Monday, December 10, 2012

New Blog The Running Lunatic, Win free Crap

I started a new blog so I could whore myself out to a capitalist society.  A lot of people have been asking me to review their products and I wanted to keep it somewhat separate from Bourbonfeet.  I like trying new things and if you have something you want me to review let me know I gonna try and have giveaways for most of my reviews and I am currently have giveaways going for three items.  The more support I get the more crap I'll be able to give away to you.

ending High noon Today.  There are only a few entries so you have a pretty good chance at winning

Win a pair of Luna's!
Ends Friday the 14th

Ends Monday the 17th

Monday, December 3, 2012

When I grow up? I wanna be like Badwater Ben Jones

Badwater is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth.  Why do people keep coming out to the desert to 

They come out to meet it's  Mayor of course!

Ben Jones, M.D., has birthed more than 1,000 babies, performed 2,000 autopsies, and run 133 marathons in his 73 years. He's learned some lessons about living the best life along the journey.
From the March 2006 issue of Men's Health Best Life

Ben posing with  the 2010 Champion

If you ever been out to Badwater you know exactly who I am talking about.  Nobody gets more excited about Badwater and knows more about its history of crossings than Ben.  When the Annual Badwater 135 comes around he is like a little kid on Christmas, full of giddy smiles and great stories to share including tales of his own 3 crossings of the desert during one of witch he preformed an Autopsy during the  race.
Ben does a great job as narrator for the Badwater Documentary 
"Running on the Sun" 

Four years ago I went to crew Badwater for the first time. It was their that I first Met Ben Jones.  My runner Danny Westergaard was just beginning his trek down the Whitney portal on his way to doing a double crossing.  Ben went out of his way to make sure we were well prepared as a crew and wished both our crew and Dan safe passage back to Badwater.
Dan Ben and Jen
2010 Badwater Starting line
Ben and Dan 2
2012 Badwater starting line
  Over the last four years I have gotten know Ben and feel very fortunate to call him my friend. Seeing Ben is deffinetly something I look forward too each year.

Badwater isn't the only place I run into him.  At many Ultras  I've come around a corner to find Ben with camera snapping away.
Photo By Ben Jones
Ben's a great photographer, but there's only only so much he can do to make a dude like me look good.
Photo By Ben Jones
(Calico 50 km 2011)
I'm always stoked to see him even though  it means I have to pretend that I am running for a little while.
As if Ben wasn't cool enough without his better half.  The dude some how scored himself a smoking wife?  Not only is his wife Denise a sweetheart she has completed the Badwater 135 and helps out every year taping runners feet before the race.  Her expertise on the subject is second to none and proudly goes by the nickname 
"The Blister Queen"
 Mike Morton (2012 champ) and Ben
When I did a Google search of Badwater Images? I found a who's who of Ultra runners all proudly standing next to a smiling Ben Jones
I even found one of my Good buddy Barefoot Ted.
Ben will be 80 years young this year and still possess a youthful spirit and a contagious zest for life.

Someday I'll get around to crossing that desert myself and when I do I hope to see smiling face along the way. 
Thank you Ben for being my friend and thank you for continuing to inspire myself and countless others. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Krispy Kreme Challenge West 2012

What am I packing underneath my Running Skirt?

Yep it's that time of year again.  
The only race that requires all runners to carry a Barf  bag while out on the course. Time to forgo the Vegan diet for the first time since the last time I was here.  
Welcome to the:

Run 2 miles eat 1 dozen doughnuts then run 2 more miles.

The nice thing about this race is that is held in San Diego  giving me a perfect excuse to visit one of my sponsors the Stone Brewing Company (in Escondido).  I met up with My good buddies Vanessa and Shacky who would also be competing in the event. 

Shacky and I polished off nearly a case Stone IPA the day before so that we could fill  the box up with toys for a local Children's hospital.  (anything for the kids)
 We arrived at the race bright an early.  Although rain was in the forecast the weather was beautiful and unlike last year it looked like we were gonna stay dry.
2011 Krispy Kreme Race Report
Last year I had a great time in the rain the whole event was a pretty interesting spectacle.  Myself in kilt came in a disappointing second place behind a dude in tutu and and just inf front of another dude in diaper.

It's funny that I can't stand wearing tight's  but if my tights have a running skirt built into it I'm perfectly okay with it.  Once again Running Skirts was sponsor of the event and I decided to show my gratitude  by wearing  a skirt they had given me last year at another event they had sponsored.
Since I didn't have Zebra print Luna Sandals I figured I best run this race barefoot
Myself, Rusty, Vanessa and Shacky
Myself, Rusty, Vanessa, Shacky
Kind of strange that the only person wearing Luna's in the event was my buddy Rusty and not me.

I big pile of toys still puts a smile on my face.

The race was gonna start pretty soon,  time to get our blood pumping.
"298, 299 , Uhh 300"
(good job Vanessa)
only wimps use all ten digits.
an "elite few" only need one finger.
The night before the race
"Yes an elite few !"
(Vanessa is one Lucky girl, Hubba, Hubba.)
Lining up for the race it was time to size up the competition

On the far right in the tunic "Jeff" was the man to beat.  That dude can really eat some doughnuts.
The plan was too go out fast.  No reason not to. I get plenty of time to rest while eating my doughnuts.

I had the lead for about 1/2 mile (whoopdee doo) I was running at just over a 5 min pace and was getting slower with every step (doh) all of a sudden about 5 high school kids jumped in front of me along with Jeff and the capped crusader vigilantly dude dressed in yellow. 

"Come on Pat Your better that this!"
(My doughnut eating isn't good enough to be dogging it on the run and still win.)

At the 1 mile turn around point I think I was still in about 7th place.  I dug deep and past everyone but Jeff during the next 1/2 mile.  With a 1/4 mile to go I moved back into the lead (a moral victory) and was the first person to start eating.
(lucky me)
Immediately I grabbed a stack of 6  doughnuts and smashed theme together as tight as I could. from the very first bite it was horrible
(says a dude who could easily eat 12 of these during a day and be quite happy, that is if they were Vegan)
It seemed like I was doing better than last year but it felt like forever.  I told myself it's just few minutes of misery and it would be over just don't stop and it will be over soon
I looked over at Jeff and he looked horrible!  However he was almost done before I started my second stack of 6.
(F'n Amazing)

Before I knew it Jeff was off and running.  Then about 45 seconds after him Skecher's dude was done.
By the time I was able to shove the last bits of doughnut into my mouth I was at least 2 min's behind.  
I took off running as hard as I could Sketchers dude wasn't moving so good and I was able to pass him about 1/2 mile in.  I was gaining on the leader but running out of real estate. With one mile to go I was over 1/4 mile behind.  My legs felt great and I couldn't even feel the doughnuts in my belly.  Although my chance of winning was pretty much futile. I gave it all I had 
 finished in second place for the second year in a row.

Once again I lost because of my doughnut eating ability.  I had the fastest running time by about 30 seconds but three people were more gluttonous than I. 
Perhaps I'll  start training with some Donut Vodka for next year
Yes It's Vegan!
Race video

The nice thing about being kind of fast is that I was finished while others were still eating.  Might as well grab my camera as razz my friends

Are you having fun yet Shacky?
Last year they had a 2 dozen doughnut divsion called the Doughnut Man this dude Carlos was the last to finish.
I was hoping to see some people hurl?

 but this is the closest thing I got to seeing it live.
Just 2 more bites Rusty.
It turns out we didn't have any permits to run the event?  That's okay because we had plenty of Doughnuts to bribe local Law Enforcement with
Looking Good Vanessa
This cop really loves his job.
Congrats to the winners
At least it wasn't a bug eating contest? 
 I had already strayed from my Vegan diet,? After the event I ate these 
plus some crickets just for fun.
I'm already Dreading I mean looking forward to next year.

Until then I got a few calories to burn off.

Thank you to Keith Kirby and all the volunteers for putting on another great event and thank you to Running Skirts for giving out some sweat threads