I ran a marathon this past weekend that I didn’t train for. Ok, YES, I know, I’ve been running a crap-ton all summer. So you’re probably wondering, how could this be defined as NOT training. Yes, I’ve been training, I trained all summer for the Grizzly 50k, but I did not train for this marathon. Same thing/close enough/ etc? Right? Perhaps, and I wondered going in if the two might be close enough. After all, I’ve been working my tail off to get in pretty good shape this summer, and I think I AM in pretty good shape, in many ways, the best shape of my life. So I thought an experiment was in order, I ran my PB (Personal-Best) marathon last fall, after training really hard for that marathon, and doing all the typical runs and volume building that a typical marathon training plan has in it. I ended up having the flu on race day, I woke up with a fever, popped some drugs and ran the race anyway. I felt pretty horrible during the race, but I survived, and ended with a pretty damn good time, one that I would have been happy with on a healthy day. So this fall after the Grizzly 50k, I wondered to myself, could I run a marathon as fast, could I run faster? I feel stronger, I know I’m stronger, but how will that translate in a race? So what better to do than to put myself to the test, right? Right… (Note: it was a very painful test, next time I’m finding someone else to actually RUN the test ;) )
Both Lori and I have been training for and anticipating this race all summer. Since the unpleasant horribly hot Windermere marathon, we’ve been running a lot of trails, really enjoying every minute of it, finding the joy in running. That’s been my goal and my mantra all summer – running is supposed to be fun, so if I’m not having fun, I need to change something. Going into this race I had already succeeded, the race was just the icing on the cake, I had run so many amazing runs, and had really enjoyed the training. Continue reading “I’m an Ultra Marathoner! Grizzly 50k Race Report.”
I was asked this week, why the jump to ultras? It got me thinking, because I didn’t know if I knew that answer to that question. Continue reading “Why Ultras?”
My youngest daughter Olivia turned 3 this past weekend. She is my very charming, opinionated, loving and spunky one. She also loves all things pink, or rather is obsessed with all things pink. Olivia also loves puppies. So when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday cake, she requested a pink puppy, or rather a toy pink puppy. Continue reading “My baby is 3!!!”
Here we are at a day that I didn’t think would ever come, and one that now that it’s here I have really mixed feelings, part of me is very hopeful and excited, but I also am focused on other things and excited about them. I ran my first marathon in 2005, my time was 4:27:49, I was injured through a lot of the training and when I finished I thought I had checked off “Run a marathon” from my bucket list, time to move on to other life goals.
I like to think of myself as a pretty positive, upbeat person. Obviously there are times, and things that get me down, but especially when it comes to activities like running that I do by choice, I really try to maintain my positive attitude, and I honestly think it makes a huge difference in how I perform, and in how much I enjoy races and training runs. I’m very thankful that Lori has the same sort of attitude, even when a run totally sucks we are always joking around and looking for the #brightside. Continue reading “#brightside Moose Mountain Race Report”
This past Saturday morning Lori and I ran the Powderface 42 Half Marathon. We registered for this race a few months ago, right when registration opened. We had heard that it should be a good race, and that it filled up quickly, so we signed up as soon as registration opened. At the time I don’t think the exact course map was posted, or we weren’t aware of what the exact course would be. Last summer we did a run starting from the Powderface parking lot on the Powderface ridge trail, it was a really hard run, with a lot of really steep climbing in the first half. This is what we thought we were signing up for, and we were a little afraid. Continue reading “Powderface 42 Half Marathon Race Report”