Monday, September 5, 2011

Finding My Way



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It has been quite a while since anything meaningful has been posted on irunultras.com....well over a month.  Perhaps it can be blamed on Badwater withdrawal symptoms.  Or, maybe just sheer exhaustion from the first 6+ months of 2011.  The cause doesn't really matter.  It is time to get back to posting - "runnin', findin' my way back home."

There is no better time than now, the last "true" day of Summer, to write a catch-up post, a bullet-point blow-by-blow of what's been happening since our 3rd consecutive finish of the Badwater Ultramarathon, and what lies ahead.
  • Badwater And Other ImpactsThis year's event took a heavy toll, both physically and mentally, especially considering running the entire length of the Caminho da Fé in Brazil in January (about 340 miles over 7 days), and a sub-20 hour finish at Umstead 100 in April.  On top of that, without giving myself sufficient time to recover, I volunteered at an event a mere one month after Badwater that resulted in 70+ hours without any real sleep, resulting in a significant set-back in recovery and a major blow to general health and wellness.  Now, with 67 days to go until Javelina Jundred, an event I greatly desire to perform well at, I find myself behind the 8 ball preparation-wise.  But, as my brother Chris posted yesterday, "do or do not....there is no try." (Yoda)
  • To Vermont 50, Or Not To Vermont 50.  I am registered for my 4th Vermont 50, taking place this year on September 25.  Participating in this year's event had very special meaning - running the entire race with one of my good friends, a cancer survivor.  I learned today that a knee injury is going to keep this friend from running, and thus I am considering not making the trip to Brownsville.  Chances are that my performance would be sub-par, as well as eat into training for Javelina.  Still, it is on the schedule and paid for, so perhaps it is worth doing.

  • Product Testing.  Since July there has been a drastic increase in the amount of products that have come my way for testing, from electronics to supplements.  We should have some reviews up soon.
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  • Javelina Jundred Training.  It has begun, but it has to, and will, get more focused.  I'm looking forward to being reunited with Rick Gaston as my pacer.  We have improved every year at Javelina, and we want to yet again.

  • Charitable Causes'nPlay Foundation, founded by a good friend, has caught my eye for possible joint efforts with The Challenged Athletes Foundation, and we are working hard to make some of those efforts possible.  Jennie Finch, Gary Player, Summer Sanders, Grant Hill, Shannon Miller, Paul Pierce and a coalition of 35 professional athletes, both active and retired from 15 sports, have united to fight the childhood obesity epidemic in America, to raise money that can be put directly back into schools so they can obtain the tools to change the culture inside to one of health and wellness, and meet the criteria of the USDA’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge. This group of world class athletes has committed themselves on both a national and local level to help and encourage students, teachers and parents strive for a healthier lifestyle for children.  There are some great synergies here, and I'm hopeful that there will be some great things coming in the future.

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