Up to Speed

Figured I’d take a minute and highlight some amazing activities that occurred this past month on the Ranch.  From re-landscaping to elevation training to trying to co-exist with a high dew point.

On the Ranch

Susan (my wife) and I finally pulled the trigger on a re-landscaping effort around the house.  Out with the old and in the with new!  We’re excited as we see the progress and the boys are really excited as soon we get to witness the cement truck and watch the pros at work.

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Training Training Training

This summer has definitely been fun but challenging also as I continue to train for my first hundo (Run Woodstock 100 miler in Sept).  Seems like this month Michigan was the new Florida with incredibly draining humidity.  Phew!!  Over the past several years when I started running I quickly learned that my body functions much, MUCH better in cooler temps.  Direct sun and high humidity drains everything out of me.  But what do you do?  I’m definitely not one for throwing in the towel but rather fight through it.  As of today I’m around 210 miles for the month and I’m really happy with that thus far.  It’s amazing how many ‘unofficial marathons’ one runs during a hundo training.  This month alone I’ve completed five 25ks and two 50ks.  This coming up weekend the mileage bumps up on the recovery day (30 miles on Saturday and 20 miles on Sunday).  I seriously think the training is mentally harder than the race will be.

Traverse City Cherry Festival 15K

Traverse City Cherry Festival 15K – Training plan called for a ‘down week’ so it was great to hit up a local 15K race while we were on vacation.

32 miler run from Kalamazoo to South Haven on the Kal-Haven Trail

32 miler run from Kalamazoo to South Haven on the Kal-Haven Trail

Dirty Burg 50K at Cannonsburg Ski Resort = 4600+ ft of elevation training

Dirty Burg 50K at Cannonsburg Ski Resort = 4600+ ft of elevation training

Miles and Miles and Miles and Miles and FOOD!

The plus side of these 30+ mile runs tied with a long recovery run the following day, the mental challenge of ‘will I be able to last the entire run?’ is basically gone.  I’m learning that these longer runs are not about pace and how quickly I can could get them done….It’s about feel.  Run the pace that feels good and doesn’t make you wish every three steps that there was a beer and an ice bath waiting for you.  Although those two items definitely would be great to have after each run this past month.  If you need to walk, walk.  Also nutrition on the run has been a key factor as I’ve never really worked on that in my prior training.  Honestly my past races that I trained for didn’t seem to call for it but now I do see how important it is.  Clif Shot Bloks have been a huge success for me.  I’ve been working eating just about everyone 20 to 30 minutes when out on the long runs.  After the Dirty Burg though I need to start testing with real food as I believe my stomach will appreciate it more when the hundo comes.

This was taken at the end of the Dirty Burg 50K.  Cold stream + ice cold cider beer + pizza + fellow runners = perfect way to complete a training run

This was taken at the end of the Dirty Burg 50K. Cold stream + ice cold cider beer + pizza + fellow runners = perfect way to complete a training run

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