Western States 100 – Race Report

126065-05-353“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12:12

The Western States Endurance Run (WS100) is like no other Ultra-marathon for so many reasons. In addition to being the oldest 100-mile race in the world, it offers amazing views and follows trails steeped in American history. The race attracts the best runners from all over the world on a course which offers a challenging mix of altitude, heat, water crossing and various types of terrain. Continue reading

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Reflections: A Black Belt, The Dirty German, and Western States

“Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go” Joshua 1:9

Amazing View from the WS Course

Amazing View from the WS Course

Since December of last year I have been focused on one race, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run (WS100) scheduled for June 28th. It is the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile race in the world. The course is beautiful and challenging as you climb 19,000’ through the snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada and descend 23,000’ through the America River where temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. The last 6 weeks have been challenging and exciting as the race quickly approaches. Continue reading

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Boston 2014: Hopes, Expectations, and Prayers

Boston2014bA man may have many plans in his heart. But the Lord’s purpose wins out in the end –Proverbs 19:21

HOPES

BOSton 26_2_STARTThe Boston Marathon is a race like no other and holds a special place for those of us who enjoy the pain of challenging our bodies over 26.2 miles. It is rich with history and the need to qualify with difficult times make the “BQ” (Boston Qualifying time) a goal many pursue and few achieve. Continue reading

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Linking the Physical and Spiritual

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

It’s funny how we can sometimes experience something old in a new way or with a different perspective than we had previously. As a child in school, I never really cared for history but now I can’t get enough from books or on TV. When it comes to my faith, I am amazed how I can read the same piece of scripture and get a completely different message based on where I am in that point of my journey.

I had this type of experience recently when I read an article about a protein called Laminin that I had heard about a few years ago. My faith has grown in ways I could have never imagined since then. The result was that this information was very exciting to me in this season of Lent. Continue reading

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Trying Something New – Part 2

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”     -Isaiah 43:19

CBS NewsI was so excited when we had a major snow storm to start off the year in January because I love running in the snow. Our local CBS news stopped Bob and I during that storm to interview us since not many people were out at 5:30am (Interview starts at 46 sec). Despite my initial excitement, I quickly got tired of winter and running in negative wind chills day after day.

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Trying Something New –Part 1

“Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid of them. Don’t be terrified because of them. The Lord your God will go with you. He will never leave you. He’ll never desert you.”    -Deuteronomy 31:6

I just watched the second Kilian Jornet movie “Summits of My Life-Déjame Vivir”. It reinforced what an amazing athlete he is and someone who clearly takes some risks.  Watching this initially made me think how conservative I am in my approach to running. However I then began to reflect on 2013 and realized that I did push myself in new ways last year that continue to impact my decisions this year.

Navacerrada, Spain – Early June 2013

Breath taking views and a shot of Javier

Breath taking views and a shot of Javier

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The Need for Pacers

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

The Goat paced me at my 1st 100miler

The Goat paced me at my 1st 100miler

The controversy whether pacing is fair is one that spans the running community at all distances. Pacers are often used in certain track and field events to act like rabbits and help runners maintain a certain pace.  However in major competitions, such as the Olympics, this type of support is not allowed.

While some may use a pacer for this same reason in an ultra, I would argue that the main reason for pacing someone is for Continue reading

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