19 September 2015
Last year when I ran the Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon I fell around mile 11 and sliced open my right thigh. Pretty dramatic looking stuff but luckily not debilitating and I finished, pretty well considering. This year my goals were 1) not to fall, 2) run healthy/injury-free and 3) to see if I could better my previous time.
ASIDE - #1 was also one of Shelley's goals for me.
[Thanks to Jodee Adams-Moore for these very cool (and kinda hippie) finisher medals!]
12 September 2015
Oh man, My edition of Passport2Pain really should have been called "Passport2Pain++" or "Passport2Pain plus More Pain plus Even More Pain" because upon arriving at the finish I realized I had lost my car key somewhere on Vashon Island. This meant I had to ride 10 more miles (mostly uphill) to the ferry and then 10 more miles (with two more hills) from the ferry dock home. Ouch.
That said, this ride was everything I imagined it would be. We practically rode up every hill on the entire frigging island! I'm so glad for 1) the perfect weather, 2) some great company and 3) the outrageous (read: totally excellent) amount of support on this ride!
06 September 2015
Pictures sometimes really do tell the story best, here is one of my favorites.
04 September 2015
25 August 2015
Her husband, Bil Vandergraff, was there to support her the whole time. He was nice enough to share some pictures, video and commentary; here is how it went.
17 August 2015
25 July 2015
24 July 2015
I almost took another day off today. Motivation is gone.
Luckily Jon Robinson gave me a shout and asked me to go running so I went.
I felt like crap! Right from the start I felt like I was breathing through the world's smallest straw, so much so that I was wheezing while my heart rate was just 125 bpm. We slowed down a bit and I recovered some but every time our pace would get close to 8:00 I was in a world of hurt. Shoot. I was laughing, Jon was just going for a shakeout run prior to racing the White River 50 Mile and I couldn't keep up. Sigh.
My ride home was very slow.
23 July 2015
Wow, what a difference a couple of days make.
Tuesday I was on fire! Wednesday the motivation ebbed so I took a day off. Last night I met my friend Tony Callen at Fremont Brewing and that was the beginning of the end for me. I took the bus to work today and still felt like crap when I walked home. Some people learn things much slower than others.
21 July 2015
Great day! I was surprised I had this much energy but my lunch run was super mellow and I might still be coasting from all that speed last weekend. At lunch I ran with Steven Kurle who is always great to talk to and great company.
At the stairs I felt slower than usual but I still got in 13 flights in 45 minutes which is what I have been doing when I feel super so go figure.
At Fleet Feet Sports Seattle we started pretty mellow but then I was solid on the hill and picked up the pace just a bit in the last mile. Solid in other words.