Tuesday, January 6, 2009

ONE OF THE MOST EVIL RACES IN THE WORLD

THE HURT 100

1. 25,000 ft of elevation gain
2. 25,000 ft of elevation loss
3. Only 2 people in the history of the race to go under 24 hours
4. Brings nothing but pain

Most of you who know me, know that I am a quite person. I keep to myself. I am not big on giving my training schedule, my daily life, or anything else out to people. However, I am about to participate in the HURT 100 again on January 17th. I'm sharing this with all of you because this course has a lot of meaning to me. This race was actually my second ultra and my first ever trail race. Let me just say..... That was not neccessarily the best decision I could have made. I have completed the HURT 100 twice in my running career. Once in 2006 and again in 2007. I want you all to know that it put me in a wheelchair both times I completed it.
This course holds very dear to me for a couple of reasons.
1. The HURT club and the race directors are amazing, and caring people. They gave me a shot at the hardest race in the world when they knew I didn't have a prayer all because they believed in my cause with the foundation. To them I owe the most gratitude. Because of them I was able to compete in the Badwater my first time.
2. This course holds two of the most amazing performances in Ultrarunninng history in my opinion. The first one being Karl Meltzer in 2006 break 24 hours on an impossible course. But, to me the Most Amazing thing I have ever witnessed was in 2007 when Matt Estes crushed this course with a 20:43! I remember watching him levetate past me when I was on mile 78 and he was on mile 98. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen in running. He is an amazing athlete.
You can watch the race progress at the link above. I thank you all for your support.

35 comments:

  1. your an amazing story of inspiration!
    gooodluck!

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  2. Junior thanks I will need it. Someone asked me why are you going back and I said to visit an old friend. One that has left me crippled.

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  3. Go kill it this year David. Two Hurts under your belt, this 3rd time will be a charm.

    Pain is living friend...pain is living.

    ..but you of all people know this better than anyone!

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  4. Wow. Great that you are going back despite your past 2 experiences. Best of luck.

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  5. Best of luck and run like an animal!!

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  6. Good luck...my friends and I will be cheering for you.

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  7. If anyone can do this thing 3x..it's you. What is amazing to me about you is the amount of races you do every year. The fact that you go from Badwater...to Kona...to the Hurt..to the RAAM and never stop going...is the most UNDERATED STORY in endurance sports.

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  8. You are as tough as they come.
    You'll do just fine.

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  9. H.U.R.T. stands no chance against Goggins!

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  10. I'll see you there, my first attempt (not my first 100, but first, and likely only, HURT) ... I'm not sure I liked your wheelchair remark ... what happened?

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  11. Chase,
    I was in a wheelchair after HURT both times I did it. In 2006 I had only a few weeks after my first Ultra run before the HURT. During my first ultra I was very heavy. Due to that and never having ran even a marathon, my body was not ready. I ended up breaking most of the bones in my feet because of that. So, I didn't have enough time to recover for the HURT the first time I did it. When I did the race the first time it was a pure gut check, and determination that got me through. It was pushing through the pain in my body and going through all the walls I came to. In the end I was trashed; and that is how I ended up in a wheelchair.
    The second time I came back to the course in 2007, I trained like crazy for the HURT because I wanted to improve. I ended up getting a PR by 6 hours. That said, I was trashed due to the amount of put out it took to go that much faster. The one thing everybody should know and understand about the HURT is that it beats you every time. It always wins.

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  12. The best to you. What amazing PR.
    The HURT sounds just like it's name, but you come out the winner. If the HURT was truly the winner you wouldnt be back. I look forward to your report.
    Run steady

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  13. It can't win, because we all know you won't stop. Keep pushing the limits

    "So we can suffer, and in suffering we know who we are."

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  14. David - I used some of your quotes regarding H.U.R.T. 100 from on your blog in my preview of it at iRunFar.com. They were perfect material for the write-up. I hope you don't mind.
    Tony

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  15. David -

    Go get 'em brother!!!!!

    All the Best -

    Ryan Dexter

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  16. Hey David,
    Wow, when I first heard of you at McNaughton 100 last April, I didn't know what a big deal runner you were...I would've definitely gotten your autograph! Though I am now focused on marathons, and qualifying for Olympic Trials, I want to say that it's people like you...who really push themselves beyond what they or anyone else thinks is possible...that inspire me to keep on pushin on and know that the Olympic Trials, even the Olympics, is only a few years away; and when I think of 26.2 miles, I can think of it as a short distance compared to what you have accomplished! Thank you! -Heather-

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  17. I think it will be one painful party out there in the jungle next weekend. I have been training in -20 degrees for this race. We have had the longest sub zero cold spell in memory up here in Alaska so it should be interesting. I need to relearn how to sweat quick. See you then.

    Evan

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  18. I expect you to not be in a wheelchair by the end this time, unless the Volcano Goddess decides to kick your ass all over the mountain. :-)

    Good luck at HURT this weekend.

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  19. David- here in Houston cheering for you! You've done a lot since you last ran the HURT. I have no doubt you'll walk away from this one... in pain no doubt- but still walking and still feeling "good".

    Side note, I'm that guy who was reading the Runner's World article last November when you gave me the wake up call. Well, I completed my first marathon yesterday. Next, the 50K. Thanks again!

    Push Beyond,
    Charles

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  20. David-I can relate to you.I have gone from 300 plus pounds to 167.I just completed my first 100-mile race in November.I came in 8th place(20:27:55).You are a true inspiration to every one out there.Your message is reaching far more people than you know.Thank you and good luck in the HURT-100.I think you can break the 24hr. mark.Thanks-Dan

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  21. "...just like Charlie don't surf...trout don't run...they swim. Runners have slimey protective coatings too, after a few hard laps... but that's where it ends, baby...If trout ran...they would understand that PAIN IS JUST A STATE OF MIND...they would not need a bunch of tree huggers to sympathize with their plight..."

    Have fun at the race! "Alez Alez"!
    Say "Hi" to your family from me and Simone.

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  22. Thanks for being an inspiration. Good luck in Hawaii!
    Rop

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  23. Ben Cavazos has been running the race for many years. He has never dropped from it either. Talk to him when you get there, I'm sure he has tips for a good finish in this race. I'll be cheering you and all the other hard-asses on this weekend.
    Ben Blessing

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  24. david i just can't believe what you do as both an ultra-competitor and a navy SEAL. either one of those would be more than most can achieve in a lifetime and you combine them both. i can't think of a star or an athlete that would be more impressive to me than what you do. you've truly motivated me to get my ass back in gear; 1st read about you last night and ran 5 miles today for the 1st time in about a year. i knew it would hurt at 40 years old and after a layoff but i had my mind made up going in and it was easy. can't wait for tomorrow. good luck at the HURT, god bless america.
    thank you, james

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  25. back again, just wanted you to know that i made a donation to the SOWF with your efforts in mind. i'm also going to bust my friend's chops about him being a lazy s.o.b; he graduated green berets in october but i'll let him know he's soft! lol, take care.

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  26. Not sure if you'll check this in time, but I will be pacing someone for the last 2/3 of loop 5 and will be helping out at Nuuanu/Jackass Ginger aid station for the entire race. I'll be the cheerleader helping the runners with whatever they need. Here's hoping for as dry a race as possible!

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  27. Congrats on not only finishing but doing so well! Your a huge inspiration to me! Thanks for all the hard work.

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  28. David, Great 4th place finish at HURT. Can't wait to read your race report. Rest up. Vince SJP CrossFit www.sjp-crossfit.blogspot.com

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  29. Congrats on a fantastic 4th place finish !!

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  30. David, i followed you through and said a few prayers for you last night. Congratulations.

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  31. Congratulations on a new HURT PR! I really enjoyed following your progress on the HURT website. I still can't figure out how Geoff Roes came to Hawaii from Alaska and set a new course record. Any more events planned between now and RAAM like maybe defending your title at McNaughton Park?

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  32. HURT is on my "some day" list. I'm looking forward to your write-up!

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  33. Hi David!, I'm from Spain and since I know about you and your challenges... think you are an inspiration for me and many people every day!! go machine gooo!!!

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  34. I'm an older woman who's been feeling kinda sorry for herself.
    My niece, a high school teacher, has been using your website to inspire her students, and she forwarded the link to me.
    You are amazing in your courage, determination and the sheer will with which you commit your daily life, and your body and soul, to helping children of our fallen military.
    I will be going to the gym tonight and doing my best with the aged body I have. I am also making a donation to your charity, in honor of you.
    --Midwestern Gal

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