Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekly RunDown #71

Doris Brown Heritage
“Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.”
Doris Brown Heritage

3rd interview in my KY Runner series, this one is with Tina Muir.  A UK transplant now living in Lexington KY.  She has a great story and just yesterday (Jan 18, 2018) gave birth to her daughter Bailey Grace Picucci

If you are in the Elizabethtown KY area Saturday July 7th you can give the Freeman Lake Summer Trail Challenge a try.  There will be a 10k and 5K and if you want a challenge they are set up so you can give both a try.

Steve Spence extended his streak of sub 5:00 miles to 43 years

Nice article on the Tunnel Hill 100 that is focused on those seeking to get under 24 hrs, 30 hrs or just doing their first 100.  This will be my first 100 miler in the 2018 and like most I would be far behind Camille Herron.

Always a good interview here is another one with Mike Wardian

Ian Corless looks at climbing with his 6 tips to being a better climber

From Peak Performance - 8 Rules to Do Everything Better

So what do you think of race time predictors

Camille Herron and Jim Walmsley named UltraRunners of the Year.  Here is the interview with Camille and with Jim

Article on rest: Rest and Recovery: A Whole New Perspective - I know I am guilty of this, but we do really have to start to think about rest as training instead of it as a hindrance to training.

How do you deal with a DNF?

2017 Boston Marathon winner Geoffrey Kirui is not complacent about where he is and should be a factor again at the 2018 Boston Marathon

UltrarunnerPodcast.com interview with Michele Yates

USATF Runners of the year - 2017

iRunFar.com's This Week in Running January 15, 2018

So where would you want to run the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials as 4 cites have placed an intent to bid - Atlanta, Austin, Chattanooga and Orlando?

The elite field is listed for the 2018 Boston Marathon

Good podcast by Training For Ultra with Mario Mendoza and Michele Yates on the Bandera 100K as well as a conversation with Jason Koop and Zack Bitter on carbs and diet

Treadmills for hill training

Molly Huddle breaks the US record for the 1/2 Marathon in Houston, she actually got three records - quite the race as she was 7th overall.

John Hancock announces elite field for 2018 Boston Marathon

I for one hope they keep the Great Edinburgh International X-Country race at Holyrood Park.  While I have not been there it appears to be a great venue for a great start to the year race.  See below for highlights of the racing

Video on Haile Gebrselassie that gives some background on him and where he is today.  He is in my estimation if not the greatest distance runner of all time - one of the greatest.  Also great to see him back where he started making a difference.  Interesting that you find most of the African distance runners going home to make a difference.

Article on Training and Racing and why some leave their best races at a training session.

New running tech gear from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)


I have mentioned before that I am an Ambassador for SFuels but if you are looking for an alternative to those sugary drinks check out SFuels Ultra Endurance Low Carb Drink .  I am looking forward to my drink mixes coming in soon so I can give them a more thorough use.  First race with them will be Land Between the Lakes in March.  SFuels also has a free "QuickStart Guide - the Fuel Switch" you can download




Masters Running News
Kathrine Switzer on running marathons in her 70's, running 4:46 at Boston this last April

I guess even masters running is not immune from drug issues - people cheat at any age

Check out my interview this week with KY and Masters runner Shirley Haslar


Races this Coming Week
Coldwater Rumble Trail Runs, Goodyear, AZ - January 20, 2018
FASTtrack 24 Hour, Palatka, FL - January 20, 2018
Avalon Benefit 50K & 50M, Avalon, CA - January 20, 2018
Clearwater Distance Classic, Clearwater, FL - January 21, 2018


Past Weekend Race Results
Great Edinburgh X-Country, Edinburgh,  Scotland -   January 13, 2018
San Diego 50 Miler, San Diego, CA - January 13, 2018
Charleston Marathon and Half Marathon, Charleston, SC - January 13, 2018
Ultra Trail Nepal, Batase, Nepal - January 13, 2018
HURT 100, Hawaii - January 13-14, 2018
Houston Marathon and Half Marathon, Houston, TX - January 14, 2018
Montane Spine Race, Derbyshire, UK - January 14 - 21, 2018


Doris (Brown) Heritage runs Women's first sub 5:00 indoor mile


2018 Great Edinburgh X-Country Highlights


Just released (Jan 18, 2018) review of the 2017 UTMB - Always love the UTMB videos


Ultra-Trail Australia (May 20, 2017)


Lavaredo Ultra-Trail (June 23, 2017)


I remember Harry Cordellos from back when I started running and had forgotten about when he ran the Dipsea.  Thanks to Eric at Ultrarunnerpodcast.com for reminding about this.


Talk by Eliud Kipchoge & David Bedford that is well worth the time to watch/listen to


2013 interview with Scott Jurek from his Eat & Run book launch in London - This is Part 1, here is Part 2 & Part 3 (coming next week)


This weeks Mountain Outhouse


Yuzhu Peak (China) FKT 2017


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Meet KY Runner - Tina Muir

In the next interview of my KY Runner series I talk to Tina Muir.  Not sure how many of you know Tina but I had heard her name before, as I try and stay up to date on all things running, but did not know she lived in Lexington KY until I was listening to her podcast with Phil Maffetone.  As you will see in the interview Tina is from the United Kingdom and in case you did not know Kentucky does have a connection with across the pond.  When I was in High School, in Arizona, in the 70’s Nick Rose from the UK; along with Tony Staynings, Dave Long & Chris Ridler – also from the UK, led the Western KY Univ Hilltoppers to second in the 74’ NCAA Cross-Country Championships with Nick’s overall win and I followed him after that even thinking about coming to WKU.

Make sure to read all the way to the end as I have a couple links there that expand on Tina's story that she did not speak to in the interview.

Now to the interview with Tina:


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

I am from St Albans in England, UK…no not University of Kentucky campus, the actual UK, the United Kingdom, but I do now live in the home of the UK we know and love, Lexington, KY. I went to high school in England, but came over to the US on a full ride scholarship, going to Ferris State University in Michigan for my bachelors and La Salle in Philadelphia for my masters.


What is your profession?

Well, I guess I am still technically a professional runner, just on a hiatus as I start my family, but I am not rushing back to the sport after my daughter arrives, so for now, I will say I am an entrepreneur.  I founded Running for Real, a website and community for Runners.  If you are not already a member (it’s free!) of Running for Real Superstars, come see what it is all about :)  I also host my own podcast, the Running for Real Podcast.


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

I actually didn't always like running, in fact, I hid in the bathrooms for the cross country tryouts as I didn't want to do them, but I soon found my way to the top of my class in cross country class in school, which landed me on the team. I soon discovered I actually quite enjoyed it…once the success started…and from there I just began to take it more seriously. 


How long have you been running?

About 15 years, although only four as a professional.


Did you participate in any other sports over the years?

Yes! I was on the Tennis and Field Hockey teams in school, although I don’t think I was actually any good at field hockey, I could just out run most people! I also know how to surf and love it…but we know living in Lexington there is not exactly a place to do it around here, but someday I hope to live near the ocean to be able to!


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  -  16:08
  • 10K - 33:24 
  • Half Marathon - 1:13:21 
  • Marathon - 2:36:39


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

My favorite race was the first time I represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the World Half Marathon Championships, which had been the goal I had been working towards since I was 14, that one day I would earn that Jersey and represent my country. To do it after 14 years was the most incredible feeling. I was smiling ear to ear despite the weather being terrible!


What is your favorite distance to run and race?

The half marathon, I feel like you get a good balance of enjoying the first part, being able to take it in, but then getting to the part that tests you relatively soon, so you can dig down and see what you are made of. You don’t have to hold that pain for too long, but get a lot of the same celebration!


Do you have any long-range plans?

I still have a 2:30 marathon on my bucket list, along with running each of the marathon majors, so we shall see if and when that happens :)


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

The beautiful green everywhere! Although we cant run in most of the horse fields, it does make it truly beautiful, and places like the Legacy Trail are just so unique and beautiful to run through.


What do you struggle with most with regards to running?

Trying to find flat ground to do my marathon workouts on! There are only so many loops of Coldstream Park we can handle ;)


What do you see as a trend in running?

I *think* there are more and more runners coming out in Lexington, which I love to see, and hopefully makes the area more and more runner friendly! I can tell the city is trying hard to give us places to run.

As for bigger scale, I see more and more people being honest about their struggles, rather than posting only the good stuff on social media, the more we can share and be honest with one another, the more we can grow together :)


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

Listen to your body. I know this is cliché and doesn’t really give anything specific, but your body really does know best. I have a phrase in my community called #nowatchme and that means not relying on your GPS watch to tell you a pace you deem acceptable, but instead let your body tell you, run by feel, what feels right that day, and it will help you run your best when it matters.

I would say to try as hard as you can not to compare, remember that what you see on social media is just a snapshot of someone’s life, you never know what is going on behind the scenes, so never let another runner make you feel bad about what you are doing, like you are not enough.

Finally, I would say to come join my community!! You will learn so much there and have a wonderful place to meet other runners!


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

Any closing comments?

Be Brave. Be Strong. Be YOU :)

Hope you enjoyed the interview and please checkout Tina's website and other links.  She also has a very good story with regards to her stopping running not too long ago so as to be able to get pregnant.  Along with the above article is an important where Tina talks with how she overcame hypothalamic amenorrhea.  It is commendable that Tina dealt publicly with an issue that many in the running community, and elsewhere, may suffer from but not much is said about.

Also, if you want to hear a podcast with Tina Heartland Running did one back in Oct 2017

Updated: January 18, 2018 - Tina just gave birth to her daughter Bailey Grace Picucci


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meet KY & Masters Runner - Shirley Haslar

Wanting to let others know what a great running community we have here in Kentucky, and the surrounding states, I will be interviewing a numbers of runners over the coming year.  Since our great state has runners of every ability I am oping the interviews will reflect that community.

The following are questions I asked Shirley Haslar  and I hope this will let you know a little about Shirley and see that it is never too late to start running.


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

I’m 69, will be 70 in April, originally from Bonnieville, KY about 30 minutes south of Elizabethtown.  I’ve lived in Etown for the last 12 years.  Went to Munfordville HS, Munfordville, KY and attended Elizabethtown Nursing School for 1 ½ years.  I then went to work for the Federal Government were I worked for 25 years before retiring.  After retiring from there I wasn’t ready to retire completely so went and worked for Kay Jewelers for another 10 years before retiring from there to watch 2 of my 4 grandsons while there parents worked.  I’m married to Richard Haslar and have two sons Sean Young who lives in Bowling Green and who has two of my grandsons, Isaac (15) and Logan (13) and another son Chris Young who lives in Etown with my other two grandsons, Zack (15) and Gavan (12)


What is your profession?

Retired Federal Government Employee


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

Had been taking Zumba classes, weight classes, etc., walking and jogging since 2010 when I decided to start a healthier life style in eating and exercise and lost 100 lbs.  So I wanted to add a new dimension to my exercises and started adding some running in January 2017


How long have you been running?

I started running more then just a jog on the treadmill in Jan or Feb 2017.  In March 2017 I entered a 5K race.  Kept running and entering a 5K race every now and then when they popped up in Etown.  Really got more serious about it when a couple of friends of mine who ran with the Running Soles group on Tuesday and Thursday nights kept encouraging me to join the group and I did in August 2017.  Never gave much thoughts to doing more then a 5K  but with the encouragement from this group and my husband I entered a ½ marathon in Oct (Etown Fall Classic put on by Will Rivera) and then did another one in November  in Louisville.  Way beyond what I had every imagine accomplishing.


Did you participate in any other sports over the years? 

About the only thing I really did was play some softball in my 30’s 


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. 
  • 5K – 29:35
  • 10K – 1:13:42
  • Half Marathon – 2:28:12

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

The first Half Marathon which was the Etown Fall Classic in Oct.  As I said I only started running races in Mar 2017 and they were 5Ks so never in my wildest imagination had I ever thought about doing any longer races much less completing a Half Marathon.  But the encouragement of the people in the Running Soles group and my husband, as I said, gave me the courage to try.  Can’t forget the feeling of coming across that line and finishing way under what I imagined and actually finished first in my age group.  Then I entered my second one in November in Louisville and actually beat my first time by 4 minutes. Then there was a 10K I entered that ended up being a trail run which I did not realize at the time I signed up (never intended to do a trail, lol) and once again came in first in my age group.  I’ve done 14 – 5K’s this year since started in Mar along with the one 10K and 2 – Half Marathons and all been memorable in their own way since has been my first year of racing.


What is your favorite distance to run and race?

I would probably now say Half Marathon cause it pushes me beyond my comfort zone and let’s me realize what I am really capable of if I put my mind to it and as long as my body stays healthy.  Plus, it’s definitely a strategy race, instead of just sprinting to the end like a 5K is you have to pace yourself to make sure you make it to the end.


Do you have any long-range plans?

Plan on doing some more 5Ks, plus have signed up already for 15K hot chocolate in Nashville, the Triple Crown and the Half Marathon in Derby.  Some friends and I are thinking about really pushing the envelope and signing up for a marathon toward the end of the year in Indianapolis.


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

I don’t have to travel very far to find great races of every length.  Plus living in Etown there is a great running group as I have mentioned, Running Soles run by Will Rivera, that helps you with your training with group runs on Tues and Thurs, plus gives you tips and motivation that pushes you to be the best you can be.


What do you struggle with most with regards to running?

Probably having the confidence that I can actually do these longer runs.


What do you see as a trend in running?

That people of all ages are now getting our there and running.  In our group and races I’ve been in I see kids out there running with their parents and I see older adults (such as myself) trying to live a healthier lifestyle and starting to participate in running.


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

It’s never too late.  Look at me, I started a couple months before I turned 69 and as long as God gives me health and keeps my body strong I plan on continuing and expanding.  With the right encouragement, which I get from my husband and my friends I’ve made in the running group, you can accomplish way beyond what you imagined.  As my husband says to me before each race “just run your race”.  So as long as God gives me the health and strong body I plan on continuing and expanding my running into 2018 and beyond.  My Road ID says “Christ strengthen me” cause I know it’s thru him I can continue.


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

You can find me on facebook


Any closing comments?

Just get up and start.  You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish


Friday, January 12, 2018

Weekly RunDown #70

Horace Ashenfelter (#998)
Keeping fit is a regular affair – you need to keep at it.
Horace Ashenfelter

Horace Ashenfelter who won the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Steeplechase passed away this past Saturday (Jan 6, 2018) only 17 days from his 95th birthday. Nice interview of Horace  (where quote came from) by Gary Cohen form 2010.  Also, here is Runner's World's article on Ashenfelter.  Thanks to Jospeh Fuller of the I Play Track Foundation for letting us know about this as Ashenfelter is one of the runners of the past that is so often overlooked.

Speaking of under appreciated runners here is a list of 5 of which Ashenfelter is one of them

As I have mentioned before I am on a "short list" for top blog at RunUltra so if you can vote for this blog that would be much appreciated as Sunday the 14th is the last day for voting.  You can go here to vote by going to the "Vote Here" link and then voting for "Tony Konvalin."  There is a second vote I am part of but this just to get on the short list so if you could vote here it would be appreciated - under Publications & Online\Blog

This week I started a series of interviews with runners from KY, and the surrounding area.  The first interview is with Matt Hoyes

Tips for running in the winter.  I would add, slow down especially if it is icy as even if you have spikes and feel secure you are getting a lot more movement in your foot/ankles/hips than you may realize and it can add up to some added pain - I know it happened to me.

A look at what should be a good race at this weeks Houston Half Marathon.  Also, this weekend is the Houston Marathon but the field is not as deep as in the half, probably due to the time of year and the spring marathons ahead such as London and Boston.

Speaking of the Spring marathons both Boston and London look to be good races.  World Champion and Boston Winner Geoffrey Kirui is passing up the Commenwealth Games to run Boston and Eliud Kipchoge has said he is going for the win and not the Word Record at London but with Kenenisa Bekele wanting a shot at the record and an invite to London it cold make for an interesting race.  Brings up the question of what would you rather see: a good race or a world record - of course we would like both and that can happen but often not, especially at Boston with no pacers.

Not saying everyone should do this but does show what can be done as this guy ran 76 miles in 24 hours with no caloric intake

Moe Farah withdraws before the Doha 1/2 marathon which was to be his first race post Salazar

Ben Mouncy shares his year in pictures

iRunFar.com's This Week in Running - January 8, 2018

January 8th, 2018 Weekend Update from British Athletics 

RunUltra looks back at 2017

Who in the US got drug tested the most in 2017

Toni Reavis looks at Men's marathoning in 2017 and here he looks at the Women's 

Quite the team at NN Running

You would hope there was a legitimate explanation for this:  Kelly Agnew disqualified from Across the Years 24 hour race

Dave Mackey who had his left leg amputated last year after a fall in 2015 ran the Bandera 50K this past weekend.  Here an an article that was prior to the race and I will post an new article on the race as soon as one is available.  That said he did finish the 50K in 5:58

Where will the 2020 Olympic Martahon US team trials be?  One thing we know is it will be a "Closed, criterium-looped course with a minimum length of four miles."  Should know who intends to apply soon as the "intent to bid" deadline is January 5th.

A list of marathons and half marathons for 2018 and here is a site that will have even more, including Ultras - Ahotu Marathons

Podcast with Richard Askwith on Emil Zatopek - I have not heard the podcast yet but have read Askwith's book on him called: Today We Die a Little: The Rise and Fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend (affiliate link).

Interview with Camille Herron over at "The Marathon" blog which covers all things Comrades

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella writes on uniting around a common cause - instead of fighting about what is best how about fighting that which is know to be bad - in this case sugar and junk food

USATF team for the Great Edinburgh X-Country this weekend

Top entrants for the 2018 UTMB have been announced

Some good thoughts on remembering running events of the past, especially local ones

As I have mentioned before I am an Ambassador for SFuels but if you are looking for an alternative to those sugary drinks check out SFuels Ultra Endurance Low Carb Drink 



Masters Running News
Not new news but better late than never as Joost De Raeymaeker Runs a PR 2:29:03 Marathon in Berlin

Nice article on Mimi Anderson

This was mentioned above above but I am doing a series of interviews with Masters (40 and over) runners and just posted this weeks first one - with Matt Hoyes.  It is actually part of a series on runners from KY and the surrounding area but Matt also happens to be 43.

Molly Friel at age 50 runs 2:43:57 at CIM to qualify for the Women's 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials

I also interviewed Michael Brosilow who is a maters runner form Chicago


Races this Coming Week
Great Edinburgh X-Country, Edinburgh,  Scotland -   January 13, 2018
San Diego 50 Miler, San Diego, CA - January 13, 2018
Charleston Marathon and Half Marathon, Charleston, SC - January 13, 2018
Ultra Trail Nepal, Batase, Nepal - January 13, 2018
HURT 100, Hawaii - January 13-14, 2018
Houston Marathon and Half Marathon, Houston, TX - January 14, 2018
Montane Spine Race, Derbyshire, UK - January 14 - 21, 2018


Past Weekend Race Results
Bandera 100K - also is the USATF 100K Trail Championship, Bandera, TX - January 6, 2018
San Tan Scramble Trail Runs (50k, 26K, 17K & 9K), Queen Creek, AZ - January 6, 2018
Wild Azalea Trail Challenge 50 Mile, Alexandria, LA - January 6, 2018


If you haven't seen the new Boston Documentary you need to, I bought a copy. Looking forward to qualifying for 2020 to run when I turn 60. Goal is to run every 5 yrs till I cannot any more.


Horace Ashenfelter winning gold in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Steeplechase


HURT 100 film Trailer


Xuanzang’s Way | The story of the inaugural 400km Ultra Trail Gobi Race


A look back at the Transvulcania 2017 with the 2018 version to be run May 12th


The Bob Graham Round


Speaking of The Bob Graham Round - here is an interview with Anton Krupica - Personally I think if he could stay healthy he could run really fast for the Round, then so could Kilian


The Superior Trail 100 in Northern Minnesota


This week Mountain Outhouse News


Highlights of the first three days of last years (2017) Montane Spine race


More on the Montane Spine Race from the official film trailer - Buy or Rent Film here


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Interview with Masters Runner Michael Brosilow

In trying to encourage and inspire other masters runners out there I am going to interview a number of people over the coming year and farther if it goes well.   I will be trying to interview a cross section of runners so as to get a good representation of a running community that is made up of all kinds of people.  For the sake of explanation I am using the USATF designation of  over 40 years old for road racing, by the way it is over 30 for track and field.

Michael turning onto Boylston at 2015 BM
For this interview I asked Michael Brosilow (60) to answer some questions.  I hope the following will let you know a little bit more about him and inspire you:


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

Born in 1957 and raised in Chicago. Still live here on the northwest side of the city. Educated at public schools. Went to the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


What is your profession?

I’ve been a professional photographer for 35 years


How did you start running and what prompted you to do so?   How old were you when you started?

I started running 10 years ago when I was 50 as an alternative to cycling. I am a lifelong cyclist. An equivalent workout that takes 3 1/2 hours on the bike takes only an hour running.


Did you participate in any other sports over the years?

I played tennis in high school. There was no track or cross-country program at my school.


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

My PRs are all from 2017 when I was 60:
5K - 19:00
10K -  39: 41
Half-Marathon - 1:27:03
Marathon - 2:59:25


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

Breaking 3 hours with a 2:59:26 at the 2016 Chicago Marathon. Beating that by 1 second at the 2017 Chicago Marathon. Boston 2013 will never be forgotten. 


What is your favorite distance to run and race?

I love the Marathon and interestingly enough 5Ks.


Do you have any long-range plans?

2020 Abbott Age Group World Championships.


What do you like best about running?

The purity and simplicity of it.


What do you struggle with most with regards to running?

Getting my runs in around a constantly changing schedule.


How has running in your later years helped you in other areas, if it has?

Running has a positive effect on everything I do.


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

Start with small goals and build up as you achieve them.


Do you have a website or other social media site you would like to share, if not that is OK?

Brosilow.com


I hope that gives you a little bit of a look into who Michael is and I look forward to more interviews in the coming year.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Meet KY Runner - Matt Hoyes

Matt Hoyes

In an effort to let others know what a great running community we have here in Kentucky, and the surrounding states, I want to interview a numbers of runners throughout the year.   I will not only interview those one may consider elite, or fast, but also those that mid-pack and back of the pack since the running community is made up of all kinds of people.

For the first interview in this series I asked some questions of Matt Hoyes who I first met as he lapped me at the 2017 Land Between the Lakes 50 Miler, which he won and was 2:37 ahead of me.  Since then I have followed Matt online and when I decided to work towards interviewing runners in KY he quickly came to mind and am grateful for his agreeing to do this interview.  I hope this will let you know a little bit more about Matt and over the year ahead about other runners in our area.

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

I'm 43; from Cincinnati originally, born and raised a Westsider.  Currently I live in Bardstown KY.  I went to Oak Hills High School where I ran four years of Track, played soccer three years and ran XC only one year.  I also fell in love with cycling in high school.  After a brief stint at U. of Cincinnati, I spent a few years working, racing my mountain bike and dabbling in multisport.  In 1996, I went to Lindsey Wilson College where I competed in collegiate cycling.  I graduated in 2001 with an art education degree, but went to work for LWC coaching cycling and doing some academic advising.  In total I spent seven years at LW before moving to Bardstown.  I've lived here in Bardstown since and started teaching in 2006.  I’m now married to Emmy Durall Hoyes.  My oldest son, Lane, is 14 (and runs XC for me), and Emmy and I have a two year old son named Redding and a baby girl on the way. 

What is your profession?

Teacher - Art, at Thomas Nelson High School.  Also coach Track and XC

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

I kinda got the bug in middle school running track - was only really excelling at the distance events.  Even in soccer, my best attributes were speed and stamina. 

How long have you been running?

I guess you could say on and off for 30 years but really got into it more heavily when I started coaching track and cross country here in Nelson County in 2007.  Running with the kids got me back in shape and racing again.  I started doing more trail stuff and did my first marathon in 2008 (Otter Creek Trail Marathon) - so training and racing pretty consistently for the last 10 years.  

Did you participate in any other sports over the years?

Cycling was my focus for many years - mostly mountain biking (did lots of 24 hour relays, some multi-day tours, raced Leadville 100 in 1995, and my best collegiate finish was 27th at 1996 NCCA Mountain Bike Nationals).  I’ve raced a dozen or so triathlons (on and off-road).  Played a little Ultimate.  Did an 18 hour adventure race and enjoy kayaking.

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

Started in middle school.  Ran four years of high school track and one year of XC.

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

5k - 16:45
10k - 34:30
Half-marathon - 1:15
Marathon - 2:39
Trail Marathon - 3:04
50k - 3:22
50 mile - 5:54
FKT - Sheltowee Trace Trail - 320ish miles in 8 days

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

Boy, that’s a tough one.  Every time toeing the line offers a chance to push hard and hurt in different ways.  I’ve run 2:39 twice on the road, and those were really nice consistent efforts that were pretty well executed.  Land Between the Lakes this past March was a good day - snow at the start, less than ideal conditions and a PR at the time with a 6:28, winning by an hour.  Then a surprise win at Tunnel Hill was really cool - felt great running 6:40’s for a long time - could barely even squeak out 8:30’s by the end.  Races like that are fun and hard, where you find yourself on the front and think “damn, now I’ve got to suck it up and not bitch out!”.  Just a few weeks ago, I broke my course record at Otter Creek having to beat Scott Breeden (who also broke the record) to do so.  It felt good to be going so hard so late in the race - I hammered to the line to get under 3:05.  I’ve had some pretty good times running the Bourbon Chase, especially in the ultra format.  Our second year doing the six man team, we had a guy drop and I ran 40 miles total averaging under 6:00/mi.  I was pretty fit then.

What is your favorite distance to run and race?

The marathon (on or off-road) is pretty good for me.  Anything shorter is just excruciating,  Longer is fine, but I really like the tightrope walk that is the marathon.  You can go pretty hard, but you’ve got to respect the distance.

Do you have any long range plans?

Not really.  We have a baby girl on the way, and my running will be pretty light through the early part of 2018.  I’ve considered moving up to the 100k or 100 mile in the future but that’s probably a ways off.

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

I love running right out my back door, hitting thin ridges and exploring.  The Daniel Boone National Forest is a gem.  The Sheltowee Trace has been very dear to me for a long time.  And, there are awesome events and promoters right here in KY.  Steve Durbin, Cynthia Heady, Troy Shellhamer, Damon Barnes and Lori Masterson are just some of those putting on great races right here.  There’s a lot more stuff going on in the Eastern part of the state too.  We’re also really blessed with a full range of seasons.

What do you struggle with most with regards to running?

The balancing act.  Between teaching and coaching kids and spending time with my family, running the distances that I like takes up an inordinate amount of time.

What do you see as a trend in running?

I see a lot of people getting into it late in life which is great, but I also see tremendous growth in the youth numbers.  We host a series called the Popsicle Races for kids and get 100 kids a night.  It’s awesome.  I also see a shift to the trails and ultra distances happening more regularly.

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

It’s all relative.  There is no less validity in your running than that of the elites.  All they are trying to do is to get faster, just like me and you.  Do it for the experience not the medal.  Challenge yourself to do something hard, then be tough when it gets really hard!  My Road ID says “Don’t be a %*$#@”.  Insert your own expletive and use it as your mantra.  Works for me.

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

Ha, it’s seriously outdated, but maybe this will get me back into blogging.  There are some photos and results on there - some cool old stuff like my FKT on the Sheltowee:  matthoyesrunning.blogspot.com

Any closing comments?

Thanks for thinking of me.


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Weekly RunDown #69

Juha Väätäinen
"Stadiums are for spectators.  We runners have nature and that is much better."
Juha Väätäinen

First Weekly RunDown of the New Year

As I have mentioned before I am on a "short list" for top blog at RunUltra so if you can vote for this blog that would be much appreciated.  You can go here to vote by going to the "Vote Here" link and then voting for "Tony Konvalin."  There is a second vote I am part of but this just to get on the short list so if you could vote here it would be appreciated - under Publications & Online\Blog

New article I wrote at the end of the year on Spirituality and Running

iRunFar.com's This Week in Running January 1, 2018

Ultrarunning Magazine's 2017's performances of the year

One of my favorite marathoners Yuki Kawauchi got the record for most sub 2:20 marathons with 76.  He did this not in the nice weather of some warm far off land but by running 2:18:59 in temps, with wind chill, down to -23C (-9.4F) in the Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon in MA.  Watch the finish of the race here.  By the way as he ran this on the 1st so it is also a world leader.

Rachel writes on starting her journey to the 2018 Western States 100

Ever had a bad race - if so it's normal - if not you will

Might make for a small Olympic Trials race here in the US: Inside the Japanese 2020 Olympic Trials

A flash back to the 1981 US National X-Country Championship and the upset that took place on Nov 28th

Looking forward to seeing how the US team will do at the Great Edinburgh X-Country Challenge January 13, 2018

What shoe would you add to this list of the 20 Best Running Shoes of All-Time

Who fell for this as I did - Kilian goes for 2:10 at the London Marathon.  I guess in Span December 28th is El Día de los Santos Inocentes which is like our April Fools Day

iRunFar.com is a site I go to regularly and here is there Best of iRunFar 2017 post

John Kelly not only wins The Barkley Marathons, got 60th in Kona, was 2nd overall and 1st amateur at the Long Course National Championships but then also won the Lookout Mountain 50 Miler - along with other races he did and excelled at - not a bad 2017

If you need some new year resolutions here are some suggestions

If you live near it you might want to try the Mt. Mitchell Challenge 40 Miler and Mt. Mitchell Marathon - February 24, 2018

Nice write up on the inaugural NoBusiness 100 by Tim Hill, winner of 2017 Yamacraw 50K, who got 3rd

Ultimate Direction list of nominees for FKT of the year from which they will choose a winner

Steve Speirs recaps up 2017 at his blog RunBulldogRun.com

Interesting story at The Natural Running Center on a High School Cross-Country team that trains in minimal shoes

A talk with Richard Donovan on Ultra-running

Some idea to help make you a more durable runner

An article on setting your PB, that is a PR here across the pond.   I agree that as you get faster going out with those you may not be ready for can lead to PB's.  I can also attest to going out with those faster than I and have spectacular blow ups.  But as you get faster you have to take risks to go faster.  The comment on running more needs to be take carefully as I might say getting is fastest time after a long week may speak more to the need to a taper than the amount of miles.

Just got one of the Stryd running power meters, Stryd Blog, been on vacation so it is waiting for me at home, and it will be interesting to see how it works and how it correlates to HR - even though I know "power" and "HR" are not the same.  More to come as I work to figure this out but should be fun.  Once I get it set up I will be working on posts to follow how it goes.

Speaking of the Stryd I did find a site where the author, Bill Zdon of The Negative Splits Podcast, is working with a coach using power to get his Boston Qualifier - BQ or Bust: The Power Experiment


Masters Running News
The importance of exercise as you age

Hard enough to run 100 miles and let alone being 58, even though more and more maters are running Ultras,  but running 100 miles on a treadmill

Sally is running great in later in life and to add to that is raising money for eye research along the way

Cold weather will not stop this 71 year old from running a 5K


Races this Coming Week
Bandera 100K - also is the USATF 100K Trail Championship, Bandera, TX - January 6, 2018
San Tan Scramble Trail Runs (50k, 26K, 17K & 9K), Queen Creek, AZ - January 6, 2018
Wild Azalea Trail Challenge 50 Mile, Alexandria, LA - January 6, 2018


Past Weekend Race Results
Across the Years, Glendale, AZ - December 28 - January 3, 2018
Ultra Trail Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong - December 30, 2017


New product coming soon from SFuels


1971 European Championships, 10000m, Helsinki


I have probably shown these before figured good to start the year with a little humor - First The truth About Running


and here is Race Pace


More fun from Mountain Outpost - The Holiday Mile


And the first Mountain Outhouse news of 2018 - well is was posted on line in 2017 but the first one here:)


The Triple Crown of 200's


If you can get to New Zealand - How about trying the inaugural Tarawera Ultramarathon 100 Miler



TAUR 2017 Year in Review

2017 HardRock 100 - Kilian Highlights - by Training for Ultra


Introducing MAF by Dr. Phil Maffetone