
- What has been your best triathlon performance? My best triathlon performance was my last 70.3 Ironman back in April 2014. It was just an overall good race. Everything except the weather went perfectly.
- Of the the three triathlon sports which is your favorite, which are you strongest in? Out of the triathlon sports I would say my cycling and running are pretty even. However, most people would say I am a strong runner.
- What is your training like on a daily basis? Take us through a typical training day in Jen’s world.
A typical training day for me in terms of Ironman is getting up before the crack of dawn (about 4:30 AM). I either go to swim practice, get on the bike trainer, go for a run, or hit the gym. I always train two disciplines a day. I rarely train all three disciplines in one day. I train for 2 hours in the morning, go to work full time, then train for another 90 minutes in the evening. This year has been tough training for an Ironman while working a “grown up” job. I’ve learned that quality is better than quantity. It is a good thing quality is better because I do not have as much time anymore. Saturday and Sundays are my long training days. Sunday’s training can range from 5-8 hours of training. My longest brick workout I usually do is 100 miles on the bike followed by a 16 mile run. These long bricks are not only done to get ready physically but also mentally. Long endurance sports are mostly mental. Your mind is so powerful, it can play a huge role in your overall performance.
- You are focusing on a double IM in 2016, – that’s twice the distance on all sports – 4.8 mile swim, 224 mile bike, 52.4 mile run. That’s hardcore! How do you begin to tackle an event of this magnitude? What will your training be like?
My newest challenge is going to be a double Ironman in 2016. I really wanted to qualify for the Olympic trials, but right now, I am just not at that level. I love the endurance stuff. I have not figured out how I am going to tackle this event yet. I’m still learning about it. But I have a great team of support and a wonderful coach who I have faith could guide me through this process.
- Put yourself at the starting line of a race, any race. What’s going on in your head? How are you feeling? What are you thinking?
If you ask any of my friends, I am a mess when it comes to tapering; especially, tapering for big races. I am a very competitive person and no one could ever be as hard on me as I am on myself. I strive to be the best and by doing so I train hard. I do have a problem of letting my nerves get to me which I am personally working through. There are times my races went terrible because I let my nerves get to me. Because I am a sponsored athlete, I do not want to disappoint anyone. I feel as if every time I do well in a race, I must strive to do better.
At the starting line, I always think “Why do I put myself through this?” But at the finish line, I say to myself “This is why I put myself through this!” You seriously do not know how tough you are until being tough is the only thing you have left in you. I heard once that if you are not nervous at the starting line, you might as well retire. So far, I am far from retiring. As competitive athlete, you usually know who you are competing with. In triathlons, you do your research and in running, you know that you will see your competition usually right up front where you are. A lot of times I tell myself that I am my only competition; it’s me against the clock. What is difficult for me is when I find myself up front. There is something nerve wrecking when you are the leading female in a race. You must stay extra calm and you want to look behind you to see if another female is approaching but you know that small movement could throw you off.
- Gear. Tell us about your gear…what you wear, use and why. Fueling. How do you fuel for your races – IM triathlons, shorter distanced tris, any other kind of races?
My gear is usually given to me. I’m still a fairly new athlete so I’m still working on nutrition. My triathlon clothing is given to me. My running shows are K-Swiss. They are the only running shoes that seem to work for me well. I usually run with a visor. I also usually run with a water bottle for longer runs. Running belts make my stomach upset. In my open run races, I usually wear my racing jersey and shorts. The key is to make yourself feel as light as possible.
- When you look at your life apart from your triathlon training/racing world, do you live & produce by the same intensity?
My Ironman life has become my lifestyle. I never would have thought this would have been my lifestyle or I would even be good at it. My entire life is worked around my training schedule. I have friends and family who support this life style which I am extremely blessed for. I am excited to see how this lifestyle turns out for me. I would love to become a professional triathlete. My goal before I die is to do a full or half ironman in every state. I have currently completed a half or full ironman in six different states.
I had the privilege of watching this amazing athlete run Lowcountry Ultra’s ruthless Cremator 50 miler in 2013. She was traffic stopping, to say the least!
I look forward to watching Jen’s progress as she takes on new challenges especially, the Double Ironman in 2016! And, from what I’ve learned so far about this young, driven athlete is that she will expand her territory as she pushes the envelope of her training and racing.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stay tune for the December installment of Third Level Running.
All the best to you and yours.
I’ve added a new category to my blog regarding running. I’m calling it “Third Level Running”. I’ve come up with that category due in large part to my IT background where there are different levels of support. Level 1 is usually support for typical, simple problems. Level 2 usually deals with intermediate problems that may require some research & with some experience at troubleshooting. Level 3 support usually requires a great deal of know-how and experience in resolving complex problems. And, from that line of thinking is where I’m getting “Third Level Running”. Basically, with Third Level running, I will introduce hardcore runners that tend to be very experienced veteran runners that push themselves to levels that are very hard for most of us to fathom. These Third Level Runners are really the shiz! They take running to a level that may seem incomprehensible to most of us. These runners are a very tough and crazy bunch.
So, without further ado, I introduce to you the first runner of ‘Third Level Running’, my good friend, Mr. Eric Dalimarta.
- Who is Eric Dalimarta: I am an Indonesian who lives in NY. To be honest, I haven’t done that much running until 2008, when I did my first 10k. It was a hard day.
Before that, I was a heavy smoker and drinker. My lifestyle was far from healthy and studied in art school and worked in the advertising industry didn’t help either. But now, running has been my salvation from all of that dark side. I have not smoked for more than 4 years.
And, I have never been as healthy and stronger as today.
When I was in the high school, I was in the mountaineering club. Loved it and still love mountaineering. So trail running has become the best combination activity that I have.
- What have been your top 3 races this year? Manitou’s Revenge, Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie, and Nueces 50.
- When choosing a race, what do you look for? The route. I prefer a point to point race and avoiding multiple loops, I think 3-4 laps are my max.
Elevation, I love being in the mountain and high places. Also more elevation is usually more entertaining and challenging trail.
Race review, I think this would be the most important, it would be awful to commit into a race that is not well organized, and it could be dangerous too. Running a race is suppose to be fun. In a way.
- Pick out a significant race you have done and explain how you went about preparing for it. I guess my significant race for me this year was the TDS. For the preparation, I made a couple stages of races that had difficult progression, they were Bear Mountain 50 miles and Manitou Revenge. And for those races I also had a few training races in between. Usually, I used them to simulate my races strategy over the terrain or the distance. I am still learning this ultra running sport.
And for my day by day training, I ran to work 3 days a week between 6-10 miles with a pace that a little faster than my comfortable pace. On the weekends, I usually did a long run or hill repeat on the trail. Or sometime just across the boroughs of New York.
- What motivated you to enter the world of ultra running? I guess the challenge. But most importantly being outdoor,and go to high places where my legs can take me.
- How long have you been ultra running? January 2013 at RTT 50K in Savanah
- Do you run marathons and races under the marathon distance? Yes, I love half marathon races. Not to short where it just too fast, but not too far that I could still enjoy my pace.
- How do you stay focused when running ultras that are fifty miles or more? Humm not sure, I was such a slacker and a goof on the run, so I actually never focused. But the funny thing is I could do math better on my ultra marathon races, and it kept me occupied.
- How do you fuel when training on long runs and when you are actually running an ultra say, for a 50k, 100k, 100 miler? How many calories are you intaking during these runs? Again, I’m such a slacker, I have never calculated my calories intake. Usually, I drink my tailwind every 15 minutes and get a Honey Stinger Wafle or mini Cliff bar every 30 minutes. On the race day, for 50K, I don’t eat much. Maybe just some oranges, chips, cokes and some candies. But on the 50 miles or 100 miles, I eat PB&J sandwich, noodle soup, figs, salt potatoes, and cokes.
- What running shoes do you use for ultra running and why? I use New Balance 110. It’s minimalist so I can feel the surface better. It s light. And the traction of the outsoles are amazing. I have used this on ice, snow, mud, rocks, sand, you name it.
- Do you swap out shoes during races? I used to, but this year I don’t change shoes anymore.
- How many hours per week do you devote to your training? I think probably 2-3 hours per day on the weekdays. And could be up to 5-8 hours per day on the weekends. If I don’t have injury or lazy.
- How many ultra races do you run per year? Probably 6-8.
- What’s your next big race? Pinhoti 100 2014.
Well, there’s my first installment of Third Level Running. I hope you got something from it.
I don’t think I could of picked a better person for this inaugural running category launch than Eric. I’ve known Mr. Dalimarta for over ten years. When I met Eric he was a grad student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since then, we’ve run together, climbed the same mountains (Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc) and backpacked Pisgah National forest.
This man truly pushes the limits in just about everything he does especially in running and mountaineering. Although, he is an overachiever by definition, Eric is an incredibly humble guy. He handles successes and setbacks with humility and grace and, becomes a better person from it all. He’s also one of the funniest people you’ll ever know! Ask him about the time he pushed a sleeping monkey off a fence. It is one of the funniest stories ever!
Eric is currently sponsored by Trail Toes and, is testing equipment for another company but he cannot disclose as of yet the name of that company. Eric, I know, will go far in life and in running.
Hope you get a chance to meet this amazing person and runner.
Thanks for stopping by.
Third Level Running installments will come out once a month. The Rocking Runner of the Week will come out every other week.
All the very best to you and yours!
Okay, we have a new Rocking Runner, – Mr. Matthew Roach!
It’s nothing new to those that know Matthew that he’s an awesome guy and great athlete! But, there might be some thing you didn’t about him until now as he shares his thoughts on running in this blog. I’ve had the good fortune of knowing Matt for approximately two years and I can tell you that he’s an upstanding guy and doting father.
When Matt ran the Little Tybee Conquest Half Marathon on Little Tybee Island this past summer his young son waited patiently for his daddy to cross the finish line. Upon seeing his father, the little guy ran toward him in a sprint and Matt swooped down and grabbed his son and ran across the finish with son in his arms. I know that Matthew must of been hurting as this race was most certainly not a walk in the park but yet he took in his son and showered him with love as they completed that race together. It was an awesome moment, – one you don’t easily forget.
Any way, get to know Mr. Matthew Roach a little better…
- Name: Matthew Roach
- How long have you been running? 5 years
- What brought you to running? After I ran my first race, I was hooked. Since then, it’s been about going further, faster or longer. Sometimes the company is pretty good too.
- What keeps you running? There is always a new challenge. Lately it has been about keeping up with my 4 year old son and preparing to keep up my 2nd (6 months) son as well.
- What is your preferred time to run, morning or evening? Why? There is something great about each time. When I run in the mornings, it is out of the way. I feel great about myself the rest of the day.
Most people run in the mornings, so if I want to run with others and chat, Mornings it is.
Lunchtime is usually the most convenient during the week. It doesn’t take any time away from my family or work, so that is nice. Summers suck though.
There is something calming about evening runs. I do these solo and they usually last a long time. When life gets complicated, a long, late night run can work wonders.
- What is your weekly running mileage? Since the birth of my 2nd son, I haven’t had a chance to run too long on the weekends. I’m around 25 now, but am starting to ramp back up.
- Are you a trail runner or road runner? Since most of my runs happen at lunch, roads are all I have time for.
- What’s your favorite local place to run? Downtown in the mornings (before traffic). The views from River Street are great and then running under all the oak trees all over downtown is nice.
- Favorite race? Why? Before August, I would have said the Race for the Preservation in February. I have no idea why it sticks out, but the weather is usually perfect and it’s a fast course.
Now, it is the Little Tybee Conquest. That was such a hard race, but the scenery was second to none. Running through the dead trees and the marsh was just awesome.
- What’s the toughest/hardest race you’ve run and what made it so tough? Little Tybee Conquest. The heat, the swimming, the sand. Take your pick. I got dehydrated pretty quickly and ended up walking the last 2 miles with some great people.
- Any bucket list races, – what are they? any 100 mile race
- What is a running milestone of yours? I was so proud of myself completing the Iron Horse 50 mile race in Gainesville, FL. It was so hard, but I had some great people waiting for me at the finish line and my sister ran the last 8 miles with me. What was I going to do? Quit?
- Favorite running shoe(s)? Why? Altra Torin. They are incredibly comfortable with the large toe box. My feet don’t fit in my old shoes anymore because they’ve spread out.
- How often do you trade out running shoes? every 8 months or so. usually when my knee starts to hurt.
- Do you cross-train? If so, what do you do for cross-training? I used to do Crossfit a few days a week, but I let it lapse while training for the 50 mile race. That was a mistake. I usually do 1 or 2 modified Crossfit workouts a week now.
- Do you stretch before/after running? Why or Why not? After. I have found it helps keep me injury free. I make sure to target the IT band since I’ve had issues in the past.
- How do you fuel during a race? During regular runs, long runs? PB&J is great. I’ve also done boiled potatoes with salt during really long runs. Marathons and half are mainly whatever gel is out on the course.
- Leading up to a race when do you begin your taper? I usually take the week of easy. For marathons and ultras, I won’t go hard on my speedwork two weeks out.
- What kind of running related injuries have you suffered and how did you deal with it? I tripped over the curb in Hampton Lakes last year and it messed up my knee and IT band for months. I taped it up with KT and took it easy, but I still ran the RNR last year.
With most injuries, I will stop doing speedwork and just go for easy runs if I can.
- Please share a funny and/or an interesting moment you’ve experienced running. I was out on a 20+ training run around my neighborhood and I came up on a lady running about the same speed as me. We started talking and she asked how I was able to run those kind of distances. My reply was “a very understanding spouse”. It really is true that I couldn’t do this without the full support of my wife. She is always willing to stay home with the kids while I go out for a long run.
Please name three inspirational runners to you and why they are inspirational. (they can be famous, family, friends).
- Swim, Bike, Mom – she is a childhood friend and was not satisfied with her direction of life so she decided to take up triathalons. That kind of change takes enormous courage.
- Dean Karnazes – It’s kind of cliche, especially for the ultra crowd, but his books really inspired me to see how far I can go.
- My son, Zachary – He isn’t a racing runner, but that kid has endless energy and just runs everywhere. I feel like I’m doing good just keeping up.
- Any favorite quote that lends itself to your running and/or philosophy on life? Please share. “Be Happy” It is something my dad used to always tell us. It reminds me to not get caught up in the small stuff. Running is fun. Life is fun. Why go through it with a frown?
- As a runner, where do you see yourself one year from now? Hopefully still running. Maybe I’ll have a 100 miler completed or on the horizon.
- What advice would you share with a new runner? Have fun. Intervals and tempo runs are something you have to just power through, but long runs are fun. I love talking to people, especially on long runs.
You can eat up a lot of miles and time running with a friend. I ran into an old buddy of mine at the beginning of the first RNR marathon. We started talking and next thing
I know, we are at mile 11.
There you have it. Matthew is a great human being and I’m proud to showcase him as the latest Rocking Runner of the Week!
Good luck, Matt, on your 100 mile quest! If you can wait until mid-October 2015, I may have a 100 miler you might want to do!
May you remain injury-free as you add more and more miles under your feet!
All the best to you and yours.
Well, Chase the Sun Ultra and Relay is in the history books! This year’s race was as incredible as last year’s! This year’s runners, my gosh, did they push themselves hard! Last year, we had sunny skies with temps in the low 80s and light breezy conditions. This year, the race started off under dreary weather and it got worse before it got better. Early on, the rain and wind washed in on our timing tent knocking out my laptop and soaking the spreadsheet we were using as a redundancy for timing. Having a great timing team together we immediately improvised and began recording bib numbers on a white board as runners continued going through the chute. This created some inconsistencies in the splits of some runners on ultrasignup. We’ve also have had to update some discrepancies in mileage totals for some runners. The storm was severe enough that it blew over several tents and caused the collapse of other tents due to the weight of the heavy falling rain! Finally, we got the computer up and running miraculously again and the ultrasignup timing software came back up and we continued. As the day wore on the spreadsheet dried up and the weather improved. Ironically, the sun did not reveal itself until sunset as we were wrapping up Chase the Sun! It takes a certain kind of person and runner to show up to run for 6 and 12 hours under any conditions but under these very dreary weather conditions? That certainly takes a certain type of person! This Saturday’s CTS runners were all nothing short of amazing, impressive, spectacular (AIS)!! These guys ran and they ran and, they ran! Some ran even, though, they were obviously ill – (Missy Sailer & Emily McLaughlin). Both of these ladies pushed themselves beyond what I expected anyone to do so under the duress they were. Emily ended up having to go to the hospital to get an IV for calcium deficiency. Missy has suffered an upper respiratory infection for the past two weeks! What makes these people tick?
One thing I have come to know, runners are amazing people. Ultra runners, are crazy, overachieving types. This race, brought out the crazy, amazing and overachieving types for sure! For the 6 hour solo race, Malachi Williams and Bren Tompkins fought hard for the top spot. At the end, both finished with 24 laps and 44.88 miles each. Malachi crossed that threshold first, though, giving him the 1st place spot. The amazing, Mrs. Awesome Sara Maltby, clinched first place female with 22 laps and 41.14 miles. For the 12 hour solo race, things were equally intense as Mrs. Lara Zoeller and Mr. Thomas Olmstead fought for first place overall and, with Mr. Scott Horton not very far behind! In the end, there can only be One! Well, in this case, Lara and Thomas both finished with the same mileage,72.93 miles, but Mrs. Zoeller reached that surreal mileage number a good ten minutes before Mr. Olmstead. Mr. Horton finished the 12 hour solo with an immensely impressive 71.06 miles!
Lara Zoeller is truly one of the most impressive runners I have ever known! Every race I’ve witnessed her run in she has pushed beyond limits I didn’t think were humanly possible! At GSEC 24, she shattered the Georgia Women’s 24 hour record by running 133.184 miles! The prior women’s record for Georgia was 101 miles in 24 hours. At Delirium 24 hour ultra 2013, she ran 115 miles under very wet and muddy conditions. At the SC 24 hour race, she ran 109 miles even while she was terribly ill and had to take a two hour break from the race. This young lady is incredible! I’ve never known such a focused, strong-minded, determined runner like Mrs. Zoeller. It was a great honor for me to have her in CTS Ultra especially, this time around as this is Lara’s last year living in Savannah, Ga and, this is the last year that Chase the Sun Ultra will take place. I will be sure to keep up with Mrs. Zoeller’s running career when she moves to Washington DC at the end of this year.
The fight for the top coveted spot at CTS didn’t end with the 6 and 12 hour solo runners. The 6 and 12 hour relay teams showed up determined to maximize the number of miles in their respective races! In the end, Team Entourage, 6 hour relay led by Mr. Michael Butler clinched the honor of cranking out the most miles. The 12 hour relay race was seized upon early by Team RWB and they kept pushing and pushing ever widening their cushion of space until no one could challenge them.
This year’s CTS was again held in the beautiful, serene Whitemarsh Preserve on Whitemarsh Island. If you live in this area I highly recommend running at the Preserve! The live oaks and pines tower over you creating a large thick canopy that shades you from the sun. It’s interesting how on the trails you may not feel the rain on you until you exit that canopy of trees and enter the expansive clearing in the northeasterly section of the preserve where the start/finish line for CTS was at.
As you may know, Chase the Sun Ultra & Relay is the Savannah race for Liam’s Land. Liam’s Land is an honorable non-profit furthering the research and funding for lymphatic malformations. It was named after young master Liam, Joe and Janet Steffen’s son that was born with LM in 2010. Young Master Liam has experienced a great deal of surgeries to improve his quality of life but that has not dampened his spirit one bit! That little man was at the race bright and early and helped me kick off the runners at 7:05 am! After the race kick-off, YM Liam could be seen darting from one place to the next with water balloons in hand, jumping in and out of the kid pool we had out there and bouncing all around inside the bounce house we had available for the little ones! LM, lymphatic malformations, can be a very debilitating condition that if not addressed could prove fatal if not addressed. With Liam’s condition, he had difficulty breathing after being born. A tracheostomy had to made in Liam’s neck so he could breathe. Most of his young life, Liam, had that trach which limited what activities he could do. Last year, his trach was removed and he was finally able to experience the joy of splashing in the waves at the beach and swimming in a pool. Liam will grow up looking different than his peers and will likely have many more surgeries to deal with due to LM.
I believe in what Liam’s Land is doing and, I hope that one day we will know what causes LM and what can be done to prevent it from affecting another person. Although, Chase the Sun Ultra is being retired a new race will replace it as the Savannah race benefitting Liam’s Land. Speaking of benefitting Liam’s Land, Chase the Sun generated $1500.00 for this very worthy cause! Mother’s Run this Town took up a collection of several hundred dollars for Liam’s Land and, Fleet Feet Savannah ran a fundraiser at the store last Friday where they raised over $600 for Liam’s Land. All in all, Liam’s Land had a pretty darn good weekend, I would say! The running community is such a generous one! And, despite the rough weather we experienced this final chapter for Chase the Sun Ultra and Relay turned out to be a huge success thanks to the generosity of our running community and the selfless giving of the volunteers that made this race happen! I cannot end this blog without giving a shout out to the volunteers that gave up a Friday and Saturday to make Chase the Sun Ultra a wonderful success! Bigass Shout-out to the World Most Awesome Volunteers!
- Mark Waters: I don’t know what I would do without you in the races I’ve held so far! Thank you!
- Emily Ernst: My very lovely nemesis that jumps right into the mix of things and carries heavy coolers just like the guys, sets up tents, breaks them down, rises up at O-Dark-Thirty and manages the parking then runs to the aid station and sets it all up. And when she’s taking a break she’s actually buying pizzas for the runners and other volunteers! And, she even managed to squeeze in some miles pacing some of the runners. She even showed her better side to some very fortunate runners which I unfortunately missed out on. She certainly earned her mimosas that day! Thank you!
- Nelson Amos: This man is the human computer! He was a tremendous help with the timing. He was fast thinking and equally fast in responding! He can figure out splits faster than the computer can! Thank you!
- Bren Tompkins: Not only did he help set up the course of CTS, he also ran the six hour race, tied for first place and then stuck around until the end of this 12 hour event and helped out with the aid station and timing and, breaking down. That is what you call dedication! Thank you!
- Kerry Dulina and Michael Shelly Moody: these two fine folks drove into town, – one drove in from Richmond Hill, the other from Port Royal, SC and handled the packet pickup at Fleet Feet Savannah all day Friday. Thank you!
- Michelle Daniels: Despite her very busy schedule stopped by at the race and helped out at the aid station and timing for most of the day. Thank you!
- Tony Varney: also stopped by at the race early Saturday and helped out with the aid station and timing. Thank you!
- Takis Kiriakos and Lisa Rosenmeier: This awesome couple ran the Ymca 5k Saturday morning and then ran over to CTS and took care of our runners so well that many of the runners have contacted about how awesome Takis and Lisa were during the race! Thank you!
- Gregg Geiger, Molly Cohen and Stacie Pottenger: These three peeps stepped in and helped out tremendously in the timing! They allowed me time to go home and check on my dog, Mr. Gypsy and, gave me an opportunity to walk the course so that I could take pictures of the runners with my two gopros and Lumix GF2. So, we have lots of cool pictures because these three allowed me to get away from the timing tent to take pics! Thank you!
- Cecilia Arango: Thank you for starting us off right with your beautiful voice in the National Anthem!
I also want to give a Bigass Shout-out to our sponsors for making this race not only possible but more enriching!
- Fleet Feet Savannah: They are there always when needed. As a store goes, they provide all that you need for starting to run to getting right shoe for the veteran runner. They offer programs for beginner runners, intermediate runners and, programs for making fast runners even faster. They are behind practically every race in the Savannah including all Run 4 a Reason races. FF Sav has built a very strong running community that is not afraid of enlarging their game and tackling everything from a 1 mile run to a 100 miler! Thank you!
- Orange Mud: OM was very encouraging on social media, they provided their famous transition wrap towels, a hydraquiver, headbands, trucker running hat, a handheld and, 15% OM discounts for every registrant. Thank you!
- Neighborhood Realty: provided financial support. Thank you!
- Fabrika: provided financial support. Thank you!
- Celebritees: The gang at Celebritees provided the beautiful black running shirts each registered runner received at a tremendous discount! Thank you!
- Savannah Yoga Barre: provided a mid-day yoga session for our runners, volunteers and supporters! Thank you!
- Hammer Nutrition: provided gels, Heed, energy bars, Endurolytes for this event. I cannot say thank you enough to Hammer for they have been with me from the very first race I RD’d. Hammer has been an incredible loyal sponsor! Their hydration and fuels literally keep our runners going mile after mile, hour after hour! Thank you!
Lastly, I want to give a special shout-out to a group of ladies that have truly touched my heart. The Savannah chapter of Mothers Run this Town are made up of some of the finest human beings I know! These ladies juggle a lot! They are mothers and wives and athletes. They take care of their families’ needs, they run and still find the time to encourage and mother those around them. MRTT have been a part of everyone of my races as not only runners but volunteers and spectators. Always, they encourage and push hard! Before the race at O-Dark-Thirty they presented me with a very special gift that I sincerely treasure! A Huge thank you to Mothers Run this Town! I promise you that your gift will be displayed at every race I RD! Thank you!
Thank you all for making this year’s Chase the Sun such a wonderful, memorable experience! I am so fortunate and blessed to live among such outstanding people!
All the best to you and yours!