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Oct 24 2009

Grindstone is a not so distant memory.

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Despite participating in a couple  hundred mile races as a crew member,  I never developed the hankering to attempt the distance. It all looked too painful and time consuming. That all changed after being witness to Dan Lehmann’s performance at the  inaugural 2008 Grindstone 100 mile race. His performance was inspiring and I walked away from Camp Shenandoah on a clear and crisp autumn morning with desire to see what I’m was made of. After running off at the mouth about how I was going to run Grindstone I someone how convinced my friend Bobby G to throw his hat into the ring. Continue Reading »

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Oct 22 2009

Does It Get Any Better…..

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Shavers Mtn: Otter Creek Wilderness

Shavers Mtn: Otter Creek Wilderness

                                    ……….than running trails in the fall?

I shot some video on a run in Otter Creek today.  It’s pretty grainy and not good, but I was just messing around with this camera and with uploading video.  Caution: take some dramamine if you watch!

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So what trails have you been running to take in the beauty of fall?

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Oct 18 2009

First Snow

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A foreshadow of the next few months arrived overnight here in Helvetia. Best dig out the gloves and tights. By the morning of the Frozen Sasquatch in Jan today will feel balmy. 

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Oct 10 2009

Grindstone: “Just Don’t Quit!”

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Pre-race preparations

Pre-race preparations

I initially had no intentions of writing any sort of a race report for the Grindstone 100.  The more I thought about my race and the lessons I learned, the more I realized that I must share what I learned about myself and in turn what I believe everyone else reading can possibly learn vicariously. 

I should start my story with the pre-race preparations that started in the preceding months.  Consistency was the word to describe my year of running before Grindstone.  Logging over 2700 miles and races consisting of four 50K’s, two 50 milers, and one other 100 I felt that the work was done to complete my third hundred miler in a good time and hopefully achieve the goal of a top three finish.  As you will read, the race did not play out according to my “resume”. 

 My excitement pre-race was not jitters, but true excitement simply to get to do a supported run in the mountains for the next 20 hours or so.  I had never been so calm before a race and it was almost eerie that it felt like I was starting a training run.  Since I started directing the CMMM 50, I Continue Reading »

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Oct 06 2009

Gillanders and Potts Finish Grindstone 100

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Robert Gillanders and Bill Potts finished their first 100 miler this past weekend at the Grindstone 100. The 38 hour run started at 6pm Friday at Camp Shenandoah near Churchville, VA. Conditions were perfect with a full moon and cool temps, maybe even chilly for crew following their runners through the night. A hundred miles comes with highs and lows, monsters and demons and a lot of determination. Congratulations boys!

Robert, Bill and Adam ready to start!

Robert, Bill and Adam ready to start!

More pics here HERE. We’d love to hear a race report from you guys or others.

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