Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Here are a couple of great videos that I saw today. I see great lessons to be learned from both of them. What do you do to achieve greatness?
Congrats to George Zack on his win with Jack the burro at Sundays World Championship burro race. George and Jack ran 29 miles together, climbing up and down Mosquito pass in Fairplay, CO. I need to do this race someday!!!
I've also been following Marshall Ulrich's circumnavigation of Death Valley. He has been a hero of mine for a long time. I've followed his explorations for 17 years or so, beginning with watching his teams race in each of the Eco Challenges. Daily updates, including links to pictures and some video, as well as a link to live-tracking this expedition can be found here. http://www.marshallulrich.com
This after Marshall ran the Badwater 135 just a few days before. Here's a great recap video from this year's race.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Most of my runs the last year and a half have been with others. Although I really do enjoy the company, I thrive on the miles I run by myself. I see the need for both of these in my life and when things get all "lop-sided" I feel like something is missing. I enjoy the conversation and stories I get to hear when running with a partner, with my kids, or a group like the Stewie Striders.
|Running with Abbi on the summit of Pikes Peak last month.|
At the same time, I need to have time to myself when I can let my thoughts drift from one subject to another. Other times, I find myself lost in the simple sounds of my breathing and footsteps on the ground. This can go on for hours. Getting lost in nothingness can happen for me during daytime or nighttime runs. It is during these runs that I feel most refreshed and for at least a short time all the stresses of life don't seem to be as big. The best part of this is the fact that this feeling of peace can last for hours.
So, what do you think? Do you primarily run with others, alone, or a good mix of both and why?
Ran alone and with a group this evening. Ran to the Williw Creek Reservoir to meet up with Jim Mason's Tuesday trail running group. Did a couple of laps around the reservoir with them, then finished up the rest of my run into Rochester's south Target store. Started out way too fast, then ran too slow, then was forced to walking, but the foot felt good again. Another run that I would rather have suffered through alone, even though the company was great. 12 miles.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I will be pacing the Med City Marathon on Sunday for the MN PACERS. Pacing the 4:30 marathon group this year. Follow my progress on RunKeeper Live by clicking the RunKeeper link to the left.
Don't set your limits. Go out and find them.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
My run started out well. I cruised through the first 12 miles or so at about 10:00-10:30 per mile. Everything felt great and under control. I was already thinking about the number of miles that I might be able to cover. I wanted to bank a few quick early miles, knowing that it would likely rain, and that the rain would slow me down. I figured that once the rain let up, I would then be able to easily pick up the pace again. That turned out to never be the case.
The lesson of the day had to do with CONTROL. I could control my pace, my attitude, what I ate, what I drank, but I could not control the weather. The weather defined this run! It started raining at about 10am and would let up slightly at times, but never gave up all together. This made the conditions miserable at best, and likely dangerous for myself and those outside with me. Mike showed up late in the morning and stayed with me like he said he would. I was hearing from others that the rain would continue until midnight, and most likely throughout the night as well. There was no way I was going to be able to continue this for the next 16-18 hours!
We made a quick pitstop in the school at about 4:30pm to change into dry clothing. There were students waiting to join me for the next loop, but it was simply too cold, too wet, and too miserable out. I did not want anyone to get ill for this run.
I made the decision to walk laps inside the middle school/high school. 5 1/2 laps equals 1 mile, so I figured I could walk this for a while and re-evaluate my goals for this day. I was cold...very cold and had the shakes pretty bad for a while. But, on the other hand, I did feel ok, and did not want to let go of this, so we walked. It took me an hour or so to come to my senses and realize that my day was done.
We ended up resetting 2 possible goals - 12 hours, or 50 miles within a couple of hours after that. I was joined inside by students, staff, friends, and strangers for the final miles of my journey. I decided to call it quits at 46 miles. But then again "quitting" isn't really the right word for it either. I simply stopped because it would have been unwise to continue. I was ready to go home to a warm bed at that point.
You can't control everything. I am ok with how things turned out. Disappointed at first and not ready to let go, but fine with it once I made that decision. I don't dwell on that stuff...I can't...it's just not the way I am wired.
Don't set your limits. Go out and find them. On this day, I definitely found mine!
Just so you know, Kyle Amos had a perfect day in KS, covering 116 miles! Amazing! I am proud of him and what he does to help out the students in his school.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Jim, Kyle wanted to tell you he is sorry to hear about the battle with the weather. Congrats on finishing 50 miles!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Satellite and hybrid views tend to work the best.