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Team Trot Ambassador Christina Pierce

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If you Google the phrase “tough as nails,” you will see a picture of Christina Pierce as the only search result.  Christina is a 2nd year ambassador who splits her time between a fulltime nursing career and crushing every ultramarathon race that she shows up for.  Christina finished BB100k as the 1st Female overall, cementing her status as a true competitor in the Texas trail running scene.  Don’t even think about getting on the podium when you see Christina getting ready to start a race!

10 Questions with Christina:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I have this insane ability to wake up about 10 minutes before my alarm clock goes off. With. Out. Fail. I work night shift 3 nights a week, and it doesn’t matter if my alarm is set for an a.m. or p.m. time. I can beat it by at least 10 minutes. I would gladly trade this useless talent for anyone else’s useless talent.

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

When I was younger and dating the man who is now my husband, I jumped up from the dining room table and ran full speed to answer what I thought was the phone ringing. I slammed my foot into the china cabinet and probably broke a couple toes. They were purple and mangled for weeks. To add insult to injury, the phone wasn’t ringing. My ears played a trick on me.

Whats the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

I have been reading through a blog from a guy named Jacob Evans who thru hiked the Lone Star Hiking Trail recently. I’m just picking up bits of information here and there. I’m hoping that a group of friends might want to team up to complete the hike next spring.  

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

I spent a Thanksgiving holiday in Seattle, Washington one year visiting my sister. My Air Force enlistment took me to Idaho, Mississippi, and Missouri, but I was born and raised in Texas and came back as quick as I could.

Favorite running shoes?

I am a big fan of Hoka One One. I usually run in Cliftons on the road, but for trails I am in love with the Speedgoat 2. They are the Wacky Wall Walkers of trail shoes (google that Millennials). I have taken the Speedgoat through the swampy conditions of the Horseshoe Trail run, the sands of 7iL, the hills of Cactus Rose, and to the peak of Franklin Mountain, and they have held up well in all conditions and kept my feet happy.

Favorite time of day to run?

I like to hit the road at about 4-5am. I love running in the dark. I love to see the stars and catch the sunrise. Even in a 100 mile race, those night time hours are my most favorite time. I love to be alone with my thoughts and being out there while the rest of the world sleeps. I can remember a time quite a few years ago when I was worried that in a 50-mile race I would still be out there after dark. I considered a pacer just so I wouldn’t be alone. Now I will jump at the chance to be on the trail at night.

Favorite song on your playlist?

I am always digging for music for my playlist that really inspires me or helps me to see the beauty around me when I am out running. I really love groups like The Head and the Heart and songs by Peter Bradley Adams (look them up, good stuff). My favorite song right now is a song called “Where the Mountain Meets the Valley” by Joshua Hyslop. I added it to my playlist just before Lone Star 100 and I just go back to it over and over.

Listen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LddPiPE1a4k

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

As hard as running a 100 mile race is, nursing school was harder by several magnitudes. I am most proud of the fact that I had the guts to go back to school after being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years to follow my dream of becoming a nurse. Being a nurse is absolutely insane, and I LOVE it! I find a lot of the personality characteristics that it takes to be an ultrarunner work very well for me as a nurse…looking at gross feet, dealing with bodily functions, and just having the ability to just laugh at the ridiculousness of situations you end up in.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint Chocolate Chip. It is the ONLY flavor.

What trait do you like most about yourself?

One of my friends told me a few months ago that she admires that I always “make the payments”. I am not a “fake it until you make it” kind of person. If a challenge requires a certain amount of training or hard work I get the work done and show up prepared for the challenge.

 

 

TEAM TROT AMBASSADOR EMILY RIALS

Emily Rials is an OG TROT Ambassador who is small in stature but HUGE in personality.  Straight off her 3rd place finish at Jackelope Jam, Emily is eyeing Brazos Bend for her first 100k finish and induction into Buckle City, USA.  Emily is the brains behind the popular Huntsville State Park Trail Run group, and she is always looking to spread her love of the trails to new people and places! 

 

10 Questions with Emily:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

All of my talents are legit, but I am a professional ghost crab hunter.  Pretty proud of that..
 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Only one?  Hmmm… when I was leaving my doctor’s office and I was running on the sidewalk back to my car, a toddler totally body slammed me and I ate pavement…That kid was so thug, and I still have the scar to prove it.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

The updates coming from the Barkley’s.  Tough year and STOKED to watch Maggie take a stab at it.

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

The Bahamas (don’t laugh at me). I plan to travel more someday.

 

Favorite running shoes

My Altra Lone Peaks!  I love them so much, there’s days they might go on the road with me.

 

Favorite time of day to run

Just before dark, especially if it’s a summer evening and a storm is coming in while the sun is going down.

 

Favorite song on your playlist

I have two,,,

Send Them Off! by Bastille and Cassette Tapes by L.I.F.T.

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My kids        In running?  Horseshoe 2017 50k – my first ultra.  It was a flooded, muddy mosquito infested mess and I’m STOKED to have completed it!!

 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Starbucks Java Chip

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

I try to stay positive and find a way to keep smiling even when things are really difficult, and I hope that makes life a little easier for the people around me.

Team TROT Ambassador Aaron McCreery

Our ambassador of the week is fresh off of his 2nd place finish at the Jailbreak 5k in Baytown last week!  Aaron McCreery is a fast AF runner who known to sport a serious beard during the race season.  As a new TROT and NFP Ambassador, Aaron knows how to represent the true spirit of Texas trail racing while looking sharp on the course. 

10 Questions with Aaron:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I very proficient at harassing my wife in every way imaginable.
 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

I lived on a skateboard as a teenager and managed to fracture my skull grinding a bench in a K-Mart parking lot.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

I’m reading Running Man by Charlie Engle.

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Colorado

 

Favorite running shoes

Hoka One One , Clifton 3
 

Favorite time of day to run

In the morning.

 

Favorite song on your playlist

Ugh, so hard to choose… Probably something by Janes Addiction or The Growlers.
 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My proudest running accomplishment came at Brazos Bend 50 mile race in December. I’d never run over 35 miles before that race so I was really happy with a sub 8hr (7:59:59) 8th place finish.
 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Pistachio Almond

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

My stubbornness, when I focus on something I don’t give up.

Team TROT Ambassador: Jenn Kirpatrick

Let’s give a big TROT welcome to new ambassador Jenn Kirpatrick! Jenn is a CERTIFIED BADASS as she completed her first IRONMAN 70.3, qualified for Boston, and crushed her first 50k, 50 mile, and 100 mile race in 2017.  Jenn runs with the Renegade Endurance Club, and she will be pacing at Running the Rose  this weekend.

10 Questions with Jenn:

 

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I am an obsessive packer, as far as ultras go.  Now, I feel this is a very useful talent, but my teammates are merciless in making fun of me for all the stuff I bring.

 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Non-running:  I tried to do a flip on rings on a swing set once, and ended up knocking off a piece of bone from the ball of my foot.  It’s still floating around in there, I’ve been told. 

 

Whats the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

I’ve been reading the book, No Meat Athlete and that is giving me a lot to think about. 

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited? 

Seattle

 

Favorite running shoes  Road: Adidas Adizero Adios; Trail: Salomon Sense Ride

 

Favorite time of day to run  Middle of the night.  There’s something magical about it.   

 

Favorite song on your playlist Thunderstruck by AC/DC

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of? My 100 mile finish at Brazos Bend, for sure.  But it was the whole package – the race was just the victory lap.  The real transformation happened during training.  Pure awesomeness!!

 

Favorite ice cream flavor   

Isn’t the real question “What is your favorite Blizzard?”  In that case, M&M.

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?   My ability to stay calm and think in stressful situations.  It’s extremely helpful when you are managing unexpected hurdles during a race, but even more so when, let’s say, someone steals your wallet & car keys at a volleyball tournament and you’re 200 miles away from home.   

Why trail run and what should I know before a trail race?

 

Guest Blogger: Marc Henn

 

Most runners don’t normally  start off as trail runners.  In fact, there are a lot of road runners that are actually kind of scared to try trail running because they insist that they are more likely to hurt themselves on the trail.  Sure there are roots, rocks, and other obstacles but the reality is people don’t fall or twist their ankles all that often and you are more likely to sustain injury road running vs trail running.  How can that be?  The answer is the repetitive motion of road running is far more likely to causes an overuse injury.  Even worse, statistically, you are more likely to get injured on a treadmill or track because of overuse injury.

 

Our bodies were made to walk and run on the uneven surface.  There are lots of different stabilizer muscles that often don’t get used or atrophy when you run in a straight line on even surfaces which then make you prone to imbalances and then injury.  So don’t be afraid to unlock your inner primal beast and go for a trail run. 

 

OK…so now you are running trails and maybe you want to try your hand at a trail run or even an ultra?  Awesome!  You will find the trail racing experience different than the road racing experience.  Sure trail runners can be just as competitive as road runners but on the trail, you’ll find that it’s also about the overall experience of being in nature and seeing the beautiful surroundings. 

 

So what should you know really?  Well first off, don’t be intimidated at all.  Trail runners are like one big family and really look out for each other.  So ask lots of questions…I’ve never found a trail runner….or runner in general for that matter that doesn’t like talking about running and if you ask them a question they will be more than happy to talk to you.  Here are some other tips:

 

·         Do your research before a race. Yes…you know all those emails and race documents that the race director takes the time to put together, list on their websites, and email you…yeah go ahead and read all of it.  Look at the course map…figure out where the aid stations will be and what will be on them.  Also, keep in mind trails are not like roads so weather can have an impact causing an RD to change the route or other details of the race so stay informed and watch for updates.  You spend hours and hours training spend an hour researching the race you want to run.

·         Bring your own hydration system.  Depending on the race you may want to use a handheld, hydration pack, or a belt of some sort.  What you use is a personal choice.  Unlike road races where you might have an aid station or water stop every mile, mile and a half or so in trail races it’s pretty common to go 4 or 5 miles between aid stations….sometimes shorter and sometimes much longer depending on many factors.  Some races are held in remote areas where it’s very difficult to set up aid stations.  In addition, some like all Trail Racing Over Texas races are cupless so you have to have your own water container.

·         Don’t litter!  In a road race, runners will run by aid stations, grab a cup, take a drink, and throw it on the side of the road.  No…not so in trail races, in fact, littering can be grounds for getting a DQ in many trail races and in my opinion rightly so.  If you see something on the ground it’s also not a bad idea to pick it up even if you didn’t drop it. 

·         Don’t complain!  Every race will have it’s adversities and that challenge is actually what you seek.   As they say….Embrace the suck!  Races where really bad weather or conditions make for better stories.

·         Take care of yourself and your fellow trail runners.  Not everything always goes right for a runner in a race.  Remember on the trail you could be in a spot that is remote so if you are not feeling well, in bad shape, injured, etc….let someone know.  No race is worth long term injury much less getting into a life threating situation.  Scared…don’t be it’s unlikely to happen but so is getting into a car wreck but we still wear seat belts.  If you’re running along and find someone else who is in bad shape offer aid…again your race isn’t more important than the overall wellbeing of another person.   Most of the time people don’t need much and just need to take a breather but, if appropriate, you may need to go ahead to the next aid station and alert a volunteer.  Get the runners name and bib number so the volunteer can alert the RD in able for them to help the runner.

·         Volunteer!  To me when I run a race it’s my day…it’s about reaching my own goal and facing my own challenge.  Clearly that is very rewarding but it’s taking.  There is nothing wrong with taking but every now and then try to give back by volunteering.  The reward of volunteering and helping others reach their goals is also very gratifying and fulfilling but obviously in a different way.   Some RDs offer nice rewards to volunteers like t-shirts and discount to future races which is a very nice perk.

Clearly these tips are not exhausted, I could go on and on, but hopefully it’s a starting point.  If you’d like to dip your toe in and run a trail race then just do it.  You’ll soon find yourself hooked on trails!

Wildflower Half Post Race Review

Wildflower Half Race Review

It was an amazing day of clear skies, sunshine at the Beautiful Bastrop State Park. The trails at the park are a great mix of sandy, rocky, up, down and some great creek crossings as well. The park camping was filled up months leading up and we sold the race out after only 8 weeks of open registration. As the runners poured into the park it was evident that there was so many new TROT faces to mix into the regular TROT family. 

As the countdown hit 7am the 13.1 half marathon took off up the single track. Team TROT runner Dan Bucci set out of the gate to lead the race and won it wire to wire. The young mens pack held tight to Daniel through the 2 loops leading into the final lap. Benjamin Meyer was 2nd, Jacob Torkelson was 3rd and barely 4th was Alex Wright. Alexis Didler was just seconds behind and Amy Kelly charged hard for 3rd place to round it out. 

Team TROT runner Lauren Ross led the womens field out and set the pace quickly. She hammered down each lap and ended up with the female win and 8th overall. 2nd was Kaylnn Champagne and 3rd was Anna Casto just 20 seconds behind. 

In the 10k newly converted trail runner Jenna Jurica took 1st overall for the men and women. Taylor Mcdonald from El Paso was the 2nd female and Jennifer Foulds took 3rd. Cody Wollard took home the top spot for the men with a 1st place finish. Ed williams coming back from a long injury was welcomed back with a 2nd place finish with Werner Hartman in 3rd. 

It the 5k 10 year old Christian Lewis dropped the hammer on the field with a 1st place finish. Glenn Mullen was 2nd place for the men and Ryan Mays was 3rd. For the ladies Irma Arellano was 1st female and 2nd overall. 

Trail Racing Over Texas announces 2016 Trot Ambassadors

Trail Racing Over Texas Announces  2016 TROT Ambassadors

We are excited this year to add 16 amazing ambassadors to the TEAM TROT family. We searched the lone star state for over 4 months to find some great runner who love the trails, the community and TROT. One the dust settled and the applications piled up we began our search. 

We wanted to build our Ambassador program similar to the way we built our TROT TEAM. We were looking for amazing runners that were humble, hard working and really defined a true trail runner. A trail runner is someone who respects nature, his fellow runner and themselves. 

Once we had made our decision we emailed them all and set the balls in motion that would leave to the Nov 2nd unveiling of the 2016 TROT Ambassadors. We are proud to be partnering with all of these athletes and can't wait to be behind them all year long. 

Pictured above from Top L-Bottom R

Row 1: Brian Corbett, Carmen Martinez, Crystal Torres, Dawn Burris

Row 2: James Torres, James Villanueva, Josue Quillou, Marc Henn

Row 3: Mark Gehringer, Mark Kenney, Michelle Gochis, Peter Muessig

Row 4: Rachel Adamson, Santago Morales, Stephen Moore, Venus Turner

Trail Racing Over Texas Live Timing

TROT LIVE TIMING

We are excited to announce that we will be live timing our events for the remainder of the 2016 race season. For the Habanero Hundred we are teaming up with Ultrasignup.com to be able to provide loop by loop live timing as the race starts Aug 22nd.  We are excited to bring another facet to our races for all the runners and spectators as well. 

The live link for all events is located at http://www.trailracingovertexas.com/timing/

Trail Racing Over Texas announces Jackalope Jam 6hr, 12hr and 24 hour race Oct 17th 2015

JACKALOPE JAM 6hr-12hr-24hr

Oct 17th-18th

Carbide Park  Hitchcock, Texas

Trail Racing Over Texas brings our first timed event with the Jackalope Jam on October 17th that will start at 7am. The race will be on a 1 mile loop at Carbide Park in Hitchcock Texas. The track is a mix of gravel trail and cement that will loop at the front of the park. 

We will offer free camping for the saturday evening of the race for those participating. All registered runners will receive a tech shirt at packet pickup, full aid stations with support and amazing medals/buckles. We will have medals for those who eclipse the 26.2/50 mile mark and buckles for those who hit the 100k/100m mark as well. 

We will be pushing the jackalope theme through the event with shirts, medals and promo items that all detail the mythical creature that is the Jackalope. 

Trail Racing Over Texas helps to sponsor showing of Head/Heart/Feet

Trail Racing Over Texas sponsors showing of Head/Heart/Feet Film in Katy, Texas at Alamo Drafthouse.

If you thought 26.2 miles was tough, lace up your running shoes for a journey into the world of ultra running…

100: Head/Heart/Feet” follows Ultrarunner Zak Wieluns as he attempts to run The Vermont 100 Endurance Race. The film focuses on Zak’s intensive training regiment and its impact on his relationships while exploring the reasons he was singularly dedicated to completing the Vermont 100 Endurance Race, one of the original 100 mile runs in the USA. Filmed on the race’s 25th anniversary, “100: Head/Heart/Feet” records the stories of handlers, pacers and crew members while exploring the friendships that motivate their preparation for this grueling race over Vermont’s paved streets, gravel back roads and wooded trails...in daylight and darkness... all within a 30 hour time limit. A well-trained few complete the race; many will never cross the finish line.

Tickets are $15 dollars and will be available at the Alamo Drafthouse Katy Website after 3/15 http://drafthouse.com/houston/mason_park