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Current Marathon or Beyond List, 2017

1980
Maryland Marathon: 3:33

1981
San Antonio Marathon 3:48

1983
East Lyme Marathon (CT) 4:24

1998 (2)
Quad Cities Marathon 3:55 (hot: 207 out of over 1000)
Chicago Marathon 3:46

1999
Quad Cities Marathon 3:45

2000 (2)
Lake Okoboji (IA) 4:25
Indianapolis Marathon 3:38

2001
Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40

2002 (4) (13 total)
San Diego Marathon 3:57 (run)
Fairfield (IA) 50K 6:22 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 4:44 (walk)
Rocket City Marathon 4:04 (run)
(injured going in; had to run/walk)

2003 (5) (18 total)
McNaughton 50K (run) 7:04
Ice Age 50K 7:18 (walk)
Park City Marathon (UT) 5:17 (walk)

Judy Birthday 50K (walk; informal-Fat ass type)
Quivering Quads (MO) 50K 8:11 (walk)

2004 (7) (25 total)
McNaughton 50 mile 12:46 (walk)
Cornbelt (IA) 24 hour (101 miles), walk
Wandleweekend (NED) 24 hour (88 miles) walk

Fairfield 50K 7:16 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 5:13 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:20 (walk)

Ultracentric (TX) 24 hour 81 miles (walk)

2005 (8) (33 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:25 (run, sort of)
Chicago Ultra 50K (spring) 6:42 (walk)
McNaughton 100 34:16 (walk)
Andy Payne Marathon (OK) 5:25 (walk)
Lean Horse 100 (SD), 29:34 (walk)

Quad Cities Marathon 5:34 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:29 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 70 (walk)

2006 (5) (38 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:37 (run, sort of)
Houston Ultra 24 hour 76 mile (walk)
Stigma 8 hour 27 mile (trail) (walk)
McNaughton (100 DNF), got to mile 50 then 20 more.
Ice Age 50K 7:36 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 83 miles (walk)

2007 (4) (42 total)
FANS 24 hour 66 mile (walk) (couldn’t train until 5-6 weeks prior)
FX 12 hour 34 mile (walk)
Farmdale 33 miles 9:27 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 58 mile (walk)

2008 (3) (45 total)
McNaughton 50 mile (staged; 31:37 walk)
Andy Payne Marathon 6:16 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 47 miles (walk)

2009 (5) (50 total)
McNaughton 100 miler (47:45; staged, walk)
(brutal conditions; the drop out rate was astounding: 74 started the 100 and 27 finished; 47 started the 150 and 27 made it to 100 (including the 12 who finished all 150); in total 54 out of 121 starters made it to 100 miles and I was one of these)
Rockford Marathon 5:14 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 66 miles (walk)
Mulshoe 44 (DNF, ran out of time at mile 29) walk
Quad Cities Marathon 5:28 (walk)
McNot-aGain 30 mile 8:55 (walk)
(fought through injuries for these last two; almost no training was possible)

2010 (51)
McNotagain 30 mile 9:52 (knee surgery 3.5 months prior)

2011 (52)
Fans 24 hour: 54.5 miles

2012 (53)
We Walk Lake Wobegone marathon 6:58:58

2013 (54)
River City Marathon (run/walk) 5:44:55

2014 (55)
McNotAgain 30 9:54

2015 3 for the year (58 )
FANS 24 hour 59.9 miles

PNC River City Marathon (walk) 5:49:23

McNotAgain 30 (walk) 11:03

2016 2 for the year, (60 and counting)

FANS 24 hour walk 38 miles (35.9 in 10:40)

PNC marathon (run/walk) 5:52

2017: 2 DNF, one 50K
36 Hours of Jack Monkey Flunker 50K 8:42.

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December 18, 2017 Posted by | marathons, running, ultra, walking | , | Leave a comment

36 Hours of Jack Monkey Flunker 50K…almost dead last BUT…

I had not planned on this race, but when I bombed out of both of my marathon attempts (too hot for attempt 1..90 F, and went out too fast for attempt 2 due to the 6 hour cut off), I wanted to keep my streak of “at least one marathon finish or longer each year starting in 1998” streak alive.

So I searched, found this 36 Hours of Jack race which had an associated 50K with a 12 hour cut off and decided to give it a go.

Up shot: 8:42:42 for the 50K, via splits: (each is 12.5 km) 2:01, 2:05:46, 2:15, 2:20:50. Slow downs were 5, 10, 5 minutes respectively. I walked 100 percent of the time. I was 7:16 at 42.5 km (just past a marathon).

The course: downhill from the start line to the trail, via a park road (maybe 200 meters?) then about half a mile along side roads with moderate traffic; aside from one street crossing, you had the grassy shoulder which was suitable for running/walking. There was a short trail to the main trail, and that was crushed limestone/gravel, similar to the Rock Island trail near Peoria, IL.

There were a few very shallow inclines/declines that were not significant; the closest thing to an uphill was along the road from the trail back to the park, and it was, at most, a minor hill.

Aid stations: one at close to mile 3, one at the turn around and one at the start/finish (hot food). Volunteers were outstanding.

Oddities along the trail: near the start, you pass by an automobile junkyard. And I did see some goats actually on the trail; they moved off as I went by. My photos: the finisher’s award (unusual, and the goats)

More detail: the 100 milers start 1 hour earlier; we started with the 100K and the 75 K; a 25K and 15K (and 30K) started an hour later.

I was a little annoyed that 2 of the people behind me dropped down to the 25K; I finished ahead of a lady being dragged along the course by a male (husband? friend? coach?) but didn’t catch her until toward the end of the first out and back.

I saw many in the longer races and a few speed burners in the shorter race while I was out there; I had long stretches of “alone” time out there. 23 finished the 50K.

Going out one could see the “5K turn around” check point, the “last lap of the 100 mile” check point and the “15K turn around” checkpoint. In a way, these were good because you could see where you were. But they were also bad because you could see how much longer it took you to get to each point; the slow down was real, and frustrating. Yes, I used to slow down when I was younger, but well, it isn’t fair to have to slow down when you are slow to begin with!

My Walter Mitty goal was 3:45/4:10; my “b” goal was 4:00/4:25 and what I got was 4:06/4:36. Yes, I know; I was 7:11 for the opening 50K of my “101 miles in 24, and my best 3 50K walks were 6:20, 6:22, 6:29. What can I say? (those were in 2004, 2002, 2005).

I never got nauseated; it was cool (high 20’s at the start, low 40’s later); I ate a small bag of pretzels at 7.8 miles and at 19 miles; had some juice at mile 15.5 and some Heed at mile 23. I was able to have soup at the finish. I did feel slightly sick later; more on that later. Chinese buffet on the way home helped.

My legs started to get heavy half way, but I told myself “you didn’t drive all that way just to do 25 km” and at mile 23.5, I was determined to finish. My feet started to hurt around then; I felt the pebbles and stones.

What can I say? In away, I was embarrassed to be so slow. But part of me feels like an “old warrior” and I feel good about completing another one, even at a pace slower than one of my 100 milers.

Effect on my older body
I had an interesting effect. I thought that I would drive at least part of the way home after the race (drive is about 6:30 total) but, on the highway, I started having double vision (side by side); I was seeing a second set of lane stripes which went at an angle and I had a hard time seeing what lanes the cars ahead me was in.

Stopping for food helped only momentarily. Stopping for gas and to clean my glasses really didn’t help much either. So I pulled into a hotel to sleep it off and that did the trick. I suppose that I was both “jacked up” and “so tired I couldn’t see straight” at the same time. And today, I am much more fatigued that I feel that I should be, though…I am not that sore.

About the 36 Hours of Jack event: it was well organized; good aid, good trail markings, etc. I’d do it again. But for my politically minded friends: it is conservative (National Anthem, a prayer before the start of the 100…very churchy and religious). Since it is a private event, that didn’t bother me, but some might be bothered.

What I would do differently next time: I’d go ahead and arrange for 2 nights in the Carthage hotel (I used the Quality Inn) instead of attempting to make it part of the way home.
I like the barbecue place in Carthage.

December 10, 2017 Posted by | marathons, travel, ultra, walking | 1 Comment

Current Marathon and Beyond List

1980
Maryland Marathon: 3:33

1981
San Antonio Marathon 3:48

1983
East Lyme Marathon (CT) 4:24

1998 (2)
Quad Cities Marathon 3:55 (hot: 207 out of over 1000)
Chicago Marathon 3:46

1999
Quad Cities Marathon 3:45

2000 (2)
Lake Okoboji (IA) 4:25
Indianapolis Marathon 3:38

2001
Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40

2002 (4) (13 total)
San Diego Marathon 3:57 (run)
Fairfield (IA) 50K 6:22 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 4:44 (walk)
Rocket City Marathon 4:04 (run)
(injured going in; had to run/walk)

2003 (5) (18 total)
McNaughton 50K (run) 7:04
Ice Age 50K 7:18 (walk)
Park City Marathon (UT) 5:17 (walk)

Judy Birthday 50K (walk; informal-Fat ass type)
Quivering Quads (MO) 50K 8:11 (walk)

2004 (7) (25 total)
McNaughton 50 mile 12:46 (walk)
Cornbelt (IA) 24 hour (101 miles), walk
Wandleweekend (NED) 24 hour (88 miles) walk

Fairfield 50K 7:16 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 5:13 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:20 (walk)

Ultracentric (TX) 24 hour 81 miles (walk)

2005 (8) (33 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:25 (run, sort of)
Chicago Ultra 50K (spring) 6:42 (walk)
McNaughton 100 34:16 (walk)
Andy Payne Marathon (OK) 5:25 (walk)
Lean Horse 100 (SD), 29:34 (walk)

Quad Cities Marathon 5:34 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:29 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 70 (walk)

2006 (5) (38 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:37 (run, sort of)
Houston Ultra 24 hour 76 mile (walk)
Stigma 8 hour 27 mile (trail) (walk)
McNaughton (100 DNF), got to mile 50 then 20 more.
Ice Age 50K 7:36 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 83 miles (walk)

2007 (4) (42 total)
FANS 24 hour 66 mile (walk) (couldn’t train until 5-6 weeks prior)
FX 12 hour 34 mile (walk)
Farmdale 33 miles 9:27 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 58 mile (walk)

2008 (3) (45 total)
McNaughton 50 mile (staged; 31:37 walk)
Andy Payne Marathon 6:16 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 47 miles (walk)

2009 (5) (50 total)
McNaughton 100 miler (47:45; staged, walk)
(brutal conditions; the drop out rate was astounding: 74 started the 100 and 27 finished; 47 started the 150 and 27 made it to 100 (including the 12 who finished all 150); in total 54 out of 121 starters made it to 100 miles and I was one of these)
Rockford Marathon 5:14 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 66 miles (walk)
Mulshoe 44 (DNF, ran out of time at mile 29) walk
Quad Cities Marathon 5:28 (walk)
McNot-aGain 30 mile 8:55 (walk)
(fought through injuries for these last two; almost no training was possible)

2010 (51)
McNotagain 30 mile 9:52 (knee surgery 3.5 months prior)

2011 (52)
Fans 24 hour: 54.5 miles

2012 (53)
We Walk Lake Wobegone marathon 6:58:58

2013 (54)
River City Marathon (run/walk) 5:44:55

2014 (55)
McNotAgain 30 9:54

2015 3 for the year (58 )
FANS 24 hour 59.9 miles

PNC River City Marathon (walk) 5:49:23

McNotAgain 30 (walk) 11:03

2016 2 for the year, (60 and counting)

FANS 24 hour walk 38 miles (35.9 in 10:40)

PNC marathon (run/walk) 5:52

October 20, 2016 Posted by | marathons, ultra | | 1 Comment

FANS 24: Make that “do not” (my performance, not the event, which is stellar)

No easy way to say it: though we had a decent day for walking and the course was in stellar shape, I failed.

I bombed out after 16 laps (35.9 miles in 10:44) and then came back to get a “ceremonial” 2.375 when I drove back to the course to cheer in the finishers. I walked those miles in my khaki pants.

I took splits every 2 laps (first lap is long because it features an out-and-back):

lap time for lap cumulative time distance and remarks
1-2 1:35 1:35:05 6
3-4 1:07 2:42:52 10.3
5-6 1:06 3:49:40 14.5, with John
7-8 1:10 4:59:51 18.8
9-10 1:12 6:12:36 23.1
11-12 1:16 7:28:44 27.4
13-14 1:24 8:53:12 31.6, stopped to eat
15-16 1:50 10:44:11 35.9, lap from hell (laid down)

I went to my car and tried to “sleep it off”. When I woke up, I was STILL nauseated; in fact I threw up twice just walking from my car and doing stuff. So I called it a night and went back to my hotel room.

Upshot: I knew I was in trouble around mile 20; it was simply too difficult for being so early. At 8 hours, I was doing “18 hour struggling” and it was just a matter of time. My weight started to go up because stuff was starting to not digest. Between 33.8 and 35.9, the wheels came completely off.

What went wrong: I had enough training miles to do better than this. What I think happened is that while I was doing “doubles” on weekends, I didn’t have a series of 7-8 hour walks like I did when I was doing my best.

When I was routinely walking 80-100 in the 24 hour events, I had a slew of 50K to 50 mile races/events in a addition to my “doubles”. I didn’t have that this time.

I have no more ultra-long events this year, though I want to do a fall marathon or two. I have a nice running base for that and I didn’t withdraw much fitness yesterday.

Next year: I’ll aim for the 12 hour, and train hard for that. I’ll need some 6-8 hour walks in my build up.

failure

Social: I did walk one lap with John, as yes, we discussed math. And it was fun to see Betty, Dave, and Bob again (among others). Ironically, the lady at packet pick up didn’t have to ask my name. I’ve been here a few times.

I can recommend the event without reservation. The course: one out and back to start, then 2.14 mile loops, of asphalt and dirt. The dirt portion can get muddy if it rains hard, but the past two times it rained and it was still ok.

How I did in the past

2006 83 miles, rested 1 hour, blew up at 62.8 miles. My last “good” ultra.

2007

66.2 miles, blew up at 45.2, rested about 6 hours. Recovered from injury; rushed training.

2008

Retired at 47.8, blew up at 42.8 miles.

2009

66.5 miles, rested about 7 hours, blew up at 47.7 miles. Did the McNaughton 100 in April and walked a 5:14 marathon in May.

2011
54.4 miles, rested about 7.5 hours, blew up at 30.7. Recovering from knee surgery 11 months earlier. Badly undertrained.

Photos!

2015

59.9 miles, rested about 6.5 hours, blew up at 38 miles. Virtually no distance training (ONE 20 mile walk).

June 5, 2016 Posted by | ultra, walking | | 2 Comments

Time to get off of the fence…

I wanted to see how today’s “second long” workout went (did 20.6 yesterday; 15.4 run, 5.2 walk)

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Course: 15.7 3:52:51 (14:50 mpm) plus 8:40 for .61 (14:12) Total: 4:01 for 16.31 or 14:49 mpm.

I was slightly stiff at first but the downhill part of the course (I went in reverse of my usual order) loosened me up a bit. I took it from the house to the Riverplex, around the goose loop, followed the bike path up to the Bishop hill crossing, and then turned onto Bishop Hill, Harmon, and then to Grandview to the Tower; then the reverse of the Boredom to McClure and then to Broadway to Columbia Terrace.

At home, I did a Bradley Markin/Colosseum loop (.61 miles) to get over 16.

April weekends: 18/13, 18/14, 18/15, 20/16. The next two weekend will be “sort of” step back workouts (5K Saturday, long Sunday) though I might go long on the second Friday, or somehow go long after that 5K.

These workouts do not compare to what I was doing in 2004-2005 (when I walked my best long distance stuff, and got 101, 88, 81 for the 24 and finished 2 other 100 milers) they are way better than I did last year.

Therefore I signed up for the FANS 24 hour walk. Goal: triple marathon (a tough goal for me). Last year I managed 59.9 miles with almost zero distance training. So can I get 20 more miles this time around?

As far as this walk: breezy at times, but otherwise great weather. I almost saw a spectacular car crash on McClure; some jackass pulled out of a convenience store parking lot and, with an SUV right behind him, did a quick U-turn. The SUV came inches from crashing into the driver’s side and eliminating him from the “reproduction” pool. Fortunately the SUV driver was alert and stopped in the nick of time.

Later: I got to watch the Chiefs lose in 11 innings 5-1; they gave up 4 runs in the top of the 11’th. In the bottom of the 10’th, the Chiefs got a lead off double and a sacrifice fly moved the runner to 3’rd. So the Timber Rattlers intentionally walked the next batter..and the next batter…hit into a double play. (great defensive strategy!)

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April 24, 2016 Posted by | baseball, ultra, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Dealing with a bruised ego

Well, sometimes I need to remind myself that I’ve had my chances to have fun.

True: only one of these awards represents a performance that could be considered “athletic” (the 101 miles walked in 24 hours) but every award here is for finishing a race that was a marathon or longer. The medals hanging from the “logs” are road marathon finisher’s medals. The other awards (lying flat) represent 50K or longer.

PENTAX Image

PENTAX Image

This second photo represents my McNaughton Park race finishes: the 4 logs are the Mc-Not-Again 30; one medal is a 50K and the other is a 50 mile; the three buckles represent one 50 mile and two 100 mile finishes.

PENTAX Image

PENTAX Image

So what if I won’t be able to “go longer, faster” anymore. I can still challenge myself from time to time. One of my goals is do finish one marathon (or longer) a year for as long as I am able…even if that means seeking out longer time limit events or, say, 8-12 hour events. 🙂

November 9, 2015 Posted by | marathons, ultra | , | 2 Comments

Facing reality: trail ultras are over for me.

Day: perfect. I knew that this might be rough sledding for me, so the RD allowed me a 1:30 early start (90 minutes).

I needed it.

I’ll just state the facts:

2009: 2:38, 2:49, 3:27 (8:55)
2010: 2:48, 3:06, 3:57 (9:52); had knee surgery that year.
2013: DNF.
2014: 2:52, 3:12, 3:50 (9:54)
Today: 3:12, 3:46, 4:03 (11:03)

I tried to jog a bit on loop one but it really didn’t help much. I had people passing me (10 milers) on my first early start loop and most of the rest of the field on loop 2.

Basically, I fell apart on the “shelf” part during the second loop (first hill after the half way bridge to Golf Hill) and yes, I wandered off course a bit near the final stream crossing (the traditional first stream crossing). I made up my mind to quit then. But as my legs recovered (sort of) I realize I had enough left to finish.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the race director and all who volunteered.

The reality: my legs are simply too weak to handle those hills, at least in an ultra marathon situation. Doing the 10 miler would probably be doable.

My feelings are mixed: I am disappointed about how slow and weak I’ve become. I remember being at 7:50 after my third loop, ON MY WAY TO 100. In fact, I got to 40 miles that day quicker than I finished 30 today.

But that was 10.5 years ago. I am no longer that person.

But on the other hand, I am glad that I hung in there and finished it up.

One thing to think about: I thought that the marathon 3 weeks ago would be great training for this. I now think that it tired me out for this; my legs went dead in the first loop.

November 8, 2015 Posted by | marathons, ultra | , | 4 Comments

Holding myself accountable and warm fuzzies…

Warm fuzzy workout: easy 2 mile walk on my Cooper to Moss course followed by light yoga. I slept in and did not swim.

Why “warm fuzzy”: when I tried to restart running in 1993-1994, I started jogging this course. At first it took me 26 minutes to jog this 2.1 mile course; eventually I got faster as I lost weight. Fortunately, I am still faster than that…if only by a little.

My point: no matter how bad things go this weekend, I can remember where I came from.

Holding myself accountable: I signed up for the Mc-not-Again 30 mile trail event. Last year, I was close to being 2 hours behind the second to last place finisher. This year: the race director has allowed me to start early so I don’t hold things up.

My fear: is that I’ll quit over disgust at how slowly I am going. Yes, the early start gives me more daylight and I am planning to run a bit. And yes, I am in better “long distance” shape than I was last year.

But still, a LOT of the field will catch me. I KNOW that. I just need to keep going, even if I don’t like that I am going so slowly.

Being ashamed of my pace is not a good enough reason to quit.

November 6, 2015 Posted by | ultra, walking | | Leave a comment

wasting too much time…

But it is summer.

Workout notes: lifting, running, walking.

Lifting: 4 sets of 10 pull ups (ok), rotator cuff recoveries. Barbara scolded me about “swinging” through these; she was right.
incline presses: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, 7 x 150 (strong)
pull ups: 1 set of 10
superset of pull downs, dumbbell military presses, rows:

military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 150 double pulley, 10 x 150 alternate machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 (each arm), 10 x 110 alternate machine

Then to running: 11 minute mile on the treadmill, then 8:53/8:31 for 17:24, enough to get to 3.18 in 30 minutes. 6.7/6.8 for mile 2, 6.9/7.0/7.1/7.2 for mile 2.
Then walking outside; great day (4 mile Cornstalk course, untimed).

Note: I’ve had recent left knee soreness (not so much this week) and some light rotator cuff soreness; I need to stay diligent with stretching and rotator cuff stuff.

In a nutshell:
running is really sucking.
walking is getting stronger (significantly so)
lifting is getting stronger
swimming: what one would expect on one swim a week. Time to bump it to 2.
Bodyweight: hovering in the 187-189 range right now, up from the pre FANS 183-185 range.

But the extra weight doesn’t really show, at least visually:

5Kfirecracker2015

More photos: here are some of my favorite shots from June’s FANS 24 hour event. Though my 59.9 miles was, well, what I could do while untrained..dang..”if only” I had picked it up, perhaps 10 minutes earlier?

COULDAWOULDASHOULDA doesn’t count, does it? But I did have fun and here are some shots of the 12 hour winner, 2 centurions, and a strong 24 hour runner who entered as a walker and still picked up 80+ miles.

2015fansearly

aussiespndx

barbaraandmefans

jeffhagen

johnandbarbara

robrobertson

July 23, 2015 Posted by | running, ultra, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Aging and endurance sports: the difference in photos (personal and trivial)

early 1980-1982

My first public race (10 miles in 1:21, August 1980), my first marathon (3:33, December 1980), my only sub 40 10K (39:50 in 1982), and my “out of shape 4:24” marathon in October 1983. I transitioned from “mostly lifting” to “mostly running”. I was never fast though.

hell

My trip to morbid obesity: 225 in 1985, 250 in 1987 and then to 300 in 1991..then at 320 in early 1992. One thing I did right: I kept working out and during this phase I could bench press 300 pounds (best was 300 at a bodyweight of 226; I got 310 but weighed more) I did exactly ONE 5K during this time (23:00 at 230 lbs in 1985)

onthewayout

My transition away from morbid obesity: 1995 (early; back down to 220) and 1996 at 190 or so. I picked up running again and ran a 23:15 5K in basketball shoes. I actually teared up when I finished.

endofrunningera

My second running phase: 1997-2001. You see the Quad Cities marathon in 1998, the Prostate 5K in 1999, Lone Star 10K in 2000, and Lake Geneva Marathon in 2001. (my last “good” one: 3:40). I had a couple of sub 20 5Ks, a couple of sub 42 10Ks and 4 sub 1:40 half marathons; best marathon was 3:38. Though these are not “real runner” times, these were the last running times I felt good about.

ultraphase

Utramarathon walking phase. You are seeing a couple of judged racewalks 2003, 2004, a running 15K in 2005, and a 24 hour (83 mile walk) in 2006. I finished 3 of my 4 100’s during this phase, and had 3 more 81-88 mile 24 hour performances. I did some judged racewalking to help out my ultra walking.

limbo

Limbo: mostly I battled a torn meniscus and a damaged rotator cuff during this phase: 2007, (5K walk, taking on a runner), 2009 (last sub 5:30 walking marathon), main street mile (disaster) in 2011. 2011 was probably my low point; I was recovering from both the knee problems and the shoulder problem, hence I could neither lift, swim, run nor walk fast for a long time. It showed. But I did get my PR in the 5K swim (1:36 open water, 1:34) in 2009 and 2010, before things really went south.

acceptance

2012-2015: where I am now. I can’t really train for anything but I participate a lot. I did run a couple of 24:xx 5ks in 2014 when I was training to try to break 7 minutes for the mile (and I failed the latter); I had one token “marathon or longer” finish each year. All my long performances were very poor.

July 7, 2015 Posted by | running, swimming, ultra, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment