XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

FATHER AND SON SET TO RUN MARATHON AT OAK MOUNTAIN

Michael and Dylan McPheeRunners of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs this Saturday, May 21, at Pelham, Ala.

The McPhees from Anniston, Ala., are a good example. Michael McPhee, 49, and his son Dylan, 17, will both run in the 42-kilometer full-marathon course. And they are proof that expertise does not necessarily come with age.

Dylan McPhee is the youngest runner registered for the full-marathon course so far, but he is also expected to be one of the fastest in the field. In three previous XTERRA Alabama Series races this season, he placed in the top six overall at each race.

"I just like running out in the woods and going through all the obstacles on the course," Dylan said. "It's a whole different level of difficulty from road racing that I like."

He is especially looking forward to this weekend's race, as it will take place at Oak Mountain State Park, which was recently picked as one of the 25 best trails in America by Runner's World Magazine. The XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs was also recognized by the magazine as one of the top 32 trail races "from sea to shining sea."

Photo courtesy McPhee family

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TIPS FOR THE TRAIL: DEALING WITH INJURY

By Rachel Cieslewicz

Rachel C Humans love creating habits.  Some are good and others are not so beneficial to our wellbeing. Running, in general, is a fabulous habit to get into.  The rewards are many. Feeling better, boosting metabolism, time for yourself … the list continues.  

But just like with any other sport, injuries are a part of running. When the twinges, aches, and worries emerge, it is easy often to push it aside. Sometimes that works. The run ends, we wake up tomorrow and hit it again. But if it happens that the uncomfortable is acute or becomes chronic, it is time to listen.

Over the years I have paid a heavy price for choosing to not listen to my body. Instead of backing off and caring for it, I at times spent weeks, months, and in some residual ways, years overcoming what could have stayed small. 

I'm here to save you from yourself! There are certain aches and pains that you simply can't ignore, so please don't try to run through it. Disaster is almost certain. Even though I don't love rules, here are some good ones to go by.

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WERU, CIESLEWICZ WIN AT SANTA CRUZ

John WeruKenyan-native and Oakland, California resident John Weru, 31, and Salt Lake City, Utah runner Rachel Cieslewicz ran away from the field to win the XTERRA Santa Cruz 20km Trail Run at Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz, California this morning.

Weru, the reigning and three-time winner of the Lake Tahoe Marathon (who has also won the San Francisco marathon), set the pace early alongside US Mountain Running Team leader Richard Bolt from Portland, OR before pulling away with a blazing fast 5:38 per mile pace. His winning time of 1:09:52 was more than three minutes faster than Bolt, the runner-up in 1:13:05.

"This was a beautiful course, very fast and scenic all along the ocean," said Weru, who plans on giving three-time XTERRA Trail Run National Champion Max King some competition at this year's national title race in Ogden, Utah on Sept. 25.

In the women's race Ceislewicz continues to impress on the XTERRA Trail Running circuit - both with her weekly "Tips from the trail" column and on courses all over the west coast (she won the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas 21km race last month).

Her winning time of 1:22:19 was good for 5th overall, and more than seven minutes faster than runner-up Molly Fuller from San Francisco.

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CONSISTENCY KEY TO SOCAL SERIES

Dewayne Sode wasn't even a runner two years ago. Now he's an XTERRA regional champion.

SoCal RunnersSode relied on consistency and friendship to lead him to the men's 50-54 age-group championship for the 2010-11 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. The SoCal Series was recently completed, and the age-group champions from the final standings each received a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on Sept. 25.

"I'm the first to say I'm not the fastest in my age group," Sode said. "But I made my way to all the races, and I think I was consistent. I scored points at every race, and I think that was the key."

There were seven races on the 2010-11 SoCal Series schedule, and Sode was one of a handful of runners who participated in all seven. It meant he sometimes had to drive for two-and-a-half hours to get to a race.

"I have a couple of friends who were also doing the series, so I'd just see who was available for a race and we'd drive down together," he said. "I wasn't planning on doing all the races, but as it went along, I saw I was earning more and more points and had a chance to win my age group, so I kept going."

In the end, he proved that you don't have to win a race to earn a regional championship.

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XTERRA PHILLY SERIES UNDERWAY

The XTERRA Philly Trail Run Series opened its 2011 season last week with some familiar themes still in place.

For one, the race was held on a weekday evening. Second, Dan Dix won the race.

Dan DixDix placed first overall at the XTERRA Hibernia Park Blast Trail Run last Wednesday (May 11) at Coatesville, Pa. He completed the 5-kilometer trail course at Hibernia County Park in 20 minutes, 33 seconds.

"The course was up and down with a mix of single track and double track trails, with some technical sections mixed in," said Dix, who is 32 and resides in Coatesville. "It was a great evening with temperatures in the 70s under sunny skies."

Dix (pictured at right) and Greg Linsky broke away from the rest of the field early and then Dix surged in front midway through the course. Linsky placed second in 21:00, and James Downey was third in 21:30.

Dix was also the runner to catch during the 2010 XTERRA Philly Series -- he won all four races he entered last year.

Diane Grim of Boyertown, Pa., was the first female finisher, completing the course in a time of 26:02. At 52, she was one of the oldest women in the field. Deena Andrus was second in 27:08, and Becky Bailey was third in 27:35.

Photo courtesy Derek Schultz

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POCONO SERIES CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND

Seven Tubs PoconosAfter a successful opening race, the inaugural XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series will continue with its second race of the season on Saturday, May 21.

The XTERRA Seven Tubs Trail Run will feature a 5-kilometer course at the Seven Tubs Nature Area in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Pocono Series director Reg Thomas describes the trail as “the shortest and steepest run of the series.”

The Seven Tubs Trail Run will be the second of five races in the 2011 Pocono Series. To enter a Pocono Series race, or to find out more information, please visit www.wilkesbarreracing.com.

Photo courtesy www.wilkesbarreracing.com

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