First, a huge thanks to our Veterans for their service. Trail and ultramarathon running is made up of people from all walks of life, and I'm proud to share the trail with those who've worn the uniform. And let's not forget those who never came home and ...
First, a huge thanks to our Veterans for their service. Trail and ultramarathon running is made up of people from all walks of life, and I’m proud to share the trail with those who’ve worn the uniform. And let’s not forget those who never came home and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Good on Ellie, Pam, Liza, Joe(s), Meredith, the Grossmans, and the rest of the Band of Runners Trail Camp for supporting the Veteran community.
Likewise, there are thousands of men and women battling fierce fires all over the state of California. Air quality in Sacramento is the worst I’ve ever seen it and even hardcore, damn-the-torpedoes runners I know are staying indoors. I’ll keep my complaining about life’s mundane problems to a minimum this week. Though it seems insignificant when talking about homes, businesses, schools, and actual life, there are a number of charities collecting running gear for those who’ve lost theirs in the fire. If your life is in shambles (or ash), sometimes a good run is the therapy you need at the time.
Zach Bitter’s 12:08 at Tunnel Hill. Insanely fast on any terrain. But…if I recall correctly, the MUT community (incl yours truly) questioned the “trail” designation when Camille set a WR there last year, right? We should do the same this year. Fair complaint? I’m not questioning the time or Zach’s performance or the weird USATF terrain designation, but instead seeking consistency in coverage. Overall, an incredible performance by a dude who knows how to get it done.
And is this the first time that North Face and JFK50 have overlapped? With winds on the horizon, I wouldn’t be surprised if TNFEC is postponed or even cancelled. How great would it be to see some of the trail world’s finest line up for a road 50 miler in DC?
“Everyone’s not a winner. If you can’t lose, you can’t win,” he said. “A lot of people decry competition as a negative thing. It’s not. You come to love your competitors because you’ve been through this hell together. You don’t want your competitors to quit, but you need them to quit. These things are going on in your head at the same time. That’s a little bit evil. A total mindfu*k, runners say.”
So did you check out our latest interview with Keely Henninger? We talk dogs, training, fears, and the strangely similar ID she shares with another West Coast runner. Lots of good stuff in there to think about.
That interview was sponsored by Lake Sonoma 50 miler. Every spring people I know moan that they forgot to enter the lottery and won’t be running. NOW’S YOUR CHANCE. Lottery opens on December 1…set a calendar reminder.
Keely Henninger has had a great year with wins at Chuckanut 50k and Lake Sonoma 50 miler, podiums at other big races, and a monster win at Tussey Mountainback championships. Next up? She’ll toe the line with the fastest ultra trail runners in the country at The North Face Championships 50 miler in Marin County, California.
In this interview we talk about her plans and training for TNF, but we also talk about how she got into this silly sport. She didn’t run in high school, instead focusing on team sports… she had a few reasons for doing so that we discuss in this episode. We also talk about her fears, how they were hindering her performance, and what the catalyst was for getting past that mental block of tough competition. A very good look into the physical as well as psychological aspects of an elite runner.
Lake Sonoma and North Face…the two fastest trail 50 milers in the country, and Keely’s already won one of them!
Race date is April 13th of next year, but the lottery opens on December 1 in just a few weeks. Make sure your name’s in the hat to run a gorgeous course with top competition and a relaxed wine country race vibe. See you there!
I knew I was in good shape after my last track workout: 400m×15, recovering 1 min, all done in 60-61 seconds. I was also doing fartlek, 30x 1′-1′, that’s 30 times 1 min fast followed by 1 min not so fast, at an average of 3:15 per km, at an altitude over 2,000 meters (6,562 feet). I was really feeling comfortable.
This piece in TrailSisters is important…you’re allowed to be a runner who doesn’t enter a lot races! I’ll admit…my first instinct when doing background on someone is to look at their ultrasignup, but that’s not a full picture. Either is Strava. Plenty–if not most–runners just enjoy being outdoors and hitting the singletrack without any organization or direction.
Good essay by Joe Grant about appreciating each and every time we’re out running. Those of us with kids have likely heard “this is the best day of my life!” as often as we’ve heard “this is the worst day of my life!” and we know that the relative contrast of those feelings softens over time.
The Bear has been floating around in my head for years as a 100 I’d like to run, but the elevation scares me away. (I live at 37′ above sea level…anything over 6k’ hurts.) Here’s a good report from this year’s race.(link fixed)
We’ve talked on the podcast about the lack of females in MUT media–specifically behind the lens or behind the mic–so it’s great to see a new podcast available with a female perspective. Check it out right here…Candice Burt chats with Courtney Dauwalter about her run at Big’s and more.
The water stations with so many cups on the ground and so many people crossing from one side to the other for last second decisions. Or just stop in the middle of the road. Nonetheless I had fun time. Also, the funny posters people had out on the course. Took time to laugh!!! https://t.co/UR316cdy00
Any other youth (K-6) coaches out there? I’d love to hear more ideas about making and keeping track/xc workouts fun and exciting. I learned yesterday that if something is timed (anything!), they love it. Thanks for the help.
Think back to the last hundred miler you ran and the amount of planning and logistics it took. Walter Handloser is planning on doing that nearly every single weekend in 2019 in his quest to run 50 hundred mile races in one year.
But let’s back up a bit. Up until just a few years ago, Walt struggled with weight and decided to start running, lifting weights, and boxing, ultimately losing over 100 pounds. He picked up ultras and went in full force, finding his place in the community and balancing his disordered eating with a healthier lifestyle.
This year alone, Walt has run nine hundred milers or two hundred milers and fourteen sub 100 ultramarathons. Next year, he plans on doubling that number, but exclusively with hundred mile races. Wow.
Walt Handloser Episode Notes
Here’s the spreadsheet Walt put together to track races, distances, travel, cost, etc. Be sure to check out the tabs and let him know if you’re aware of any races on/around January 7 or May 12.