Richard McGaha
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Jun 10
Jay Mijares commented on Richard McGaha's status
"Nothing wrong with being scared. Sometimes being a little scared makes a person cautious.  Good luck and let us know how it goes!"
Apr 11
Lori Enlow commented on Richard McGaha's blog post Challenging Couple of Weeks
"My mantra for these things...SURVIVE (whatever blow you are dealt), ADAPT (make necessary adjustments-which make you stronger by the way), and PROSPER!"
Feb 20
Lori Enlow commented on Richard McGaha's blog post Challenging Couple of Weeks
"I have some experience here Richard, year before last I injured my R hip right before my 50 mile race that was to be my big run before my 100 miler- Leadville 2012. My 50 miler was set for first week in July and Leadville 100 3rd week in August. 2…"
Feb 20
Richard McGaha commented on Richard McGaha's blog post Challenging Couple of Weeks
"Robert, thanks for the support, 50 and 100 mile scares the crap out of me, but I am going to give it my all.  As I tell my students, there is no shame in failure if you give something your absolute best.  BTW, I loved visiting your…"
Feb 19
Richard McGaha posted a status
"Made it into Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Race!!!! 186 days and counting....."
Feb 17
Robert Burpee commented on Richard McGaha's blog post Challenging Couple of Weeks
"Richard, I can feel your pain from the otherside of the world. 2013 was my anmus horribilis, to quote the queen, I missed a point to point 45km marathon along the Great Ocean Rd due to a foot injury that x-rays and a CT scan could not find and the…"
Feb 16
Richard McGaha commented on Lori Enlow's blog post 20 miles please, and I'll take a few hills on the side..oh and track work for desert
"I second Robert's comments, yesterday was a grueling workout for me, 40 min of 1 min hard/2 min easy.  I was coming off of being sick and not running for close to a week.  My warmup felt like it would never end and my legs felt heavy…"
Feb 14
Richard McGaha commented on Robert Burpee's blog post Whats Happening In Our Neck Of The Woods & It's Not Snowing
"Be safe!!! "
Feb 10
Richard McGaha posted a status
"Looking at window and the pouring rain and my training plan 1:00 Zone 2 w/pickups. Plus getting over being sick, maybe another day off? Ugh"
Feb 10
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"Registration for my Cool Impossible Cascade Crest 100 in August starts this weekend. Wayyyyy scary!!!"
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Richard McGaha commented on Paul Weeks's blog post Pistol Squa... yeeouch!
"Paul, someone taught me to do a bit of a "reverse pistol squat" find a chair or a stool and sit on it and then just one leg to try and get up, that should give you an idea of how to do it.  Even on something not that low it is hard.…"
Jan 23
Lori Enlow commented on Richard McGaha's status
"You finished a 17 mi race....YOU FINISHED a 17 mi race! Onward and upward one might say!"
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Richard McGaha posted a status
"Ran 17 mile race today, finished last, was disappointed until I realized I wasn't good enough to be disappointed yet. :-)"
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How many years have you been running?
less than 1
What is your goal race for the year?
marathon
What is your greatest running accomplishment?
getting off the couch
What is your "ultimate dream" running goal?
run an ultra

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Challenging Couple of Weeks

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 10:18am 5 Comments

To put it mildly, the last couple of weeks have been challenging.  I am about 10 weeks out from my 50 miler and 188 days (as of today) out from my 100 miler.  I have been sick and not been able to train with the exception of a run on Thursday that was excruciating.  I have missed three of my long runs, two due to illness, and the one today because there are 65 mile an hour winds going on outside and they are going to last until tomorrow.   I am feeling better, but maybe it is the type A in…

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Doubts, Satisfaction Over Desire, and the Quest for 100 Miles

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 3:05pm 1 Comment

It is interesting that Eric and others have started to talk about doubts and fear.  These are very real emotions for me at the moment as the registration for my Cool Impossible approaches on Feb 1.  Ever since I decided to do this race I have been racked with doubt: Am I too fat? Am I too slow? Am I strong enough? Am I just freaking crazy?  I have shared these doubts with my friends ad nauseam.  One of my friends who patiently listened and was supportive finally cracked and said "Just shut…

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Eric's Training and All the Rest

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:48am 0 Comments

Hi All,

My name is Rich and I have been a part of Eric's site for a long time.  Recently I was having trouble with tightness at the front of my calf, just outside of my shin bone.  After trips to the doc etc, I am now doing physical therapy.  What is interesting is what the PT told me and what he is having me do.  He told me that strength and balance are two of the most important things that runners need and that proper form is crucial to running injury free.  To that end he…

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Anterior Exertional Compartment Syndrome

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 10:39am 3 Comments

Hey Eric,

Have any of your athletes had this? I am dealing with it in my left leg and really want to start training again. Any ideas or suggestions on how to treat?

Rich

Update on 100 Miler (Schedule Change)

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

Well, it was bound to happen, didn't realize it was going to happen so soon.  I am changing part of my schedule for the 100 mile race.  I am changing the race itself, instead of the Cascade Crest 100 in August 2013, I am going to run the Lumberjack 100 in April 2013.  Yes, I know that only gives me 10 months to prepare instead of 14 months.  I talked to a couple of people who had run the race and they kept emphasizing how hard the Cascade Crest 100 was with its 20,000 feet of elevation…

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At 5:27pm on January 21, 2012, Chris Butler said…

Thanks Richard and good luck to you in Chuckanut in March. It's right around the corner. 

At 9:23pm on January 2, 2012, Don Moore said…

Hi Richard,

I recognize your name from some of your posts. I didn't know you were in the neighborhood, though. I work in Port Orchard, live on Fox Island, and do most of my training on the trails at Pt. Defiance Park. I, too, am considering the Chuckanut as my first attempt beyond the marathon. I have heard that it sells out quickly so I think a back up plan would be wise. See you on the trails.

At 8:28pm on October 24, 2011, Melinda said…

What a bummer about the shin splints. I'm sorry that you had to go through that. I suffer from these too. I've found taping helps me quite a bit. This area is notoriously slow to heal and tape helps with increasing blood flow. I have a pic here:

http://www.runningwitheric.com/photo/photo/show?id=3202872%3APhoto%3A54586&xgs=1&xgi=3o2qUyd9u4hb1w&xg_source=msg_share_photo

My doctor gave me a couple of exercises. One involves walking around on my heels. The other involves securing an elastic band around my foot with the other secured to the couch. Bend your foot toward you then release. Rinse and repeat a trillion times. Switch feet.

Or you could go to the doctor and get some real advice. :-)
At 7:58am on October 8, 2010, Mark Lofquist said…
i know how beautiful WA is, and i'd love to make it out there for a race! do you have a gps record of a hilly path you take?

this is an example of running through the busy streets of my area. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52121519
(512ft elevation gain)
At 8:42am on October 6, 2010, Mark Lofquist said…
I remember Eric responding to a guy asking about hills but i can't find the conversation thread. the guy was doing eric's 100-mile plan and he was asked to do 8min hill sprints. he didn't have a hill that took 8mins and eric said he could run up, sprint down and run up again all within the 8mins ad get the similar effect.

i'm jealous you have such nice natural terrain around you. i have some hilly roads, but i'm mostly running in heavy traffic during the week :(.....
At 2:39pm on October 5, 2010, Mark Lofquist said…
treadmill?
At 6:32pm on April 12, 2010, Paul J. Russell said…
Great job! Now go get another one.
At 7:59pm on September 2, 2009, Thomas Orf said…
Hello Richard.
I read a post that mentioned that you were a life long smoker, and also saw that a dream of yours was to run an ultra.
I smoked over a pack a day for 17 years. I loved smoking and still do love smoking. I chose to quit 2 1/2 years ago, and started running, on September 6th, will be two years. I just started with a mile and a half, next thing I know, I'm wanting to run a marathon.
I ran my first marathon a little over a year after I started running, and I even qualified for Boston with my time (I didn't go to Boston and don't have any plans on it, but it's nice knowing I was fast enough). After that, I went straight to the ultras.
I don't say any of this to brag, but just to say that you can do whatever you want to do. Don't let anything hold your dreams back.
To this day, I love running, but I also still crave smoking and would love to go back, but I choose every day to not smoke. I also choose to try and eat right. That's a battle as well.
Keep going, and I can't wait to see you fulfill your running dreams.
 
 
 

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