Rockhoppers were out in full force at HH. Here is a recap on the performances (at least ones I know about and what I know about them–don‘t know some of the times) and some of the highlights from the day. I apologize for the inevitable omissions.
Rockhopper performance of the day – It is Asa Howard and it isn’t even close. As Asa comes flying in to the finish during the kid’s one mile run, he does an awesome superman style face plant if front of the crowd. All you hear was the crowd go Ooooooh! Asa then popped right back up and finished strong. I heard someone yell out, “That kid is a trail runner!” Definite future rock hopper material!! I know Liza was proud!
Scott – Finished around 7:43. Not sure what place male he was. He seem pleased with his race.
Annabel – 9:17. 2d place woman. Larry was suppose to pace her all last loop but in typical Larry fashion he shows up late and runs last 3 miles with her. However, he said he deserves full credit. Anabel had just been passed by the 3d place woman and needed a boosr. Larry encouraged her to dig deep and they re-passed the lady. Once the lady saw that Anabel had the Legend as her pacer she knew resistance was futile and quickly gave up.
Rachel – 9:32. 4th place woman. The impressive thing is Rachel didn’t get lost or draw blood. Might be the first time both of those things have happened in a race for her. Disappointed that she didn’t break out the full color coordinated Fumi and Jean style racing outfit to match her new cute trail shoes.
Jason – 10:01 and took home 250 title!! Congrats. This was despite the effrts of Tom and Scott trying to sabotage Jason’s race by forcing him to drink 3 ales the night before the race. It almost worked (said it FLOORED him) but he rallied on the strength of Claudette’s pacing.
Fumi/Jean – Fumi looked good first 2 loops but became very nauseated the last loop and it forced her to slow down. Jean had a rough first 2 loops but felt great last loop and caught up to Fumi. Jean is a saint. She decided to finish with Fumi and help her. Jean does that kind of thing all the time. They finished together.
Rich: I felt bad for Rich last loop cause it had to be getting hot. But reports I heard was he finished and looked good doing it! Our very Sr Rockhopper brought his 60th year in style!
Ghost: – Despite being “out of shape and fat” (his words) Lorenzo cruised in 5:01. What? He couldn’t have found 2 more minutes. Larry needs to give him “dig deep” lessons.
Tom: – Fueled by pre race meal of fish and chips and brew, Tom ran a 5:25 and was 1st Masters. What a way to celebrate a birthday! Tom is really in the zone right now and running well. However, all offers of post race fish and chips were declined. Another great Bday performance!
Stephanie: 1st Female! 9:48ish. There was a bit of controversy here. Joe and the others were waiting for first female to come in and it was Stephanie. However, in the results it showed another female coming in about 20 min earlier but no one saw her. They never could find her and Joe suspected either someone else wore her chip or she ended up doing 25K but didn’t tell anyone. Consequently they gave 1st to Stephanie. Stephanie had a great race and this was on the heels of her kicking my butt at Bandera. I convinced her to join us on more runs in the future.
Michelle. 2d Female. 5:57ish. Michelle struggled some with dead legs and nausea but passed 3 women in last few miles to get 2d. But more importantly she made a bunch of really good chicken salad for us to eat post race (even if she did forget salsa with the chips she brought).
Matt Harris – I think Matt ran around 6:30. It was impressive because he suffered some major body cramping during the race. He really gutted it out.
Doise: Just wasn’t her day and she had to drop. I felt bad for her.
Melanie – 1st Female. 2:00. Great run by Melanie while sporting some fancy coloring in her hair.
Brian – 2:20. Brian killed it!! It may have been his best race from start to finish!! HE has been training so hard and taking his nutrition so seriously that is was nice to see it all come together for him. More importantly he beat Olga who ran a sizzling 2:23. What a birthday present!
Cactus – I was hoping to break 2:30, beat Olga and keep Brian in shouting match. Epic fail. Legs weren’t feeling it but ran as hard as I could and earned a 2:34. No excuses. It was a 25K PR for me so that was a positive. Oh and I beat a fat, out of shap John sharp. Another positive.
Jennifer and Derek Moore – I know many of you haven’t met them but they are a mega nice couple and I really enjoy seeing them at races. They were hoping to break 3 and both of them did that despite Derek hurting his ankle 2 miles from finish.
Chuck – Not sure of Chuck’s final time. I think it was around 3 but he seemed happy after race.
Daniel Wheeler – Not sure what Daniel (or his wife) finished with.
Cindy Ricketts – Cindy ran a very good 1:03 in her first real trail race. Awesome job by her!
Volunteers were in full force. Liza (so good to see her) and Eliot manned the main A/S and Larry and Elizabeth worked out in the backcountry. Larry was taking great pics and Elizabeth had some killer cantaloupe that she brought that runners enjoyed. The Legend didn’t volunteer any (shock I know).
– Midway through the 25K I passed this short female who asked me if I was doing the 50K or 50 miler. I told her I was doing 25K. She said, “Oh, I assumed you were doing 50k or 50 miler because you were sweating so much “. I guess she didn’t think it was possible to to sweat that much after only 7 miles. Anyway her name was Sandy and she is a friend of Anabel’s. Had an enjoyable 3 miles of conversation with her.
– Weather was the best it had ever been until noon. Plenty of cool breeze. Then it got hot.
– Lots of small water crossings. I hear several runners complaining about them but aside from 1 or 2 I didn’t see what the big deal was. I found them easy to hop over.
– Michelle bought some fast, new, really pretty and shiny Brooks Pure Grit. She was going to wear them on 2d loop. When she finished I noticed she was still wearing her Cascadias. She went into a big long explanation about why she stayed with the Cascadias blah, blaf, blah. I finally said, “admit it, you didn’t want to get your new shoes dirty when you saw the mud.” She then admitted the real reason she didn’t wear them was because she didn’t want to get them dirty.
– Larry drove 4 hours round trip to run 3 miles (pacing Anabel). Larry did say those 3 miles did bring his mileage up to 3 miles for the week.
– Brian’s coach, Joe Sulak, decided not to do 10K. However, he was suppose to bring La Sportive shoes for runners to see. Brian thought it would only be a few pair. Turned out to be 3 big duffel bags!!! It was a lot of shoes. We barely had room for our stuff in Brian’s car.
– The race is in a great setting. It was a lot of fun hanging out post race, chatting with great friends and watching other runners/friends come in. Lots of families there. Still not a huge fan of course but it is a great setting!
That’s a wrap. Feel free to add in any details!