Saturday, January 14, 2012

2011.. not bad.. 2012 will be better (free Hokas in the fine print)

Here are a few links to recent news.. the biggest of course was Ultrarunning Magazine Ultrarunner of the Year. I was thrilled to have taken that one, but we all know it more or less was a dice roll between four or five guys to choose it. As a friend reminded me, and to which I agree, if Mike Wardian had chosen not to run the North Face 50 in December (18th place), he would have won UROY. That's how it goes though.. have to pick and choose the races through the season as you can't peak all year. I am aware that I have had few (or none) over-the-top wins which redefine the sport, which some elites can lay claim to on their resumes. I guess I am not that kind of runner, as I roll on the higher plateau and touch the lower 13ers, leaving the 14er's to others. But I guess I may have tagged more summits than most. Hats off to Mike Wardian, Mike Wolfe, Nick Clark, Dakota, Geoff, and all the guys with whom I raced this year.. you guys are each inspirations to my running.

Some press..
If you leave a comment on the my irunfar interview AND here on this blog post (since no one else has just yet), I will put your name in a pot and mail you a free pair of Hoka One Ones! (not sure which Hoka yet but you will be happy)
http://www.irunfar.com/2012/01/dave-mackey-pre-bandera-100k-2012.html#respond

Ultrarunner Podcast.. About Ultarrunner of the Year, shoes, juggling all the balls of life, etc.
http://ultrarunnerpodcast.com/archives/1232

Nice footage of the NEW Stinson EVO Coming this February to a store near you..

Bandera 100K.. I haven't even said a word about Bandera 100K. This past week I was so slammed I will have to write something up.. Hats off to Tim Olsen .. that young eco-whippersnapper who beat me, but didn't beat my course record! (Sorry I am so competitive it bugs even me sometimes). He ran a fine race, and his performance reminds me of my race last year, in which like Tim this year, I'd come fit off a fine North Face 50 race one month prior to roll into Bandera Texas. He was the fittest long-hair of the crew that day and took it. Way to go, Tim! I was happy with 2nd, but the heat took it out of me on the second lap, as I was behind in my fluids and couldn't rebound. I was prepared for the forecast of 65 degrees but these were some 80 degree sunny sections for which I didn't hydrate. Live and learn.. I had a very fun weekend, got to spend time with family raced against some good friends like Tim, Nick C, Yassine, Schlarb, Joe U, Dave James. Spend some quality time with Charles Corfield, Meghan and Craig, Pam Smith... the list goes on.. I had a blast out there. Run Bandera; you will be happy you did.

Upcoming news.. I may have a cool new sponsor coming on board... so stay tuned..
This past year I was SO happy with Clif, and Hoka, and the bottles of Udo's... some things may change a bit, but based on a solid 2011 I ain't reinventing the wheel anytime soon. My relationship with Udo's has been more formalized, I my contract with Hokas is solid long term and I will be eating Clif bars til the day I run my last step on dirty earth. THANK YOU all for helping me run my best!! I know I would not be racing these days without these companies help.

Otherwise I will be working between Boulder area and back here in the Bay Area for the next year in family practice for the most part, with some dabbling in the other areas of medicine. Looking forward to a steep learning curve and squeezing in my sleepless running life outside of it. My race schedule will look something like this all depending on what I can negotiate with my school schedule.

Bandera 100K, Bandera, TX 2nd Place Montrail Cup race
Jed Smith Ultra, Sacramento, CA OR Chucknut 50K
Leona Divide 50, Lancaster, CA Montrail Cup Race OR Lake Sonoma 50, CA (or maybe Miwok.. love that race)
Western States 100, CA June
Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc OR Run the Rockies, Colorado August
Steamboat 100 miler and/or Ultra Race of Champions
North Face 50 San Fran, CA December

Back at you soon with the Hoka shoe lottery results in one week!

84 comments:

  1. Nice post Dave, looks like a fun 2012 schedule. Mine will include my first ultra, Little Su 50k in February (some guy named Goeff Roes is the CR holder, know him?). Then a 50 miler here in AK in July (same dude is the CR holder, must be a fast guy). Then a 40 miler in September, should be a great year!

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  2. Congrats Dave on a great 2011. I had you picked as my personal runner of the year, but I gotta be honest and say watching Wolfe win at NF50 made me reconsider a little. I look forward to seeing how you do in 2012.

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  3. Congratulations on a great season and UROY, always inspiring to see you so so well.

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  4. Congrats on UROY, Dave. Your'e a big inspiration to my running. Best wishes from Norway.

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  5. Keep those Hokas strapped to your feet. You're going to need them for your clinical rotations. Get ready for a 12 month long Ultra! Best of luck!

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  6. Congrats on a great year, Dave. It was a pleasure meeting you at UROC. Hope to see you there again this year. Good luck to you in all your races in 2012! Always exciting hearing about your successes! Run on!

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  7. It's been fun running Bandera with you the last two years, although the only time I see you is at the start line. Hope you go back next year. I wore my Hokas (old and need replacement ;-) ) this year and felt like those shoes were made for the Bandera trails. Well done on 2nd!

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  8. Dave, congrats on UROY! I'm always in awe of what some of the top guys can do in our sport but I admire the fact that you can balance that with family and school. I look forward to following you in 2012! I'd be interested in a pair of Hoka's to blaze the trails up here in the Pac Northwest. Cheers!

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  9. Congratulations and thanks for the post. Just ordered some Hoka Stinsons and will be running my first ultra later this year.

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  10. Your entire running bio defines the sport, Dave. You told me in early February last year that you were going after the UROY. CHECK. Great season and it's been a blast watching it unfold.
    Tim

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  11. What a fantastic season you had...glad you picked up the UROY after being in the running so many times. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails while you're still a Californian.

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  12. Congrats on UROY Dave!

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  13. Don't be modest! Your season rocked! Congrats on UROY and here's to another stellar 2012

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  14. Amazing season, well deserved UROY, and fun interview with the URP guys..."where was Geoff?"

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  15. UROY!!!!

    Congrats from one Dave to another!

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  16. Congrats! It's been fun following you this year.

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  17. I was rooting for you as UROY...congratulations.

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  19. Congrats on UROY -2 years in a row?? Rip it up!

    jcazz

    Julie Caswell
    Raymond, Maine

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  20. Cant wait for your year ahead. Also best of luck as a PA! Exciting field for sure!


    Hoka One One FORLIFE! Ps need to come out with time to fly t shirts for the public.. I would buy 3!

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  21. Congratulations Dave! As I am kicking and fighting against aging affecting my ultrarunning, you have been one of the folks I follow regularly and admire. You are the reason I have switched full-time to Hokas and they have saved my arthritic ankles and kept me running...well, moving forward anyway!

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  22. Congrats on the title. That's an amazing accomplishment given all that you are juggling with work, school and family. I'm very impressed that you're able to balance it all while maintaining such a high level of performance. Smart training!

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  23. Great job Dave, looking forward to your return to Co.

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  24. Nice season. Can't wait to see how 2012 goes!

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  25. Great season. Looking forward to see how your 2012 season goes... Good luck

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  26. Always enjoy iRF interviews, Dave's words of wisdom, and free shoes.

    Congrats on UROY. You earned it. Hope you have an even better year in 2012.

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  27. Dave- great interview. Congratulations on being named UROY and on your performance at Bandera…hope to run with you again soon…will you be at Nueces 50 mile nationals?

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  28. Congrats. Hope you enjoy continued success

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  29. Congrats on UROY, and more importantly Congrats on a great season.

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  30. Dave - put my name in the hat for the Hokas and I will put your name in the hat for some of my Zack Rabbit IPA.

    PS - Congrats on UROY. FWIW, you ought skip this WS nonsense and come back to the big hill.

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  31. Dave, for 2012, I'd love to see you nab the FKT for the R2R2R again, then race an old local guy and some Spaniard up and down Pikes. That'd be one hell of a show!

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  32. Dave, stop messing around and pick me for those beautiful shoes. I'm a tall bloke and could use the extra cushioning. Do no harm baby. Good luck with clinicals and racing. -Jacob in Sacramento (future RN)

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  33. Real good start on New Year Dave,keep on truckin.

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  34. Congrats on UROY, Dave, great job! I am actually impressed at how Hokas are being adopted all over the longer races...pretty wild design!

    Zak Branigan
    Ann Arbor, MI

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  35. You had a great year Dave - I picked you for UROY - so glad you won it. Best of luck in 2012.

    Walt Henrichsen

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  36. Congratulations on 2011 and UROY!

    Interested in trying out the Hoka's, got my fingers crossed.

    CJ LaFond
    Madison, WI

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  37. Big year for you...and then there's all the running. Congrats on finding the balance and seemingly excelling on all fronts!

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  38. Hoka Hookup!

    Any more thoughts on how to beat the heat? Just hydrate more? More S Caps? Everyone was talking about cramps, so it seemed that almost no one got it right... Some just dealt better than others.

    Luke S.
    Mountain View, CA

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  39. congrats on the UROY. been following you for a while...what a balancing act...you are an inspiration with school, job, family, competitive running all vying for attention this year and you're able to get your masters, start your residency, AND win UROY? wow, man...just wow.

    love hokas. all my runs over ten miles are logged in either the bondi's or mafates.

    thanks.

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  40. Looking Good Dave, wasnt surprised you got the nod for UROY, as worm said, WOW.

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  41. got my first pair of Hokas as a Christmas gift so I would quit talking about em. A bonus I didn't expect~warm on the snowy trails.. good job on being recognized for your excellence....

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  42. Nice year Dave. Thanks for keeping your blog up to date. I love reading blogs about ultra races. I hope to one day run one myself.

    I would love to try a pair of Hokas.

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  43. Congrats on a great season. Keep up the great work!

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  44. Congrats on a great season, Dave! It was great getting to talk with you at UROC. Hope 2012 is better than 2011! Perhaps 2012 has a pair of Hokas in store for me...

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  45. I wear cushioned shoes, so I would love to try out some HOKAs.

    Brett
    Mt. Pleasant, SC

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  46. YOU DA MAN MACKEY!

    I would love to try me some dem dare HOKA's.

    Thanks!

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  47. Congratulations and well deserved.

    It is already amazing to think you have a life and race so well. I can't imagine you adding in a full-time practice too! You are an inspiration to fast and slow alike!

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    1. By the way, is there a difference between Bondi B and Bondi B Low... Every now and then I see places selling them separately, but I can't find any info. Thanks

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  48. I can't believe all the people who only leave comments for possible free stuff...come on people!

    Size 11 or 11.5 for me Dave. Not sure since I haven't yet tried (but I want to) on a pair of Hokas

    BTW, congrats on your tremendous 2011!

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  49. Congrats, Dave!2012 will be even better than 2011 for sure.

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  50. Inspirational post, Dave! Great reading about everyone's challenges in fitting work and life, riding and running, etc. Here's to a challenging and rewarding 2012!

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  51. Congrats on the great year--Keep up the great work

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  52. Congrats on the season Dave! Hope 2012 is even better!

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  53. Congratulations Mackey! Hope you make it back out for UROC again.

    Great to read about juggling your family life and everything. As a father/husband w/ a full time job myself (even though I don't log 1/2 your miles) I can relate.

    Here's to a great 2011 and even better 2012 (on and off the trails).

    Stack

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  54. Congrats Dave! Would be awesome to see how you do at UTMB!

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  55. You study medicine and run hard ultras - inspiring!

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  56. Great year of running Dave! Would love to have a pair of Hokas!

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  57. Congratulations, amazing accomplishment! Happy running!

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  58. Incredible year! Very inspiring.

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  59. Stellar 2011 and looking forward to following your 2012!

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  60. Amazing year, congrats! Motivational for my goals in 2012
    Scott S

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  61. Great job! Ultra runners r so inspiring to read about. Hoping to run my first in the next few years. Keep up the great job!

    Chuck S. @clswannie

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  62. Great year! My 12 year old got me hooked on running over a year ago and I some how gravitated toward the idea of running ultras. Haven't run one yet, but I continue to build toward it by drawing inspiration and motivation from your blog and others. Saw you win Dick Collins this year - you make it look effortless. Much success in 2012!

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  63. Congratulations on UROY! The race I am most excited about seeing you compete in this year is UROC. I love the mix of terrain in that course. Good luck in 2012.

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  64. Great interview on Ultrarunner.podcast, amazing results with your work-life schedule. Best of luck in 2012.

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  65. Congratulations! You are a truly inspiring ultrarunner. How you manage to juggle school and family and racing is truly top-shelf!

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  66. Congrats on UROY

    - Peter Pare
    Vancouver, BC

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  67. Dave, great job on UROY! You are a great running inspiration even though Dakota Jones beat you R2R2R record.

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  68. Well done Dave! You absolutely earned it!

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  69. Congrats on UROY!

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  70. Great UROY Dave!

    Kerry Herbine

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  71. Congratulations on your 2011 season!

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  72. It is quite hard to choose wisely which races to run but at least you did a great job in UROY congratulations.

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