Posted by: runwithgarrison | December 29, 2013

Resolution Run–6 laps

Aloha everyone,

After the completion of 6 laps, Jeff and I called it for the night. The last couple of laps were mostly walking and slipping with some intermittent running mixed in. Although I did not meet the mileage goal I was hoping for, I am happy that we were able to check out some of the gear I am planning on using for the HURT in a few weeks and Jeff and I were able to get in a nice training run.

Big thanks to Pauline, Shelby, and Johnny for crewing as well as RD Jen and her amazing staff of volunteers.

I will post more of a follow up in the next few days. As for now, I need to unpack the car, shower, eat and then get some sleep.

Thanks for reading!


Posted by: runwithgarrison | December 28, 2013

Resolution run 5 laps completed

Michael and Jeff just started on lap 6 having completed 20 miles so far.

Posted by: runwithgarrison | December 28, 2013

Resolution run 4 laps completed

Michael and Jeff completed 4 laps (16 mi) in 3.5 hrs. The rain has picked up again but the atmosphere at the race is upbeat and keeping everyone’s spirits high.

Posted by: runwithgarrison | December 28, 2013

Resolution run

Aloha everyone!
Michael and Jeff have completed two laps so far. We had some rain which muddied up the course, although we’ll take this sprinkling over last year’s weather. We’ve been warned that the race director and volunteers will not tolerate complaints about rocks and mud as this is a trail race and an ultra, so this will be the only time mud is mentioned. Thanks for tuning in!

Posted by: runwithgarrison | December 28, 2013

New Year’s Resolution 12 hour pre-race


It has been a while since I posted an update. I am currently packing up to head over to Kualoa Ranch for the New Year’s Resolution 12 hour race.

The plan is to run with Jeff and use this as a nice rehearsal for the HURT 100 here on Oahu in a few weeks. We are planning on a nice, conservative, fun effort.

If you are on Oahu and feel like coming out to watch for a bit, the race starts at 7pm and finishes up at 7am. Use the surf gate entrance and let the volunteer know you are there to watch some awesome ultra and relay runners have some fun in the mud and darkness. Come on out and have some fun with us. I bet RD Jen could so use a few more volunteers if you would like to help out.

Pauline will be out crewing, blogging, keeping me on point, making friends and possibly even tweeting. Yep, I just picked up @runwithgarrison so maybe we can get some updates up there as well for out twitter followers. We should have a few other friends peek in on our progress and support us thru the night.

I promise a more detailed post after the event with better updates.

Here is a quick peek at the dinner I cooked up for Jeff and I…. Dr. Lim’s potatoes—boiled, skinned potatoes with olive oil, salt, and Parm cheese. Yum! Of course, I will be drinking plenty of Skratch out there on the trails as well.

Have a great night!



Posted by: runwithgarrison | November 4, 2013

Quick HURT 100 2014 Update


I have some great news!

This morning my entry into the 2014 edition of the HURT 100 miler was accepted! Time to start getting back to work on the trails. I am starting to feel recovered from Javelina and I will likely hit up my first easy run back in the morning. I might also add the 12 hour New Years Resolution run at the end of December with Jeff as a practice night run for the HURT.

That is about it for now.

We are also working on a Run With Garrison logo and some shirts will likely follow…

Keep on Running


Posted by: runwithgarrison | October 30, 2013

Javelina Jundred Race Report 2013


We have successfully made the trip back home to Hawaii and I am in full-on recovery mode following my second 100 miler @ the Javelina Jundred this past weekend. First of all, massive thanks to Pauline for everything! She wore many hats this weekend including crew leader, driver, pacer, coach, blogger, passer-on of tons of well-wishes, inspirational master and queen of perspective.  This would not have been possible without her.  I believe that without her there, I would have likely been one of the 220 non-finishers instead of being one of the 157 100 mile finishers. It was a pretty tough and long day.

Big thanks also to Cameron and April Bennett! They did an amazing job crewing at their first-ever ultra!

More thanks out to all of you for your amazing comments, texts, emails, and voicemails. Pauline saved a bunch of those for when I really, really needed them….after 17 hours and 76 miles! All of you really helped keep me going when things got nasty.

Race morning started out to be pretty solid. The start/finish area is a full-on tent city and I felt like we were the only ones who opted for a real bed the night before the race. I was feeling pretty relaxed and was quite aware that it was going to be a long day. The temperature was quite comfortable and I started out in a t-shirt and shorts along with one bottle of Skratch Labs. As race time approached, Pauline and I just chilled at the back, and I think we completely missed any pre-race announcements because @6am, everyone just started walking. I was totally fine starting in the back since I knew that my race could not be wrecked by going out too slow. However, the day could be very rough if I went out too fast.

As usual, I met lots of super cool people along the way and over the first couple of laps, it really felt like I was never alone. I don’t think I even turned on my iPod until around 35-40 miles. The only hiccup during the first 2 laps was the development of a nasty blister that took over about half of my right big toe. I ran the entire race in a pair of Hoka Bondi S shoes. After 2 laps, I changed socks and saw the blister. I opted to not treat it and it popped a few miles into the next lap. After 2 laps, I also started running with 2 bottles—one with Skratch and the other with ice water. I was pretty successful with my hydration this race, especially since it was so hot and dry in the desert.

For the first 60 miles, I was feeling pretty positive and stayed within my limits. i picked up a few more blisters and I kept kicking some of the rocks along the trail.  These 2 factors combined to make my feet not very happy for most of the day. I also had perpetual undercarriage chaffing issues that I really need to get figured out if I am going to keep doing this to myself.

One funny thing happened out on the 3rd lap, around 40-42 miles in… I was alternating running and speed hiking to every other song on the iPod. Meaning I would walk one song and then run for another. I was alone at the time and this was a good way to stay within my limits and break up the miles. I run with only 1 earpiece in so I can hear others on the trail and I was all alone in my little part of the desert. I got into a really solid groove on one of the run portions and I suddenly heard footsteps right behind me. I kept up my pace and stayed to the right of the trail in case they wanted to pass. I felt super focused and nobody passed…. Well, the song ended 4-5 minutes later and I finally looked over my shoulder to say thanks to my new friend who pushed me along and nobody was in sight! I mean, I could see a whole lotta desert and I did not see 1 single person! I then spent a few minutes being really emotional and then it all made sense…. I had been joined by one of my many friends who have moved on to a better place…Thanks!

Happy Birthday Danny Gabor….this burrito is for you!

I started to experience some difficulties on my 5th lap. I felt unable to eat anything. Nothing looked good, tasted good, or sounded good. In my stubbornness, I did not eat. Massive Mistake! On lap 5, I did the math and had dialed in the exact pace that I would need to maintain in order to crack 24 hours. I ran and speed-hiked in an obsessive manner. Unfortunately, my gas tank was well watered and Skratched but I was running super low on fuel.

i came into see Pauline at 76.5 miles at 17 hours and 17 minutes. I was emotionally spent and realized that 24 hours was likely out of my reach. This is when she put things in perspective, settled me down, and read me some comments from all of you.  Lap 6 was pretty rough. I thought that I would be able to run a bit but I gave into the pain i was experiencing in my feet and undercarriage. It was a long and lonely 15.3 mile walk in the pitch black desert.  At times, I turned off my headlamp as I walked just to soak it all in.

After 6 laps, Pauline joined me for the final 9 miles. She was all excited! She had her own bottles all set and her headlamp was glowing like her smile. We headed out down the trail together….or should I say with her a few steps ahead of me:)  Pauline was probably hopped up on monster drinks and wanted us to finish this thing up. A few miles later, I totally cracked and sat down on the trail. I was cooked. She tried to get me to eat, but I was stubborn/stupid/moronic. Thankfully, we had some powerbar bites and I slowly started eating them.  Did I mention that she threatened to leave me in the desert if I did not start eating? That was probably all in my head because she would never really say that to me……..

Anyway, hallucinations aside, I started eating and we made our way toward the finish.  Pauline became obsessed with jackalopes and we watched a pretty cool sunrise over the desert. We crossed the finish line at 25 hours and 40 minutes. I placed 63rd overall and I was not a very happy kid. The last 25 miles really took their toll and I was in no mood to celebrate.  I needed to shower, take care of my feet, and go to sleep.

Now that I have had a few days to digest the experience, I am much more satisfied with my effort. I think around 377 people started the race and only 157 finished. That is a finishing rate of 41.6%. I completely underestimated this race and I will not do that again. I will take quite a few lessons away from this one as I now begin to focus on the HURT 100—-no I am not in as of yet, still number 3 on the wait list, but I am a positive thinking type of guy!

In the future I will:

1) do what Pauline tells me to do! She says eat—I eat. She says drink–I drink, you get the idea

2) put together a solid nutrition plan just like my hydration plan. Eat more real food along the way!

3) put together a foot care plan. Bad feet make for a bad day

4) change socks and shorts frequently. Dry skin is happy skin

Thank you so much for reading! I will be taking a little recovery time and then I will hunker down for some very specific HURT 100 training. I need to get healthy and fit before I can realistically chase my dreams.

Much Aloha and I hope to see many of you January 18-19 here on Oahu for the HURT 100. I will need plenty of crew and pacers for that beast!


Posted by: runwithgarrison | October 28, 2013

Javelina photos

Two more great shots from Javelina…enjoy!



Posted by: runwithgarrison | October 27, 2013

Javelina jundred…Completed!

Aloha everyone!
Apologies for the delayed update. The crewing/blogging team needs to be fired, or at minimum trained as to what “update at 91 mi” means. Crewing/blogging was replaced with pacing for the last nine long but gorgeous miles. It was all worth it to see an Arizona sunrise in the middle of the desert. Michael finished in ~25 hrs 42 min! He dedicated his last loop in honor of those affected by breast cancer (October is breast cancer awareness month) and wore a limited edition Reyn Spooner Aloha shirt, with proceeds going to Kapi’olani Breast Center, established to prevent and treat breast cancer.
Much Aloha everyone! We couldn’t have done it without all your encouraging and supportive words! Off to eat and sleep!



Posted by: runwithgarrison | October 26, 2013

Javelina jundred…76.5

Michael came through 76.5 mi about 11:30 pm. He’s getting tired but doing great and still on pace to finish in 24 hrs. Thanks everyone for texts, emails, calls and blog comments, they’re all being relayed to him and definitely keeping him going. He’s got one more full 15.3 mi loop followed by a 9 mi loop to complete the race. Thanks all for tuning in, next update @ 91.8 mi!

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