Monday, April 25, 2011

2011 Cave Creek Trail Race

So my first race is in the bag. I placed 2nd in a field of several hundred runners, on a pretty difficult course (see race results here). Definitely a lot of positives about this experience. I'm certain I won't become a regular in racing events... but its something i wanted to do out of curiosity, and now i know. All positives aside.... I had a less than ideal couple weeks of training coming into the race weekend. I've been experiencing a rather disturbing knee injury that prevented me from going about the last two weeks the way i would've liked. I fear i might be dealing with a serious knee issue that could become quite problematic. I've experienced lots of injuries along my running journeys the past couple years, but its funny how everything seems to work itself out. And just a little background info... I've had right knee issues since i was about 10 years old, but its nothing that was ever serious enough to keep me from pursuing the various athletic endeavours that I've participated in through-out my life. It'll be interesting to see how/if it bounces back in the coming weeks and months (fingers crossed). But i managed to make it through the race in tact, and no worse for the effort. Although in the following days it hurts to even walk. Back to the positives... this was a well organized event for a great cause... a great course that was well marked, and lots of awesome volunteers. I'd like to say I'll be back next year, but we'll have to wait and see. For now i just want to get healthy enough to return back to running the mountains of northern Arizona!

I also want to congratulate everyone who participated... you should all be very proud! And i especially want to congratulate my main competitors... 1st place Chris Wolf, this guy is an elite elite runner, check out his amazing race resume. And 3rd place Nathan Marine, also an accomplished runner.. he placed 1st in the 2010 Cave Creek Trail 5k. It was a huge honor finishing in the top 3 next to these runners! Great job guys... hopefully our paths will cross again one day.

A few pictures from the day:

Beautiful Cave Creek sunrise

About 10 minutes before the start
How about those bright fluorescent green nikes!
The first one out
Cruising along
Mens 1st, 2nd, and 3rd


  1. dude, you rule.

  2. haha!! Not really. Especially post race, I've only ran about 15 miles in the last two weeks. My right knee is in pretty bad shape. I think its a medial ligament issue. Going for an MRI next week. Fuck racing... i just wanna get back to running. Hope to see you soon.