Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Race Across the USA

On January 16th 2015 My 36th Birthday I will be starting a 140 day  adventure running across the United States  in a race one marathon at a time.
I am doing this to raise money for the 100 Mile Club a charity that hold very dear to my heart.

Because my focus is on raising money for children's charity during this time my shenanigans will be kept to a minimum.  I will be posting my exploits on different blog that is a bit more kid friendly
found here:


My plan is to do post short daily podcasts about each days adventures as well as interviews will my fellow racers along with a pic or two that tickles my fancy.
(I don't even know where my fancy is but it sure is ticklish?)

If you want to check My progress I will be using a SUUNTO ambit 3 Gps watch and posting my data here at their moves count website.
http://www.movescount.com/scoreboard

Here is a couple interviews I did with the press about the event:



Although the Race I am doing is across the entire United States.  There will also be races across individual states along the way as well as shorter 4 day back to back to back to back marathons where finishers will receive a 100 mile belt buckle.

For more information about our route my other competitors/teammates  and the shorter races please go to:


Thank you in advance for all your love and support.
This will be a most Excellent Adventure!

I shall return to Bourbon Feet sometime in June







Friday, January 9, 2015

Bourbon Feet 2014 Year in Review

2014
  My only real goal for the year was to travel at least of it and that I did.  


Racing

5KM
I ran 10 races of around a 5 KM distance winning 8 of them with a 2nd and 4th place finish in the other 2.

10 KM

I ran two 10 KM's and won one of them.

Half Marathon

I ran 2 half marathons. I set a World record in the Beer Half Marathon and finished 3rd in the other with out trying to race

Marathon
I only ran two marathons I ran my fastest Boston and did in a kilt with a smile.

ULTRA MARATHON
I ran in 12 Ultra marathons and buckled 4 times.  The highlight of the year was setting a new PR. and Course Record running 3:36 at a trail 50 km.

BEER MILE
I started the year slow losing my first 2 but finished by winning my next 6.


January
After spending most of December in Mexico I spent nearly everyday of January running on the beach enjoying my time at home knowing that I was off to the Copper Canyons again very soon

February 
 First race 
The following week I won back to back races at Rancho San Juan

March 
 Copper Canyons
The race went well. I believe I am the only Gringo there that had run it each of the last 4 years.
Even better that the actual race was the Kid's race that proceeded it the day prior.  I was very proud to be announced as the honorary race director.
My friend Nacho holding a picture I brought him that I had taken the year before
 As soon I got back I found myself racing 5km in Phoenix, after the win I was swarmed by the ladies.
 A week later I was racing to raise money for the 100 mile club
which I am also doing right now
 I got to share a few laps with one of my hero's

April
I won a 50 KM 
A new PR in Boston
Then I won the Bare Burro for 3rd time

MAY
 Born to run
The beer half marathon was interesting
 The Beer Mile was a success
 I ran a horrible 50km but I had nothing too complain about.
It was time well spent with my dirtbag runner family.
Next thing I know My buddy Tyler dragged me out on the PCT for a couple hundred miles
We drank some water full of vitamins (by vitamins I actually mean Uranium)
 Climbed over a bunch snow covered peaks 
in sandals
 and were constanly rewarded with some of the most beautiful places on Earth.
We even found free beer.

JUNE
The day after getting back from a few weeks of backpacking I won 5km at my old Elementary School for the 3rd time.
Mom use to teach kindergarten at the school, she even has a plaque on the wall.
Kind of random that under her square is says
"Pat" 
I went up to Seattle for Luna Sandals grand opening of there new factory
I ran a Marathon slowly
Luis Escobar took some voyeur pictures of my butt.
(pervert)
:)
and ran a beer mile with these knuckleheads
 As soon as I got back it was off to Western States to watch runners suffer while I drank beer and took pictures.
July
I didn't win the Ironman
Oh well.

I did win another run on the beach though.

August
I went on an adventure with some nomads
We climbed mountains in Utah
I won a 5 km in leadville
I won some money racing burros the next day.
I climbed a 14'er
Won another 5km before racing burros again
I almost won the burro but lost at the very last second when burro got spooked by a car.
 I won the Leadville Beer mile
But had a rough day at the Leadville 100 I barely finished sub 24.
I hung out with some strange friends that I love. 
When I lost my ride home I hitched a ride to  Silverton Co and ended up running in a 72 hour race
They gave me buckle
and my friends gave me a hug.
I made it to the AZ desert

September
I stayed an extra couple days so I could run a night race on the Javelina Jundred course.  I finished 2nd
 When I finally made it home I spent September being a beach bum making up for my days away from the soft sand.
My shovel collection needed replenishing

I got accepted to be part of the Race Across the USA.
Which starts a week from the time of this post.
Which wouldn't have been possible without the aid of an unlikely sponsor that I will be forever grateful for
Trail Racing Over Texas

October
 I visted some sacred Navajo land
Raced through Canyon de Chelley with a smile
 And won sweet pair of moccasins
 I started a race I never been able to finish.
But this time I did :)
 I won a beer mile in the desert
And shared some beers with a living legend
November
After running 7 races in October it was time to relax with the family
 It was the first time I did one of these
I ended the month giving out some shovels because that's what I do.

December
I made in on the cover of magazine
http://www.barefootrunningmagazine.com/
A week later I was on the cover of another one.
Go figure?
 I told myself I wasn't gonna do any but I rarely listen.  The day after X-mas I finished 3rd in half marathon before pacing some friends.
I finished the year casually trotting 154 miles over the last three days while running 2 beer miles winning one of the them in the process.


All in all it was a pretty good year but I have feeling 2015 is gonna be a whole lot more exciting.

LIFE IS GOOD!

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