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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Richard McGaha on May 8, 2013 at 11:48am — No 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…Continue
Added by Richard McGaha on June 27, 2012 at 4:37pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Richard McGaha on June 13, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Richard McGaha on May 2, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
"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…Continue