Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Golden Gate Relay 2018 Race Recap

If you've read Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes, you undoubtedly know this race. It serves as a backdrop for the entire book, from him ordering a pizza on the side of the road in Petaluma, to climbing the Santa Cruz mountains, to victory in Santa Cruz itself. I'm proud to say that I ran the same 160 miles as Dean.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Folsom Lake 35K

Photo: Jesse Ellis- Let's Wander

I was a little nervous about this one. Sure, I knew the course, and had ran it all in the past- but not the whole 35K in one shot. I knew from my earlier excursions that this was not a flat course. And I have a sticker on my car: Aravaipa's tongue-in-cheek "Run Flat, Stay Low", the antithesis of their "Run Steep Get High" campaign. I'm not a huge fan of hills...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Loops, Tamales, and Friends: Across The Years 2017 Race Report

Is it possible to run 64 miles and gain weight? Yeah. It is, if you are at an Aravaipa Event.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Marathoner?

Intense, searing pain, on the side of my left knee. Like a rubber band stretched to the point of breaking, my IT band was screaming at me to stop. So I did.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Two Hours!!

Yesterday, I ran the 13th Annual Urban Cow Half Marathon in Sacramento. Since my "A" race for the year is Across The Years in December, I was a little torn between making this a nice "easy pace" training run, and actually "racing" it. In the end, I really wanted to race it. June was the last time I got a VDOT score from a race, and that was four months, and over five-hundred miles ago. I wanted to update my training paces as a result of having a new race pace- and let's face it, I wanted to race.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Wasted Year...

Ok, so maybe not wasted, exactly. But certainly more painful than it needed to be. I have battled calf and shin pain in my right leg for over a year. At one point, I had the spongy shin that Topher had in Karnazes' book. If you pushed on my shin with your thumb, the imprint would stay for a few minutes. Kind of gross! I've used neoprene sleeves to get through races. Taken weeks off from running to heal, only to have the pain return the second run out. Spent a ton of money on doctors, physical therapy, acupuncture, cryotherapy, massage, shoes, inserts, supplements... You name it, I have tried it. As DB Sweeney says in that figure skating movie, "So just send me to Mexico, shoot some shark piss up my nose, and I am cured, right?". I did all of this, and more. What I needed was a coach.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Jello Legs

I am so sore.

Yesterday, I ran the Inaugural Gold Country Half Marathon in El Dorado Hills, CA. It was amazing! My last half was back in March, and I wisely stayed with the pacer for the first eight or so miles. Then I unwisely felt like I was having to hold back to stay with him, so I took off on my own. I couldn't believe how well I was doing, how great I felt- for about two miles. Then I bonked. Hard. I ended up walking more than running for the last three miles, until the aforementioned pacer caught me just before the finish, smacked me on the back, and said "Let's go, Craig!". I managed to jog in with him, completely wiped. Now, some of that was nutrition: I didn't take in much at all, other than a few sips of Nuun, and maybe a gel early in the race. Some of it was under-training: I was nursing shin splints and a calf injury. But most of it was taking off too fast, too early. Unless your name is Meb, you just can't kick at mile 8- especially if you are an old, kinda fat guy like me.