Friday, August 22, 2008

Going the Distance

Whatever you think you can do, or dream begin it now...boldness has genius, power and magic in it.-Goethe

One more night of rest and it’s a 4 a.m. wake up, breakfast and head for the Lean Horse starting line. On Saturday the 23rd at 6:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time I will begin my 100 mile odyssey. If I run very well I should finish right about 5:56 a.m. on Sunday the 24th. I can be flexible and I will be happy just to finish but I’m not entertaining any other times.

The GeekGrl will be helping me out on the trail and she and I will be writing about our thoughts and experiences out on the trail and that will become the race report. I very much look forward to writing it over the next two days.

Wish me luck!

Enjoy the mood music.


  1. I wish you nothing but the best. Can't wait to read the reports.

  2. Big hugs and good luck to you Brian-You WILL go the distance!!!
    Can't wait to hear all about it..

  3. Best of luck to you! Your body knows what to do, so just tell your brain to get out of the way. :-)

  4. All good things to you and your dedicated crew as you conquer the Lean Horse 100 this weekend.

    Your strength and determination will carry you to your goal.

    Fellow Las Vegas Running Elvi

  5. Good Luck ... you mad fool :) haha

  6. Best wishes Brian.

  7.'re out there going the distance as I type. I hope your experience if everything you want it to be and more!

  8. Good luck Brian! Remember to breath, and eat, and keep moving forward. :)

  9. Best of Luck Baboo!
    The women's winner of the Badwater race (Jamie Donaldson(?) is running this race too!

    Thinking of you and sending energy and strength!

  10. Good luck my crazy race fiend friend!!!!!!

  11. You did it. Un-flipping-real. I truly believe you are the most mentally tough SOB I have ever seen.

    Rest-Rest-Rest and for god's sake-don't do the marathon next weekend....unless you really want to.

    100 Miles. 100 Miles. that blows me away.

  12. You are my hero. I cannot even imagine that distance.
    nothing but guts out there for sure. And kiss your wife for being such a strong supporter of this crazy race, crazy Brian.

    That marathon next weekend probably sounds like a piece of cake after this weekend, but maybe you should just schedule yourself for a pedicure and a massage and call it a day.....

  13. Just read Misty's account Brian. We were all here cheering for you in Chama! That just looked like pain, pain, pain. Congratulations for accomplishing something I cannot even imagine doing!

  14. Wow!
    Truly Amazing Brian!
    Words just can't say it!
    Just Wow! You did it!
    Best of luck with the aftermath, hope it's short (pain) and sweet (memories) for you!

  15. Oh. My. God!

    Do you even know what a totally amazing rockstar you are?!

    27.5 hours for your first 100 miler is almost UNHEARD of fast! I am slightly obsessed with ultrarunning (reading about it currently not doing it. First 50K in Sept.) I have read a lot of first 100 miler reports. Many end with DNF and the crazy buggers try it again. The ones that finish are often after the course cut off, but who cares. They ran 100 miles!

    But not Brian man of steel. You did it! You freaking DID IT! All 100 miles!

    I can't imagine the physical and mental hell you went though out there. I can't imagine the mental hell Misty went through crewing for you, and seeing the man she loves push himself to the absolute limit, but I am so awed by you both.

    Congratulations seems like a wholly inadequate word. I am truly without words. Thank you for letting us bystanders come with you.

  16. Baboo you are the greatest

  17. You are the best!!! Watched for all the updates on your wife's site and was so glad to hear when you finished. Well done!!!!

  18. Holy Guacamole - you did it! May your feet recover soon and may you stop suffering and start celebrating!! I know I don't need to tell you that running 100 miles is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations!

  19. Congratulations! I knew you'd pull it off, but I'm beyond impressed, nonetheless. How much sense does that make?

    I hope you recover quickly. :-)

  20. I am in awe.... complete awe...

    wow. 100 miles, sheer will to finish, truly I don't know what to type ~ unbelievable ~ to do a race of that distance. My hat is off to you!

    Congratulations truly insperational.

    I think you fall into the completely crazy catogory to sign up for a marathon the week after?!
    do it, don't do it, the fact you have it on your plans is well... nuts! I love it!

    May your feet feel better quickly...


  21. OMG you are a LEGEND!!!!!!!

    Congrats congrats congrats. There is no way I can even begin to imagine what that was like. I hope you recover well and really acknowledge how amazing your accomplishment is!!!


  22. Congratulations - 100 miles is a LONG.WAY.TO.RUN. It's incomprehensible to me, really.

  23. You did it, what can I say, welcome to the 100 miler club, an exclusive club, especially among IronMan's finishers.

    Sounded like a tough outing. But you did it and that what counts. 27+ hours, great job, most 1st timers don't even finish.

    Seriously, rest up, hold that buckle tight and enjoy your accomplishment.

  24. Congratulations!

    My mind boggles.

  25. Congratulations on your 100 miler!

    I have done long stuff...but never 100 miles. I knew a LONG time ago when I crewed for a friend at Western States that I didn't have the "IT" required to go that distance.

    Be proud!

    Looking forward to your story.
    Especially the night portion...I often wonder how that is...running alone for miles at night.

  26. Fantastic work out there!! Pain leaves the body- your accomplishment will never go away!

    Be proud, heal and stay home Sunday!

  27. Wow! Truly inspiring! That's just incredible!

  28. eventually you'll post your thoughts about the race, and I'm looking forward to that. in the meantime, you should know that what you did is amazing by any stretch.


  29. Phenomenol-amazing- not enough adjectives to describe the achievement.

  30. Hey, an excellent time there for your first 100 miler! Welcome to da club!
    I enjoyed Misty's videos of your shuffling, I've been in that same exact pose myself.
    Really GREAT effort out there, congratulations, can't wait to read your race report!

  31. Congratulations!!

    Boy I'm in awe... really...

  32. Damn Dude!

    What a feat. Misty made it sound BRUTAL, and I am sure that it was. Congrats on the finish, and I hope you found what you were searching for.

    Rest up!

  33. You are an amazing man Baboo and I have been following you and Misty all summer. You two are truly an inspiration. I am in awe of the both of you and your athletic accomplishments, team work and strength. Congratulations on your ultra and GOOD LUCK on the marathon.....whew!! Way to hang tough and keep going :) Best wishes from the East Coast!!!

  34. Congratulations Brian! So glad you finished and hope that you are recovering well. Can't wait to read your thoughts should you choose to post them. No rush -- RECOVER.

    Congratulations again you are amazing!