My adventure towards the training camp started four days before the weekend began. I drove my car cross-country from Charleston, SC to Modesto, CA. packed with everything I needed for running, boxes of clothes, and my bike on the roof.
The month of May was probably the most critical month for the Western States training. I ended my run streak of consecutive days at 113 to take on a more focused approach to my training. With the writing of this post, there is still a week to go in the month.
After a bit of an easy week with Flowertown Festival and my mom visiting us, the mileage went back up. My training plan now would start to call for a few more focused workouts to try to simulate some of the features of Western States 100 missing by living in Summerville, SC.
The month of March resulted in a very consistent Western States training schedule that left me feeling confident in my abilities leading into the final three months. I have found that 50 miles per week truly is my sweet spot in training; balancing both family/work and physical/mental strength.
Overall, I have to say the month of February was a good first full month of training. The month started a little difficultly, but it ended with a solid string of long runs that have left me feeling very confident in the training plan that I have laid out for Western States 100.
Just as my training for Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run was getting started, I put myself into a position that quickly reminded me what not do when training for an ultramarathon…
The last six months of 2015 were a bit of an up and down roller coaster in my life. Dropping from TRT100 and a failing career path sent me into a state of depression and dislike for rigorous run training.
On Saturday, March 14th, I had the great honor of running in Peyton’s Wild & Wacky 5K Ultra at Middleton Place Plantation in Charleston, SC. The race consisted of running a 5K on the hour, every hour, for 10 straight hours.
As an ultrarunner it is difficult to find the time of year to allow my body to rest and recover. The physical and mental demands of hard training and racing add up quickly on us all. Team sports give an athlete a natural flow of when to train, compete, and recover…
Two weeks out from Pinhoti 100 and the Facebook group for the race becomes full of chatter. Runners posts questions about water crossings, climbs, aid station support, pacers, crew access, headlamps, shoes, weather, and much more! There are also posts highlighting runners last long training runs, which can make you question if you did enough…