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More non-self bragging: look what TRENT did! (Read 1189 times)

    I'm so impressed with one of our fellow nutcases that I'm going to brag about him. I'm obviously talking about Trent. As some of you have probably noticed, he just finished his 47th marathon this month. Or something like that. But that's not what I'm bragging about. I hope all of you will go check out the marathon he organized. If you're anywhere near Nashville, I hope you'll come watch. But even if not, checking out the website he created and the run he organized is worth a look: http://www.harpethhillsmarathon.com/ It ain't easy organizing something like that, even if it's just 100 runners for now. I can barely organize my three dogs to go outside at the same time and take a crap together; organizing a marathon must have been a pretty daunting task. But it's not just the logistics that are impressive. You'll have to go see his website to see what I mean. It's the whole tone of the thing. I can't even put a finger on it, but it captures exactly why I love running. It's an attitude I can't define but recognize instantly. As if that weren't enough, Trent also came through for me when I was truly bummed about not being able to run a planned marathon in Memphis in December. I'd pretty much given up on running a marathon this winter (life/money/work/etc ... that kinda stuff) ... and I was kicking myself for not signing up for Trent's marathon, since it starts a mile from my house. Somehow, he managed to squeeze me in at the last minute. Which I truly appreciate, and which is really going above and beyond. Check out his site. And come to Nashville next year. I think it's going to be quite an experience. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ By the way, under the heading of "wow, it's a small world," Trent checked out the Huntsville Marathon results from last year and sent me the following. I'll omit the last names to protect the guilty. I'm Eric and he's Trent, obviously. Keep in mind I've never met the guy, except here. These are the age group results: Place Overall No Name Age City State Time 66 515 S. Trent 35 Nashville TN 4:21:19 67 519 Eric 36 Nashville TN 4:22:14 Figure the odds! Smile
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      Wow!! Very cool sight, Trent. And you are right, Jake, just the feel of it is...exactly why we are all out there. I am not to marathon status yet, but that reminded me of why I want to be in a few years. And who knows, maybe someday running Harpeth Hills will be my marathon goal... Great job, Trent!! Big grin Eryn
      So do not get tired and stop trying. - Hebrews 12:3


      Needs more cowbell!

        And who knows, maybe someday running Harpeth Hills will be my marathon goal...
        Hmmm...road trip?! Wink Trent's da man! My hat's off to race directors--you can tell when they have done their work...I predict his will be a "flying" success! Big grin k

        I shoot pretty things! ~

        '14 Goals:

        • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

        • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

        Mile Collector


        Abs of Flabs

          Wow! You might have bumped into Trent and you didn't know it! What a coincidence! Yes, I agree that Trent needs to brag a little bit more. I have no idea how he can do all these marathons AND organize a marathon at the same time. I'm thinking he doesn't sleep. I guess I'll be doing the Fly Monkey when I visit TN. Until then, best of luck with the race Trent!
            I just got back from running the first 12 miles of Trent's course. Plus 3 to get there and back. And now I'd like to retract and rescind all of the above kind words. Angry Trent is clearly a sick, twisted, sadistic bastard. Here's the elevation chart for his merry little jaunt. Notice the first mile and a half. Nice way to start a marathon. http://www.harpethhillsmarathon.com/PWPmaps/Elevation.JPG
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            Needs more cowbell!

              Yeah, I recall Trent describing the course several months back. I vowed that I would consider his race IF and ONLY IF I get a few "standard" marathons under my belt and actually get sorta good at them. I don't mind hills, but that. is. insane. Tongue k

              I shoot pretty things! ~

              '14 Goals:

              • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

              • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                Those are some beautiful pictures, it makes me want to walk it rather than run. Those hills are very deceptive I am sure. I would love to run that route but need to keep close to home, need to conserve money. I would love to do a few shorter races or one long race if I vacation out that way. It looks awesoem a great start now he needs to post a race on OnTheRunEvents.com to get some runners. Simon
                  LOL!! I just looked at that elevation chart & though Trent appears to be an intelligent, motivated and kind individual based on his posts...that chart just screams "sick, twisted, sadistic bastard"!!! Shocked Seriously, that is brutal!! Hell, just to do a 5 or 10K on that course looks brutal. I was so proud of the 7mile run I did today, as I have numerous hills in the course, but it doesn't even compare to that!! Hills are my enemy, the root of all evil in the running world! Wink I have been using Janell's mantra on my hilly runs...hills are my friend, hills make me stronger, hills make me run faster...it sorta works...sorta...when I can catch my breath enough to chant it...ok, it doesn't really work, I HATE HILLS!!! Angry Good luck on that one! I will be ever impressed if everyone lives!
                  So do not get tired and stop trying. - Hebrews 12:3


                  A Dance with Monkeys

                    Thanks folks!!! I am honored to be called a sick bastard in such company. Just remember, as JakeKnight knows, as bad as the hill is at mile 1, the hill at mile 18 is far worse Big grin And, believe it or not, there is a Springtime 5k/10k on part of the course. I have nothing to do with them, but they are respectable runs! And many of you probably recognize the look and feel of the elvation profile, inspired directly from this fantastic website: www.runningahead.com. You may have heard of it. The magic the webmaster there does makes me feel like a caveman. Or a monkey. Yeah, it makes me feel like a monkey. The park where we are holding the marathon really is a beautiful place and the hills there are in fact deceptively painful and fairly relentless. For every up there is a down. For every down an up. We put this together as a run for runners by runners, with a goal of making something really really tough and memorable. And, among the fools who have actually signed up to run this thing, there are in fact several first time marathoners. Silly silly folks Wink Hey, JakeKnight, what did you run specifically? Oh yeah. And for next year, I may modify the website to use AJAX and div tags instead of frames. Milecollector, what do you think?
                      Just remember, as JakeKnight knows, as bad as the hill is at mile 1, the hill at mile 18 is far worse Big grin
                      The problem with the first hill isn't that it's high and pretty steep (which it is) or that it goes on forever (which it does) ... the problem is that it's the first hill. Anybody who goes out too fast and hits that hill hard is going to have a very, very long day. And you know people are going to do it. My plan is to be close to last at the top of that hill, and then pass all the gasper and wheezers later on. Wink
                      Hey, JakeKnight, what did you run specifically?
                      Just followed (I think) the first half of the course ... from Vaughn's Creek, up the Shell Hill cutthrough, and then around the Main Drive until I got back to Vaughn's Creek. If your map is right (and I didn't screw it up) it should have been 11-12 miles. I'd planned to check out the Luke Lea Heights circle, but somehow managed to miss it. I actually wondered if I wandered off the course a couple times. Like ... does it go right by the golf course? Down a hill and then up a really, really steep hill at that point? Because that, well, sucked. The part after the Stones Gate entrance was particularly fun, too. Angry ------------ Modified because my typing fingers don't know the difference between your and you're and there and their and they're. So there.
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                      A Dance with Monkeys

                        the problem is that it's the first hill
                        Shocked Evil grin
                        Just followed (I think) the first half of the course ... from Vaughn's Creek, up the Shell Hill cutthrough, and then around the Main Drive until I got back to Vaughn's Creek. If your map is right (and I didn't screw it up) it should have been 11-12 miles.
                        Vaughn's Creek through Shell Hill to the far side of the Main Drive is about 2.5 miles if you go from the parking lot. If you then go around to the stone gates and back to the sevice road, then out to your car, that is about 9.5 more miles. And they are not easy miles.
                        does it go right by the golf course? Down a hill and then up a really, really steep hill at that point? Because that, well, sucked.
                        Sounds right.
                        The part after the Stones Gate entrance was particularly fun, too.
                        Ahh yes, the oft-forgotten One Mile Hill. Evil grin