Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekly RunDown #109

"Cross-country was always my first love in running. It’ s a wonderful, cathartic experience—a pure feeling being out in the country, especially in the fall when the weather is cool and the leaves change."
Craig Virgin

Gary Cohen interview of Craig Virgin

This week for Interview Tuesday I talked to Eric Lancaster's This Week in Running: October 8, 2018's The Week That Was in Running: October 1-7, 2018

John Fegyveresi's post on this years Spartathlon: Athens to Sparta, and the Wrath of Zorba the Greek

The big story at Chicago may have been the win by Moe Farah and that Brigid Kosgei won the women's race with no American women ran under 2:30 but how about third place Suguru Osako who broke the Japanese record and for that won 1 Million yen (about $879,000) from Japan

More on Osako from Japan Running News

Highlights from the 2018 Trail Running Conference in San Luis Obispo

How about mixing a recovery drink and beer - here some options.  I have only tired the Sufferfest Repeat beer, which is also Low Cal and Low Carb, and though tit was good

One questions buzzing around this week was whether Meb will be making a comeback to try and make the 2020 US Olympic Team

Paralyzed man completes Portlandathon half-marathon in robotic exoskeleton

The inaugural run of The Jordan Trail

A race report on the Mogollon Monster 100 by Ben Markwart at Running Down a Dream

A look at how to make your training plan stick

It would be great if Cross Country was as big here as it is in the UK where it is not just about High School or College but everyone gets into the fray.  Here is a look at the options for the upcoming season in England, Wales and Scotland this winter.

Next week, October 20th, the top 10 men and top 10 women in the Golden Trail series meet in Cape Town, SA to race The Otter Trail Run in the final of the series

So how long/far will they go next week at Big's Backyard Ultra

If you are interested in LCHF for Endurance and life then sign up for the LCHF Endurance Workshop.  There have been 3 parts so far but you should be able to still sign up and catch up.

Speaking of fast metabolism, a result of LCHF, a friend, Tim Barnes, whom I ran with my last year at the University of Arizona, back in 1980, recently wrote a book called M360 Clinical Fitness: Metabolic Fitness for Life.  It is a good book that looks at fat adaption not only for sports but life as the key to a healthy life is a heathy metabolism.  You can also also get the kindle version   - it is packed with good info, enough that I will have to read it again to get all.

As far as books go I am reading Dr. Mark Cucuzzella's book Run For Your Life and it is very good so far.  I am going through it a chapter every day, or so, thus taking a little while.  Nice that at the end of each chapter are drills you can do to work on the things the chapter spoke of. There is also a website that goes with the book with videos on many of the drills and other great resources:  Once I get done I will be doing a review of it.

Looking for a race in 2019 and want to travel - how about running Vertical to Sky's Mt. Apo Sky & Vertical Race (FB Event Page), on April 13, 2019 in Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur, Philippines.  Here is their website with info you can see on the 2018 race & you can see their other races here.  I will be interviewing Doi Calbes who is the race director and heads up Vertical to Sky Race Management this coming Tuesday.

Here is a video on the 2017 Mt. Apo race

As the 2018 Ironman Triathlon is tomorrow - October 13th  - and SFuels athlete Dr. Dan Plews is running I am giving away one package of SFuels drink to a randomly picked winner.  I use this on my long runs and rides and is a key part of my journey to being fat adapted.  If your interested in better utilizing fat for fuel SFuels has a Quick Start Guide.  The contest will run from today (October 6th) till Thursday night October 17, 2018.   Sorry but the product can only be shipped within the US.  There are a number of ways to get an entry, see below:  (If giveaway app does not show then click on Rafflecopter link)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Masters News
A look at some who do not let age stop them: Keep on Running

M70 SoCal Track Club breaks 20 year old 4 X 800M record in 10:51.08 - an average of 2:42.75

Local, to Kentucky, Races and Events
(If you have a race in the area, including surrounding states, let me know and I will post about it)

Check out these Race Companies for local races: Good Times Even Services & Central Kentucky Race Management.  For trail and Ultra races in Kentucky and Virginia check out Next Opportunity Events

Speaking of Elizabethtown the third annual Elizabethtown Fall Classic 1/2 Marathon & 5k is October 28th, 2018

Need a trail race at the beginning of November then maybe the Jefferson Memorial Forest Trail Hillbilly Half in Louisville KY is for you on November 3rd, 2018.  I have only run out in the area once but there are some great trails

The Second Annual Harrods Creek Trail Bash 5K/10K is November 18, 2018 in Prospect KY

Also, check out the inaugural Falls 100 - also has a Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50 miler as well as the 100.

Races this Coming Week
Moab 240 Endurance Run, Moab, UT - October 12-16, 2018
Lake Tahoe Marathon+, South Lake Tahoe, CA - October 12-15, 2018
No Business 100, Stearns, KY - October 13, 2018
The Reaper 30K, Salt Lick, KY - October 13, 2018
Canyon de Chelly 55k, Canyon de Chelly, AZ - October 13, 2018
Cloudsplitter 100, High Knob (Near Norton), VA - October 13, 2018
Lemkowyna Ultra-Trail Races, Krynica-Zdrój, Poland - October 13, 2018
Ultra-Trail Ninghai, Ninghai, China - October 13, 2018
Humboldt Marathon, Weott, CA - October 14, 2018
Leicester Marathon, Leicester, UK - October 14, 2018

Past Weekend Race Results
Pirin Ultra, Bansko, Bulgaria  - October 4-7, 2018
Grindstone 100, Swoope , VA - October 5, 2018
Hennepin 100, Sterling, IL - October 6, 2018
iPay 5k, Elizabethtown, KY - October 6, 2018
Cuyamaca 100K, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, CA - October 6, 2018
Dream Chaser 100, Pinson, TN - October 6, 2018
Freedom's Run Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, Harpers Ferry, WV - October 6, 2018
St. George Marathon, St. George, UT - October 6, 2018
Flagstaff Sky Peaks Mountain Runs, Flagstaff, AZ - October 6, 2018
Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL - October 7, 2018

A look at Craig Virgin

2018 Pirin Ultra Skyrace Highlights

The Trail Running Film Fest 2018 Fall Tour Teaser

Latest Mountain Outhouse news from early this week

Inov-8 Descent Race 2018

Looking forward to this short film

Who does not like a good kick at the end of a race


  1. Thanks for sharing I would love to try the Sfuel out.

  2. Would love to try this. Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Thanks for sharing Love to try it

  4. Jenny, you won the drink and I sent you an email to get me you contact info so I can get it forwarded to you. For everyone else stay tuned as I will have other give-aways for this great drink.