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Defiance 50k

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Member Since:

Dec 19, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

  • 5k
    Resolution Run 5k:
    1/1/09 20:46 (6:42)
    1/1/10 19:33 (6:18)
    1/1/11 19:23 (6:15)
    1/1/12 19:33 (6:18)
    FSRC Turkey Trot:
    11/20/11 18:50 (6:04)
  • 10k
    Resolution Run 10k:
    1/24/09 42:40 (6:53)
    1/23/10 40:48 (6:35)
    1/22/11 39:40 (6:24)
  • 15k
    Resolution Run 15k:
    2/21/09 1:05:59 (7:06)
    2/20/10 1:04:15 (6:55)
    2/26/11 1:03:46 (6:51)
    2/25/12 1:02:26 (6:42)
  • 20k
    Resolution Run 20k:
    3/21/09 1:27:16 (7:01)
    3/20/10 1:26:46 (6:59)
    3/26/11 1:24:37 (6:49)
    3/24/12 1:25:27 (6:52)
  • 1/2 Marathon
    Grand Columbian 1/2 Iron Relay
    2007 1:58:29 (8:59)
    2010 1:39:07 (7:34)
  • Marathon
    2005 Portland: 3:52:21 (8:52)
    2007 Tacoma: 3:47:17 (8:40)
    2010 Eugene: 3:16:21 (7:30)
    2011 Boston: 3:25:28 (7:51)
    2011 Tunnel: 3:06:30 (7:07)
    2012 Boston: 3:53:56 (8:56)
    2012 Big Sur: 3:23:06 (7:45)
    2013 Tacoma: 3:41:25 (8:27)
    2013 Tunnel Lite: 3:07:33 (7:09)
    2014 Boston: 3:40:35 (8:20)
  • Ultra Marathon
    2013 Defiance 50k: 4:49:12 (9:18)
    2013 Steilacoom 50k: 4:44:06 (9:09)
    2014 R2R 51.9mi: 9:51:40 (11:24)

Short-Term Running Goals:


Upcoming races: Just pacing and volunteering this year. PRs coming in 2016?

St Paddy's Day 1/2 1:50 Pacer 3/12/16

Whidbey Island 1/2 1:45 Pacer 4/?/16

Tacoma City Marathon 3:55 Pacer 5/1/16



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Heb 12:11


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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Brooks Adrenaline GT13-3 Lifetime Miles: 964.63
Shopping Cart Lifetime Miles: 9.60
Race: Defiance 50k (31.069 Miles) 04:49:12, Place overall: 12, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance


This was my first Ultra and my first actual "trail" race; it could also be my last on both counts. I had no particular goals going into this other than to stay on my feet and finish uninjured. So, mission accomplished on that front. I knew it would be much different than a road race, but I had no idea how different.

The course was 3 laps around a 10 mile "loop" all within Point Defiance park on the trails starting at Owens Beach and climbing to some of the highest points in the park. All of the ascents were runable for the most part, as were most of the descents the first time around. After the first loop, the descents were a lot trickier on tired legs and even got a little scary on the last loop. I would say about 30% of the course was very technical (for a road racer) and one section was so steep that there was actually a rope strung down the hillside for us to rapell the descent! Overall, the race was like a 30 mile muddy rollercoaster ride with over 3900 feet of elevation gain.

It was frustrating to go so slow at first, I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere running 8-9 minute miles. After the first loop I knew I needed to keep it slow and easy to finish strong, but it was so hard to pace myself with all the hills and roots, rocks, etc. not to mention my Garmin readout was all over the place due to the tree cover on the trails. Not far into the 2nd loop I caught up with another runner that I knew was a very strong ultra marathoner and figured it was time to back off before I blew up. I decided to hang back and pace behind him even though it felt slow at times. I knew I would need all the energy I could conserve for that last loop. We chatted off and on for a while and the time passed pretty quickly for a few miles. I finished the second loop right behind him, stopped a little too long for a drink of water and that was the last I saw of him.

I was on my own for the entire 3rd loop except for when 2 runners passed me at the 25 mile aid station and booted me back to 12th place. I was cramping and had tons of dirt and little rocks piled up in both shoes so I stopped there for several minutes to relax and empty my shoes. From there I managed to shake off the cramps, but the steep descents hurt my feet and I just wanted it to be over! This is about the point where a regular marathon would be over and I could not figure out what the heck would posess me to pay money for this experience. I was losing the battle. Normally I would recognize this feeling as the mental place where a race actually starts and push harder(in training, the only miles that even count are the ones you run AFTER you want to quit), today I just wanted to quit. Unfortunately, finishing the race was the fastest way back to my car and I was dangerously close to being late for a class I was leading at my church in the afternoon. Quitting, walking, crawling, none of these were options. I had places to be and people to see. It took all I had, but I managed to keep moving and finished my first Ultra and my 10th marathon.

After the race and my class, I went straight to PLU and met Kym at a work event that went until nearly midnight. I have never been so tired!

Brooks Adrenaline GT13 Miles: 31.07
From Tom K on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 06:54:37 from

"in training, the only miles that even count are the ones you run AFTER you want to quit." I'm stealing this. Wow. Gutsy move, making the leap to ultra and trail on the same day. You are a wildman!

From I Just Run on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 08:20:24 from

Thank you for this report...I know now I will NEVER do a Ultra Marathon!!!

But, congratulations on race and great effort! 2nd in your age group is really good for your first and possibly last Ultra/Trail race.

From rAtTLeTrAp on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 08:39:04 from

I didn't really plan or train for this race. It just sort of happened.

Tom - Feel free to steal that quote. Even better, think about it the next time you feel quitting :)

IJR - I remember saying something like that to my wife and she responded "yeah, right. We'll see about that."

From I Just Run on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 08:50:00 from


You just said it, I actually put it in writing. :-)

From rAtTLeTrAp on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 08:51:40 from

Yeah, right. We'll see about that...

From Tom Slick on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 09:15:21 from

What an ordeal!!!! Congrats on getting done what you started. You Da Man!!!!! Thanks for publishing your experience!!!!

From DLTheo on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:36:18 from

It's a good thing the fastest way back to your car was to finish the race, so there was no temptation to take a short cut. Way to persevere. Sounds like your experience was somewhat similar to my ultra last year as far as getting used to a slower pace and feeling the overwhelming fatigue past 26 miles.

I think if you trained specifically for this distance and went in with some goals (and also ran a slightly easier course), you'd enjoy it more the next time, so don't write off the 50K quite yet!

From rAtTLeTrAp on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:53:00 from

Scott - The ONLY way back to my car was to finish the race :) My biggest worry throughout the race was getting off course and adding miles. Some of the trails started to look familiar on the second and third loop, but overall I was lost and wouldn't have had any idea where I was going if it wasn't for the yellow ribbons marking the trail at each turn.

From DLTheo on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 17:37:04 from

Dude, this race was 3 days ago. I can't believe you haven't gotten in a 20 miler since then! Lazy.

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