Posts Tagged ‘ultra’

The other day I put together my training plan for my first 100 miler. Today was day 1 and I was scheduled for 17 miles. I plan to do all of my long runs on Sundays since I never work Sundays. Well, today I ended up having to work, and it was a shift in the middle of the day. Because of that I had to switch around this week’s training plan, so I ended up doing tomorrow’s 5 miler instead of the 17 I planned on. I guess that’s why they say to write your training plan in pencil instead of pen.

Tomorrow should be a great day for the 17 miles. It’s supposed to be 40 degrees and partly cloudy. That’s about as good as you can hope for when it’s mid-February in Michigan.

Other exciting stuff…
Only 20 days until my next ultramarathon! I’m really looking forward to heading to California for my race. A 50k trail race in the mountains of Malibu sounds absolutely amazing. That day my brother and I will be driving from LA to Vegas to celebrate.

Today also marks a big milestone for Tim’s Running Reviews. I now have over 200 follwers on WordPress! When I started this blog back in October, I really had no idea that it would take off like it has. I wanted to thank all of my followers, Facebook fans, and everyone else who has read, liked, and commented on my blogs.

-Tim

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Last weekend when I tried out my GoPro camera, I learned that the head strap was probably a better option instead of the chest strap. I can’t wait to try it out during tomorrow morning’s run. I’ll post a video after I get home from my run.

Also, since I decided to take on my first 100 mile race this summer at the Run Woodstock Hallucination 100 Mile, I stopped at the book store and picked up a couple of new books to read. Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich and Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. I probably won’t have time to start reading either of these until my plane ride to LA next month for the La Jolla Canyon 50k Trail Race. I’ll let everyone know how they turn out.

-Tim

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This summer I will be doing my first 100 mile ultramarathon. I’m heading back to Run Woodstock for the Hallucination 100 mile race. Last year I did my first 50 miler out there and it was such a life changing experience. I knew I’d go back again this year, but until recently I never considered the 100 mile. I have 1 friend coming with me, and 2 more that I’m going to try to get to join us. I can’t wait to take on this challenge!

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This WILL be mine!

I’ve been slacking lately. Ever since the Akron Marathon in September I have only been running 20 to 25 miles per week. This was such a drastic drop in mileage compared to the 50+ I was was doing before that. I really needed the rest though. My training for my 50 miler at Run Woodstock really wore me down and I battled 2 injuries because of it. A stress fracture on the fifth metatarsal on my left foot during my training, and a traumatic neuroma on my right foot that happened during the race. Although I have been “lazy”, I feel so much better. My body isn’t completely trashed anymore.

I was planning on taking a trip back out to California to see my brother and wanted to do a race while I was there. Last year I ran the LA Marathon with 2 of my friends and I thought about running it again. Although the race was incredible, I decided against it so I could discover some new terrain. The La Jolla Canyon Trail 50k is taking place on March 9th and that seemed like a fun challenge. I am ready for another ultra. I believe I still have it in me right now, but I still have 2 months to train for it. Every race beyond a half marathon that I’ve ever done was run with friends, but this time I’m going solo. I hope to complete it in less than 5 1/2 hours.

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Trail map

The pics I found are absolutely breathtaking. I really hope to get a GoPro camera before then. With stunning views like these, I don’t want to miss a moment of it. During my first ultra I really didn’t take many pictures, so this time will definitely be different.

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La Jolla Canyon Trail

Considering the terrain, I need to do some good hill training. Here in southeastern Michigan we don’t have any mountains, and the bulk of the land is very flat. I do, however, have access to a very steep sledding hill right down the road and have some aggressive hills within 10 miles of here at Bloomer Park and Stony Creek.

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La Jolla Valley Loop

I plan on doing some hardcore hills one day, some fartleks another day, and one long run of 20+ miles each week. This will bring me back to my “ultra-self” in no time. 2 weeks before the race, I will switch to one day of hills, one day of 13 to 18 miles, and one day of cross training (legs and core). It’s a pretty simple plan.

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Chumash Trail

I will also be doing another fundraiser for F.A.S.T. (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics) to help fund important research toward a cureĀ  for Angelman Syndrome. You can sponsor me for as little as $1 here. Thank you for your support and encouragement!

Tim

Since I started blogging over half way thru the year I decided to put together my “Best of 2012” photo album. This only covers January thru September to let all of my awesome readers, followers, and fans know what else I’ve been up to this year. It’s been a very tough year, but it was filled with some unforgettable times and valuable lessons. I look forward to the many amazing journeys coming up in 2013 and sharing them with you. Thanks to everyone for your support. Best of luck to all of you. I hope everyone has a great holiday season.

Tim

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LA Marathon with Mary and Jason.

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Let's Move Festival Half Marathon - New personal record of 1:25:48

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Color Run Chicago with Andy and Andrea. That was one amazing weekend with my 2 best friends.

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Run for C.H.U.M. Half Marathon - ANGELRUNNERS.COM

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Warrior Dash Michigan - Jessica's first race! She did great and we had a blast!


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Crim Festival 10 Mile - I high-five random spectators. That's how I roll.

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Run Woodstock - Jimmy and Jason ran their first 50k and I ran my first 50 miler. I think it's safe to say this day changed our lives forever. I'm grateful to have shared this experience with such awesome people.

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Run Woodstock - My hippy-bus for placing 4th in my division, awesome peace sign medal, and a well-deserved cold beer