Saturday, March 19, 2011

Toughest in Texas 2011 results

The results have been posted from last Saturday, and I was pleased to see that I was not last!  I knew a few people had come in behind me, but did not expect to be right in the middle of the pack.  Of 21 50K finishers, I was number 11.  The winner, a guy named Paul Terranova, won in 4:43:35.  Not bad!

My 7:33:11 finish sounds really slow, especially compared to my only other 50K race, El Scorcho in July 2009.  At that race I ran a 5:19:23.  However, I can hardly compare the two, since El Scorcho is run at Trinity Park in Fort Worth, on flat, groomed trails.  At TNT, my Garmin recorded 10,600 feet ascent/descent.  I think I can justify taking a little longer on that course!

Race director Tim Neckar said he got some negative comments from people who got off course.  I thought the course was exceptionally well-marked.  I think they don't recognize that one of the many additional pleasures of trail running is the challenge of staying on course.

I read a report of the A-OK trail run in Oklahoma.  (This is the one put on by Mary Ann Miller, whom I met briefly at Cross Timbers a couple weeks ago.)  One runner, Eunsup Kim, whom I've met at a number of races, walked the first 7 miles, then ran the rest, to win the master's division.  Maybe I need to take a lesson from him.

1 comment:

  1. Paul, look at your 11th-place finish this way: You are the 11th-toughest guy in Texas! By the way, I can relate to your 7-something vs 5-something 50Ks; in the past few months I've had the same experience--in the Conquer the Bear 50k at Big Bear Lake, California, and then in the Calico Trail Run 50k. That's part of the beauty of trail runs--the incredible variety of terrain.
    I've seen a lot of that variety over the years (I'm in my 54th consecutive year of long-distance racing), and have had a lot of thoughts lately about the qualities ultrarunning engenders in us--endurance, patience, and ability to envision what we have not yet reached--and how valuable those qualities may be to humanity in the coming years. I explore this idea in a new website ( and in my running blog, I hope you will visit, and comments are always welcome.

    Ed Ayres