Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 McKay Hollow Mudness: Brief History and Race Recap

Last Saturday, the 23rd of March, was the seventh running of the McKay Hollow Madness (MHM) Trail Run which began in 2007. The event was the brainchild of Tom Possert, a renowned ultramarathoner and adventure racer who lives locally in the Huntsville area. Tom designed the McKay Hollow Madness as a trail half marathon race that incorporated some of the most difficult trails in the Monte Sano State Park trail system; including a brutal last uphill on the infamous “Death Trail” (northern leg of the McKay Hollow Trail).

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Couch to Arrowhead 135 (FAIL!)

I originally wrote the following account right after we got back to town but decided not to post it.  I really didn't want to talk a whole lot about Kathy's my failure at the Arrowhead 135 this past January but reconsidered and felt that the story needed to be told. We're not very disappointed as we knew our chances of success weren't very good to begin with (you'll read why) and we're already very motivated to take on a shorter winter event together next December; the Tuscobia Winter Ultra. My plan will be to use that event as a final tune up before I attempt the Arrowhead 135 in 2014 with Kathy as my crew! Now what follows is my account of our failed 2013 Arrowhead 135 attempt. Enjoy.