Saturday, May 2, 2015

Race Report - 2015 Strolling Jim 40 Mile

Most of the Huntsville running crew at the start of the SJ40.
I was looking forward to yet another birthday run at the Strolling Jim 40 Miler (well, it's really 41.2 miles, but there's no point in being too specific once you go beyond the 50K distance:-). I hadn't been feeling exceptionally fast these last few weeks, so I knew this could be a long tough day out there in the rolling hills of Tennessee.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Race Report - 2015 Double Top 100K (50K)

Amazing view from the Cool Springs overlook on the race course.
While I had sworn to never ever do the Double Top race again (I finished the inaugural Double Top 100 Miler in 2012), getting in to the 2015 edition of Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc meant that I had to find the toughest races out there leading up to UTMB to get myself ready for the ridiculous amount of climbing I'd have to do. With that in mind, the Double Top course was a logical selection. However, I did feel that the 100K distance would throw enough elevation gain my way (15,000ft) to be a meaningful training race.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review - Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest

Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest
As I prepare for the ultimate adventure and one of my top ten bucket list items, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) in France in August 2015, I will be testing out and evaluating different gear options that are either going to be part of the mandatory gear or are optional but that I consider essential for my ability to reach the finish line.

Race Report - 2015 Georgia Death Race 68M

The coolest race shirt design I've seen to date.
I had been looking forward to this race for a long time. It was meant to be my first official "training race" as I slowly ramped up my training for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc later this summer. The UTMB is a bucket list race for me, so I wanted to prepare for it like I'd never prepared for a 100 miler before.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Race Report - 2015 Mount Cheaha 50K

My Huntsville crew.
Coming off a very satisfying performance at Mountain Mist 50K in January, I had big goals for this year's Mount Cheaha 50K...and then I got a sinus infection along with a cold just one week after the Mist. A steroid shot and a round of antibiotics eventually fixed it, but I did lose a whole week of training. I got back into my weekly training routine and ended the week with a self-supported training run, the Dismal 50K, which boasts over 12,000ft of elevation gain, feeling great. Weather kept me to only two training runs the following week, but I had the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham to look forward to as a training run. I had signed up as the 3:45 pacer and was looking forward to helping some folks accomplish some goals or maybe even qualify for Boston. I arrived in Birmingham the afternoon before the race and settled in to my hotel, when sickness struck for the second time in less than two weeks. Without being too graphic, I spent the next 24 hours more or less exclusively in the bathroom of my hotel room before driving back home. Suffice it to say, I did not run the marathon Sunday morning. Whats more, my last run had been 4 days earlier and I was unable to run for another 3 days due to the stomach flu. I was also on yet another round of antibiotics that I would have to continue to take all the way thru race day and beyond. Let's just say I drove down to Oxford, Alabama feeling slightly underprepared and undertrained to be having any goals other than finish the race, hopefully in better shape than last year, but that was not a given considering my last 2 weeks.