Running Update


For those curious, or bored, my husband is still nuts. He is no longer able to “officially” complete the LUS and BEAST series because he has training the weekend of Terrapin Mountain 50k. He was pretty bummed, he ran the original “Terrapin Mountain” which was only a marathon at the time and he enjoyed the course so he was looking forward to running it this year (for those who don’t remember the previous post on my husband’s running ambitions, click here). However, rules have never bothered him for long, so he’s decided to run the race anyway-the day after. After the course markings have been cleared. With no aid stations. For personal reasons, he is determined to finish the BEAST series, even if it is unofficially.

That is not why he’s nuts…ok, maybe a little nuts, but mostly I understand.

He ran his first 50k of the year on February 2nd (the Charlotte Ultra Run (31ish miles)- I waddled the 10k). And he has since completed Holiday Lake 50k (32ish miles), Seneca Creek Greenway 50k (which was freezing, and miserable, and 33 ish miles), the Land Between the Lakes 50 miler, and the Instant Classic Trail Marathon (standard 26.2miles).

He’s raced a total of 172.2 miles so far. Out of the 555.7 miles he had ORIGINALLY planned on racing. Originally. Now he wants to add a few more races…

7 more races. 8 if you include the half-marathon, and I may include that simply because it is THE DAY AFTER a 50miler. These races are in addition to the races I had already listed in the aforementioned post.

It gets better. Let me give you a taste of the type of races that appeal to my husband:

This is the warning for the Bethal Hill Moonlight Boogie 50miler.

MARATHONERS BEWARE:   This is not your normal marathon.  This is all rural, not a city marathon.  The course is not certified.  You will be in the middle of nowhere all the time with no porta-potties, no splits, no mile markers, nospectators, and late in the run possibly even no other runners.  There are only 6 houses on the courseand they have dogs.  Aid stops are over 5 miles apart, so you will need to carry a water bottle. If you decide to quit, there are no pick-up vans, so you will either have to walk to the aid station or hitch a ride with somebody.  The race will start at 6 pm and the temperature will probably be about 85 degrees with little shade. Darkness comes about 9 pm and there are no street lights.  You will need a light for the reasons cited in the waiver.  If you need to be catered to every couple of miles along the course or worry running in the dark, perhaps you should not come.  We really have seen everything listed in the waiver except the polecats and they are there too.  The drop out rate among veteran 50-milers is usually 40%or so.  Think long and hard before you enter this event.  If Lao-tzu were to give advice about this event he would say, “Come with no expectations and you will not be disappointed.”

First part of the Waiver reads: I realize June in North Carolina is hot and humid. Most people and doctors advise against running in heat and humidity.  Also, running at night presents special
problems such as seeing where you are stepping and
watching out for cars.  I understand
that this area has specific hazards such as rattlesnakes, copperheads, polecats, wildcats, and rednecks who like to drink and drive and throw things.  I know that 50 miles is a long, long ways and many people get tired just driving that far.  Nevertheless, I want, no, I insist I be allowed to do this event regardless of the risk. Therefore, I want everyone to know that I am not being forced to do this event and that I agree for myself and any survivors or possible claimants that I may leave behind, to save, release,and keep harmless the Mangum Track Club, its members, the Runners From Hell, and any volunteers or sponsors or any other helpers that may be involved with this event, from all liability, claims, or demands for damages incurred by participation in this event or any of its parts.

Yeah…How about these helpful tidbits for the Catoctin 50k:

Getting lost is always possible but let’s hope for the best. Sixty percent of
the runners get off course at least once…If you have a habit of not following directions then please don’t run…

Course questions will be answered at the pre-race briefing. Unreasonable complaints, criticisms, and selfish attitudes will be ignored and race management and/or the appropriate volunteer will administer humility to the participant in question.

Race day will be hot, the rubber on the bottom of your shoes gets really gooey hot, melt synthetic clothing hot, sweat buckets of H2O hot…. then again, it might rain bucks of water.. The summer of 1999 the temperature dropped 20 degrees on race day.  The over abundance of rocks will be
sizzling and the dirt will turn into throat choking dust. Along with the heat is the humidity. It gets, “cut it with a knife” humid. You’ll feel like your swimming in the open air. No matter how acclimated you are this run demands that you carry water. In fact it’s mandatory! ALL RUNNERS MUST CARRY AT LEAST ONE 20 oz WATER BOTTLE and TWO bottles if you want to finish the race.

Once the race starts sympathy is not displayed to anyone regardless of the circumstance. This is an ultra event and it will be conducted accordingly.

For you hikers if you think you can walk it and finish in the time allowed you can’t. It’s been tried on numerous occasions and everyone has failed. Besides this is a run, not a hike. If your dressed like some hiker in the Swiss alps then be prepared for some humiliation from the runner police. Walking sticks… leave ’em home. We’d rather you not impale other runners as they race by.

What You Don’t Get: Since this race is geared towards ultrarunners, and 25 bucks only goes so far, we would rather concentrate on what you don’t get rather than what you do get. After all, this isn’t a plush left coast ultra with goodie bags, race shirts, massage practitioners at every aid station, and impeccably groomed trails that you could run on with wing-tip shoes. So keep the following in mind when considering if you want or would be able to run the Catoctin 50k:

  • No T-shirts included in the entry fee, they’re extra (you probably have too many anyway)
  • No engineer ribbons to mark the course (we don’t want to have to set it up and take it down)
  • No personal assistants at aid stations (leave that for the high $$ races)
  • No sympathy (remember it’s “only” a 50k)
  • No rides back to the start/finish line (we don’t want to embarrass anyone)
  • No credit for going off course and adding mileage.
  • No trail sweeps to pickup after you or get you moving if you take an extended break.
  • No credit for completing the race if you approach the finish line from any direction other than the official course . Can’t finish the race if you can’t follow the course.

The one consolation: my husband is CLEARLY not the only mental case out there since these races tend to fill up pretty darn quick.

Honestly, if I weren’t preggo, I’d want to run them, too… 🙂


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