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San Antonio,TX,

Member Since:

Dec 13, 2009



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

5K PR - 18:01 - Nov '14

10K PR - 38:37 (workout) - Oct '14

Half-marathon - 1:22:43 - Jan '14

Marathon - 2:58:43 in Boston! - Apr '13

50 mile - 7:49:30 (2nd) - Nov '15

Short-Term Running Goals:

- Balance

- Run more trails, volunteer, more social running, run with a team

- Race a lot more.  learn.

Race results / possible schedule:

Apr 2 - Hells Hills 25k trail - 4th

Apr 9 - Toughest 'n Texas 20-mile Trail - 2nd

May 7 - Paleface - Trail Marathon - 3rd

May 29 - American Hero road 25k - 2nd

Jun 25 - Pedernales Falls 30k nighttime Trail - 5th (sick)

Jul 16 - Muleshoe Bend 30k nighttime Trail - 3rd

Jul 23-24 - Fossil Valley 9-hour nighttime Trail - 2nd

Aug 6 - Colorado Bend 30k nighttime Trail - 4th

Aug 27 - Reveille Peak 30k nighttime Trail (entered)

Sep 10 - Franklin Mountains 50k (entered - not all-out effort...I hope)

Sep 17 - Lighthouse Hill 20-mile trail (entered)

Sep 24 - J&J 50 mile trail

Long-Term Running Goals:

Compete in a few more ultras without going off course (again)

Sub-18 in a 5k

One.  Good.  Marathon.


I started running at age 30, in late 2009.  I have 2 daughters (10 and 8 yrs old).



Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Saucony A5 Lifetime Miles: 1054.70
Kinvara 2 - Gray/red Lifetime Miles: 1551.08
Kinvara 3 - Gray/red Lifetime Miles: 1244.23
1160s Lifetime Miles: 888.70
Saucony A5 Red Lifetime Miles: 565.10
Saucony A6 - Yellow Lifetime Miles: 214.00
Saucony A6 - Red/blue Lifetime Miles: 61.50
NB MT101 Trail Lifetime Miles: 302.00
Fastwitch 6 Red #1 Lifetime Miles: 286.50
Fastwitch 6 Red #2 Lifetime Miles: 267.00
Race: Hells Hills 25k Trail (15.534 Miles) 01:50:10, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 4
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

45F.  Great conditions today for my first race of 2016.  I got my $&@! handed to me by a few 20-somethings but still had a lot of fun.

Course - it was in good shape, not too wet or muddy other than a few creek crossings (water can be pretty wet).  I realized about halfway through the race that these were my first trail miles all year.  The course, true to its name, basically takes you up and down switchbacks the whole time except for a few nice stretches of sandy jeep trail.  My fastest Garmin mile was ~6:30 and the slowest was ~8:30...actually, those 2 were back-to-back, not that I ever bothered to look at my watch.  Anyway, some of my climbs were pitiful "power" hikes, especially towards the end.  More trail running needed.

Race - start was fast, but worked my way into 3rd once we hit the singletrack.  I stayed there, sandwiched between Short Shorts and Yellow Soler's for the first couple miles and it hit me that I was basically sprinting with 13+ miles still to go.  So I pulled over, let Yellow Soler's pass, pulled my head out my @$$ and started running my own pace in 4th place.  3 miles later, I passed Yellow Soler's, and was then by myself in 3rd until maybe mile 12-13.  Blue Shirt caught up and absolutely blew past me...he ended up putting almost 2 minutes on me over the last 2-3 miles.  Not sure what he was doing behind me for so long, but in Tejas Trails races you only need 5th to get the crazy trophies, so whatever!

Somewhere in the last half mile, during a pointless push to the finish line, I tweaked my calf a little.  I thought it was about to ball up and cramp but now it just feels kinda strain-y.  I think it'll be ok by next weekend.

NB MT101 Trail Miles: 17.00
Weight: 0.00
From Tom K on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 12:49:14 from

Ha! Great race! Great trophy! You earned that dude!

From allie on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 12:53:35 from

that is the coolest tetanus dog/cat trophy i've ever seen.

your power hikes must have been pretty powerful to never go slower than 8:30. nicely done!

From SlowJoe on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 13:05:32 from

Thanks Tom & Allie. Allie, the good thing about racing in central Texas is that you know the hills, while fairly constant, aren't going to last too long (I think my longest hike was maybe 20-30 seconds) so you get back to careening-downhill-out-of-control pace in no time.

From flatlander on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 13:29:54 from

Nicely done Joe, very fast pace for a trail race. I have to wonder what the third-place trophy in my age group would look like. Probably a single rusty nail.

From seeaprilrun on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 13:36:00 from

Congrats!! Now I have ideas for what to do with old mattress springs. Sounds like it was fun. Trail running is such a different animal than the roads!

From Jason D on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 14:13:21 from

Nice effort, Joe! I have to agree. 8:30s are pretty solid with power hiking. In trail racing, as you have found, you tend to destroy the idea of consistent splits. Good stuff. Take care of your leg.

From Jake K on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 17:07:56 from

Excellent running Joe!

That's a heck of a trophy... and fairly creepy.

From Derunzo on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 17:45:47 from

Way to go Joe! Great race & awesome trophy!

From Dan on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 17:46:57 from

The amount of... fun... you could have with that trophy is pretty epic. Your kids come to mind :) Nice racing Joe!

From Matt Schreiber on Sun, Apr 03, 2016 at 11:21:29 from

Awesome Joe! I love the trophy, too. Good to see the calf isntune too bad today.

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