i’m finished blogging here for the indefinite future. Go run!

  • Attempted to run 2 miles. Ended up running a mile and walking then jogging the last mile. Finished in 16:47:85. About 8:23 miles. #
  • I'm headed back to Beeville for a couple court appearances. It's a shame there aren't any good trails nearby. #
  • To answer your question, I am not impressed by those running the Hardrock 100 this weekend. No I'm not, bc I'll be running the Easyrock 10. #
  • RT @lancearmstrong: “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” –Mahatma Gandhi #
  • I think it's about time to retire my Puma road running shoes. They've done well for me. #
  • Yes, mountain climbing is my thing! Oxygen is completely optional. #
  • Anton Krupicka wins the Leadville Firecracker 5K @ 10,000 ft in 16:53. Is there no mountain race he can't win? http://bit.ly/843Ap #
  • Tomorrow has got to be a long run Friday. I'll be going 20ish miles if all goes right. #
  • RT @katylampson: Go Lance!!! #
  • Through 5 aid stations and Karl Meltzer is starting to blow away the field. He's a beast of the mountain goat kind! #hardrock100 #
  • Went to Luke's Locker and bought some more Nuun and Body Glide. Time to do some serious running! #
  • Just got the muscles working with some serious kettlebell action. Time for pushups and crunches. #
  • Karl Meltzer has taken off. Past the 64.5 mile aid station in 20:15. Crazy thing is last year Kyle Skaggs was past 85 miles in that time! #
  • RT @hardrock100: Andy Jones-Wilkins in 28:10 #
  • I had lots of fun at HSP this morning. Ran with lots of people for parts of my run, chased some bikes up hills, and talked to old friends. #
  • Ran six miles at the park. A little slow but I'll take it in this heat/humidity. Tomorrow is a rest day. Enjoying cookies now. #

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Good luck to all of the runners enjoying the San Juan Mountains this weekend at the Hardrock 100 race. It’ll be a fun time for sure! You can check the progress of runners on the website and follow them on twitter.

Right now it looks like Karl Meltzer and Scott Jaime are tied up for the lead. It’s still very early though.

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  • I just bought birdfeed for the iPhone. Awesome! Although at $5.99 it's like a 99 dollar regular application in app store prices. #
  • Yesterday I went to a 1 1/2 mile paved trail in Beeville. I ran 3 miles in 25 minutes but pushed the middle mile at 6:58. Needs to be faster #
  • What's up with a three mile loop at the park making me look like I just took a shower with my running clothes on? Lame. #
  • Outside article about angry bike mechanics going extinct bc of tender feelings. You need take being mocked bc deseved shame makes you learn. #
  • My cat is eating my running shoes http://yfrog.com/0×3hpj #
  • I went to your schools. I did my detention. But the walls were so grey that I couldn't pay attention. — the hold steady #
  • I suffered the worst heat exhaustion after a six mile run w/ upper 90s and high humidity yesterday. And I even pride myself on being safe! #
  • Chugging the pedialyte for hydration; ignoring the glares from babies. #
  • Stranger at gas station just offered to trade cars, then laughed , and said he was crazy. After that he shook my hand. Do we have a deal? #
  • The WSJ of all publications got me interested to watch Tyler Farrar in the TdF. Last week NYT had art re Bighorn 100. Good job journalists. #
  • Btw I should specify good job sports journalist bc too often they are treated as underclass journalists. Not so! #

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It’s always about the interval training. As much as I hate doing intervals, it’s better for endurance than spending an hour on the trails. Better for building endurance but not for other things. It isn’t better for enjoying the scenery of the trails, for learning how to maneuver on trails, and learning what it’s like to run for extended amount of time. But it does help your musculature structure more…

Check out what some researchers did with rats. One group was made to swim for six hours — two sessions of three hours each. The other group swam in short, fast bursts of extreme intensity — 20 seconds at a time — for a total of four and a half minutes. What they found was that the muscles of both sets of rats had undergone molecular changes that indicated increased endurance.

Are you kidding me? Three hours in two sessions equaled  four and a half MINUTES?

The only issue, according to That’s Fit, is that you have to push hard on those intervals. 90% intensity. So ultramarathon runners. It’s time to spend one night a week doing some intervals. The good news is you might be hurting more but you’ll spend a lot less time getting trained for your next race.

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  • Ran 7 miles on the trails at HSP. There was a mountain bike race but they allowed runners on trail. Hot, hot, hot! #

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This was an interesting year going into the WS100 with the 2008 WS100 being cancelled. The board decided that it was the correct call to cancel the race in 2008 because of wild fires too close in the area that would threaten the health and safety of runners and volunteers alike.

This meant that all the people who had pushed to so hard to qualify and in most cases win the lottery, would have to wait another year. Another year of training for a race they knew they had an entry in. At least one other person, Scott Jurek, would later be added to the list.

Jurek would be training to return to a race he won seven years straight. A race in which he is the dominate runner. Everyone already entered in the race knew that he was the one they would be fighting for victory.

As the race approached, many wondered who would be running the race. Some notable runners decided that they weren’t in the right conditioning to run this year. Anton Krupicka was just getting healthy from an injury and didn’t want to run a race this soon.  Jorge Pacheco was injured and could not run. Max King and Todd Braje did not start the race either. Meanwhile some like Michael Wardian showed up to compete a week after battling it out in the 100K Championship.

The day arrived with some very hot temperatures. The runners still did what they came to do — competed. While friends and fans watched in person and on their computers. I followed friends like Rick Cook while also tracking runners I have heard much about and maybe watched at a race or two.

The carnage began early. DNFs started piling on. Runners like Jenn Shelton, Scott Jurek, Dean Karnazes, and Dave Mackey dropping the race for various reasons. Karnazes began peeing blood so he dropped.  My running friend, Rick Cook had to drop dropped after 55.7 miles.

But there was also a lot of joy in the race. Hal Koerner won the 2009 Western States 100 with a time of 16:24:55. This was after a key move at Michigan Bluff. Then the next three finishers were all first time WS100 participants. Second place finisher Tsuyoshi Kaburaji entered the track and Koerner pumped his fist with excitement and encouragement. Jez Bragg from the UK and Jasper Halekas (3rd/4th) embraced at the finish. Kevin Sullivan, also a first time participant, finished it in fifth place. Then in a time of 18:24:18 the first place woman Anita Ortiz zoomed in. She’s a mother of 4 and a teacher!

The race continues after I post this and the stories will continue. Stories of people who didn’t make it all 100 but still achieved something few will ever achieve. Stories of people who finished but not in time to get a buckle. And stories of people who finished as expected, less than expected, and far beyond their expectations. That is not unique to WS100 but it certainly reverberates strongly with this race.

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Yesterday the temperature reached 104 degrees in areas around Houston. I didn’t run in it because I know that for my body it does more harm than good. I know that other people did — I’d be surprised if they benefited from it, but bodies handle the stress from heat differently.

When we are running this summer it’s important to think about our health. Perhaps the most common danger is heatstroke. The risk of heatstroke is greatly elevated when the bodies internal temperature rises above 104. Your body loses it’s natural defenses against heat stress. Some things to look out for are running partners who aren’t sweating anymore, rapid heartbeat, rapid and shallow breathing, nausea, dizziness, and fainting.

If a runner has heatstroke, get them to a shaded area or somewhere with air conditioning. Spray them with water. Call 911. And have them drink cool water if they are able to.

When it gets into the 100s I won’t be outside running. People who do should at least try to stay safe. At least they are getting some good training for Badwater.

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Jumalaa tuskin on olemassa. Lopeta siis murehtiminen ja nauti elämästä — what I learn during sauna runs

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Doesn’t today feel like a good day for some sort of a fruit buffet. 100 degrees makes me feel like eating nothing else but fruit.

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