Friday, July 31, 2009

QotD - July 27 - July 31

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July 27th
The Sherpa don't believe they conquer the mountain, "they become one with it."
-Doug Freese

July 28th
I am so excited about Monday, that I am going to go to bed early, with my running clothes on shoes and on Christmas Eve...
-cvctrackfan, on the first day of CC practice 2008

July 29th

July 30th
I've realized that to finish you have to really, really want it. Then when you reach that point in the race where you say 'what the @#$ am I doing here?' you can say 'finishing'. If you don't really, really want to finish, you reach that point in the race where you say 'what the @#$ am I doing here?' and you answer, 'holy crap, I don't know, I'm going home.' -John H. Powell, from his 2009 MMT race report, where he finished

July 31st
"You have to go into the jungle, find the lion, and spit in his face...then shoot him. You guys are not good enough to win on talent have to want it." -Herbie Brooks. coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BR 100 Info

Good luck to all those competing in the Burning River 100 mile race this weekend at the Cuyahoga Valley. There will be plenty of NEO Trail members representing the club. Below are some links and race info.

Start Time: 5 AM, Saturday, August 1st
Start Location: Squire's Castle
Finish Time: 11 AM, Sunday, August 2nd
Finish Location: Cuyahoga Falls River Front

Important Links
Official Site
2009 Entrants
Course Guide
VIDEO: Modified Course Sections
VIDEO: Other Course Sections

Saturday, July 25, 2009

QotD - July 20 - July 24

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July 20th
I hadn’t really been aware of it. Not it’s weight or its form or its size. But the burden of doubt and anxiety I had carried with me from the start was formidable. My realization of its very existence came only when I began to dimly feel that burden getting lighter. As I came down off of Kern’s Mountain I was ahead of my schedule. I felt great. I didn’t feel even close to crashing. It evidently wasn’t going to rain anytime soon. My confidence swelled to fill the void as my fears floated up and away into the late day sun.
- Alan Gowen, from his 2006 MMT 100 RR

July 21st
When Mark Twain was asked how he had lived so long, he replied, "By sticking to a way of life that would have killed anybody else."

July 22nd
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
-General George Patton Jr

July 23rd
Pace to Finish BR100 – 18:36/mile

July 24th
You have been told that Real Life is not like college, and you have been correctly informed. Real Life is more like high school.
-Meryl Streep

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer Buckeye Trail 50K

This past weekend several club members participated in the 15th annual Summer Buckeye Trail 50K, which is an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the Oak Grove pavilion in Brecksville, Ohio. The weather was unseasonably cool this year with highs in the upper 60s and even some rain. A nice break though from previous years where it has been sunny and in the mid to upper 80s. Once again, Vertical Runner was able to organize another quality event and finishers of this year's event were treated to a new finishers medal in the shape of the Buckeye Trail blue blaze.

Here is the list of N.E. Ohio Trail Club members who finished this year...

Dave Peterman - 4:59:29 (20th overall)
Stephan Kremer - 5:13:39 (34th overall)
T.J. Hawk - 5:17:11 (35th overall)
Ron Ross - 5:23:16 (39th overall)
Jim Christ - 5:55:20 (64th overall)
Brett Himes - 5:57:42 (68th overall)
Brandon Russell - 6:02:07 (74th overall)
Jim Harris - 6:17:58 (85th overall)
Bob Combs - 6:23:53 (87th overall)
Daniel Bellinger - 6:25:20 (90th overall, New male 60 & over record - formerly 6:46:27)
Kurt Osadchuk - 6:27:35 (93rd overall)
Bruce McMurray - 7:02:12 (119th overall)
Paul Lefelhocz - 7:35:40 (138th overall)

For complete results, photos, and videos - Click Here

Saturday, July 18, 2009

QotD - July 13 - July 17

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July 13th
In ultrarunning, the heart and human spirit have as much to do with it as putting in long miles.
-Dana Roueche

July 14th
Some men can run the fastest, jump the highest, or lift the heaviest, but no man has the corner on ambition, desire, and hustle.

July 16th
Seek your dreams and goals
-David Horton

July 17th
Ultrarunning seems a lapse in reason, taking something difficult and multiplying it by four. I considered applying the ultra logic to my chaotic days at home with the children. 'Hey honey,' I might say. 'I had a terrible day with the kids. Tomorrow I might invite four times that number of children over for the day. Not only that, but I will keep them up all night and do everything with just a headlamp.'
-Marty Button, on being the wife of an ultrarunner

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

2009 Hardrock 100

Last weekend, NEO Trail members Bob Combs and John Dewalt both finished the 2009 Hardrock 100 held in Silverton, CO with times of 46:00 and 47:47, respectively. A total of 140 runners started the 15th running of Hardrock and 105 finished. Special kudos to John Dewalt being the oldest finisher at 73.

The winner on the men's side was Karl Meltzer running 24:38, a new course record for the counter-clockwise course and the 2nd fastest time ever! Diana Finkel won it for the women in a course record 27:18.

Hardrock Numbers
Miles: 100
Elevation Gain: 33,000'
Average Elevation: 11,186'
High Point: 14,048' (Handies Peak)
Low Point: 7,680' (Ouray)

Results - Youtube Playlist

Friday, July 3, 2009

QotD - June 29 - July 3

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June 29th
A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard. As I see it, if you work more hours than somebody else, during those hours you learn more about your craft. That can make you more efficient, more able, even happier. Hard work is like compounded interest in the bank. The rewards build faster.

-Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

June 30th
When man runs and his worn out body and tired muscles fervently oppose his mental perseverance to continue the race, I'd say that's a pretty big challenge. My question is, how hard do you push yourself to demonstrate your own character?

-Scott Peragine

July 1st
As you know, going from a person who worked out constantly to a person that just had heart surgery is a big change. This has given me a lot of time to think. One thing that always comes back to my mind that I am going to share with you is this..... What good does all of this actually do. What does running ultra's, biking, lifting, ect. What does it do for you? Where does it get you?

For me, the answer is this. It's not about what you do in life. It is about what you don't do. The truth is running has not got me anywhere in life. I don't enjoy it. I hate it really. It certainly hasn't made an income for my family. And it definitely takes up a lot of my spare time. So why do it then? Because I can. When I was running 100 mile races back to back weekends, people never understood. They thought I was crazy. They told me how injured I was going to get. But I didn't care. I still don't. Tomorrow is never promised to you. If I looked back on those times now and didn't do the Plain 100 because it was too soon after my other race, I would kick myself. Now I can look back and say. I'm glad that I did what I did when I could.

I am not saying that this is how everybody should be. What I am saying is that I believe everybody should push themselves to their limit. Whether it be in life or in sport. If not, you will wake up one day and your limits will have been determined by other factors. Health, family, work, ect. While you have it in your power to do something, do it. Don't wait until that opportunity gets taken from you. I know I'm not.

July 2nd
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall never surrender.
-Winston Churchill

July 3rd
I've always sort of thought that at Hardrock you sort of live your entire life in a single day," said Roch Horton, a five-time finisher. "You'll be the happiest you'll ever be in your entire life, whenever that was, here at Hardrock. And the most ragged, lowdown, just desperate, decrepit, degenerate, sore - you're going to feel that, too, in one day, all in one continuous experience.