Archive for September, 2008

Chronicles of the North Face Race gone awry…PART I

Posted in trail, travel on September 8, 2008 by afuntanilla


After 5 long, hot & humid months of training, I finally arrived in the DC area, ready to tackle the North Face 50 miler. I found the north face store location pretty easily. It was right near my hotel, so I went there straight from the airport to pick up my race bag. Excitedly, I smile at the check in guy and tell him I’m checking in for the 50 miler. He gives me my bag and I’m feeling great. Another runner shows up to get his and I ask him what race he was doing. He said, “oh, I hurt my ankle so I’m not running, I’m here to pick up my wifes bag. ” He must have seen how excited I was because then he said, “you know they cancelled the race, right?”Me: “what!?!” “Are you serious?” He went on to explain that NF sent emails out the night before about what happened and blah blah blah… I stood there completely shocked while holding onto my little race bag. Because I was so dismayed, I said to him, “are you joking?” “Nope. Totally serious.” I walked out of the north face store and back to my rental car. I was totalluy dejected. Now what?I checked into my hotel and then called josh. He was the one person I thought would understand the level of disappointment I was feeling. I didn’t get him and didn’t leave a message. A few minutes later, he called and I explained what happened. True to form, he really got it and I totally appreciated talking to him and getting some moral support. After hanging up, I felt better but also felt like I really needed to clear my head. So, I went for a run! I settled for the gym treadmill since it was pretty humid out. Ran 3 miles and lifted some weights and it helped clear some of the funk in my head.


After getting an early dinner at the hotel restaurant, I popped over to the “meet/greet” event at the hotel. Lots of runner showed up and we got an “official” explanation of why the race was cancelled. In a nutshell here it is: Governor of VA declared state of emergency, therefore all state agencies/employees get called or need to be on call for most needed areas. Our event was a low priority and therefore we would have had no EMTs, no search & rescue, no radio folks, etc…Freaking Hurricane Hannah…thanks a lot!!

It’s almost time…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2008 by afuntanilla

Currently, it is 730pm on Thursday and I am sitting at a quaint neighborhood restaurant. Had some pizza and a salad. I will head home soon and starting packing for the short flight up north to Washington DC in the morning. I checked weather and it looks like Saturday, race day, will be a rainy day. Looks like the rain is from the hovering hurricanes. So, I guess i better pack for some wet conditions. 

I’m feeling excited, for sure. Anxious and nervous too, of course. I’m excited to get back out there again and see if I can do THIS!! The past few days have been weird with the low low mileage and all…it’s funny how our bodies get so accustomed to the “routine”. I did a little 3 miler yesterday after work and i was so relieved…i felt like i could breathe again. AHHHH…

I’m looking forward to the whole experience, the adventure, the location/scenery. I know I have trained, and now I get to put myself through the test. Now, i really get to push and i know i will have to accept the pain and keep moving. 

I will need to DIG DEEP. 

I’m ready to do just that!!


Cheers! Train smart, train strong!! Go for your dreams!!!


Posted in motivation, quotes on September 3, 2008 by afuntanilla

“Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being — a call that asks who they are …” – David Blaikie

daily motivation

Posted in motivation, quotes on September 2, 2008 by afuntanilla

“Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight.”

-Lance Armstrong