Sunday, January 24, 2016

Race Report - 2016 Mountain Mist 50K

Seeded at Mountain Mist for the very first time.
I had had been training pretty hard for this year's edition of the Mountain Mist. I hit my A goal last year, so I had high hopes and expectations of myself for this year's go-around. While I did travel for work in the weeks leading up to Mountain Mist, luckily my destination was Switzerland, so I was able to do some training runs in a very appropriate climate and environment (Swiss Alps). After my disappointing run at the Rocket City Marathon, I was hitting a pretty low point in my running and training. I hadn't really shown any speed ever since coming back from an ankle injury at Mt. Cheaha 50K in February of last year and UTMB hadn't done much for my speed either, but I did finish that thing, so there's that:-) I had started to hit the second half of the Mountain Mist course pretty much on a weekly basis, even throwing in one back to back run of said section on a Friday night followed by a Saturday morning.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Race Report - 2015 Recover From The Holidays 50K

My running year 2015 could not have ended on a better note. While it had been a truly amazing year of running adventures, I have had my share of disappointing finishes from the 5K all the way to the 68 mile distance between March and December of this year. The year had started off extremely well at Pistol Ultra 50K (4th OA, 1st Master and PR) and Mountain Mist 50K (course PR by almost 90 min) in January and at Mt. Cheaha 50K (6th OA) in February. Unfortunately, I also sustained an injury to my previously reconstructed ankle bone and tendon at the Cheaha race, which put a serious dent in my training, from which I never really felt fully recovered, i.e. I lost the little pace I had and never really regained it.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Race Report - 2015 Rocket City Marathon

This face says it all and sums up how this race went for me.
This race was meant to be a training race, while at the same time helping some fellow runners accomplish some personal goals, personal records or maybe even a Boston Qualifier. Unfortunately, the weather did not play along.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Race Report - 2015 JFK 50 Miler

This was my second go at the JFK 50 Miler after last year and while I felt like I was running last year's edition on tired legs after completing the Pinhoti 100 Miler just 2 weeks earlier, this year panned out much worse. It didn't make this year a bad experience, just a slow experience:-)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Race Report - 2015 Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc 105 Mile

The Lottery

UTMB had been on my bucket list pretty much as soon as I discovered an interest in ultra marathons and trail running a just short five years ago. What started as a dream to once return to the region I had visited so many times as a young boy during regular annual family trips to the Alps turned into reality almost by accident.