Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monte Sano Hills(s) Climb Challenge

Resurrecting this old post...

As the original post read, "my good friend Brian Robinson is a true believer in measuring your performance based on time trial trails and he has me sold. I love to climb!"

Waterline (Alms House to Bluffline) = 0.76 miles and 569' of climb
  • Time: 8:53 (updated on January 2, 2012) in the middle of a 13 mile run with Will Barnwell and Laura McCrain
  • Times: 9:53, 9:30, 9:21 (updated January 1, 2012) doing repeats in the middle of an 8 mile run.
  • Old best was 9:43 from January 10, 2009 while chasing David Riddle
Death Trail (Bottom to overlook) = 0.64 miles and 655' of climb
  • Time: 8:48 (updated September 11, 2011 with James Falcon and Eric Fritz)
  • Time: 8:55 (updated Saturday, February 23, 2013 running solo)
K2 (or Flat Rock Connector from Flat Rock intersection to Goat Trail) = 0.40 miles and 262' of climb
  • Time: 4:33 (updated Jan 17, 2008 with E. Schotz and J. Elmore)
Sinks (Start below 3 benches at lowest point up Sinks, across Mtn Mist Trail to Stone Wall at bikers lot) = 0.50 miles and 292' of climb
  • Time: 4:26 (updated Jan 17, 2008 with E. Schotz and J. Elmore)
Natural Well (from Natural well trail intersection with Arrowhead trail to the actual Natural Well) = 0.33 miles and 326' of climb
  • Time: 4:21 (updated Jan 18, 2008)
Bankhead Challenge (1.23 miles from the top gate at the overlook at 1,570' to the bottom gate at 1,335' along the closed section of Bankhead Parkway and then back up, totalling 2.46 miles containing 235' of drop (3.6%) and 235' of climb for 470' of elevation change.)
  • Down in 6:30 (5:17 pace) + Up in 7:58 (6:29 pace) = 14:28 (5:39 pace) on September 8, 2011 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

2013 NCAC Superheroes Run

Where will I be on April 13, 2013?  Chasing that elusive sub 5-minute mile that evaded me last year by twelve one-hundredths of a second at the National Children's Advocacy Center Flash Mile.

I hope to see you there.

2012 Race Recap

I went out hard, taking the first left into the 400m mark just ahead of plan in 1:13.77.

The second 400m was a struggle as the course took 3 more turns and topped out on elevation.  I felt like my goal was slipping out of my hands.  My split was 1:18.80, putting me at 2:32.57.

I kept trying to push the pace in the third 400m but with tired legs my split was 1:18.76 and through three-quarters of a mile, I was now 6 seconds off of my pace at 3:51.33.  I would have to run 13.29 miles an hour, or a 68 second quarter mile coming home to make it.

Mentally I began to give up.  Physically I pushed on harder than ever.

As I approached the finish line my friends who showed up to cheer me on gave me a great lift... I could feel the acid building up in my calves but I just had to hold on for a few more seconds and it would be over.

I ran the final 400 meters in 68.78 seconds.  To break 5 minutes, I needed to run it in 68.66 seconds.

I missed my mark by twelve one hundredths of a second.

2013 Race Details

The Second Annual Bike-A-Fun-Run and Family Block Party will be on April 13, 2013. This family friendly, fun event celebrates April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The entire community is invited to our campus to enjoy and participate in the Bike-A-Fun-Run which includes the "Flash" 1 Mile race USATF, a 5K run USATF, 1 mile fun run and a 10K bike. The Family Block Party will be from 8 AM - 1PM and will include moon bounces, games, food and fun!

Schedule of Events
  • 7:30 AM: On-Site Registration begins
  • 8:00 AM: the "Flash" 1 Mile race USATF begins
  • 9:00 AM the 5K Run USATF begins
  • 1 Mile Fun Run to follow the 5K Run
  • 10K Bike to follow the 1 Mile Fun Run
  • Awards
National Children's Advocacy Center‎
210 Pratt Avenue Northeast
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 533-5437

Registration Details
Online registration is open now through April 10th and accessible via this link. On-site/Late registration will be on April 13th beginning at 7:30 AM.