Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekly RunDown #76

Clarence DeMar
"Not only in running but in much of life is a sense of balance and proportion necessary."
Clarence DeMar

If you do not know about Clarence DeMar there is some info here and here as well as a book: Marathon: Autobiography of Clarence DeMar  America's Grandfather of Running.  Just ordered the book so will review it when done.  Also, see video of Clarence DeMar below.

I have started to post my interviews once and week and will do them on what I will call "Interview Tuesday."  This weeks interview is with Kentucky and New Masters Runner Gordon Turner

I think I am going to have to try and interview Dave Jones who ran a marathon in all 50 states and in all 8 Continents - all in one year

The Tokyo Marathon, this Sunday the 25th, Men's Preview and Wilson Kipsang says the world record is on his mind.  Here is the Women's Preview.

A look at fatigue and what it can tell you

I have not run in the Inov-8 line but Ben Mounsey gives the history of the X-Talon

A list of hiking trails but how many have you run or would you run

iRunFar.com's This Week in Running: February 19, 2018

LetsRun.com's The Week That Was in Running: February 12-18, 2018

USATF roster for the world indoor championships March 2-4 in Birmingham England

Four Training Ideas from David Roche

So, who has been added to the Altra Elite Team for 2018

Phil Maffetone talks about walking

An interesting insole that is more about creating a sensory cue to help with form, anyone tried these

Need some tips for running downhill, here are some from top ultramarathon coaches

Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel attempt better the FKT on the Great Himalaya Trail.  The current best time for the 14000km trail with it's 70,000m of elevation of gain and loss is 28 days - 13 hours - 56 minutes.

How many of these have you seen: Best Running Movies Ever

The importance of Prebiotic Fibers

Aravaipa Running has a new Podcast (Trail Currents is the new name) - that has flowed out of Aravaipa Trail Talk.  The first two episodes, with Jamil Coury & Jubilee Paige, are about cheating (Show #1) and Ultra Race Lotteries (Show #2) - Here is the YouTube link to the first show

Karl Meltzer is still winning at 50 and just won the Lone Star 100 for his 40th 100 mile win

A look at setting expectations - should we set them high low or somewhere in-between

What books are you reading or have you read lately that relate to running, here is my list (links are affiliate links):

Masters Running News
How a 51 year old credits his Mtn. Bike for sub 17:00 5k's


Races this Coming Week
Transgrancanaria, Las Palmas, Canary Islands - February 23-24, 2018
Mount Cheaha 50K, Delta, AL - February 24, 2018
The Black Mountain Marathon and Mount Mitchell Challenge, Black Mountain, NC - February 24, 2018
Orange Curtain 100K/50K/30K/10K, Cerritos, CA - February 24, 2018
Antelope Canyon Ultras, Page, AZ - February 24-25, 2018
Phoenix Marathon, Mesa, AZ - February 25, 2018
Tokyo Marathon, Tokyo, Japan - February 25, 2018


Past Weekend Race Results
2018 USA Indoor Championships, Albuquerque, NM - February 16-18, 2018
Black Canyon Ultra (100K/60K), Mayer, AZ - February 17, 2017
Chabot Trail Run, Castro Valley, CA - February 17, 2018
Everglades Ultras, Copeland, FL - February 17, 2018
Jackpot Ultra Running Festival W/2018 U.S. National 100 Mile Road National Championship, Henderson, NV - February 17, 2018
Austin Marathon, Austin, TX - February 18, 2018


Clarence DeMar winning his 7th Boston Marathon


Courtney Dauwalter Ultra Runner | 24 Hour Endurance Run Record Holder


Preview for the 2016 Antelope Canyon Ultras which is running this weekend - Looks like a cool course


UTMB 2017 56K CCC


Mountain Outhouse News from 2/16/18


Video on Zack Bitter put out by one of his sponsors - NOW Foods

Jamil Coury's Video from the 2018 Running Up for Air race - he did the 12hr race


Mark Allen on building an Aerobic Base


As an Ambassador for SFuels here is my latest video - You can try the new drink with free shipping on your first bag and also get a 1 year guarantee















Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Interview Tuesday: Meet Kentucky and New Masters Runner – Gordon Turner

My plan, so as to spread out these interviews, is that I am going to post them on what I will call now call Interview Tuesday's

I have had a great time connecting with runners I have known, but not well, and with runners I have met only shortly at a race.  Gordon Turner is one of those runners that till this year I basically only met each year at the Rotary 5K Trail Race at Pulaski Park near Somerset.  Gordon, as you will read not only runs but puts on races.  Enjoy the interview and find out more about Gordon.  Make sure to share these interviews so that more people get to know about the great runners we have here in the Bluegrass State.


Tell us a little about yourself not necessarily related to running: age, where born, education, area you live in, etc…..

My name is Gordon Turner, I’m 39 years old, I was born in Somerset, KY.  I grew up and graduated High School from Wayne County in 1996. I attended Somerset Community College and Liberty University.  I have been married for 14 years and and have 3 children ranging from 13 years old – 9 years old.


What is your profession? 

I have worked with United Parcel Service for 18 years and I also work for GT Races as a timer and manage online registration database for races. Timing races has really become fun for me! I want to Thank Shawn Daugherty for that opportunity. At first it was tough knowing I want to be out there running those races, but as time went by I‘ve really enjoyed watching everyone cross the finish line and seeing the accomplishment on their faces.


How did you start running and what prompted you to do so?

I started running about 15 years ago when I met my beautiful wife Arden. Honestly the funny part was I knew this was the way to get to spend time with her and that’s where it all began.


How long have you been running? 

I’ve been running about 15 years, but really started running semi-competitively in 2012 in 5K’s and picked up a few half marathons then decided to tackle my first marathon.  Since then I’ve completed 3 Marathon and planning two more over the next two months. This is my first year as a master runner and I’m looking forward to see what 2018 holds.


Did you participate in any other sports over the years? 

I wasn’t much of a athlete in High School but did play some sports leisurely Baseball, & Softball.


Did you run in grade school, High School or College? If so where? 

I didn’t run in High School or College, I just picked it up later in Life.


So we get an idea of where you have been with running can you share your PR’s for: 5K, 10K marathon and any other distance you may have run in the past. 

  • 5K – 21:51
  • 10K – 45:39
  • Half – 1:39:52
  • Marathon – 3:41:17


What is your most memorable race or races and share a little about at least one of them?

My first marathon was my most memorable race for me.  It was the Kentucky Derby Marathon.  Through my training I just kept thinking, there is no way I can do this, NO WAY.  However I just kept faith in my training plan and I had a great training partner in David Smith to help me get ready.  Race Day came and I was a nervous wreck, I kept doubting myself.  The race began and I finally settled in and was able to finish with a time of 3:41:41. None of this would have been possible without a supportive wife and family, my training partner and some awesome Hydration products from SWORD.   A huge Thank You goes out to Co-Founders Scott Black & Shawn Stasko.  Thank You for your hard work and for your awesome Product developed here in Kentucky.


What is your favorite distance to run and race?

My favorite distance is the Marathon,  There is just something about the marathon for me that brings a challenge. I think mostly it gives me motivation to get out and train and put in the training! 


Do you have any long-range plans?


My long range plans are to continue to run Half & Full Marathons, I like to run a couple a year.  My Dream is to have a BQ time down the road, I need to keep building my base mileage and hope the stars align to make this dream a reality.


What do you like best about living and running in KY?

Running in Kentucky definitely brings a good mix of hills and some flat ground  together.  Living around Lake Cumberland and The Daniel Boone National Forest is Awesome. You can mix in many runs along the road to incorporate views of Lake Cumberland and at the Trails at Pulaski County Park.  However, I would say 95% of my runs are on the road.

The best part is I can travel 30 minutes South and run some beautiful trails at Yamacraw.  That is one race you don’t want to miss out on if your reading this article.  Yamacraw has a 50K – 20K & 10K and always takes place in early April. (My note: Yamacraw is sold out for this year, they have a Wait List,  but is for sure one you want to add to your list)

Lake Cumberland and all around the state of Kentucky has some awesome places to run. I would highly encourage you to visit your local running store, buy a pair of running shoes and hit the road or the trails and enjoy what the terrain of Kentucky has to offer.


What do you struggle with most with regards to running?

My struggles have always been making sure I have the right balance to stay healthy and avoid the normal running injuries, my job at UPS is physically demanding on my body and I work some long hours.  I always try to get up  anywhere from 4 – 6 am and get my training in.  So for me I’ve really tried to follow the 80/20 Running from Matt Fitzgerald, “Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower.”  So far this approach seems to help my body in recovery and allows me to get back out the next day and hit the road again.


What do you see as a trend in running?

From a timing perspective, it seems we have really seen a boom in new runners at the present. The excitement is there and the sport of running is growing!  We see more races popping up making it easier for runners/walkers to participate in. 


If you had one, well maybe two or three, things to say those that are running to encourage them what would it be?

  1. Visit a local Running Store and get fitted correctly for the right shoes.
  2. Build your Base Mileage slowly and Be Consistent in your Training.
  3. Make sure you learn how to fuel properly and find what works for you, I’ve had great Success with SWORD.  If you have questions about SWORD feel free to reach out, I would love to tell you more about this awesome product.
  4. Never doubt yourself – if you have your goals set on your first 5K, Half Marathon, Marathon or even an Ultra. DON’T GIVE UP – DREAM BIG!


Do you have a website or other social media site you would like to share?


Any closing comments?

In closing I would just like to encourage everyone to enjoy the sport of running, don’t make it complicated. Enjoy the process, it takes time but most of all if you put in the training you will see the fruits of you training. 

“The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda” John Maxwell

Friday, February 16, 2018

Weekly RunDown #75

Meb Keflezighi
“Most of us have enough areas in our lives where we have to meet others’ expectations. 
Let your running be about your own hopes and dreams.” 
Meb Keflezighi

This week I interviewed Kentucky and Master runners Nelson Weaver and Dudley Walden.  Starting next week I will be doing the interviews on Interview Tuesday's.

Nice article on the Robertson twins, Zane and Jake, move to Kenya

Amy Cragg is looking for a PR at the Tokyo Marathon February 25th

Interview with Camille Herron: I was Born to Run

While I am entered to do the Tunnel Hill 100 this year it looks like they are adding a Marathon and it will be a certified course as well as a Boston Qualifier.  Should be good as very little elevation and also on softer ground but still a good surface to get a BQ on.  You can keep up on it being added on the Tunnel Hill FB page

I showed this video a few weeks ago of a talk by Eliud Kipchoge and Dave Bedford - Outside Online had broken out some of Eliud's comments in this article .

Outside also takes on the call for X-Country to be "more extreme" and "edgier."  I think this can go too far but being one who loves X-Country and would love to see it back in the Olympics I have to say the recent world championships I have watched have been little more than track meets on manicured grass lawns with a few hay bails to jump over once in a while.  I do not want to sound old but back in the day I remember running through mud up good sized hills and ealing with what ever weather came at you and little was easy or for that matter fast - it was just plain hard.  See the video below of the BUCs X-Country races in the UK and other associated videos as these races were tough.

How many of these National Parks have you run at, I have run at three of them?

I have only done one of these races - The Carlsbad 5000

I am currently reading Endure by Alex Hutchinson and here is a short review by LetsRun.com.  I am only about a 1/3 of the way done and it is a great book and is up there with Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Want to enter UTMB, or any of the other races offered, well here is how to register for 2019.  While there is a lottery to get in I do like this: "Riders who have been refused twice in the 2017 and 2018 draws on the same race may enter the individual race on the same race in 2019 without going through the draw provided that they hold the necessary points for 2019."

LetsRun.com's The Week That Was in Running: February 5-11, 2018

iRunFar.com's This Week in Running: February 12, 2018

Athletics Weekly's roundup of indoor track and other events

A look at why the creators of SFuels did so

The Training for Ultra Podcast talks to Yiou Wang, Cara chase and Jeff Browning.  Really like Jeff Browning interviews as always good stuff comes up.  Liked how he described his diet as he called himself a "flexitarian."  Diet section starts at 1hr 32min into the interview.

How many of these are on your bucket list.  Only one of them might be on my list, Great Wall  Marathon, but might try the Missoula Marathon one day

Preview of this weeks 2018 USA Indoor Championships and more on the meet,  in Albuquerque, NM

A look at the Tarawera Ultra

Want info on the Comrades Marathon then check out The Marathon website

A look at John Kelly's AT 4 State Challenge FKT attempt

Ultra Run MD writes on the 31 benefits of running 31 miles through the night

Emmanuel Bor becomes the 500th sub 4:00 miler


Masters Running News
Want to see what your age graded time is here is an Age Grade Calculator


Races this Coming Week
2018 USA Indoor Championships, Albuquerque, NM - February 16-18, 2018
Black Canyon Ultra (100K/60K), Mayer, AZ - February 17, 2017
Chabot Trail Run, Castro Valley, CA - February 17, 2018
Everglades Ultras, Copeland, FL - February 17, 2018
Jackpot Ultra Running Festival W/2018 U.S. National 100 Mile Road National Championship, Henderson, NV - February 17, 2018
Austin Marathon, Austin, TX - February 18, 2018


Past Weekend Race Results
Orcas Island 100, Orcas Island, WA - February 9-10, 2018
Louisville Lovin' the Hills, Louisville, KY - February 10, 2018
Tarawera Ultramarathon, Rotorua, New Zealand - February 10, 2018
Iron Horse Endurance Runs,  Florahome, FL -  February 10-11, 2018
Lone Star 100, El Paso, TX - February 10-11, 2018


A look at Meb Keflezighi


Meb's 2014 Boston win


Highlights of the 2018 Louisville Lovin' the Hills Race


Mountain Outhouse News (2/10/18)


BUCS Men's 2018 A Race


And if you want tough here is a clip from the BUCS Championships


From last year's (2017) Black Canyon Ultra


Story of another runner who went to Kenya


REI: How to Run a 100 Miles













Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Meet Kentucky and Masters Runner - Dudley Walden

Not sure about everyone else but it has been fun and informative to ask questions of local runners and learn about their running journey.  This interview is with Kentucky and Masters runner, as well as veteran, Dudley Walden.  Dudley was  wounded in Iraq and was told he would never run  again.  In seeing Dudley, when I get to his neck of the woods, I can attest to the fact that the diagnosis that he should never run again was faulty.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired by Dudley’s story.


Tell us a little about yourself not necessarily related to running: age, where born, education, area you live in, etc…..

I’m from Murfreesboro, TN and I’m about to turn 52 years old.  Judy and I have been married 25 years and have 3 boys, ages 23, 18 and 11.  I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University.  I became a Christian in 1998, and it radically changed my life from that point on.


What is your profession?

I retired from the Army in 2010.  I was an Infantryman and spent 24 years in the Army, retiring as a First Sergeant.  I’m a military human resources civilian now and work at Human Resources Command running Army Promotion and Selection Boards.


How did you start running and what prompted you to do so? 

I just ran in the Army as part of normal PT.  I ran a few races (3 marathons and a few halves and 10Ks) in the late 90s.  I was pretty seriously wounded in Iraq in 2003 which broke my femur and ruptured my quadriceps.  I had numerous surgeries and spent about 18 months in physical therapy.  I was told I shouldn’t ever try to run again, so for about a decade I did just that.  Strangely when I started back running, I realized my knee responded by getting stronger.  I’ve been able to handle 50 mile weeks with no problem, but I had to work up to it slowly.


How long have you been running?

My wife became interested in running about 3 years ago so we started running together.  She was the inspiration for me to start running again. It is a great, healthy activity that we enjoy doing together.


Did you participate in any other sports over the years?

I played soccer in high school.  Other than that I just participated recreationally in different sports in college or the army.


Did you run in grade school, High School or College? If so where?

No


So we get an idea of where you have been with running can you share your PR’s for: 5K, 10K marathon and any other distance you may have run in the past. 

I’ll just share what I have from the last couple years.  I won’t see any of my times from 20 years ago again.

  • 5K - 24:55
  • 10K -  52:56
  • Half Marathon - 1:57:39
  • Marathon - 4:22:39


What is your most memorable race or races and share a little about at least one of them?

The 2017 KY Derby Marathon and not in a good way.  I had a goal, but totally bonked during the race.  Normally, I just run, enjoy the race, and I’m satisfied with whatever time I run.  Training really hard for so long and then doing poorly was disappointing.  It taught me to respect the distance and stick to the goal pace.


What is your favorite distance to run and race?

The half marathon and of course:  The E'town Half Marathon hosted by Running Soles!


Do you have any long-range plans?

We are running the LBL 60K, which will be my first ultra.  I’m really into just overall fitness and long term quality of life.  Running is only a part of trying to live healthy.


What do you like best about living and running in KY?

The people.  We’ve lived several places while in the army.  Kentuckians are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and I love our running community.


What do you struggle with most with regards to running?

Hills!  I’m a terrible hill runner and was even when I was younger.


What do you see as a trend in running?

I see a lot people being “running tourists”; building a vacation around a race.  I think it is a great way to see a new area, meet different people and still do something healthy.


If you had one, well maybe two or three, things to say those that are running to encourage them what would it be?

Even though I usually have a goal time for a race, I try to concentrate on the process and not the goal.  The process is a healthy, active lifestyle.  If I do that, I’m successful whether I meet a specific time or not.  Celebrate achieving a goal, but enjoy God giving you the ability to run.


Any closing comments?

Thanks for teaching me to always carry an “emergency gel” on long runs.  I read that in one of your blog posts and have done it since then.  It has bailed me out a couple of times.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Meet Kentucky and Masters Runner - Nelson Weaver

It has been fun getting to know people around the state that I may have only meet briefly at races but through these interviews have gotten to learn a little more about them.  The following are some questions I asked Nelson Weaver and I hope this will further let you know more about him and learn even more about the great community of runners we have in Kentucky.


Tell us a little about yourself not necessarily related to running: age, where born, education, area you live in, etc…..

I am 45 years old and was born & currently reside in Somerset, Kentucky (near beautiful Lake Cumberland).  I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world, my best friend, Millie, and we have a spectacular daughter, Lily.  I am a Christian and I love the Lord!  I grew up on a farm and graduated from Wayne County High School (Monticello) in 1990, and the University of Kentucky in 1994 with a degree in Crop & Field Science & a minor in Agriculture Economics. 


What is your profession? 

I am a Real Estate Broker & owner of Lake Cumberland Real Estate Professionals.  I have been in real estate for almost 19 years.  My wife and I are active with our church, The Creek, our local community, and several charities.  Serving as a board member on Habitat for Humanity, I have just taken over as Race Director for The Lake Cumberland Half, a beautiful 13.1 mile road run that starts at Lake Cumberland.


How did you start running and what prompted you to do so? 

I have always been physically active and enjoyed lifting weights with light cardio over the years.  I taught a Spin Class for 7 years but wanted to do something more challenging, so I decided to take up running. 


How long have you been running?  

I transitioned to running in 2012 at the age of 40.  We bought a treadmill and I was hooked after just a few runs.  I began reading everything I could about the sport and how to get faster.  (I should have concentrated more on staying injury-free!) 


Did you participate in any other sports over the years? 

I played basketball up until my Sophomore year in high school and then played football my Junior & Senior year.  


Did you run in grade school, High School or College? If so where?  

I never ran competitively throughout school and now I wish I could have so bad.  I feel I have missed out.


So we get an idea of where you have been with running can you share your PR’s for: 5K, 10K marathon and any other distance you may have run in the past:

  • 5K:  19:50
  • 10K: 43:11
  • Half Marathon: 1:34:33

What is your most memorable race or races and share a little about at least one of them?  

I must say my favorite races are trail races and there is not a one that does not leave a memory.  From the first 5k Rotary Trail Run in January 2015 (where I turned my ankle, and realized I needed to run trails more often), I was totally hooked on running wild & free in the woods.  One notable race was last year’s Dry Creek Trail 10K race near Nashville Tennessee, where I really pushed it and knew I had a bunch of people in front of me, but when I crossed the line and looked at my wife, she had this surprised look on her face, and she says “You Won!”  As it turns out, I did place first for the 10K, but all the fast runners were doing the Half and Full Marathons.  I love the Yamacraw run at Stearns (Brian Gajus), the Hot Hot Hundred & The Reaper 30K at Morehead, and the Rough Trail Ultra at Red River Gorge (Mike Whisman) is breathtaking (literally).


What is your favorite distance to run and race? 

I do not really know what my favorite distance is at this point in my running career.  Once I complete a distance I want to go farther.  For my level of fitness, I would say a 25K trail race or Half Marathon on the road is about right to open it up and really push your limits.


Do you have any long-range plans? 

Yes, to run until my 80s-90s!  I am at a stage where I am still gaining speed & endurance so there are so many options looking forward.  This year I am running my first road marathon at Louisville in April and hope to BQ (I love the trails but one time I have to run at Boston).  Then in November I have signed up for my first 50K!  I definitely want to knock out a 50-miler and hopefully a 100-mile run in 2 or 3 years.


What do you like best about living and running in KY? 

We have some of the best varied running terrain of anywhere.  Without driving too far you can easily find a flat course, a slightly hilly run, or a shred-your-glutes-&-quads hill climb.  There are so many challenging & beautiful trails, especially along the Sheltowee Trace.


What do you struggle with most with regards to running? 

Time.  There is never enough time to squeeze in the amount of training, running, & races that I would like.  It is an on-going struggle being a business owner, husband, & father and trying to balance all those roles.  Running enhances my life, but I don’t want to take away or miss out on family time.  


What do you see as a trend in running? 

I see two things.  The longer Ultras continue to pop up and humans keep pushing unfathomable limits – it’s amazing!  I also see more runners using social media apps where we can feel a part of a community whether we run with each other day-to-day or not.  I am excited daily to check my Strava news feed and see where my friends & heroes have ran.  It pumps me up.


If you had one, well maybe two or three, things to say those that are running to encourage them what would it be?  

Running is a gift.  Do not take for granted good health and always being able to run.  Take care of your body.  Be patient starting out and be content to get a slow, easy, base established before throwing in too much intensity.  Our bodies can do amazing things, at any age, but it is a slow biological process.  So, eat well and be sure to get plenty of rest & recovery.  


Do you have a website or other social media site you would like to share? 


Any closing comments? 

I am so thankful to be a part of the running community and I think it is incumbent upon us to give back by volunteering, encouraging, & inspiring those around us who do not realize what they are capable of.  The neat thing about running is even though we line up against one another when the race begins, we are only competing against ourselves & our past efforts.  We root for those who finish in front of us.  We cheer on those who finish behind us.  We all know everybody has a different story and we know how hard everyone else has trained to get to where they are.  I truly love this sport!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Weekly RunDown #74

Grete Waitz
"Sustained motivation is essential to achieving your potential."
Grete Waitz

If you have not already check out my interview with Kentucky and Masters runner Teresa Garrison as well as Kentucky runner Mary Rose

David Emch wins the North Face 100K in Thailand

Not sure how many of you knew of, or knew Ken Young, who founded the Association of Road Race Statisticians (ARRS) but he recently passed away.  Due to a number of factors Ken did not have anyone to pass on the ARRS so as of now it appears the ARRS is halted.  For some background on him Amby Burfoot wrote an article on him back in 2016: The Endless Toil of the Big Data Guy.   Here is a good article on Ken: Passing of Ultrarunning Legend Ken Young.   I ran with Ken back in the late 70's and early 80's in Tucson and did many a trail run with him.  He was one of the first Ultra guys before Ultra was what it is today. By the way if you want to read about the fastest 100 mile runners of the 70's, 80's and 90's check out Davy Crockett's free online book: Swift Endurance Legends - lots of great info.

If you have spent any time online you may have heard of parkrun in the UK , in it's 11th year, (500 locations, 5013 clubs  & 1,551,934 runners)but did you know it has been in the US since 2012 (15 locations, 1219 clubs  & 18,588 runners ).

So do you think there should be pacers in races?  I am not talking about the ones that are there to help the pack to a certain time but the ones that pace the leaders, in some races there are even pacers for the good but not as great runners.  OutsideOnline looks at this in their article "Pacers are Ruining the Marathon" and I have to say I am not a fan of pacers as I like to see racing not pacing.  Sure a record is nice but in the context of a race it is so much better.  I understand they have them in races from the 800m on up but even there it is hard to beat a World Record set by an athlete intent on it no matter what, just watch David Rudisha in the 2012 London Olympics win the 800m from the front in a WR.

If you have read Steve Magness', written with Brad Stulberg  , book Peak Performance - and if not I highly recommend you do - here is a look at how he trained in High School

Might be an interesting meet in a year with no major T&F championships: New Athletics World Cup.  Sad that the longest race is only 1500m, also looks to be competing with some other high profile events

iRunFar.com's This Week in Running: February 5, 2018

LetsRun.com's The Week That Was in Running: Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2018

The Weekly Round-up from Athletics Weekly

Race recap of the 2018 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon & see the video of the finish at the "Recap"link or below

Overview of this past weeks USATF X-Country Championships

The IAAF 1/2 Marathon World Championships are in Valencia Spain March 24th and here is the USATF Team

Interview with Mary Cain on her 2018 plans

Also, this past weekend was the USATF 100 Mile Championship in Huntsville, TX at the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile.  Not taking anything away from the winners, they deserve the wins they got, but did the field contain the best 100 mile racers?  Not sure how the USATF picks the races and what would draw the best fields, well I have some ideas, but would be good to see a Championship with all the big names at the line, or at least a large number of them.

Yuki Kawauchi not only runs marathons but also the ever popular, in Japan, Eikeden events and in the Saitama Ekiden event this weekend he passed 44 people on his leg.

Good article on resilience from the writers of Peak Performance, a book I highly recommend.

The Lone Star 100 is this weekend and Karl Meltzer who is the winningest 100-Mile ultrarunner is entered

Race report on the Lakeland 50 held in the Lake District of Cumbria England

Completeing the Nolan's 14 in the summer is hard enough but Andrew Hamilton did became the first to do it in the winter.  His run has been named the "Snolans" 14

Some thoughts I hadn't seen expressed concerning public, or is it federal, land use.  It is valid to ask who should pay for the care of lands only some use.  I am for sure not for land simply being taken and sold off to the highest bidder but as is often the case what one hears is not always the whole story from, that is usually true of both sides.

Great excerpt from Alex Hutchinson's new book - Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance - a book I just got and started this week.

Toni Reavis writes on Why People Start Running


Masters Running News
Boston Marathon race director 63 year old Dave McGillivray finished the 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days challenge


Races this Coming Week
Orcas Island 100, Orcas Island, WA - February 9-10, 2018
Louisville Lovin' the Hills, Louisville, KY - February 10, 2018
Tarawera Ultramarathon, Rotorua, New Zealand - February 10, 2018
Iron Horse Endurance Runs,  Florahome, FL -  February 10-11, 2018
Lone Star 100, El Paso, TX - February 10-11, 2018


Past Weekend Race Results
2018 USATF X-Country Championships, Tallahassee, FL - February 3, 2018
Elephant Mountain 50K, Cave Creek, AZ - February 3, 2018
Orcas Island 50K, Orcas Island, WA - February 3, 2018
Sean O'Brian Trail Runs, Malibu Creek State Park, CA - February 3, 2018
Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile, Huntsville, TX - February 3-4, 2018
Surf City Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, Huntington Beach, CA - February 4, 2018


New York Road Runners look at Grete Waitz 9 wins at the New York Marathon.  Grete passed away from cancer at 57 in 20011


Billy Yang's new video - THE WHY: Running 100 Miles


2018 Vibram Hong Kong 100K


Finish of the 2018 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon


Ultra pur : Anton Kupricka, l’ovni de l’ultra trail - Translates to: Ultra pure: Anton Krupicka, the UFO of ultra trail


Ɓemkowyna Ultra Trail® – UTWT Discovery Race


More UTMB goodness with a look at the 2017 CCC (101K)

Orcas Island 100 - which is running today (2/9) and tomorrow


Ok, I know it is not running - well running is involved, probably more than some would like - but this is one tough sport.  The 2018 Cyclocross World Championships.  The fans really love this sport.









Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Meet Kentucky Runner - Mary Rose

2017 Backyard Classic - Photo by Anne Goodman
In an effort to let others know what a great running community we have here in Kentucky, and the
surrounding states, here is another interview from a runner you may not have heard of but one who has inspired many by her love for running and having a great attitude.

The following are some questions I asked Mary Rose and I hope this will let you know a little bit more about her and show the great group of runners we have here in the Bluegrass State.


Tell us a little about yourself not necessarily related to running: age, where born, education, area you live in, etc…..

I am 34 years old, born in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from the University of Evansville majoring in Creative Writing, Sociology and Religion.  I was a group home manager for individuals with physical and mental disabilities for five years before I got married and had my first child.  Our family moved to Louisville in 2015 when I was 9 months pregnant with the twins, then settled in Elizabethtown in 2016.

2016 Urban Bourbon - Photo by: Urban Bourbon

What is your profession?

I am a stay at home mother to four children ages 6, 4, 2, and 2. They keep me slightly busy


How did you start running and what prompted you to do so?

I attempted the Couch to 5K program before and after each of my pregnancies.  First, I did it in order to lose weight to help get pregnant, then as a way to try to get back in shape afterwards.  I completed several 5K and 7Ks during that time but never got to the point of running consistently and being able to run the whole thing. When I got back to it after the birth of the twins, I had accountability this time from afar with my friend Holly in Evansville, locally the Louisville Moms Run This Town group, and then the Running Soles group when I moved.  I was able to stick with it and turn it into something I was passionate about for the first time in my life. 


How long have you been running?

January 2016 was when I started running consistently, two months after my twins were born. So right at two years. 


Did you participate in any other sports over the years?

Freeman Lake Kids Race  - Photo by Jackie Edwards

Powerlifting and soccer in high school.  I was pretty active all through school and enjoyed playing intramurals in college;  Soccer, basketball, flag football, ultimate frisbee - all the fun things.


Did you run in grade school, High School or College? If so where?

I was a sprinter in track in middle school and early high school. But mainly focused on shot put. I started powerlifting to help get stronger for shot put. 


So we get an idea of where you have been with running can you share your PR’s for: 5K, 10K marathon and any other distance you may have run in the past.

  • 5K  - 10/8/17 Railsplitter 5K 36:32.59
  • Half Marathon  - 4/29/17 Kentucky Derby Half Marathon 2:55:46 
  • Marathon distance -  9/8/17 Run Under The Stars 10 Hour Endurance Run 7:51 (I haven’t ran an official marathon but have hit the distance several times during races) 
  • 50K  - 11/11/17 Run Amok 50K 12:46:30 


What is your most memorable race or races and share a little about at least one of them?

Several races stand out in my mind. The Urban Bourbon in 2016 was my first half marathon. Prior to that year I had never run 5 miles. I will never forget crossing that finish line with my friend Holly and having a bunch of my Louisville Mothers Run This Town friends jump the fence to come hug me and get a picture.  The 2017 Louisville Lovin the Hills 15 mile trail race at Jefferson Memorial Forest was another memorable one.  I worked hard and pushed my body to make it through those hills and get to the finish.  My friend Lori put the wooden heart medal on me at the finish line and I thought she was a mirage as I was coming up that last hill.  I was so happy. Going back a bit, I reached my goal of completing 5Ks in 2015 when I ran one when I was 34 weeks pregnant with the twins.  I was in last place by quite a bit (except for my husband who wouldn’t leave my side) but I remember how thrilled I was to have crossed that finish line.


What is your favorite distance to run and race?

The sprint to the finish is definitely still my favorite part of any race, but I think the half distance is the most rewarding. 


Training with 4 Little Ones - Photo by John Stewart
Do you have any long-range plans?

Right now I am focusing on healing my separated abs (I have Diastis Recti following the birth of my twins and having 4 kids in 4 years) and my knee.  Physical therapy at PT Pros (I love having a fellow runner as a PT) has been super helpful and I have been focusing on getting a better base then will work my way back up to longer distances again.  Other than Ragnar, I’m sticking to under 10 miles this Spring. I will work back up to to a half and am signed up for the Backyard Classic 8 Hour Endurance Run in August.  Long-term, one of my goals is to run a Sub30 5K.  First, I will work towards a Sub35.:)


What do you like best about living and running in KY?

There are so many fun races, great trails, and wonderful people. Running is definitely about the journey and my running journey in Kentucky has been fantastic. 


What do you struggle with most with regards to running?

As a “back of the packer” it can definitely be hard sometimes to not get caught up in seeing how fast other people progress in their running. I often have to remind myself that my journey is no one else’s but my own. That my feet have gone up and down hills and through creek beds and made it to the finish line the same as someone who finishes hours before me. 


What do you see as a trend in running?

Running as a community.  Through local running stores like Running Soles here in Elizabethtown and free programs like Louisville Mothers Run This Town in Louisville, as well as social media groups, all you have to do is take the first step and you can be a part of an amazing group of people.  They will inspire, encourage, and support you. My running friends have become some of my best friends in life. I don’t know what I would do without them. 


If you had one, well maybe two or three, things to say those that are running to encourage them what would it be?

This is where you were meant to be.  Running is truly a sport where everyone can go their own pace and take their own journey. Do not compare yourself to others; focus on you and what you want to accomplish. And make sure to sometimes ditch the watch and just go get immersed in the woods for awhile. 


Any closing comments?

Thank you for the chance to tell a little about my running journey.  I am inspired every day by other local runners and am enjoying reading each of their stories as you post them.