Category Archives: Training

February 2013 Training Notes

February US FlagFebruary 2013 has come and, thankfully, gone. Winter’s final full month is always the longest of the season for me and this year’s was no exception. There were a lot of lessons learned, or perhaps re-learned, over the course of 28 days.

With the month started in California due to work, I was running at a base altitude of 6000 feet in Lake Tahoe for a few days, I still spent the lion’s share of the month in central and northern New York. Lake Tahoe for training for work was terrific and I made it a solid running camp in my non-work time too. All my other work was home office in the Finger Lakes, (central-north New York) or on Fort Drum in northern New York. This wasn’t the coldest February on record, but winter seemed to be accompanied by a relentlessly withering wind that really lent an edge to outdoor physical training.

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Pre-Race Thoughts on the Badwater Ultra-Marathon

Courtesy of Frank McKinney’s Facebook page

The Badwater 135 ultra-marathon is now an immediate 25-meter target; traveling and logistics are all working as I type. This race started out first as a Dream Race rather than a goal after I ran four or five shorter ultras in 2007. Then, when I started really studying this sport, Badwater moved itself to my “What if” category, and finally, “Why not” while I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.

During that deployment I was reading about the race on the Badwater website and discovered the Arrowhead 135. The two 135-mile events had an affiliation then based on their distance. I was fascinated by the distance these two events covered while traversing through extremely tough environmental conditions. Arrowhead’s deep winter conditions in northern Minnesota in the first week of February on the Arrowhead snowmobile trail, and then running across Death Valley, Calif. during mid-summer conditions starting at Badwater. My dream of someday completing Badwater developed almost immediately into a hard goal of completing the Arrowhead 135 and Badwater 135 in the same racing season.

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Training Points and Lessons Learned for Ultra-Marathons

My intent with this document is to post some major points, ideas and lessons I’ve learned as an average Ultra-Marathoner. This is made up more of general training principles and ideas rather than hard and fast training doctrine and monthly, weekly and daily training schedules and guidance.

There is a significant amount of literature available on this topic online, in hard cover, and in monthly magazine publications. For a couple of examples, I really got a lot out of Bryon Powell’s training book, Relentless Forward Progress, available on WWW.IRUNFAR.COM, as well as from an article written by Ian Torrance and published in JAN-FEB 2011 Running Times on marathoners training for and running 50Ks and 50 Mile ultras. I highly recommend those sources to anyone. Along this line, there is a lot of literature and online websites with a lot of ultra-marathon race and training information.

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Streak Report 2011

Streak Report 2011 - 13 DEC 2007 though 12 DEC 2011 Statistics.

1460 Days in a row; 8,354 miles run; averaged 5.72 miles per day; 2925 miles in 2011; 9:00 per mile average pace= 75,186 minutes, 1,253 hours, 52.2 days of running time; 270+ days with at least 2 runs; 396 days deployed to Afghanistan NOV ’08-DEC’09 with at least 1 run per day; 195lbs on 13 DEC 2007-175lbs today; 60 BPM resting heart rate 2007-37 BPM resting heart rate now; 12 major events (26.2 miles or longer) completed prior to 13 DEC 2007. 34 major events completed during this streak: nine – 26.2 marathons; 25 ultra-marathons:  eleven 50Ks; two 40 milers; four 50-milers; five 100Ks; three 100 milers; 1452 racing miles. Climate & weather: coldest temperature run in -28 degrees below zero; hottest temperature-115 degrees; 3 continents; 4 countries; 18 states; 6 different time zones

Some Lessons Learned:

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