Friday, July 31, 2009

Burning River 100 Webcast

Last year I built the webcast site for the Burning River 100, not knowing that I would be running it this year. Below are the links if you are interested. See everyone on the other side!

Web Browser Access

iPhone Access
Bring the below up in your iPhone browser...then click the + sign...add to home screen.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thank You

Three days until the Burning River 100. I will be starting with 160 other runners at 5am...but dozens of people got me there.

Thank You Jo. She has been my support and inspiration the entire time. In addition she will be my crew. A tougher job than running in my opinion.

Thank You Rich and Ed. My pacers for the day. Not only will they get me to the finish line...they shared a large part in my training.

Thank You Matt and Damon. My competitive running buddies have provided support and pushed me on the days when I needed to be pushed (although they didn't know that).

Thank You Nilesh. Got me through my Spring injury and into rehab. Graston works!

Thank You Vince. Kept me motivated throughout the training cycle and always there when I needed a run / advice / equipment.

Thank You Joe and Tracy. The Joe Klett series constantly reminds me what fun running is when you let it.

Thank You Nick and Brandon. These guys rock and always inspire me to push myself as they do.

Thank You Joe J and the BR100 group. Kept me in the game and provided the motivation to do this again.

Thank You SARC for constantly supporting the running community and handling the Pine Lane Aid Station.

Thank You to my family for supporting me along the way.

Thank You to everyone else who I failed to mention. I have appreciated everyones guidance, camaraderie, and friendship.

Lastly Thank You Karl. I have deeply appreciated your advice and approach to running this 100 mile race.
See you on the other side!


Friday, July 24, 2009

The Final Week

One week to go before the festivities begin at the Burning River 100. We have completed the final bout of testing of the webcast site. I am thinking of taking the process and product that I built and marketing it to other Ultra's. Stay tuned.

You can see the webcast here on Race Day.

My final week of training looks like this:

Monday - Off Day
Tuesday - 7 miles
Wednesday - 8 miles
Thursday - 7 miles
Friday - Off Day / Load Webcast Site with final data and runner photos
Saturday - 101 miles
Sunday - Walk 2 miles

I immediately leave for the hills of Pennsylvania following the completion of the BR100 for 5 days of cross country camp. Living in a tent and running / walking trails isn't the ideal recovery week but it will do.

Here is a picture of my new best friend. He has a battery life of 20 hours which will hopefully be enough to get me to the finish line. If I go past 20 hours I really won't care if the watch is working or not.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Taper Time

I had a very good Buckeye Trail 50K over the weekend. I treated this run as my last tempo type run before the BR100. I did go a little faster than the plan called for though. My target at the turn was 2:22 and I got there at 2:12. I have to admit that it was difficult throttling it back as many runners I know were competing that day. The good news is I really felt relaxed and had a nice long run. No damaging fatigue, no blisters, no bruises....nothing. I really felt great the entire time. Here is video from the day.

Starting Line | Aid Stations | Finish Line

Next is the Burning River 100 Endurance Run. I will post my thoughts and strategy over the next two weeks here on my blog. In between I have Logan's Freshman orientation at Ohio University...a few cross country practices....and preparation for cross country camp which begins the same day the BR100 ends!


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Update July 6th to July 12th

A very good week in the books. Running went according to plan. A few nice uptempo runs during the week then back to back 16 milers over the weekend. Got caught in the wicked rain and thunder on Saturday. Totally soaked but a great run. Very nice run on the BR100 course today with a few guys. Felt super easy and strong towards the end. Three weeks and counting. Next weekend will be a steady pace run at the Buckeye Trail 50K followed by a hilly 12 on Sunday. Taper and rest after that for the BR100.

Due to road construction we made a few course changes to the BR100 this week. I ran and measured the new section from Station Road Bridge to Ottawa Point. I really like the new route and hope others do as well.

I am on the fence about what shoes to wear for the race. I really have had good luck with my Adidas Adizero XT's and will probably go with a new pair of them on race day. I have also been running in Inov-8 265's and like them.

Ohio U is closing in fast on Logan. He doesn't really realize this is it. Truly leaving the nest and moving to the next major chapter of life. We go down for orientation on 7/26 for a few days. I am going to go over the Lambda Chi house while we are there and pitch in on the house renovations. The guys (I am old) will get 1 day of solid work from me.

The day that the BR100 ends is also the first day of the Copley Cross Country camp in PA. I will drive out there early that evening for the next 5 days. I will probably be totally wasted and of no use to them on the trails, but I will give it my best effort.

I believe I am officially the new head coach for the Copley High School Cross Country team. I received the paperwork last week and sent it in. I am really looking forward to coaching the boys and girls program. We have alot of work to do...but we also have alot of young talent that should show signs of success late in the year.

Lastly congrats to Coach Karl for racking up his 3rd 100 miler win of 2009. He smoked everyone at Hardrock ( by running smart and steady. Impressive to say the least. Great job Karl.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Final Month

The Burning River 100 miler is in one month. I am really looking forward to running this event. Registrations are up over previous years and there are several top notch runners coming into town for the event. My preparation has been going very well and I hope to be close to my time goal. The main goal is to finish. This will at least get me into the lottery for the 2010 Western States Endurance Run. I plan on running smart for the entire 100 miles. It is easy to get sucked into competitive mode early on....but I have to put all of that away for most of the race. I will go through the highs and lows like everyone else, but really hope to maintain a steady run inspite of how I am feeling.

A friend of mine was recently in Gary Indiana and took this photo of the Jackson Family house after Michaels death. Can you imagine raising a family that size in a house this small?


Friday, July 3, 2009

4th of July Weekend

* Nice recovery trail run with 5 others today. Ran from Pine Lane to Blue Hen Falls and back. Ran hard the last 1.5 miles. Felt super fresh. Good sign.

* Rained most of the run. What is better than running in the rain and mud?

* New bed arrives today. Finally got my big boy bed. Going to start getting real sleep now!

* Timing the Hudson Firecracker 5K in the morning. No one responded from the club to time this event, so this will be a bail-out favor. I am sure one or two in the club will slam me for donating my time to do this while they sit at home and think of more things to gripe about. Too much energy spent on nothing in my opinion.

* Make sure to thank a firefighter, police officer, doctor, nurse, or any other public service professional for their time over the weekend.

* Got my marching orders for the Buckeye Trail 50K. Good plan rolling into the Burning River 100 miler.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Random Thoughts Wednesday

* Had a really good run with Damon and Matt yesterday morning. I am learning to hate waking up so early to run...but am very thankful for the company and time it saves later in the day.

* Ran with the XC team at Oak Hill this morning. Good run. Ankles a little sore for some reason.

* Ran a SIMS 3 update for my daughter. I have never seen a tech note like this before...

  • Fix to story progression on/off selection toggle.
  • Fix for a possible crash with audio code.
  • Fix for babysitter routing off lots with babies.
...I guess babysitters are an issue in the virtual world as well!

* Picked up the ChampionChip equipment for the next two weeks races.

* Heard once again some rumour about me wanting to win the Burning River 100. I don't know how this started...but is far from the truth. I have a time goal this year. If 174 people run faster than my time goal...good for them. I have only run one 100 mile race and it seems to me that it is not a race until you get to the last 10 miles. Would I like to be the top Master? Of course...who wouldn't? Will I be competitive towards the end? If I make it that far yes. I have been training towards a finish time. Period.

* Race #2 in the "Joe Klett" series is tonight. I can't wait until it is my turn. I have something brilliant planned.


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