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I beat 11 horses in a 50 mile foot race…really!

Saturday was Man Against Horse Race near Prescott, Arizona in the Mingus Mountains and it was AWESOME! Read my race report here. I have less than 6 weeks before Javelina Jundred. I’m going to take it easy this week with … Continue reading

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1000 Miles and Still Going Strong!

Yesterday I passed the 1,000 mile mark since beginning my Javelina Jundred training on May 31. Having endured a summer of training in the dry heat of Arizona and the hottest August in history it seems so long ago that … Continue reading

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The Long and the Short of it.

I’ve had two really good back to back weeks of running. The past two weeks I ran 80.50 and 82.25 miles respectively but they were completely different types of miles with different purposes. Week of 8/22 Week of 8/29 Mon … Continue reading

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You don’t know what you don’t know…

I’m starting to feel that way about running 100 miles in one day. The training is going well and I’m way ahead of my original training schedule, because I’ve been adding extra miles daily to the schedule. But as I … Continue reading

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WooHoo…I get a rest week!

Prior to this week I ran 18 out of the past 21 days, taking off only Mondays and logging more than 210 miles in the process. In the past when I trained for a race I normally blew off my … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

We’ve all seen the movie (one of my favorites), Bill Murray is a reporter and goes to report on Punxsutawney Phil only to find himself repeating the same day over and over again. When I looked up “Groundhog Day the … Continue reading

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I spent a month in Indiana last week…

You ever watch the Indianapolis 500 and see Jim Nabors belt out “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the start? It’s very powerful, I get choked up every time I hear him sing it and I’m from Iowa! But I … Continue reading

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Highs and lows…and more lows

Lows Jeepers, what have I gotten myself into? I was very happy just fantasizing about running a 100 mile ultra marathon. When I decided to actually do it my bubble burst and I watched all the enjoyment slowly leak out … Continue reading

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A Cry for Help?

“Crazy”, “inspiring”, “surprised”. Those are only a few of the responses I received from friends and family when I announced the beginning of “My Quest to Run 100 Miles”. My favorite was, “knowing how private you are with everything you … Continue reading

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Scheduled Suffering

All of us have suffered through one thing or another in our life. But seldom do we dream about the opportunity to suffer, get excited talking about what makes us suffer, then meticulously plan every detail with enthusiasm that will … Continue reading

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