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February 28, 2010


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Robert Smith

Thank you VERY much Mikem for the words of encouragement. Much appreciated and much needed. I had been away from running for way too long and was just too excited about being out on the trail a few Saturdays ago with the small group out on the Pali trail that I didn't listen to my body and paid for it. The company was great though and my hopes are that the majority of the Ultra community are warm and encouraging spirits like those I shared that time with.

Learned my lesson and will definitely heed your words of wisdom as well regarding easing into it though my mind and spirit says go, go, GO!

Had a wonderful 3 1/2 hour hike on the Orange leg out to the Trex sign and back this Saturday and it was just the right distance. Started feeling it again in my left knee but it was much more subtle this time around and recovery was much quicker.

Looking forward to eventually meeting you and most of the others. Thanks again for taking the time to share your wisdom and encouragement.



You got to start with an inner loop, a trek loop, and then a hurt loop. One walks these things first. Never, ever go beyond your limit in the early stages of training. Particularly when you are a just getting into this stuff. Join us any time and don't worry about your pace. You can always turn around early, or do a shorter loop. You will know when you are ready to go the distance. No sweat. Do what you can and it's cool.

(Those girls are vicious. They give no quarter. (I know!) You have to chase those behinds and you will pay for it. (Though the memories do amiliorate the pain to some degree.)

Come on out and walk the courses. Don't be discouraged. You have already seen the worst, and I might add, the beautiful, of HURT.

Just remember that you must get into this sport very slowly.(time and speed) Don't let a few very tight muscles change your direction. It seems bad, but it is just something new, and you will get through it. Follow the path and it will lead to the top of the mountain.

Aloha, Mikem

Robert Smith

Slight change in plans. Now planning to start at 9am and only do the loop without the out and backs.

After two myofascial release treatments I believe I'm on the right track to recovering from my adventure with Jan, Julie and the others a couple Saturdays ago where I obviously way overdid it. Endorphins flowing, nice scenery and excellent company just made it to temping to keep going with them.

Long story short, thought it the wiser thing to do to take on a smaller challenge and work up to it gradually. Eventually I'll be able to join some of you on your "recovery" days w/o paying for it like I did this time around.

Thanks for entertaining the new guy that jumped in a little to deep, too fast. Hope to see you around on the trails until I'm able to keep up.


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