Monday, May 19, 2008

Jemez Wrap-up

Ouch. Things didn't go as planned for me but had a nice weekend in northern New Mexico nonetheless. Las Alamos is a great high desert town and is surrounded by mountains, though most of them were burned several years ago. My parents and I found a great place right near the start/finish to camp for the weekend and enjoyed great weather. And most importantly, I got my Santa Clara pot! See below for more on that.

First and most importantly, congratulations to Kyle Skaggs who is just an amazing runner; he ran basically the same time as he did last year but on a much harder (and longer) course. I think between him and Anton, they should pretty much re-write all the ultra records in the next few years if they can stay motivated and healthy. Complete results here. Having run Zane
Grey and San Juan, the Jemez course (as it was this weekend) is probably the harder of the 3, with San Juan a close 2nd and Zane Grey at least 20-30 minutes easier for the leaders. Of course that could differ for folks not from altitude, since San Juan's main challenge is the time spent so high.

So on the plus side, I enjoyed running with Kyle (briefly) in the morning and with Karl during the middle of the race. Karl is in very good shape as he his getting ready to tackle the AT starting in early August. Sounds like he has all the logistics dialed in but the thought of getting up every day for 45+ miles of rocky steep trail makes me want to take a nap.

By the way, if anybody is looking for any last minute gift ideas for my birthday, I could use a new hamstring. I think it will be fine (meaning back to where it was before the race at least) in a few days, and hopefully if I can stick to actual trail running and normal hill grades I can keep it that way. The Jemez course was beautiful, but def. a bit rough for me, even were I not nursing this bum hamstring. There were a couple of places were I just laughed when I saw what we were about to run through/over/across/down. The course was marked extremely well and with the remote nature of parts of it, the volunteers had quite a job of getting the markings up and the water hauled in.

I dropped at 32 miles, which not coincidentally was right before the steepest of the 3 mountains the course ascends/descends. Back to the pots; an artist from the Santa Clara Pueblo which is right in between Espaniola and Las Alamos made some nice small blackware pots for all finishers of the 50K and 50 Miler, and I really like that style of pottery. We own a nice larger pot from the San Ildefonso Pueblo, which is also right outside of town. They announced before the race that all starters would get one, but I felt that I should at least finish 50K to earn mine.

Random Thoughts:

The Los Alamos High School nickname is the "Hilltoppers." Come on, they live in "Nuke City USA" and that is the best they could come up with. Here's some suggestions:

1. The WMDs
2. Radioactive Waste
3. The Nukes
4. The Atomic Avengers

7 comments:

chisholm said...

The first to comment? Bummer about your 50k,. Have you been using moist heat on your hammy?

I'm glad to see your sense of humor in the end.

Have a good week and recover .

Bedrock said...

Paul,

Sorry about the hamstring. Hope you recover well and get back out there soon. Great attitude.

Harsha said...

Paul,

Sorry to hear that your hammy is still bothering you. Hope you feel better soon. When is your birthday anyway?

Hopefully see you on sat.

brownie said...

Thanks for the PBR yesterday. Nice to see CRUD all over the course.

brownie said...

Happy birthday. Now update this crappy blog!

Rachel said...

This is a pretty random comment and I'm not sure if you will even see it, being posted so late after you wrote this race report, but I figured I would go ahead and comment anyway.

I was a volunteer at the Caballo summit aid station when you ran the Jemez race and am getting ready to volunteer again this year. I was reading through some of the past race reports on the Jemez race site and your name jumped out at me for some reason.

Then I realized: you ran the Umstead Marathon in NC the year before I did! I remember your name from their website, as you still have the course record for the race.

What a small world this is. I just thought it was neat and wanted to share.

Paul DeWitt said...

Hi Rachel - thanks for the comment...I'm from near Umstead Park so it was a nice race to go back for and visit family. I won't be at Jemez this year, but 2 other CRUD runners will be; be sure to make fun of them if you see them at your aid station!
Take care,
Paul