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Fossil Valley 9-hour Trail Race

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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: Fossil Valley 9-hour Trail Race (45.73 Miles) 08:49:39, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

90F -> 80F (10pm - 7am).  Tough, tough race!  Hot, no breeze, and the climbs were steep - even included 30-40 tall stairs per lap.  Lots of hiking/walking.  By the end I was barely making it up.  I ended up doing 17 laps (~2.7 miles per lap).  But I had the option to do another since the clock hadn't hit 9 hours yet - was leading the race and I just thought there was no way I could physically make it around again.  So I lost because the guy a few minutes behind me did go out for #18.  Felt really dumb/wimpy after that one.

NB MT101 Trail Miles: 46.00
Weight: 0.00
From Yasir on Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 18:03:06 from

Wow your are the winner in my book. Sorry to bring this again but you guys are crazy. Please eat rest eat rest...

From I Just Run on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 07:34:28 from

I'm calling you the winner too ... because I know you could have done it! These races seem more like torture than racing. :-)

From Russ on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 15:51:13 from

Nice racing. I hate those second-guessing moments. Your body was screaming and you listened, so you can't beat yourself up over that. Easier to stay healthy when you're not exhausted. Great effort not-so-slow Joe.

From Tom K on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 10:30:18 from

Beast mode! Beating my average weekly miles in one race, PLUS STAIRS!? Dude, you are a wild man! Great run, Joe.

From Jason D on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 16:43:05 from

Nice work, Joe. That's a long way to run and it's a really long way to run in that heat when you are typically sleeping!

From SlowJoe on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 18:30:27 from

Thanks all. I knew the rules going in, so the guy that won deserves it. One of those things where in hindsight it seems like you could've done it, but yeah - in the moment...no way. I'm glad the memory is a bit painful, maybe I'll remember this next time I'm faced with a similar decision.

Found out it was 315 ft gain per loop, which equates to 5355 ft over the whole race - just over a vertical mile. Probably more "vert" than I usually get in a year!

From Bob on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 13:55:24 from

Great job Joe. You did as much as you could and that's all you can ask of yourself.

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