Just getting into the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run is not taken for granted by any ultramarathon runner. To reach this point was the culmination of sacrifice and passion for a sport that has been part of my life for 25 years.
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.
The 2016 Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50-Mile Trail Run took place on May 7th and represented the last trail running race I would participate in South Carolina for some time to come.
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.
The race was supposed to be my main event in 2015. Unfortunately, it turned out to be my first DNF in a 100-miler. Only my second DNF in any a very long list of races that comes with running for 20+ years!