Success!

A solid training cycle combined with cooler race temperatures were a winning combination for me!

Take Two at Black Hills 100: Learning from Last Year’s Mistakes

Having birthed three children through long labors the natural, unmedicated way, I have to say that I can see a few resemblances between birthing and running a 100-mile race.  For one thing, in both events you are likely to have prolonged suffering, and at some point you want to quit. When you are deep into…

Maybe Next September . . . Fall 2016 Races: FlatRock 50K

This past fall, I ran two 50K trail races: FlatRock 50K and Sanders Saunter 50K. In September, it has become our family tradition to run FlatRock 50K on the beautiful Elk River Hiking Trail near Independence, Kansas.  It is a deceptively hard 50K for the Midwest because of the relentless rocky terrain. If one finishes…

Black Hills 100: My first 100-mile race

Friday, June 24 through Saturday, June 25, 2016  (Get comfy. It’s long.) Our son Aaron, who has run two 100+ mile races, told me that you can’t really comprehend what it is like to run a hundred miles until you have done it. He also said a 100 does not feel like two 50-mile races…

Practice What You Preach, or Feeling Invincible = Trouble!

I can’t believe it’s been six weeks since I have updated this blog, but training for a hundred takes a LOT of time! Every spare moment—and quite a few moments that were not spare—has been devoted to running or hiking or gym class or more running. Laundry, dishes, and vacuuming have been happening only on…

My Secret Weapon for Injury-free 100-Mile Training as an Older Runner

As I was hammering out the details of my training schedule for my 100-mile race, I did a lot of research on the Internet. I compared many training plans and read articles from irunfar.com, Ultrarunning Magazine, and other trustworthy sources about just what a 100-mile training plan needs to include. Also, Fellrnr has a useful…

Strength Training Gains & Psyco WyCo 50K Race Report

This post is about the improvements I have seen through adding regular strength workouts to my training routine and a race report for the 50K I ran in February. As part of my overall training plan for my 100-mile race in June, I ran the Psycho WyCo Run Toto Run 50K Trail Race at Wyandotte…

100-Mile Training Begins!

Last November was the beginning of the official training cycle for my 100-mile race (Black Hills 100, June 24-25, 2016). After running FlatRock 50K on September 26 and the Kansas City Marathon on October 17, I took 12 days off from running. (The Kansas City Marathon was only my second road marathon. My first was…