Showing posts from May, 2012

The Quest For 100 Just Got Real...

Well, I was trying to mostly keep it quiet until I officially registered, but I let a handful of folks know and my wife let a handful of folks know, so now lots of people know.  Might as well go ahead and post it and all my whirlwind thoughts on it.  On February 2, 2013 I will be running the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile!  It's been quite a winding road to get to the decision to go for this, but I think the processes that got me here is part of the reason I am confident that I can accomplish the goal.  It all started well over a year ago when I started thinking about doing a 100 mile.  Over time I kind of let that goal fall to the wayside due to a number of shortfalls and struggles I had during 2011, but I never completely let it fall apart.  I let it slip to the back of my mind a little.
After a good run in my last marathon of 2011 and several good runs throughout the end of the year I began building my confidence back up and I found myself letting that goal float back up to the top.  …

Is Ultrarunning Dead?

So, there's this article that's been going around Facebook the last couple days and I've been asked about it more than a few times, so I thought I'd just provide my thoughts here in one place.  The article is called "Ultrarunning Is Dead" by Geoff Roes and appeared on  First of all let me say that I hardly have the resume to dispute anything Geoff Roes has to say!!  Heck, the course record at Western States is but one of his many course records at ultra distances; I've done 2 ultras total so far, so I definitely don't have the experience to contradict Geoff.  But as a blogger I get to respond pretty much to whatever I want so I'll respond anyway.  I highly recommend you read the article before you read my thoughts on it; I always sucked at book reports!!

My first impression was of the title as a link on Facebook.  I was immediately hooked into reading the article because it seems to me that ultrarunning is as alive and well as ever. …

Lincoln Marathon Race Report

"Make friends with pain and you will never be alone"  - Ken Clouber (Leadville 100 Founder) 

What a crazy weekend!!  This is almost not even a race report as much as a wild weekend report!!  It's hard to even know where to start with this one.  I guess I'll start with the fact that this was my 4th marathon so far in 2012.  I had already decided that after this event it would be time for a little break to let my body and mind recoup a little bit.  It's been a fun first just over 4 months of the year, but it's also been tough.  This weekend was quite a way to bring this first part of the year to a close and move into a nice rest, I earned it for sure!!  Let's start with Friday.
The race was on Sunday, but I took Friday through Monday off work to enjoy a nice, long weekend.  I went to the Roeland Park Aquatic Center in the morning for a good workout.  I managed 1,200 meters in 55:57, my highest total distance in a swim yet!  The Kansas City Art Ins…

Breaking It Up

  Okay, fine, I'll do it.  I'll throw out the old cliche' because it does fit this post.  It's a marathon, not a sprint!  Last year when I set my goals for the year I broke it in half.  I planned to work on some marathons in the spring/early summer to get my base built up to where I want it and then the late summer/fall would be back to Ultras.  Then in February when I set a new biggest goal of the year, the Hawk 50 mile, I broke the year into thirds instead.  The new plan was several marathons in the 1st third of the year (Jan 1-May 6), having fun and building up training through the 2nd third (May 7-Sep 7) to finally be ready for the 50 miler followed by recovery and some fun for the final third of the year (Sep 8-Dec 31).  Well, that 1st third is nearing an end.  This Sunday, May 6th, I'll run the Lincoln Marathon which will be my 4th marathon of the year.  Having these 4 marathons in 4 months to start the year has definitely forced me to build my base mile…