Warning: the following words and images will allow you to vicariously see the world with the eyes of Sultan. Read at your own risk. The name Sultan has many meanings, but derives from the peak Sultan Mountain in Silverton, CO!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Umstead Marathon 2013 - The year of the Duck

The last time I ran the Umstead Marathon was in 2008. After running the hills on this run yesterday, I now remember why I held off on signing up to run this for 5 years. It's deceivingly harder than what you would expect, and has a mixture of single track, and crushed gravel trails.

This year I toed the line with several old friends that I haven't seen in years. A few Charlotte runners made it out to run and support, and all did very well. I started off too fast as usual, and hung on for a 4:28 finish. I kept my output at a healthy intensity, surly to save some juice for next weekends Graveyard!

This is a fantastic trail marathon that will challenge any runner of any shape, and will surly get your quads pulsating...

Many thanks to all the volunteers and organizers that put this event on every year!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Rattle My Heart 50k

6:16:01 (short)

Roses are red
Violets are blue

Was it so smart?
I rattled my heart
A week before Mitchells start?

Run with gentle force
Drop the hammer on the coarse...

It's really not that far
Will I PR?

Meet new faces, and old
Listen to stories unfold.

Such a sensation
To partake in the Pisgah Nation!

Thanks to all that made this event possible, and a big thank you to Suzanne, Adam, and Lindsey (major congrats to you & Tim on the double trouble) for the aid station!

On the following day, made the traditional hike to the summit a week before Mitchell in several inches of snow and bitter cold.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Mill Stone 50K


On Saturday I ran the inaugural Mill Stone 50K. What a great well run event. Went out fast on the first loop and splashed in the knee high creek, only to numb my feet and legs for the first 30 minutes of the freezing start. Second loop reality set in and I slowed my roll, and opted not to run thru the creek. On the third loop it felt like spring and it warmed up a bit, so I opted to splash the feet again.
Great job to the Rock Hill Striders and thank you to all the volunteers!