Cool Link & Video of me at AC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21PcMl0Zlzk
Jesse & Wick did all my training with me for AC. Two weeks before AC Jesse went and kicked ass at Harding Hussle 50k, and won. He is my superstar, and actually did the race in 4 hours...thats a 50k with about 7,500 feet of gain & loss. Him and Wick train a ton together also because Wick & Faye moved down the street from us so together those boys are just insane! Wick won Tahoe 50mile, and I cannot wait to see what he is gonna do @ Wasatch, and what my Jesse is gonna do at Mt.Dissapointment 50k.
Ok so back to Angeles Crest. When I toed the line at the race I felt ready, but knew my hip was gonna be an issue. Usually it would start to hurt after about 30-40 miles of running so my plan was to just get through the second half, and take ibuprofin if needed. Jesse was my crewing me during the day with Molly, Dorrine, and Charlie. Then at night he would pace me the last half, and Carmella would crew. Unfortunately my hip started to hurt me within the first 10 miles, and never let up. I was cuaght off guard by this forsure. Below is a picture of me coming into three points aid station(mile 40ish), and expressing to Pam what was going on. This picture speaks for itself....
A couple days after the race I had lunch with one of my best friends Jimmy Dean Freeman. He is without a doubt like family to me, and has seen me go through a ton of changes this last year. Jimmy and I have this really special bond that will always be, and we went into great discussion over lunch about the Ultra community, and our close circle of family and friends here in So-Cal. I explained to him how Jesse was blown away @ AC by all the love and support he saw at all the aid stations for me & jimmy. Jesse had never seen this side of the sport before as he is new to it all, and for the first time saw first hand how connected we all our. Everyone knows everyone, and we all have each others backs. The So-Cal Ultra community is like one big huge family, and we all are connected by someone in a very cool sort of two degrees of separation. He was amazed how somehow everyone knew everyone by ways of pacing, crewing, and just all being a part of this amazing sport we call Ultra Running. It truly is a huge family, and I cannot imagine not having it in my life. I love the people, being out at the races, and just being a part of such a great group of human beings. We all help each other so much, and it's such a great family to be apart of. The sport is BOOMING, and it's so awesome to be at the heart of the So-cal movement!!! I have no problem taking a backseat for a bit to get better, and be on the other side of it crewing and supporting Jesse at his races. After Mt.D he has Bulldog. So excited!! To achieve anything requires faith & belief in yourself, vision, hard work, & sheer dedication. I am 100% committed to getting better, and still enjoying the love of my sport. ;o)
I also want to give a huge shout out to my friend Karl Stutleberg as he has started a new coaching program. Below is a little info about his program...
Karl Stutelberg (www.cuttingedgerunning.com) provides CUSTOM TRAINING PROGRAMS for all race distances from beginner to advanced runners, as well as COACHING SERVICES that will allow him to help guide you, with professional advice, through the training process. He uses his EXPERIENCE as a lifelong runner, his MEDICAL BACKGROUND as a licensed Physical Therapist in southern California, and his KNOWLEDGE as a USATF Level 1 coach when designing your program. This combination keeps his custom training programs on the "CUTTING EDGE" with the latest training tools that will propel you toward your goals!
He also blogs weekly on his own training and writes short articles on running related topics. He will answer questions submitted via his blog.
His training programs include a core exercise program designed for runners that has been proven to help prevent injuries and improve form and running economy. Finally, he offers phone consultation on any running related topics to help adjust your current program if you feel like you have plateaued.
The motto of Cutting Edge Running is "helping runners of all levels achieve goals." Karl has a passion for all aspects of running from track, to road racing, and trail running and enjoys seeing others succeed.
I am also very excited to announce my amazing partnership with InkNburn for Griffith Park Half Marathon(http://griffithparktrailruns.com). They are such a cool company, and make incredibly great apparel for endurance sports. There clothes are extremely comfortable to run in, and what's great is they are one of the only companies out there putting art directly onto all of there apparel. Check out www.inknburn.com/ to see what all the buzz is about. There stuff rocks! I cannot wait to see what kinds of cool designs they come up with for Griffith Park!!
I am in the works of a few more cool races I am putting together, and I cannot wait to be able to make those events happen! Sometimes life does not go exactly like we want it to, but every person and moment has a purpose and reason for happening. Here is what I firmly believe:
IN LIFE YOU CANNOT CONNECT THE DOTS LOOKING FORWARD; YOU CAN ONLY CONNECT THEM LOOKING BACKWARDS. YOU HAVE TO TRUST THE DOTS WILL SOMEHOW CONNECT IN YOUR FUTURE. ALL PEOPLE HAVE A PLACE IN YOUR LIFE, AND ALL THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON.
**LIFE IS AWESOMESAUCE**