Photos from Soulstice (and a short recap)

Now I can say that I experienced the Soulstice Mountain Run, and I will be back.  Not knowing what to expect (8000+ foot elevation, cold, real mountain trails, I dehydrate easily at altitude) I took it very conservatively and am glad that I did as I was able to enjoy the scenery, weather and good vibes that the race puts out.

I almost blew a gasket Friday night when we were eating at Pita Jungle and got a call from my daughter saying that the bag we left at my in-laws with my sons clothes for the weekend really contained our items including some of my running stuff (Race Caps Supreme!).  After the beer helped me to relax and my OCD mellowed out I was able to enjoy the rest of the night. The packet pick up at Pay N Take was a nice gathering of folks collecting their bags and shirts (both of which are nice-I really like the bag idea), drinking beer and watching the Diamondbacks loose game 5 in 10 innings.  Here is a picture of the shirt and bag.

There was a nice gathering prior to the race where I met a few of the locals and was able to see some of the new footwear and bags from Salomon running, and some of the offerings from Aspen Sports. There were lots of obstacles that being from the desert (1500 feet elevation) were new to me.  Obstacles like frozen mud (think black ice), large puddles with a thin ice layer on top, fallen trees over the trail, in other words common trail race stuff.

Here are some of the pictures I took along the way.


North Campus at NAU taken from our room at the Drury Hotel.  If you stay here each guest gets a ticket good for 3 free beers or drinks and a happy hour and breakfast buffet.  Pretty nice.











Here is a video I took, the title will explain all of it to you.

You have never seen a recovery mojito?



Soulstice here I come!

After thinking that I was not picked in the lottery for Soulstice as I didn’t get a confirmation e-mail on Saturday, this morning I fire up the computer and look what I found!  YEE-HAW!


CONGRATULATIONS — you’ve been awarded a slot in the 2011
Soulstice Mountain Trail Run

To complete your  registration, confirmation payments need to be received by April 18.  Instructions are below and on the registration web page.


The week that was

A lot of things went on this week, some good some not so good.
For starters, I did not have my name drawn to run the Soulstice Mountain trail race. I am really bummed about this as I was (for some reason) fairly confident that my name would have been drawn. From the numbers of people who put their names in and the ratio of short course to long course in the past I thought that I would be good as I put in for the long course. Oh well, things happen for reasons I guess. I was just really excited to do 11.5 miles starting at 7900 feet and peaking at just under 9000 feet. Maybe next year, or maybe a slot will open from someone who cant do it.

I had a decent but not stellar week of running this week.  I need to get registered for a few races and keep motivated to push my limits.  It is hard to find races in Arizona during the summer due to the heat and race directors not wanting the liability for heat stroke, exhaustion, or even worse…death.  There is a summer series in Flagstaff but many of them are 5 and 10K’s which is a long drive to do 3 or 6 miles.  But there are others including a marathon/half marathon.  And I can always try to get out to California for a race.

Did it really hit 100 degrees on Thursday?  Its only April weather pressure controller people.

I was told that my resume was accepted for a position at work that has opened up.  I am excited for the opportunity to move up and have a job with more responsibility, but that would come at the expense of losing the least stressful, most flexible and self directed job in my organization.  We will see what happens.

In craft beer news, Oskar Blues is really pushing the envelope as they have announced that they will be producing a very limited edition of Twen Teny, a canned beer (as all of theirs are) that will come in at a whopping 20.10% alcohol.  This will be the worlds strongest canned beer!

It is only being sold locally, so that means that I need a huge favor from someone in the Lyons, Longmont, Boulder area as I would pay nicely for a few cans of this shipped to me.

I have discovered that a lot of college radio makes for perfect Sunday morning listening as I drink a coffee and do my required web browsing. Even a small station like KJACK.

In case you are not sure why African distance runners are so good, it may be in their genes.  Check out this video.

In my never ending quest to find new upbeat music to run to I have embraced the world of the mash-up and my current hotness is Girl Talk.  For a sample, watch the video below.

The local triathlon had another disappointing turn out, word is that the even twill not be held here again, which is not a big surprise as the company that pouts it on has moved most all of their races to the east valley.

Lastly but certainly not least, my daughter was chosen to represent her school in the district track meet on the 18th.  She will be running the 100 meters and be one of the relay runners for the 1600.  I hope that she does well. Then it is right back to indoor soccer and then “try-outs” for next years team and the transition to the full field and 11 v. 11 games.

Son’s football games have been fun to watch, he really thinks that he is the next great quarterback for the broncos.

Anyway, that is it for now.  Happy and safe running everyone!