Richard McGaha's Blog (10)

Challenging Couple of Weeks

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…


Added by Richard McGaha on February 15, 2014 at 10:18am — 5 Comments

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

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…


Added by Richard McGaha on January 15, 2014 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Eric's Training and All the Rest

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…


Added by Richard McGaha on May 8, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments

Anterior Exertional Compartment Syndrome

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?


Added by Richard McGaha on March 1, 2013 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

Update on 100 Miler (Schedule Change)

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…


Added by Richard McGaha on June 27, 2012 at 4:37pm — No Comments

I Am Going To Run A 100 Mile Race

That's right 100 miles, you weren't seeing things.  To quote my wonderful, supportive wife "I hope you are going to train for this!!!"  Yes dear I am going to train.  And in that spirit, here is my tenative race schedule leading up to my 100 mile race:

5 August 2012 Port Gamble Trail Half Marathon, Port Gamble, WA

13 October 2012 Defiance 50k, Tacoma, WA

April 2013 Lumberjack 50 Mile Race, Port Gamble WA

August 2013 Cascade Crest 100, Easton,…


Added by Richard McGaha on June 13, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Problems Encountered and Lessons Learned in My First Ultra

Well, I entered my first ultra and dnf'd my first ultra.  Even with the DNF I wouldn't change anything as it was a great learning experience.   Here are some of the problems I encountered and lessons I learned while running the trails of the Capitol Forest on 30 April. 

1. Running an ultra is hard, I mean hard, I mean very hard.  My legs and feet took a beating on the trails.

2. I drank a lot (almost two gallons) and didn't pee the whole time out there, not sure if it was a…


Added by Richard McGaha on May 2, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Dreams, Motivation and Reality

"If you wanna live life on your own terms you gotta be willing to crash and burn"

Motley Crue "Primal Scream"

It has been almost 2 years since I read "Born To Run" and 16 months since I started training.  When I started I had "delusions of grandeur" in which I would become an ultrarunner who would be svelte and fast.  In some respects I have succeeded, my time for the mile is down from around 18-20 min to 11-12 min range (it depends on whether I am running downhill with a…


Added by Richard McGaha on March 22, 2011 at 11:48am — 5 Comments

Some Thoughts on First Run with Vibram's

Well, I finally got my Vibram's and hope to begin the transition from Nike Free's to running in them full time. Had my first run in them yesterday, just an easy 30 min jog to "kick the tires" on them. As I was running I noticed a few things some good, some potentially bad. First the good: They feel awesome to run in and I do mean awesome. I felt like I was gliding instead of running. Running in them feels much better than running in Nike Free's. I made sure my pace was very slow and steady so I… Continue

Added by Richard McGaha on December 8, 2010 at 11:56am — No Comments

Some Random Thoughts About Running

Here are some random things that have popped into my head about running. Feel free to add your own.

- A bad run beats not running everytime.

- While I think about stopping numerous times during the first 10 minutes of a run, I almost never do after that.

- Hills suck, particularly 6 x 2 min hill repeats (you know what I am talking about Eric), but however gassed I feel, at the end I always have a sense of accomplishment, especially since 6 months ago I could barely… Continue

Added by Richard McGaha on January 14, 2010 at 7:02pm — 4 Comments

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