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Sunday, August 31, 2008

11 myles - a little over an hour

HR East/West loop - 10:00 a.m.
clear, mild South wind, mid 70s
mind/body - better than yesterday
easy effort

I bounced back like I knew I would today. Lots of people out on the trail today because of the holiday weekend. I had to use my cat-like abilities to jump outta the way of those wreckless mtn. bikers.

For the month of August I ran 265 myles, which is pretty good considering I took a week off after Leadville. So far for the year I've run 2,132 myles and on track to run 3,000 for the year. The most I've run in recent years has been 2,417 so I feel very fortunate to have no major injuries. I attribute the added myles to taking some time off at the end of last year so if I'm smart then I'll do the same this year.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

16 myles - around 2 hours

Daniels park out/back - 9:30 a.m.
clear, mid 60s, dry
mind/body - a little hesitant
easy effort

Once again I didn't take a watch because I just wanted to enjoy myself. Although I knew from the outset that I wasn't going to run very well and it wasn't going to be enjoyable. Legs just didn't want to move today and the Achilles was a little sore. I've been through enough days like this to know I'll bounce back even stronger next week.

The lack of energy today could be due to the fact that I have scaled my diet back down to 2000 calories/day and eliminated most saturated fats for the past week. I kind-of got outta hand with eating in Florida being that Hurricane Fay kept us indoors most days. I'm sure my body is trying to figure out what the heck I'm doing but should be back to normal in a few days.

One week until Wasatch! I'm looking forward to getting back to Utah and pacing my good ol friend Aric Manning. Carolyn Boman if you're reading this, please bring me a bushel of peaches from Perry and I will pay you when I see you.

Friday, August 29, 2008


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Anyone know what kind of spider this is? I live in Colorado and found this spider in my window well. It's a little bit bigger than a silver dollar. I don't see any webs nearby and seems to seek shelter in a small crack. I've never seen this big of spider here in Colorado!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

9 myles - around an hour

To Courtesy Ford - 10:00 a.m.
upper 60s, clear, dry
mind/body - feeling spunky
easy effort

Had to go back down and pick up the Es-ca-pae today. New brakes, rotors, 4 tires, brake light, and an alignment. I guess I've been a lil hard on the ol Barbie Jeep but she's as good as new and running smooth.

The run down there was pretty uneventful. I decided to take as many trails to get there as possible. Highlands Ranch is littered with trails and parkways that interconnect all of the subdivisions. I almost made it all the way to the dealership before getting on a road, pretty nice to find some new trails. I felt very good running and could have gone on for quite some time which makes me believe I'm recovered. I know the only sure way of knowing if I'm totally recovered is to go for a long run and that's what I'll do this weekend. Not real long but maybe an hour on Saturday and two hours on Sunday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

6 myles - no time

Courtesy Ford - home - 8:00 a.m.
nice weather, mid 60s, clear
mind/body - feeling pretty good
easy effort

Dropped of the 'ol Ford Es-cap-ee for more work today. Seems I've been a lil hard the Barbie Jeep. I guess taking her through the rough roads of the San Juan's can break anyone down... Some fresh treads, a lil alignment, and new brakes should do the trick. Gotta get her ready for the trek out to Wasatch in a few weeks.

Unfortunately I'm not running Wasatch but fortunately I will still be part of my home town race. I'll be pacing good friend and Team manger of Pearl Izumi-Smith Aric Manning to his first 100 mile race. He picked a doozy to start with but he's up to the task as he has worked hard for the past two years to get ready for this. Wasatch was my first 100 mile race and I will never forget it.

Wasatch is about reconnecting with long time childhood friends and seeing family, to include my Wasatch family. 16 years ago while at Weber State University I was introduced to Brandon Sybrowski (Sampson) by a soccer mate. Somehow the subject of Wasatch was brought up, which I knew nothing about but was completely in awe of the race and Brandon. Two years later I paced at Wasatch and was hooked! To this day, I see Sampson not only as an icon in this sport but a true inspiration to me. I believe Sampson is going for his 17th Wasatch?? I could be wrong but it's somewhere in that neighborhood. Truly amazing!

Oh ya, I went for a little run today. See I get caught up in talking about Wasatch and I forget my train of thought. I ran home from the car dealership and felt great. Didn't push the pace, I'm just enjoying myself and feeling completely recovered.

Monday, August 25, 2008

6 myles - no time

Lone Tree loop - nooner
clear, dry, BLUE skies, 80s
mind/body - ho-hum
easy effort

Been studying at home for the launch of a new product I will promoting for my job. I have come to the realization that I hate sitting at a desk for 8 hours straight - let alone studying as if I were in school again! I know it's a necessary evil but right now all I wanna do is get out in the field and have some hearty-civil conversations (arguments) with my doctors.

Having said all that, it makes getting out for a noon run all that much more enjoyable! Free from the watch. Free from the music. Free to let my mind roam with endless possibilities. As I hunker back down in front of my computer to listen to the lady on the CD, my mind is now like a sponge soaking up how I'm going to convince my doctors that my product is the best. Running, somehow, makes me better in all aspects of life. For good reason, I am a slave to running.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

8 myles - no time

Daniels Park - 11:00 a.m.
clear BLUE sky, dry, mid 80s
mind/body - refreshed
easy effort

AAAHHHH... back in beautiful Colorado with that Rocky Mountain air!!! Laced up the Black Pearl Izumi Peak XC today for the first time since Leadville. I was going to take a couple weeks off but what can I say, I'm a slave to running. One thing I was not a slave to today was time. Left the watch home and decided to go out enjoy myself; the way it's supposed to be all the time! I think too often I get caught up in performing each and every time on training runs and if the time is slow, something must be wrong. Today serves as a good reminder that easy days are just as important as hard days and a good mixture will only make me stronger.

At the beginning of the week I was content on wrapping up my 2008 racing season and just like after every other race, I was back on the computer by Thursday looking for a fall race. I've come to the conclusion that I often do this because I'm in such good shape I wanna see what I can do. I also realize all the hard work it took to get here so I might as well do what I can while I'm still able. Does anyone else go through this same process following a race? We runners are so forgetful of what pain feels like but once "it" returns we never want to feel it again. Remember this runners: Suffering is optional, pain is inevitable.

Oh btw, Hurricane/T.S. Fay stayed with us in Florida until the day we left. 2 ft! Yes 2 ft. of rain in one week! We sloshed our way through Universal Studios on Thursday, while I wanted to leave my family proved to be troopers and stayed the whole day in the rain! Saturday was our last day and we finally saw the blue sky. We decided to go to Aquatica water park for 1/2 day and make the most of it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Leadville 100 - 5th 20.29

Greetings from sunny Florida...... yeah right! If there's anything I've learned from running ultras is that plans should be flexible and to expect the unexpected. We arrived here in Orlando on Monday along with Hurricane/T.S. Fay. It seems as though I brought the fowl weather with me from Leadville. The great thing is that I get to spend quality time with the family in the hotel room as Fay passes over.

Believe it or not as I heard the weather report for Leadville I was happy - happy because only the toughest survive in austere conditions usually separating the contenders from pretenders. 560 some odd signed up for Leadville this year but I heard numbers in the 300's that showed up at the start line. Of that only 42% finished (186), one of the lowest finishing rate in Leadville history.

As I checked into the race I mingled with other runners and friends, several of which had asked me if I thought I could win since Tony Krupicka was not running. I realize I've been running strong but I never consider winning any race, I only think about running against my own ghost and beating down the demons that try to take me down. I'm never the most talented runner in a race (including Leadville) so I quickly pooh-poohed anyone who put me in that position. I told anyone who asked my expectation was only to get a PR on the course. My previous in 2006 was 21.27 so I would be happy with anything less, especially considering the conditions.

I recognized several names to include: Duncan Callahan, Zeke Teirnan, Andy Skruka, and Rick Hessek, who are all talented runners and would be tough to hang with over 100 myles. The only one of the four that had proved themselves at 100 myles was Rick Hessek and usually comes on strong late.

Before I begin my recollection of the race I want you all to know that I had a TREMENDOUS support crew in Leadville, no different than any other 100 but the conditions made for a miserable time for the crew. Aric Manning (friend and Pearl Izumi/Smith team manager) flew out from Utah to lead up my crew. His role included going on a training run with me around the lake on Thursday, putting up with my erratic state on Friday, waking up at 2 a.m. to get me to the start line, go to every possible aid station, pace me from Twin Lakes to Fish, meet me at the finish line, and then basically dress/undress me in my delusional state after the race . Next is my father in law, Rick Robinson -talk about solid as a rock! Rick called me on Friday and said he was driving out to help out in any way shape or form. I couldn't believe it! Driving 8 hours, sleeping in his car, and driving around to all the aid stations with Aric to make sure that all my needs were taken care of. Rick has been to almost every race I have ever done in 5 years. He has seen me at my worst - he has seen at my best. He knows how to gage my state as I enter the aid stations. Needless to say I was well taken care of. In addition I'd like to give a big "thank you" to Brian Fisher for not only being a good friend but also for putting me, my crew, and my family up in his cabin! My wife, kids, and mom all came up late Saturday to show their support but because of the bad weather I only wanted them to spectate but their support is just as vital.

At 4 a.m. on Saturday it wasn't raining all that hard but it didn't matter because I knew at some point it would. I ran down the boulevard with about 20 runners and some of us were talking, trying to make everyone laugh but most people seemed to be in a bad mood. Joe Kulak was running right next to me and began to feel ill down the boulevard. Joe flew in from Philly the day before so from 0 ft to 10,000 ft altitude in 10 hours can have that effect on anyone but Joe is the only one that I know of that can endure that state for 20 + hours. As we rounded the lake my stomach was upset thus I had to bolt into the bathroom. Next I twisted my ankle (again) as we approached May Queen and then had to stop at the bathroom again. I made it to May Queen in 1.48, which is what I wanted. After that the only other split that I really wanted to hit was Winfield.

For the next 20 or so myles I was running with Zeke Tiernan and Duncan Callahan. A couple more stops in the bathroom which is not normal for me so something wasn't right in the stomach. It rained off and on for the Colorado trail segment and I started to get a little wet underneath. I felt strong as I sat behind those two, hoping that they would battle and tire out. Turns out they both were strong all day and ran very smart.

As efficient as my crew was I only spent about 10 minutes in all aid stations. Having said that, I left Twin lakes in 1st place and that is something I didn't want. I have a tendency to overdo it because I'm feeling good and don't want to disappoint. I climbed Hope with Andy Skruka at a very rapid pace. Little did I know that Andy was an extraordinary fast hiker (great western loop). I got to Winfield in 8.40, which was about 5 minutes faster than I wanted to so I slowed up a bit and cruised down Winfield road. Then it all started to happen....

Last time I ran Leadville, the wheels literally came off on Hope inbound. And just like last time I slowed down but didn't realize how slow I was going until 4 runners (and their pacers) passed me towards the top of Hope, all within 3 minutes. I had loaded up on potatoes and gels so I knew that I wouldn't feel bad for long. By the time I got to Twin lakes I was starting to feel better but the legs felt dead and the stomach still wasn't right.

Aric picked me up and really helped me keep the pace by having me run all the flats and downs and hike fast on the ups. I really needed that! By the time Aric dropped me off at Fish Hatchery I was feeling much better and was hoping to have some magic left in the legs.... didn't happen. I realized that in order for me to go under 20 hours I would have to smoke the last 23 myles. By the time I got to the top of power line I knew that was out of reach so from this point on I cruised in. Although when I left May Queen I had thought I heard a runner coming in and so I gave it an all out effort to the boat ramp - 57 minutes.

In the end, 5th place with a time of 20.29. I'm extremely satisfied with the result! Those 4 out in front of me ran solid all the way in. I thought for sure someone would blow up but they ran very smart and I congratulate all of them! In fact, I congratulate all who finished! This race basically concludes my racing year for 2008. I've done some solid running and feel like I have evolved into a better Scott Jaime. Not only in the form of running but as a father, husband, son, and friend. I appreciate all those around me who have supported me in any way - you all help me become who I am. I will be there any time you call upon me

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

4 myles - 33:12

Chautauqua open space - 6:00 a.m.
clear, mid 60s, dry
mind/body - ready to go
easy effort

I had some work to do up North so I decided since I have never run on the trails in Boulder that I would give it a try. I ran right below the flatirons on a system of trails in Chautauqua open space - very nice! Boulder is a mecca when it comes to people being fit so that goes without saying that even at 6 a.m. the trails were packed.

I felt great the entire time just trying to keep a very mellow pace. My body feels strong and my mind seems to be refreshed and ready to go for Leadville. What will happen in Leadville? I'm not sure. Last time I ran in 2006 my time was 21.27, in which I predicted I would get around 21.30 prior to the race. This year my only goal is to beat that time and I will be happy. I do have a time in mind that I think I'm capable of but I'm keeping that to myself.....

Sunday, August 10, 2008

11 myles - 1.11:58

HR East/West loop - 10:00 a.m.
overcast with friendly clouds, low 70s, slight breeze
mind/body - strong(er)
medium effort

The body is growing stronger thus my confidence for Leadville is rising. No stiffness whatsoever today and felt strong throughout the run. Probably one of my fastest times on this course.

On a different note, yesterday I bought a new symbol for my necklace. Since Leadville 2006 I have worn a New Zealand symbol made out of poipu shells that means safe travels. Nicole and Jaxon bought it for me while running Leadville in Twin Lakes. I hate to switch out the symbol but yesterday I found one that symbolizes the sign of the times. It's a tortoise and a hare together.... we all know the story right? What that symbolizes to me are two things: 1. the tortoise is my Fast Eddy symbol and 2. Speed doesn't always win the race, especially in these 100 mile races, being smart, patient, and calculated wins the race. I will wear in Leadville to remind me to go out slow and take calculated chances later.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

10 myles - 1.09:45

Daniels Park - 9:00 a.m.
clear, 70s, no wind
mind/body - clear/strong
easy effort

Back home now. One of THE best feelings in the world is coming home from a week long trip, walk in the door, and have the kids give great big hugs! Every time I come home from a trip Jaxon hugs me and says "I'm so glad your home.... what did you bring me?" Regardless of the motivation it makes me feel awesome! I even get a kiss from Nicole.

As far as running is concerned today, I felt great! The depleted O2 in the air must have helped or at least my body recognizes that as "normal". I didn't blaze anything today but my first/last were: 6:48/6:38. I don't want to over-do it going into Leadville but I want to do some short stuff to kick up the leg turnover. My confidence is rising for Leadville next week, stay tuned...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

5 myles - 40:13

Lombard Street - 5:00 p.m.
windy, 60s, overcast, lots of O2
mind/body - good/little stiff
easy effort

The boss decided not to go running today so I thought I'd launch onto the hills of San Francisco. It's really strange to think I was running hills above 10,000 ft last week and now I'm running hills at 0 ft. The leading experts in running suggest to "live high and train low" to get the most out of boosted red blood cell count so I thought I would take full advantage.

From my hotel on the wharf,
Lombard street was about 1.5 myles away so it was a nice warm up to the hill. I didn't go down the curved bobsled side but the opposite straight up side. I blasted up the hill 5 times with an average time of 1.43. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the top and I was hardly breathing. It was a strange sensation because I felt my legs just wanting to sprint... and I honestly felt like I was sprinting. Probably could beat Tyson Gay at this point! There is something to this "live high, train low" motto but unfortunately I don't have the luxury of doing so.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

8 myles - 1.13:14

San Francisco wharf - 5:00 p.m.
windy, 60s, lots of O2
mind/body - clear/still a little stiff
easy effort

Can't pass up a run on the San Francisco wharf - spectacular scenery! It's amazing to see so many people out running and enjoying themselves. Ultimately all those people made my run more enjoyable.

Initially I was going to go for 5 or 6
myles but I invited my new boss and thought I should probably go HIS pace for as long as HE wanted. He used to live in San Fran. so it was a nice relaxed run with a tour guide pointing out all the monuments. I really don't like mixing running and work because I hate to explain why I run the distances I do... the conversation came up during the run and questions started coming. I deflected as much as I could because I always feel like I'm bragging and I hate that! But what do you do when the "new" boss wants to get to know you? In the end I enjoyed his company and I feel like he's going to be a boss I respect and will enjoy working with.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Mountain RATS 1st - 10.56

Three weeks ago I completed the race of my life at Hard Rock. I gave it everything I had and knew that the recovery process would be slow. Unfortunately I didn't have time before my next race - Mtn RATS stage race in Steamboat Springs, CO. In fact, one week before the race I went out for a 16 mile run that ended very poorly and contemplated dropping out. I came to the conclusion that this race would be a great training week leading up to Leadville thus I would do it as "training" not racing. Besides Derek Griffiths from Colorado Runner Magazine sponsored Brian Fisher and myself so we felt obligated to give a good race report in return.

There was only one problem as using this race as a "training" week: Allen Belshaw! Allen and I battled it out at Desert RATS in June and I knew that he was going to be fast, not to mention he trains on this course everyday. I decided to let my body be the guide, if I didn't have it then don't compete. I still didn't know even as the shuttle dropped us off at the start line; I never know how my run is gonna go until I start.

DAY 1 - 7.8 myles 2200 ft of climbing

The horn sounded and Allen sprinted off the line! SPRINTED! Some people laughed, some hooted, others groaned, I simply smiled not taking him serious.

At Desert RATS in June Allen and I had worked out a strategy to help each other up to a certain point and who ever had it in the end - had it. On one of the short stages we agreed to run together and not take it out on each other to preserve for the long day as not much time couldn't be gained on this stage. At the beginning of that day I sprinted out and everyone laughed as I dropped back and ran with Allen.

Back to Mtn RATS: during the pre-race I had asked Allen how the first stage was, "all uphill on a dirt road". And again, short enough that the extra effort was for minimal gain. So that is why I smiled and laughed as Allen sprinted.... the only problem was that he was serious and was not slowing down. He had felt the weight of my pack as I did his. His pack was extremely light and mine a ton, comparatively speaking. Allen is no dummy!

Having complete respect for Allen's running ability even a 30 second lead could be insurmountable in the end. I decided to catch him and run with him as long as I could. I soon realized I was anaerobic and could not hold on - Allen was cookin' - I had no choice but to try and keep him in sight. In the end, Allen finished in 1.13:42 with me in tow 20 seconds behind. The only difference at this point is that I was trashed and Allen seemed fresh. This could turn into a training run after all.

DAY 2 - 24.4 myles 3900 ft climbing, 5300 ft downhill

From the beginning Allen and I took off with Brian Fisher in tow. We immediately climbed to 10,300 ft running along the CDT for 7 myles, we must of been clocking 7:30 min/mile. I was feeling much better this day and decided to hang on for as long as I could. This time Allen dropped me going down a steep 3 mile rocky decent and I really lost hope at that point. Somehow I caught Allen by the next aid station, in a hurry he left w/o filling up with water. I didn't know it at the time but he was completely out of water and began to slow. I sped up descending to the next aid - looked behind - Allen was not in sight. At that point I realized I could make up 20 seconds and make it a race again. Little did I know it was uphill for the final 5 myles and I suffered. I limped in just under 3.33, Allen 2 minutes behind. Again I was trashed and didn't think I could keep it up. The trick to these stage races is quick recovery and the only way to do that is fluids, recovery drink, calories, and rest. With us having to carry all of our food and equipment on our back - these things would be limited.

DAY 3 - 24.4 myles 5300 ft climbing, 3900 ft downhill

Back the way we came. That meant 5 myles of downhill right away and since Allen had taken off so quickly the two previous days I thought the same for this day. I had warmed up pretty good in anticipation. To my surprise (again), Allen started off much slower and even more of a surprise was my legs felt good. I took a huge risk and took the pace out pretty fast for the first 6 myles, at which point I had a one minute lead. I had no idea what was in store for me thus had many questions but I took that chance. Believe it or not, I only got stronger as the day went on. Maybe it was the simple fact that I was running scared knowing that Allen is much tougher than I am; he has proved it many times before in longer races. The adrenaline fed my legs and carried me to the finish in 3.39, 16 minutes before Allen.

DAY 4 - 17.5 myles 2600 ft climbing, 3800 ft downhill

Even with an 18 minute lead I was extremely nervous all night. Allen had said the night before in any event that he believes he can win, even if it's virtually impossible to do so. I think that's a great attitude to have, which makes me only respect him more. To top things off, the last day the leader is sent out like a rabbit and the rest to chase. Great! Anything can happen and all I need to do is take one wrong turn and all is washed away. Allen was great explaining all the turn offs to me, ensuring I didn't get lost. In the end I finished the last day in 2.30 and didn't take any wrong turns. Ryan Cooper, Brian Fisher, and Allen soon followed. It was close battle for 3rd place as well between Ryan and Brian - results here.

So this "training" week turned out to be a "racing" week and can only hope this will help me run better at Leadville in two weeks. I recommend this race to anyone who is looking for an adventure, an experiment, spectacular scenery, camaraderie, or anyone who just likes to camp and can handle a few myles.

TOTAL - 74.1 myles 14,000 ft climbing, 13,000 ft downhill