Monday, February 9, 2009

Back From Texas

I got back late last night from Texas and am exhausted.  I'll post a full report in the coming days but for now a short race update.  The weekend was a big success for so many runners at the Rocky Raccoon 100 and 50 Mile Endurance RunsAndy Jones-Wilkins (15:58) and Jamie Donaldson (16:51 & 3rd overall) took first in men's and women's.  I actually owe both of them a debt of gratitude as they really put the pressure on me to meet my own time goal, and made sure to ask me about it when on the course.  Wayne Bates (25:20) and Adam Gifford (25:10) both had big time PRs.  My friend Sergio from Mexico came from way back in the pack and nailed a sub-24 hour finish.  Tammy had a great 50 mile race, then decided that wasn't enough and stayed up to volunteer for the 100 mile race. Mark had a fantastic 50 mile race as well.  I also got to visit briefly with Larry - he paced Andy to victory. I'm sure there are so many more to mention, but I'm just too brain dead to remember.

The official results have not been posted to the web-site as of yet, but thanks to my pacer Rick, who fought me tooth and nail to pull it together during some very rough spots, put up with my grief for 40 miles, and somehow motivated to move despite injuring my right knee, I hit my goal of a sub-24 hour finish - about 23:24Rick, I cannot thank you enough, and if I had not been so stubborn and listened to you earlier in the race, we would have hit sub-23 for sure.  Maybe next time.

Congrats to everyone who ran in the 50 and 100.

Oh - I almost forgot.  Ok, so Drymax Socks. I used a pair of the Drymax Trail Running Socks for the entire 100 miles.  Never changed to a fresh pair.  Never took off my shoes.  Amazing.  At no time did I feel that I had any issues with my feet, and was able to run without having to think about hot spots. or blisters  My trouble spots with blisters have always been the tips of my toes, and I did not get any there at all.  I did end up with one blister that was the size of a dime on my left foot (on the instep), but it is so insignificant, and I noticed that I had a lot of dirt and grit in my sock in that area. 

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations Anthony on an excellent race!

    It was great to see you out on the Rocky Raccon course this past weekend. You looked really strong every time I saw you (which sure seemed like alot of times...were you stalking me??)

    You set a PR and broke 24 hours with an exclamation mark (23:24 is amazing and you made it look easy!). Now rest, relax, eat, drink and savor your victory.

    See you at Umstead!
    Tammy

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  2. Hey, Tony! Again, Fantastic job! I agree with Tammy, you DID make it look easy! It was good to see ya and I hope to meet up again soon! Peace!
    Mark

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  3. Thatta boy Tony! Way to bring home that buckle...I was thinking about you guys this weekend. Way to start the year!
    P.S. I hear that stubbornness is a good quality to have in ultrarunning!

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  4. Poor Rick...I would have killed you. But then again, because I am a girl, I bet you would have started listening to me earlier, since you'd be ashamed to feel sorry and pathetic:) Good job! You know when I scold it means I like you!

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  5. Congrats on meeting your goal! That's awesome.

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  6. There was a point where it would have been easier to put you out of your misery and bury you somewhere out there in the woods. "Stubborn" is an accurate assessment and I can add a few more words to that list.

    However you pulled it together. Just when the goal had started to slip out of your grasp you got it together mentally and made it happen. Remember that lesson for the future so you don't have to keep re-learning it on race day - all the external help in the world ain't gonna do squat if you can't pull it together. Icing on the cake was when you paced that runner in the last 2 miles. Now you have a new friend and that dude will think of you every time he thinks of his first 100-mile finish. Isn't it great when you dig deep and find out that your are stronger than you thought?

    Congratulations on your first sub-24.

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  7. Congrats Bro and Rick the check is in the mail....oops I didn't tell u huh Tony, Big bonus check for Rick to bring u in under 24 so when u got stubborn he was not mad at you he was just trying to get that bonus money....and all that stuff above that he just wrote was ummm fluff,(lmaoooo)

    OK Seriously way to get it done!! under 24 hours is no joke, can't wait to run the first half at Umstead in under 8 hours (7:59 to be exact) then ummmm sleep/passout for 8 hours and knock out the second half in 8 hours for 23:59

    Rest up that KNEE and see ya in 53 days 11hours

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  8. you did it.knew you would...major congrats to you and Rick for going sub 24.. and also to tammy and wayne for strong finishes-can't wait to see the photos!

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  9. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am thrilled for you Anthony--you really did it. Inspiring. It sounds intense--I'm looking forward to reading the whole report. I hope your knee feels better soon. I'm just so happy for you! YAY!!

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  10. That is awesome man. Congrats.

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  11. Congrats!! Freakin' awesome!! What a way to start the year! Impressive. I'm inspired...

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  12. Congrats!!! I just smile when I think of you and Rick out there together! I bet you guys were hilarious!

    Awesome accomplishment!!!

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  13. Wonderful news, though I was never in touch about your ability to finish in under 24 hours. Congratulations!!!

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  14. Oh dear, I really should edit what I read before I send it....that statement before should say I was never in doubt that you'd finish on goal. Really, I need to not drink (tea) and type some mornings.

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  15. Way to go Tony! It's probably a good thing Rick didn't have a shovel, right? ;)It was good seeing you, if only for a brief time. Awesome finish time!

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  16. CONGRATS HOMIE!!! Man that's freekin amazing ;D ;D ;D

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  17. Great job and congrats with the sub 24. The trails were in great shape and a near perfect day for running (a little on the warm side).

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  18. Way to go, Tony! Great job, now get some well deserved rest. And keep that buckle shiny, eh. :-)

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