Time flies…when you’re running a lot!
I apologize for my blogging hiatus. The thing is, after my disappointment at UROC I just wanted to crawl inside a cave and hibernate for a couple weeks. However, the outpouring of support and comments last month have been extremely motivating and inspiring…so much that I’ve decided to start writing again. Thank you for the positive push!
First off some NEWS:
1. My film project “MUT Runner” was successfully funded on Kickstarter! The generous amount of support that I received for this project is a testament to the character of the trail-ultra running community and I’m very grateful to all those who donated and who helped spread the word. Thank you very much!
Here is the trailer (from my YouTube channel):
2. In training for my next race, The North Face 50-mile Championships in San Fran, I decided to jump into the Moab Trail Marathon last week for a good (and hard) long run. The technical rocks of Moab were both exhausting and invigorating….so much in fact that I actually “decided” to run an extra 1.4 miles on a dirt road in the middle of the race! But really, it was a great event with scenic canyon views and a workout where I got to put in an enjoyable 3hrs and 20min of high intensity effort.
You can find all my training on Strava.com
3. After being humbled at UROC I’ve taken a new approach to training: returning to my classic road marathon roots, while keeping extended (and runnable) Long Runs. When I look back in my training log at the start of last year I was still running efficiently at higher speeds and seemingly had a lot of Vo2max power and a well-trained Lactate Threshold. I seemed to have lost that in training for UROC most likely because of my focus on logging vertical (and because of my busy racing schedule this year). I’m hopeful that some 2-mile repeats at Lactate Threshold intensity, some Vo2max mile repeats and some fat burning 20 to 30 mile Long Runs will get me back into peak fitness. Finally, I’ve been working on my diet so that I can utilize fat more effectively as a fuel source so that I don’t have to rely on a huge sugar intake (and crash) during these longer races. Ingesting a lot of healthy omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in Flora Udo’s Oil and 7 Sources, which I take) has seemed to shift my metabolism to become more efficient at this.
Sandi and I also added some holiday cheer to our apartment:
In closing, I have a busy 2 weekends of events lined up:
This weekend I will be heading to Texas to help out at the Team RWB Trail Running camp, which is designed to connect our returning Veterans with physical and social activity back home.
On the weekend of the 16th I will be in Boulder helping out at a Running Form Clinic, put on by my local health sponsor Integrative Healing Acupuncture and Wellness (as well as Avery Brewing, Ultimate Direction, and more!)/
You can still sign up for the Saturday session HERE!!
Thanks for reading and I wish you all the best in your own training and racing!
Until next time,