Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 Year in Review

Mountain Mist 50K-6/28/12

Photos by Gelmis
One of the souths greatest 50K's. Beautiful trails and great support from racers and volunteers.

Key Points

  • Finish time 6:08:04
  • Bettered previous year by 1hr 21min
  • Did not take a crap on the trails
  • Beat a bunch of people
  • Did not cry this year
  • 2nd time Running

Black Warrior 25K-2/18/12

Black Warrior is easy unless it has been raining. Well, imagine 20 years of horse doodoo-dirt-mud that is about 6 inches deep. The trails would suck the ever living life out of you with every step.

Key Points

  • Finish time 2:32:50
  • Bettered previous year by 6 seconds
  • Did not take a crap on the trails
  • Gave a guy the old "Good Game" while he was peeing. Did not know that was an illegal move
  • Watched John Herring fall in the doo doo mud.

Savage Gulf 26.2-3/17/12

John, Me, Tim, Marc
To date, this race goes down as the hardest 26.2 miles coupled with the most beautiful trails I have done. This is a race you should not miss.

Key Points

  • Finished in 7:22:23
  • Hard as crap-What the Freak
  • Most beautiful
  • Did not take a crap on the trails
  • Got delirious
  • Ran out of water
  • Quote from Marc Davis, "I ain't never been so thirsty"
  • Tim Pitt took 4th
  • Marc Davis 11th

McKay Hollow 25K-3/24/12

Me, Sarah, Eric, Tim, Heidi, Dana, Deb, George
Pics by Gelmis
McKay is probably the best 25K that you will ever do. Some say it is as hard as a 50K. Absolutely beautiful course
  • Finished in 2:56:45
  • CamelBak leaked red gatorade all over me.
  • Laughed at the 2 Pippie Longstockings in the beginning
  • Quit laughing when they beat me
  • Did not take a crap on the trails
  • Wife finished the race around 4:55 and said with a confused/delirious look "Do I still get a shirt?"

Oak Barrel Half Marathon-4/7/12

Me, Casey, Dana, Christy, Marty, Carol, Tim, Karen, Carey, Jay, Monica
Scott, Ashley, Suze, Eric and Casey
Pics by Gelmis
Oak Barrel was a beautiful Half Marathon. The Huntsville running community showed up in big numbers. The funnest part was beating David Rawlings, and the picnic.

Key Points
  • If you lift Marty's kilt you will see a Chia Pet butt cheek
  • Marty's butt is nasty

Twisted Ankle 26.2-4/12/12

Me, Tim, Eric, Casey, Usain Bolt chasing chunky kid with chicken
Twisted Ankle changed the course this year to include running Becky's Bluff twice. (for the Marathon) Heres how bad Becky's bluff is. I watched a guy quit, 4 miles into the run, at the top of Becky's bluff.

Key Points
  • Finished in 5:33:16
  • Becky's Bluff sucks
  • Did not take a crap on the trails
  • Ran up on a rattlesnake
  • Coached Casey Baired through the Half
  • Tim and Eric did not wait on me to finish and left and had a great bromance without me

Chattanooga Stage Race 60M-6/15-17/12

Will, Laura, Me, Blake, Tim, Tim, Sarah, Sarah, Scott, Dana, Kelly
In my opinion the Chattanooga Stage race is a premier event. 3 days, 3 mountains. A large group from Huntsville camped together and had a blast.

Key Points
  • I DID take a crap on the trails
  • Sarah Tierney thought we were lost and started to follow me on my crapexpedition
  • I beat one of the Pippie Longstockings (one stage)
  • People got stung by yellow jackets
  • Scott Schlapman got lost
  • Met Tony Scott...was initially scared of Tony Scott
  • Saw a guys nipples bleed like he was attacked by hatchets.

Georgia Jewel 35 Miler-9/22/12

Sarah, Scott, and Me
This race sucked....

Key Points
  • It sucked
  • Rolling trails
  • Rolling rock gardens
  • Did not take a crap on the trail
  • Saw a lady take a crap on the trail
  • I hated running while doing this race
  • I hated you while running this race
  • For real...nice trails, its just a hard sucky course.

Stump Jump 50K-10/6/12

Christy, Martin, Me and Megan
Stump Jump is an wonderful trail race. When you run this race you feel like you are a part of something big. Big climbs and descents with beautiful overlooks to the Tennessee River.

Key Points
  • Finished 6:42:12
  • Bettered time from previous year by 1hr 4min.
  • Buttload of people got stung by yellow jackets
  • Tony Scott ran his first unofficial/unprepared 50K. Started 45 minutes late and still beat people
  • Christie farted a lot.
  • Megan's first 50K
  • Stupid Beth and Martin beat me.
  • Kris Whorton hollered my name at the aid station
  • A guy in sandals beat me
  • Did not take a crap on the trail

Birmingham Stage Races

Me and Marty
This was the inaugural Bham Stage Races. I went expecting little and left very impressed. The trails were great and diverse. They stated it was a 50 mile race over 3 days....Wrong, 54 miles.

Key Points
  • 3 Diverse Trail systems
  • Very exciting race
  • Took a crap off trail
  • Hokas/La Sportiva

Huntsville Half Marathon-11/10/12

David, Me, Eric, Kathy, Melissa, Camille, Hollie, Allison, Jimm, Andrew
Rob, Some chic I don't know, and Tim
Pics by Gelmis
What can I say... the course sucks but it is a fun race because of the people.

Key Points
  • Pr'd for the 4th year in a row
  • Finished 1:39:53
  • Did not crap my pants before the finish line this year
  • I caught Ann Noble on Chaney Thompson...just like the previous RCM and she still beat me
  • 75/810 finishers...very happy about that
  • Hokas

Rocket City Marathon-12/8/12

James, Sarah, Me, Megan, Rmrbt, Kathy, Rob, Rick and Rachel
Pics by Gelmis
This year Sarah Coleman and myself lead the 4:40 pace group. I ran this race mainly to use it as a taper run for Lookout Mountain 50 Miler. We had a blast. Out of our group we had one young rockstar (Megan Shirley) start and finish with us.

Key Points
  • Sarah is awesome
  • We finished 1 min 15 seconds ahead of schedule
  • Did not crap on the street
  • Told my runderwear story to our group
  • Told my 2 massage horror stories to my group
  • Told my crap in my pants at the finish line stories to my group
  • Hokas

Lookout Mountain 50 Miler-12/15/12

Me, Tina, Duke, Dewayne, Alex, Janice, Luke, and Brandi
Oh my. This race was amazing from start to finish. I found my limits on this course then blew right past them. An accomplishment that still amazes me.

Key Points
  • Took a crap off the trail...
  • Had a guy run with me for a little ways that liked to talk a lot. I did not want to talk.
  • Amazing trails
  • Awesome aid stations
  • Kris Whorton...enough said
  • Michael Scott...enough said
  • Met Pig Tail Penny
  • Rock Creek
  • Brandy Hough talked to me for the first time
  • Hoka Stinson Baby

Recover from the Holidays 50K-12/31/12

Sarah, Ann, Jennifer, Suze, Diana, Allison, Jimm, Me, Rebecca
Olivia and Megan-Pics by Gelmis
This course is about as pleasant as watching your sister give birth (Unless your from Geraldine). However, the Scott's made the race. The aid station was great. Tony fixed us hot soup, hot chocolate, mm's, pretzels, samiches, etc. I learned that Mtn Dew is an awesome pic me up.

Key Points
  • Friends that won't let you quit (Christy and Tony)
  • Friends that depend on you to finish to help them (Megan)
  • Seeing all my favorite runners loop after loop
  • Pr'd 50k by 42 seconds
  • Blowing Snot Rockets
  • Gregg Gelmis
In 2012 I ran approximately 24 races and logged 1778 miles. I run for several reasons.
2009 before I started running
  • Want to look good for my smokin hot, sexy, gorgeous, patient, loving and blonde wife
  • Want to set a healthier lifestyle for my family
  • I run to be with you. I enjoy your company...well most of you anyway

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