I have wanted to write about this for awhile but have not had time due to the holiday season. AS I wrote in another post I attended the Javelina Jundred on November 1st. I had a great time watching other runs accomplish goals. If you are not a runner or maybe new to running you don’t really take the time to realize HOW MUCH TIME AND EFFORT has been put in to run that one race! I am only training for a full marathon at the moment and I feel like I am putting a lot of work in for that one race. I can’t even being to count how many hours, how many trails, how many good runs, and how many bad runs these runners have gone through to get to the point that they are doing 100 miles or 100K. It is amazing and something that I bow down to them for. Ultra running is NOT for the weak that is for sure.
My friend Tim Hackett, who ran the 100K, and Cristian Rios, who ran the 100 miler, were nice enough to answer some questions for me about their experience at Javelina Jundred and questions about running.
Tim’s son’s crossover from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in the spring of 2010 made him realize he needed to get back into a regular exercise routine, when a weekend backpacking trip around Sedona showed him just how out of shape he’d become. He first started riding his bike and hiking, then, in the fall of 2010, he then decided he would train for and complete the PF Changs Rock & Roll Half Marathon January 2011.
Races he has ran are at athlinks and ultrasignup here:
Q:I know you are super active in the Aravipa community. You go out to their group runs and do a lot of their races. What lead you to Aravipia?
Amy English introduced him to the Aravaipa trail races and group runs in the summer of 2013.. Great community!
Q: I know this was your first 100k. What made you decide to sign up for a 100K?
The quote around most people never going far enough to know how far they can go. I want to see how far I can go.
Q: Was there a breaking point for you at Javelina Jundered? What helped you get past that point?
No breaking point, but had some injury issues and fast walked a fair amount of the 3rd and all of the last 15.3 mi loops. I shattered my right big toe in a night trail race 8/13, and neither joint now works, which has caused other issues in my foot, Achilles and knee, but has not stopped me. It has slowed me down though.
Q: I noticed at the race that some racers dressed up for the race since it is close to Halloween! I saw you when you came into the aid station and saw you were dressed as a Baywatch Lifeguard with a bunch of other runners or paces? How did that come about?
Erica Smith’s idea, that snowballed!
Cristian started running his junior years of high school. His first day of practice, he started loving running. Before he started running Ultras he just ran Arizona Road Runners Races and P.F. Chang Rock n Roll. His from high school was Paul Bonnett. Paul was doing ultras when Cristian was on the team. Cristian would ask Paul about his races and starred to think that it would be nice to run 100 miles and to do Western States 100.
Q: When I first meet you it was in 2013 at the Aravaipa races Insomniac Night Races I was new to the idea of Ultra Running. I was new to running in general. At every night race I heard your name mentioned and you ended up dominating that summer. What lead you to Aravaipa Races?
Paul Bonnett knew the Coury bothers and they asked him if the team want to run a 12 hours night run and we signed up and that is the first new year of Aravaipa races. I ran 44 miles in 12 hours. I started volunteer at their races.
Q: Was this your first 100 mile race? If so what lead you to this race? If not why did you decide to do a 100 mile race?
I tried to run 100 mile race last year but I dropped out. This year I tried to finished Mogollon Monster 100 race but it got cancel because it was flooding during the race.
Q: Was there a breaking point for you? What helped you get past that point?
There were breaking points during the race. What help to past that point it was everyone who believe in me and my little sister and brother. Everyone who cheer me during the races.
Q: What is your next race? Do you have any big goals for 2015?
My goal for 2015 is to run in Western States. If I don’t get in. My other goal is to run 2:40 in Boston Marathon
The great part about the running community is how open and welcoming they are to you. I have noticed that it even more true within the Ultra Community. I love talking to runners about why they started running, what crazy races stories they have, and any tips that they have. Thank you so much Tim and Cristian for sharing a little bit about your running experience and your running story!
Till next time
PEACE LOVE RUNNING