Monday, June 30, 2014

Video: Bighorn 100 "Redemption"

In 2012, I ran in the Bighorn 100 Mile Endurance Run... and dropped out of the race at Mile 66. The decision to quit that day, was the right decision, but is a decision that has weighed heavy on me ever since. My big goal for 2014, was to train for and return to the Bighorn 100 in search of redemption.

I made a documentary film in 2012 titled "90 Percent." Today, it is my most watched video on YouTube by quite a gap. I also wanted to document my stab at redemption... and thankfully it has a happy ending. While I continue to write my Bighorn 100 Race report, I hope you'll enjoy the video below.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Race Preview: 2014 Bighorn 100 Mile

It's go time. Training for this years Bighorn 100 Started back in October for me. I soldiered through a cold and snowy Colorado Winter and one of the wettest and most severe Colorado spring times on record. After 258 Miles in May (2nd most for a Calendar Month) and 312 Miles over 31 days (Most for 31 days ever), 119 Miles for the 1st 15 days of June.. and 1,182 since January 1st... it all comes down to this.

I can't complain about my training except to say that I've put more into the last 5.5 months then I think I may have ever in terms of Ultra Training. I fear I may be over-trained and tired, only time will tell. What I DO know, is that this weekend is all about one magic word: REDEMPTION.

It was 2012 when I showed up to the Bighorn 100 having hardly trained adequately given the difficulty of the event. It wasn't long into the race that I realized I was out of my league that weekend. By mile 66, I had had enough. I was pummeled into submission and called it not only a day.. but took the next 4-5 months off completely. This time.. I've put in the work, and I'm ready to roll. The goal is simple; Finish The Bighorn 100 and qualify for the Hardrock 100. That is just what I intend to do.

Monday, June 9, 2014

May Recap

May Re-Cap:
Miles Run: 258 (+80)
# of Runs: 17 (-1)
Avg Miles: 15.18 (+5.29)
2014 Total Miles: 1063.65

Month Starting Weight: 158.0 lbs.
Month Ending Weight: 155.2
Weight Change: (-2.8)

Race/Run Results:
Miwok 100K: 13:13
Trans-Zion Journey Run: 14:30

Monday, June 2, 2014

RR: 2014 Miwok 100K

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Miwok 100K Ultra Run
62 Miles - Marin Headlands, CA
The Miwok 100K has been one of my bucket-list races since 2007. In early 2008, I started talking to an ultra-runner that I’d met through the Ultra List Serv. Her name was Alyssa Skye and she lived in the San Francisco Bay area and regularly ran on Mount Tam and the surrounding Miwok course. Alyssa knew of my struggles and ongoing battle with depression and resolved to give me a vacation. She surprised me with a plane ticket to San Francisco where she picked me up and we spent the next four days running the trails on and around the Marin Headlands.

In December 2010, Alyssa unexpectedly passed away in a tragic car accident. I was pretty devastated by her passing, a stranger who opened her heart and her life to me, to simply make me smile and give me hope. After her passing, I knew that I would one day run Miwok and I deliberately saved the 100K distance for this race in particular. I flew to San Fran alone this weekend. No Pacer, no crew. Just myself and a course I’ve always wanted to run… for Alyssa. Turns out that all these years later, she’s still giving me surprises.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Video: 2014 Trans-Zion Run

If you've never been to Zion National Park, you owe it to yourself to go. This truly is a national treasure and one of the most stunning places on earth. On Saturday, May 17th, a few friends and I had the privilege of running from the parks west rim to the east. It was by and large, one of the most magical runs I've ever been on and I am forever grateful to have done it.

Enjoy this short video of what we experienced out there. I hope you enjoy it through our own eyes.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Video: 2014 Miwok 100K

I finally made it to the Miwok 100K. My first 100K distance race, and at the race I've held the distance off for. I was incredibly excited to win a spot through the Miwok Lottery and wasn't disappointed by the experience provided by RD Tia Bodington, Stan Jansen and the rest of their amazing volunteer staff.

Below is video I shot during this years race. A short 4 or so minute musical jaunt through California's Marin Headlands. I hope you enjoy it. Race Report coming soon!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Race Preview: 2014 Miwok 100K

It was March 2008, when I was surprised by a trip to California from a complete stranger. Her name, was Alyssa Skye. A Bay Area resident who was well aware of my struggles with depression. We met on the Ultra ListServ, struck up conversation and had become long distance friends. "You need a vacation" she told me, and within a few hours, she surprised me with a plane ticket to San Francisco in my e-mails inbox. I flew out to San Fran and for the next 4 days, we enjoyed each others company. She took me to the Pier, we ran across the Golden Gate Bridge, I put my legs into the Pacific Ocean for the first time at Stinson Beach. We ran on the Miwok Course, through Muir Woods and on the Quad Dipsea Course.. and finally scoped out Point Reyes. An amazing 4 days that allowed me a chance to ignore my own personal hell and just enjoy life, running, the sun, and a friend.
I knew back then that I wanted to run the race known as the Miwok 100K. The pictures alone had thrilled and intrigued me prior to my March 2008 visit. After running sections of the course in and around the Tennesee Valley, it immediately became a bucket list race, especially given the inspiring performances of Van Phan... yeah... A female ultra runner.