Manitou’s Revenge 54 Mile Ultra

June 23-24, 2018. MR54 Mile Ultra. “Does it make it easier the second time around?”  Hell, No! “Does it make is sweeter the second time around?”  Oh Yeah! I’ve done this last year – read the experience here.  The goal this year is the same goal I’ve set last year. I didn’t achieve the goal last year, but was happy to have finished without any injuries.  Would it be different this year? MR54 – a point-to-point 54.3 mile ultra from Windham, NY @ CD Lane Park to Phoenicia, NY @ downtown Parish Hall, traversing the technical trails of the Long … Continue reading Manitou’s Revenge 54 Mile Ultra

MMT 100

May 19, 2018. MMT 100 – A race against cut-offs, Poop-athon, and DNF. Prologue. So, are you ready for your next 100? A question I asked myself on Thursday, on the way to Virginia for MMT 100. I said to myself, that’s a question I would have the answer on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Start. The race starts on Saturday, 4AM and ends on Sunday, 4PM – a 36 hour cut-off for a 100 103+ mile race. With bad weather the whole week leading up to Saturday, the course would be unforgiving. True enough, the moment we stepped outside the … Continue reading MMT 100

TNF Bear Mtn 50K

May 5, 2018.  The North Face Endurance Challenge – Bear Mtn 50K Before the start… “I want to finish this in ___ hours” At the first aid station… “I feel great. I can definitely finish this in ___ hours” At some point in the middle of the race, when the body starts complaining… “Hmmm, maybe I can still finish this in ___ hours” More miles and time after, when the walking becomes more than running… “It’s alright, I am still within my backup goal of ___ hours” And some more miles later, when everything hurts, and the mind began to … Continue reading TNF Bear Mtn 50K

A recap of 2017 events

A short recap of sports events I have ‘participated’ in 2017. I said ‘participated’ because a friend once said that only those who’s goal is to win do the ‘race’. We merely participate to achieve our own goals. 12/31-01/01. Coastal Runs New Year’s Eve One Day. My first 12hr event, covered ~60miles. This would become the catapult in my ultra-running participation in 2017.  Blog entry here. 03/04. Myrtle Beach Marathon. A vacation marathon in Myrtle Beach, enjoying an off-beach-season.  This was a cold marathon, considering that this is already in the Southeast area, and it’s March! 04/15. Breakneck Point Trail … Continue reading A recap of 2017 events

Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon

They say you must be partially, if not fully, insane to do this race.  And whatever sanity you have had before the race, the devil would have taken it when you traversed its path. By the time you have finished the 4 summits of the Devil’s Path, you would be totally numb and void of sanity to finish the last 10+ miles of the course. June 17, 2017.  Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon.  And from the event’s website, in all caps. “THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER ULTRA YOU’VE RUN BEFORE!“. Prologue.   This was the reason why I chose to defer … Continue reading Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon

Weekends of April 15 and April 22

2 Fridays of experimental and sleepless car camping – checked. 2 Saturdays of exhilarating mountain trail running hiking – checked. 2 Weekends of therapeutic bliss and inner peace – checked. Breakneck Point Marathon. The pessimist in me:  A marathon 1 hour slower than my 50k. Hyner View Challenge 50k. The optimist in me:  A 50k 1 hour faster than my marathon.   April 15 – Breakneck Point Marathon. Friday.  My first car camping experience.  Sleepless, but I still would have preferred this rather than waking up very early Saturday morning and driving ~2hrs to get to the event.  Dinner was … Continue reading Weekends of April 15 and April 22

Coastal Run New Year’s Eve One Day

Dec 31, 2016. Mike picked me up from my hotel in the morning and we drove to Crissy Field. We picked up our bibs and souvenir fleece shirt, pitched the tent, and waited for the 9AM start. The weather was sunny with some cloud and wind (oh wait… this is the San Francisco Bay Area – being windy is the norm). I had my Mizuno merino wool shirt + a light running tights. 10 minutes before 9AM, we all lined up at the start, the 24hr runners and a mix of 6/12hr runners. More 6/12hr runners would start later. I’d … Continue reading Coastal Run New Year’s Eve One Day