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The Georgia Coastal 155

The Georgia Coastal 155

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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…

  1. John Durant
  2. Jason Edenfield
  3. Karl Joseph
  4. 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, dlh14255@gmail.com, 912.398.9941

Thank you.

peace,

Dan Hernandez

Run 4 a Reason

 

“Why do I run” Contest

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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. 🙂 

click on the picture to vote for your favorite "why i run" response

click on the picture to vote for your favorite “why i run” response

 

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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!

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McQueen's Island Historical Trail

McQueen’s Island Historical Trail

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.

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RTT Ultra 2014

RTT Ultra 2014

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.

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RTT Ultra 2013

RTT Ultra 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂 

click on the picture to vote for your favorite "why i run" response

click on the picture to vote for your favorite “why i run” response

Happy Holidays!

peace,

dh

12/08/2014

Third Level Running with: Jen Kryzanowski

 

photography by Brian Fancher 2013

photography by Brian Fancher 2013

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.
photography by Brian Fancher 2013

photography by Brian Fancher 2013

  • 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.

 

photography by Brian Fancher 2013

photography by Brian Fancher 2013

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.

peace,

dh

11/13/2014