Sunday, August 26, 2012

Greenhaw Finishes Lean Horse 100 Miler

One hundred miles. Yes. That is correct. One-zero-zero. That's roughly the distance from Athens to Birmingham or from Athens to Nashville. One hundred miles on foot? I think a little perspective is in order here to help the average runner to understand this accomplishment. I don't think it's possible to help a non-runner to understand this.

Lanier Greenhaw at the Finish of the Lean Horse Hundred

Most sane runners consider a run of 8-12 miles to be a long run. If you're training for a local 5k or a 10k, that's a reasonable long run. If you're a really crazy runner and you want to conquer the typical runner bucket-list item of finishing a marathon, then you'll bump that up to 20 or 22 miles. A 20 or 22 miler will take most runners anywhere from 3 to 4 hours to finish. So, you wake up early on Saturday, start running at 6:00 AM, and you're back home by 10:00 AM with most of the day ahead of you. I'm not saying that a 20 mile run is no big deal. It is a big deal. Most people never even think about running that far and have no real idea of what that kind of run will do to your body. It's difficult. Very difficult.

So, this morning, I woke up at 4:50 AM to do my scheduled 17 mile run. That's a long run by most any standard. I was very tired at the end, which is normal. The thought of running even three more miles was very unappealing to me. When Lanier Greenhaw only had 17 miles to go, he had already run 83 miles! He did my long run for today more than five times over!

I still don't think that gives this accomplishment proper perspective, but it's the best that I can do. A typical 100 miler will take about 24 hours to finish. Just imagine running for 24 hours straight. Many people struggle to jog for 24 minutes!

Lanier Greenhaw finished the Lean Horse Hundred in Hot Springs, South Dakota, this morning at about 6:46 AM CDT. This is an out and back 100 mile race on a trail mostly parallel with US Highway 385 in South Dakota. Greenhaw's finishing time was 24:46. That's 24 hours and 46 minutes. To the best of my knowledge, Greenhaw is the first Limestone County resident to accomplish this feat. (If you know of someone else, please notify me.)

Stop by Dubs Burgers and congratulate the owner on this amazing accomplishment! Congratulations Lanier!
Greenhaw is all smiles at about the 60 mile point.