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2019 Ragnar AZ Trail

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Member Since:

May 12, 2008



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Running Accomplishments:

I started running again in 2007 after 14 years of not running.

Mile - 4:59 (high school 1992), 5:57 (9/21/2010 ARR Open Mile)

2 mile - 11:10 (high school 1992)

5k - 21:54 (11/18/2010 Tempe Road Runners 5k)

10k - 48:29 (5/9/2009 Race for Hospice)

Unofficial 10k - 47:11 (1/27/2011 Red Mountain Park)

1/2 marathon - 1:49:00 (4/4/2009 Havasu Half)

Marathon - 4:33:09 (11/21/2009 Mesquite Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a half marathon in under two hours.

Run a marathon in close to 4 hours.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy long enough to live through the millenium.


I am married and have six kids. 

Blog title explanation

Bloggers I've met in real life: 1MileToGo, Aaron Kennard, Andrea North, Arizona Desert Monsoon, auntieem, Bec, Ben, Benjamin, Bonnie, Camille, Cari, Collin Anderson, David Holt, DooneEight Kid Mom, Erico, Flatlander, Gary, Jake Krong, JamesW, Jose, Josse, Julieesplin, JunKelli, Kerri, KP, Kyle Dion, Lightitup, Little Bad Legs, Lybi, Marthon Dreamer, M, Mary Ann Schauerhamer, Misty, Nan, Peds Endo Doc, Rachelle, RADRhett, Riley Cook, Rossy, runningafterbabies, Sasha, Scott Hughes, Scott (Kelli's husband), Scott Wesemann, Slow Joe, Spencer Simpson, Stephen, Steve Piccolo, Susie, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, Twinkies, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 21.96 Year: 568.70
Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Lifetime Miles: 802.53
Asics Gel 3030 Lifetime Miles: 204.85
Saucony Hurricane 13 Lifetime Miles: 149.22
Asics Gel DS Trainer 17 Lifetime Miles: 87.49
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 Lifetime Miles: 800.59
Brooks Ravenna 4 Lifetime Miles: 88.83
Mizuno X10 Trail Lifetime Miles: 103.15
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 800.21
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 3.99
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 163.46
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 8.23
Total Distance
Mizuno X10 Trail Miles: 15.73Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 6.23
Weight: 0.00
Race: 2019 Ragnar AZ Trail (15.73 Miles) 03:08:16, Place overall: 237, Place in age division: 119
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Ragnar #32

Last year I jumped on a team last minute-ish to run this relay.  I had missed it the two previous years, but was feeling pretty good last year, and didn't want to miss it again.  The team that I joined was an RWB team out of Sierra Vista.  They actually had three teams, and this year they put together four teams.  Scott, Victor, and Joshua, were returning from last year.  Theresa from last year was on another one of the teams.  The other three didn't come.  In their place was Victor's wife, Brenda, newcomers Lulu and Jackie, and returning from last year, but on a different team, Katherine.

The order we ran in was Brenda, Joshua, Chris, Lulu, Jackie, me, Katherine, and Victor.  Everyone was able to run all of their legs without a problem.  Joshua even picked up an additional leg from one of the other teams.  Joshua was our fastest runner, followed shortly by Victor.  But Victor was having stomach issues, so he struggled on one of his legs, but still ran faster than me.  Being runner #6 means I started with the red loop, then the yellow loop, and finally the green loop.

My boys had a survey Friday morning, so I had them drop me off on their way.  I saw Rae checking in the vehicles and charging everyone the park entrance fee of $10.  The line was a little longer than I though it would be, but we finally got to the gear drop and it ended up being right in front of our campsite.  Lucky.  I took my gear to camp and was surprised that I actually got there in time to see Brenda start us out. 

I did a lot of sleeping.  I took about an hour nap before my first run.  I ate a light lunch around 11am.  I don't like running with a lot of food in my belly, but you need to eat something.  I finally started my red loop at 2:39pm.  It was warm.  Probably about 80º.  I'm used to that kind of heat, even though it's cooling down here, so it wasn't too bad, but I believe it did slow me down some.  The red loop is the longest loop.  6.73 miles.  I ran it 46 seconds slower per mile than last year.  I felt strong going up the hill, but just like last year, when I reached the water station around mile 4.3, it was hard to start running again.  I finally convinced myself that I could do it, but I had to take off my shirt because I felt like my nipple was going to explode soon if I didn't.  There's a hairpin turn around mile 5.5.  I had to walk some of that briefly, but after that I had no problem finishing up.  I put my shirt back on about a quarter mile from the finish line.  I saw my friend Josh (a different Josh, from the Adventure Run) while he was running the green loop.  I gave him a fist bump as he passed me.  When I finished and handed the bib off to Katherine, I apologized.  She thought I was apologizing for being slow, but it was for sweating all over the bib.

I decided it would be a good idea to eat dinner as soon as possible right after running.  There were food trucks of all kinds and we got a dinner included with our race entry.  I wanted to get a gyro sandwich, but the line was real long, so I ended up getting a Sicilian mac 'n cheese bowl.  It has Italian sausage, grilled onions, and tomatoes.  It was delicious, but 6.7 miles in the heat wiped me out, and I couldn't finish it for lack of appetite.  But one of my favorite parts of the race happened during dinner.  I met another blogger in real life.  And yes, nobody blogs anymore, but it still counts whether they actively blog, quit blogging, or even just created a blog and never made an entry.  If there's anyone I'd really like to meet in real life that I haven't yet other than allie, it would be this guy.  Twinkies!!!

I also got to meet his lovely wife, Susie, who was once upon a time a blogger herself.  Apparently I passed Susie on my first loop.  She remembered my orange outfit.

After dinner I took another nap.  It started getting cold when the sun went down so I put my sweats and sweat shirt on.  About an hour before it was my turn to run again I rolled out of my sleeping bag and got ready.  I took off my sweats and sweat shirt and found that I was actually hot even though it was cold.  Menopause, I guess.  On my way to the transition tent, I saw Kelli.  I can't hyperlink her anymore because she's deactivated her blog, but I gave her a side hug and talked to her for a few minutes.  Now it was time for the yellow loop.  Jackie handed off to me and I started my night run.  It was 11:23pm.  I wore my headlamp.  There was no moonlight.  It wasn't too long into my run that I noticed my headlamp wasn't shining as bright as it normally does.  Rookie mistake not to change the batteries before the race.  I ended up having to take it off my head and hold it in my hand so I could see.  Running the yellow loop at night is no fun.  Actually running the yellow loop in the day is no fun, but at night it's very difficult.  I slipped, stumbled, and tripped, but never fell down, thank goodness.  I only stopped briefly to text Kathy that I had one mile left.  Yellow loop really works your muscles.  There's lots of ups and downs.  Even though it's 4.72 miles and doesn't go as high up as the red loop, there is more overall elevation gain because of all the ups and downs.  Kelli says it's her favorite loop.  I remember thinking, despite the imminent danger, it wasn't too bad.  But then there were a couple of places where it was just up, down, up, down, and I thought, "This isn't cool." I was 77 seconds per mile slower than last year.

After finishing yellow I went back to camp and slept some more.  (Actually, before that I saw Kelli again.  I told her no more hugs for her because I was dripping wet with sweat.  Her friend that she was with gasped in horror with the amount of sweat that I had produced.)  When the morning came, it felt even colder.  And of course, the wind picks up once the sun comes out.  Still, the high was supposed to be 85º.  It was 9:05am when it was my turn to run again.  Now was the green loop.  The green loop is by far the easiest.  The climb is very moderate, almost unnoticeable.  There is one quick steep climb right before the street, but that's it.  I remember wishing I had run this leg last year during the day where I could see better, because I believed I could have run it real fast.  So I was excited to be able to run it this year in the daylight.  And I didn't feel to bad before running it, but as I got going, I realized I didn't have much left in my tank.  I ran it 61 seconds per mile slower than last year.  Oh well.  What I remember most was a kid passing me real fast about half a mile in.  He was running the red loop.  The green loop is a loop within the red loop.  They share the same path for the first three quarters of a mile.  Then red turns and makes the big climb up the mountain while green continues forward on the gradual incline.  The meet back up at the two mile mark and diverge again at the 2.4 mile.  Then they meet back up for the final quarter mile right before the timing pad.  The kid was wearing a black T-shirt with a giant middle finger on it.  I was like, "That's kind of rude."  But at the same time, it's kinda funny.  Cuz really, what am I gonna do about it?  I can't catch him.  Anyway, I saw him charge up the mountain and we parted ways.  But of course right before the finish line he caught me again for one last you know what.  Ha!  As I was making my way into the chute someone was cheering for me.  I looked and saw it was my friend Ricci, Josh's girlfriend.  Josh was there, too.  Then I heard other people saying, "Great job, Burt!", but I didn't know who they were because I was focused on that final hill and not falling.  Maybe it was Twinkies and Susie?

So, I finished another Ragnar.  I was still a little sick, but was grateful that I was able to run at a decent pace the entire time.  I had a fun team and had a good time.  My wife picked me up and we went to Baskin Robbins to get a Rocky Road milkshake.

Mizuno X10 Trail Miles: 15.73
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I took yesterday off because the bottoms of my feet are pretty torn up and sore from the trail running.  I have a couple of blisters.  But I dont' want to lose any of my fitness, so I went out today.  I coughed up some gunk, but that's a good thing.  My feet were feeling fine while running.  I was looking for coyotes, but didn't see any.  They're good hiders.  I did see a lady cross the Floodway with her unleashed dog.  I thought that wasn't a good idea, even though the coyotes generally leave you alone.  But that have been following some people, I hear.  Anyway I got about a half mile in, and I heard a siren.  This made a coyote start to howl.  Normally they yip, but I would consider this a howl.  So, I immediately stopped and looked for it.  I still couldn't see it.  I could see the lady walking on the other side of the Floodway and hoped she would put her dog on a leash now that she could hear the coyote.  But she didn't.  I continued running and crossed over to the other side of the Floodway heading towards her now.  I couldn't see her dog anywhere.  I'm like, are you crazy lady?  She started to head back in to the Floodway, and I was afraid I'd have to chase the coyotes away from her dog, and hoped it wouldn't be too late.  But when I finally saw her again, both she and her dog were safely on the other side of the Floodway.  So that's good.

When I got done running, my lower back started to hurt.  I hope it doesn't get worse.  Sore backs are the worst!

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.62
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I have not been able to run the past few days because my back has been hurting so bad.  I texted the team yesterday.  Only Maggie said she was going to come.  And she ended up cancelling this morning due to "woman issues", whatever that means.  So my wife and I headed up to Usery shortly after 5:30am.  I wasn't sure how my back would do, so I went as slow as possible.  Vickie had a minute or two head start on me.  I didn't catch her until after a half mile.  She stayed pretty close to me as I was afraid to run very fast.  I decided I would do 2 miles up and come back, but my back started to hurt.  I kept pushing myself, and then I saw some wild Salt River horses.  I crossed the street and took some pictures.  My wife caught up to me.  I figured this was a good place to turn around.  She wanted to keep going so she told me to call her when I was done.  I slowly made my way back down.  When I was done, I called her and she said she was feeling good and wanted to keep going.  So I hung out in the Jeep for a while playing Words with Friends.  Then I went for a hike in the desert to see if I could find more horses.  I couldn't.  My wife texted me when she was 3/4 of a mile away, so I turned around.  She ended up beating me back to the Jeep, and we drove back home, but I kept my eyes open for horses.  I spotted some by the new stop sign they installed.  We stopped to take more pictures.  Then we drove back and saw some more about a quarter mile down the road.  We stopped again and followed them until they reached the other group of horses.  There was 22 total.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 3.61
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Mizuno X10 Trail Miles: 15.73Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 6.23
Weight: 0.00
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