Back in April, right before the start of my first 100k at the Free State Trail 100k, I was sitting on the ground tying my Luna Sandal Leadville’s, and a dude walks up to me and asks how they were working out for me. I replied I was pretty new to them, at least for trails, but they seemed to suffice and cover my gripes with other minimalist foot gear. As I continued the chat with this guy, his name being Joe Prusaitis, I found out is not only the race director of the Rocky Raccoon 100 and many others, but also a highly experienced ultra runner himself, running as crazy as the infamously difficult Badwater Ultramarathon. He was really nice, giving me pointers and what not. Flash forward to my decision to run a 100 miler, and meeting him that day guided me to this race. That and I FLUV the Beatles. Continue reading
WARNING: The intent of this writing is not to be arrogant or boastful. I do not see myself as any different than anyone else. No better or worse, especially on the subject of running. All I aim to do is present my ideas, experiments and results on running in a semi scientific form in order to share and potentially convince anyone that they can do the same, which in this case, happens to be running a 100 mile race with little to NO TRAINING. There is little research on this subject that I can find, and the running industry will certainly not agree nor want to agree with these ideas because they do not sell anything. No training plans or special strength exercises found in magazines and books are needed, no time equipment, tempo runs, gels, no shoes even. No fear is used so you go buy something to ease those fears. There are, however, potentially thousands of variables that are not listed here and I KNOW THAT. I know people are born with some genetic differences as well as form different ones throughout their life, too. But I also think that we are capable of doing much more than most think. I think we are potentially LIMITLESS. Continue reading
It is one week until the race. The Rocky Raccoon 100, located in Huntsville, Texas. I sit here debating on if I should run anything more this weekend than my active job’s requirement, usually less than 4 miles, in 150 yard light sprints, aka valet. The last long run I did was on January 1st, which was 21 miles. Since then, there has been nothing. One week. Tomorrow I will likely run over 20, to a marathon class I am assistant teaching at Longview Community College. It sounds fun, so I’ll do it. If that is training then so be it. One week. Continue reading
The Blue Springs 50 50 Sequel
Last year this race just so happened to be the first ultramarathon I had ever run and now it just so happens to be the first race I have ever done twice. It is the Blue Springs 50 50 and features a half mara, full mara, a 50k, and the almighty 50 miler on a very flat and fine soft gravel bike trail called the Little Blue Trace. Since the October 31, 2010 outing, I have enjoyed 5 ultramarathons. I don’t know if I have trained any more, if you call it training, but overall I know my form and running strength have improved. Plus I had a good costume in mind for this year’s Halloween eve run.
4 Days after my first Ultra I was recovered and not sore. The night of the 50 miler, I was not able to move very well. The following day, I was limping, but by day 3, I was almost running fully at the valet job. Remember, I hadn’t run in months by this time, with the exception of a few medium runs and a single 15 miler. Which made me wonder: was it valet that made it possible for me to do these races with no outside running? Was it the barefoot/minimalist running as well? I don’t know. Valet was only sprinting off and on and it was only twice a week. But in the 50 miler, and the running hard at the end, it made me wonder if I could go faster to begin with. I wondered if sprinting in valet was some sort of training I did not know about. If you could call that training. But I also wondered about the Vibram Five Fingers and barefoot running. How much did that affect things? All of my running injuries had stopped cold turkey when I dropped the shoes. And although I did have growing pains in barefooting, which can be expected, as well as over doing it problems, those past races were not that hard on my body and I think it has to do with the feet! Now I am really curious about possibility!