First off before we get into last week’s training I wanted to share some News:
1. The crisis in Syria has been going on for years, but lately many here in the US have felt compelled to take notice and finally try to help out. I usually try to keep politics and any non-running related content off my blog, but in this case I wanted use this opportunity to bring awareness the Syrian crisis:
2. More than 4 million children are affected by the war in Syria, which is going into its third year.
3. Many children are homeless and in need of potable water, food, and shelter.
As I mentioned last year, my company Vo2max Productions, LLC (run largely by ads on it’s YouTube channel) will be making more and more of an effort to get involved in charitable giving (it also helps that I won some prize money at Speedgoat and I have some very supportive Sponsors!). Through book sales, coaching, and ad space I will be donating 10% of all proceeds to my main charity, UNICEF. It will be directed at the Syrian fund: . I urge you to take notice and perhaps spread the word and consider donating to help this charitable (or any charitable) cause.
From the Training Log:
9-1-13: Uptempo Run: 2 mile warm-up. Then rolled out 6 miles: 5:24, 5:42, 5:19, 5:13, 5:34, 5:32 on rolling road with the last 2 miles on trail. Felt decent. Legs not used to the turnover again but forced them into it a bit. Easy cool-down 2.7 miles.
10.75 miles, 1hr, 657′
9-2-13: Longish: Ran with my friend Dan Gorman from college (31min 10km runner) from Allenspark area up to summit Chiefs Head (13,200′) and Mt. Alice (good climbing!). Great weather for a 7hr outing. A bit tired from the day before but didn’t push the decent.
22.5 miles, 7hrs, 7149′
Here’s a video of the long mountain run:
9-3-13: Recovery: 9 miles flat in a little over 1hr and 259′ on S. Boulder trails. Didn’t feel as tired as I thought though!
9-4-13: Recovery: 8 miles flat in about 1hr and 302′. Felt like crap..not sure if I’ll be ready to roll tomorrow or not…
9-5-13: Long (and Hard): Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop FKT (4:27). Camped out the night before with Sandi and got a 7:14AM start on the 4-Pass loop. Weather was actually hot up there and ran out of fluid to drink approaching the 4th pass. Felt like I couldn’t climb early on as I was just on pace after the first Pass at Buckskin (55min). Worked the descents and made up a lot of time on the second pass. Dehydrated at the end put didn’t bonk and legs held up. Getting strong (hopefully)!
27.25 miles, 4.5 hrs, 7631′
9-6-13: Climbed Mt. Shavano (14,231′) and Mt. Tabegauche (14, 163′) with Sandi. Lots of pow-hiking and navigating rocks off-trail. Great views!
11 miles, 6hrs, 5381′
9-7-13: AM: Recovery run: 8 miles in 1hr with 381′.
PM: Recovery run: 4.25 miles in 0.5hrs with 180′.
12.25 miles, 1.5hrs, 561′
Mileage: 101 miles
And Finally, I’m proud to announce some new Sponsors!
Integrative Healing Acupuncture & Wellness here in Boulder is supporting my mountain-ultra-trail running efforts by providing me with recovery devices/treatment, massage, acupuncture, STEM, and nutritional advice to name a few. As a local health practice, I feel very fortunate to have their support to make sure I stay healthy and performing at my best!
UGo Bars is a new start-up company from Indiana that makes vegan, gluten-free energy bars. They are great tasting sources of energy derived mainly from nuts. Owned and operated by endurance athletes, UGo has already been very supportive in sponsoring several other ultra runners. Sandi and I feel very fortunate to have their support and will enjoy eating many bars to help energize our training and recovery!
Thank you again for reading. I really appreciate all your support! I wish you the best with your running.