Monday, February 17, 2014

Consecutive Days of Barefoot Running!

Not much has been going on since pulling out of Rocky Raccoon 100.  A number of things just weren't falling into place in the days leading up to the race, so I pulled out.  Then less than 12 hours after calling things off, my 8 month pregnant wife comes down with an abscess tooth.  Funny how things work out sometimes.

I've been basically just taking it easy (code for getting fat) but have started to ease back into things.  I'm going to ramp things up over the next few weeks with the target of running Hells Hills 50 but knowing that is probably a long shot.  Once the baby is here, I'll just play it by ear and try to hit some kind of training rhythm this summer.  I'm only going to pencil in Cactus Rose 100 for right now but may try to do a couple of warm up races before that, if things workout.

I've been hitting the gym pretty hard with a focus on deadlifts, squats, press with pullups and pushups thrown in.  And of course, still grinding the stairs for some vert.  The weather this week has been awesome and I manged consecutive days barefoot running for the first time in forever.  I'll be glad when the weather allows for me to get back up to doing 60% or more of my miles BF.

I brewed a 100% Brett Pale Ale recently and am very pleased with the results, in fact, it is awesome.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Holidays Ending 1.5.14

12.23.13 - Monday - 45 min stairs

Tuesday - 30 min stairs, squats, dead lifts, pullups & pushups

Wednesday - Off - Great times with family

Thursday - 45 min stairs

Friday - 45 min stairs

Saturday & Sunday - Off with more family in town, great Christmas this year!

Monday - 45 min stairs

Tuesday - Gym - squats, dead lifts, pullups & pushups, started feeling like I was coming down with the flu.

Wednesday - Off, whole family sick

Thursday - 45 min stairs but still feeling ill

Friday - 45 min stairs

Saturday - 22.5 miles, NB 1010, finally a nice day after a brutal stretch of cold weather, finally getting over my illness

Sunday - busted water pipe! yea!

Not really a 2 week stretch that yells, "This guy is getting ready to run 100 miles!" but I'm pretty pleased considering the combo of weather, holidays, failed piping, & sickness could have easily resulted in a two week shut out.  I only have two more weekends before I should start to taper.  My plan was to go 20/20 this past weekend but obviously that didn't happen.  I'm aiming for 26/16 and 30/20 over these next two weekends plus some shorter weekday runs thrown in with the daily stair climbing, esp. if we can get some warmer weather.


I recently brewed a 100% Brett Baltic Porter that is currently sitting on about 5 lbs of blackberries, should be good stuff come this fall.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Week Ending 12.22.13

Monday - AM - 45 min stairs, PM - 4 miles barefoot - finally a decently warm day after an ice storm and ridiculous cold

Tuesday - 45 min stairs

Wednesday - 8 miles barefoot, another nice day

Thursday - 45 min stairs

Friday - Gym - squats, deadlifts, pushups and an assortment of pullups

Saturday - Nothing but cold rain

Sunday - 20 miles in freezing drizzle and brutal winds, fun times

Total - 32 miles and 2.25 hours of stairs

Not really a week that would indicate that I am aiming for a 100 miles at Rocky Raccoon in February.  However, this is the first week in December that I have actually been itching to run, so that is a good sign.  My main focus in January will be on trying to get in back-to-back 20s and maybe one 30 miler and dropping a few pounds before RR.

I am sold on open fermentation, although it seems to make people nervous

Monday, December 16, 2013

And then there was no Bang

Iced over, muddy trails, no running... that is how the '13 racing season ended.  The big news was that the Dallas Marathon was cancelled but a much smaller event was also canceled.  Isle du Bois was a no go and with that my '13 racing was over and done with.  I'll save a '13 year end type wrap up post for another day and won't reflect too much here.

I have been thinking about '14 and things won't change too much - Cactus Rose 100.  That will be my main focus again.  I'm going to do Rocky Raccoon 100 and then will take a break to celebrate the arrival of a new family member.  I'll probably try to work in a couple of prep races this year in the run up to Cactus Rose.  Probably a 60k night race and then a race in September.

Look at this homemade pasta and homebrew saison

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me....

Friday, November 1, 2013

100% Brett Hoppy Wheat

I brewed a simple wheat beer a couple of weeks ago with some Crooked Stave brett that I harvested from a bottle of Hop Savant.  So far so good...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cactus Rose 100 - DNF

Add another DNF to the long list of DNF.  If nothing else, I have compiled a nice list of DNFs over the years.  I did grab a 50 mile finish and the associated medal, which my kids love.  My son asked me on Sunday, “Dad, how come you never win?” to which I replied, “Well, maybe someday, but look at this shinny new medal!” and he was super stoked to take it to show his sister and then run back to hang it up with the others.

The Cactus Rose course was better than advertised and I truly enjoyed running it and can’t wait to get back out there for another go at the 100.  While I didn’t finish the 100 this year, I feel like I learned a lot and will be better positioned to finish next year.  I had a great time this year but not getting any sleep the night before the race really pulled the plug on things early this year.  I feel like my training was adequate to get me through a good effort for 75 miles, so I will need to tweak the training some next summer.   

The changes that I will make for next year:

  • Have a crew – I can now see that an unsupported race is a unique challenge but if you are going for your best time then you need a crew to keep you moving in and out of aid stations.  You will pass through aid stations 19 times during the 100 and even a few extra minutes in each station adds up over the length of the race.

  • No Camping – I enjoy camping out but this year was such a disaster that it will be easier to just eliminate the chance of that happening again.  The lack of sleep the night before the race really sunk me this year.

  • Ride Share or Fly – The drive home is a bit of a beat down. 

Thanks to Doom for letting me share his tent, picking up supplies that I forgot, and convincing me to hit up Sonic with him after I dropped.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Final Countdown

Well, it is finally here - Cactus Rose race week.  I must say that I am not really pleased with anything associated with my prep for this race other than being healthy.  My training has slacked off, my weight has crept up, my confidence has been eroded but I can't let that get me off in the ditch at this late hour.  However, my foot finally feels like it is 100%.

I was really pleased with my training as of my last post but then a string of events really seemed to sidetrack me.  One weekend the kids were sick, then a run gets canned due to thunderstorms and flooding, then I get sick, then something comes up with work,  then I oversleep on an overly busy weekend, etc.  It just seemed like something always came up (excuses, excuses, excuses...) and what was looking to be a nice 70 - 80 mile week would get bogged down at 45 or 50 miles.  I never managed to work in back-to-back long runs and I never got in a 30+ mile long run.

I had managed to get back down to around 200 lbs and had a race day target of 190 lbs and everything was looking good.  Then as my training started to tail off so did my focus on my diet.  My thinking slowly drifted towards, "not going to be able to get in a long run in the morning because of X, so might as well have a few extra beers" and as those nights started to pile up so did the pounds.  I tipped the scales at 205 yesterday which isn't a disaster but weight loss is one thing that I could have controlled, even as other things spun out of control.  That is a mental lapse on my part and something that I hope to get in line before Rocky Raccoon or, dare I say, Bandera 100K?

Oh, and my gym has been closed do to an issue with the showers... so I had to ditch my morning ritual of climbing stairs for 45 min or so.  However, I have been hitting the stairs at lunch the last week or so and just going back to work smelling foul and dripping in sweat.

On the bright side, my right foot that has been giving me issues for a good long while now is finally 100%.  At one point, I was starting to wonder if I had stress fracture but the pain never got bad enough for me to stop running.

I obviously would like to have run more mileage, be slimmer, and be over flowing with confidence but that is not the case. However, I am going out to a wild and beautiful place to seek an inner peace that is fleeting and ever harder to grasp in a world that is becoming more and more polluted with noise and distractions.

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” - Mark 6:31