Eastern States 100 Offers a Beautiful and Challenging Course!
Awesome! Running a race its inaugural year can sometimes be a gamble as the kinks are worked out and lessons are learned. Fortunately the Eastern States race directors and volunteers did an incredible job hosting a premier event.
The transformation of the trails in the “Grand Canyon” of Pennsylvania over the last several weeks was absolutely amazing. I had run the last 70 miles over the last couple of months and on race day the Stinging Nettle and other shrubs were completely removed from the trails. The course was well-marked and the support from the aid stations was world-class. Fortunately they left plenty of roots, tons of rocks, and enough stream crossings to keep us crazy runners busy on our journey. It is a great course with over 20,000 feet of elevation gain and a couple of extra miles for no additional cost.
Images from the course thanks to David Walker (FB)
I am convinced that the combination of a great name with a beautiful and VERY challenging course has the potential to have this race draw some of the worlds greatest runners in the future. Continue reading
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Tagged Eastern States, Faith, fitness, God, running, ultra running, Ultramarathon, Ultrarunning, western states
“Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.” – Psalm 31:3
Awesome views on the ES100 course (Photo thanks to the ES100 FB page)
It has been over a month since the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. It was an amazing experience but one which I had hoped would have had a better result. Since then I have been preparing mentally and physically for my next major race in 2 weeks, the inaugural running of the Eastern States 100 (ES100).
My primary goal for the weeks between these races was to get out on the ES100 course. I have made a couple of trips out there in recent weeks and covered most of the last 70 miles of the course. It is the first time I have done this before a race but was motivated by fear based on what I had heard about this unknown course. Continue reading
Posted in Challenging, Nervous and Trust, Nutrition, Prayer, Psalm
Tagged Eastern States, Faith, fitness, God, running, Training, Ultramarathon, Ultrarunning
“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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Tagged Faith, fitness, Jesus, ulcerative Colitis, Ultra, Ultramarathon, Ultrarunning, 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
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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Tagged Faith, fitness, God, running, Ultra, Ultramarathon, Ultrarunning, western states
A man may have many plans in his heart. But the Lord’s purpose wins out in the end –Proverbs 19:21
The 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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Tagged Boston Marathon, Faith, fitness, God, Marathon, Prayer, running, Ultramarathon, Ultrarunning, western states
“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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Tagged Christ, Faith, fitness, God, Laminin, Marathon, running, Ultramarathon, Ultrarunning
“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
I 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.
Maybe I’ll Stop Calling It The Dreadmill Continue reading
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Tagged Boston Marathon, Dreadmill, Faith, fitness, God, Marathon, running, Ultramarathon, Ultrarunning, western states