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Month: August 2013

Why Ultra-Marathoners Do What They Do ?>

Why Ultra-Marathoners Do What They Do

  As I was crewing and pacing at the VT100 last month (see links at the bottom of the page if you are interested in reading my posts about the event), I got an up-close-and-personal view of what it takes to complete a 100-miler. And let me tell you, it’s not pretty.  I saw runners with every ailment you can think of–huge blisters, pounding headaches, cramps, sore and aching bodies. Some were nauseous, dehydrated, overheated, exhausted, or just plain sick…

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The Never-Ending Saga… ?>

The Never-Ending Saga…

  I feel like this summer has been a never ending saga of chiropractor visits! Since the beginning of May, I’ve been seeing chiropractor after chiropractor trying to get my back and hip issues settled.  I was happy with the first chiropractor I saw for a while, but around July I realized that I wasn’t continuing to improve anymore, and my foot was still going numb during my races. Sooo, I set out looking for another chiropractor. In late July,…

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Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin ?>

Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin

  Last Friday night, as I was trying to plan out what we were going to do for our long run the next day, I could not for the life of me think of a route that sounded appealing to me, and I was completely unmotivated to even run at all. I find myself in this situation every now and then, and it’s usually because I am bored with the trails around our house and have lost interest in running…

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VO2 Max Test ?>

VO2 Max Test

  I mentioned in my post last week that I was going do a VO2 max test to see if my results had improved since starting triathlon training. I’ve been a marathoner for years, but as our regular readers know, in November of last year I started training for triathlons. I had my VO2 max tested at that time to see what my “baseline” was before I started triathlon training. I used my baseline max heart rate and VO2 max…

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I Did Something That Really Scares Me… ?>

I Did Something That Really Scares Me…

  Peter and I just registered for the TransRockies Run in August of 2014. This is a 6-day, 120-mile stage race through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. We’ll be doing an average of 20 miles a day and camping every night. It’s a race that we’ve wanted to do for a couple of years now, but we weren’t sure if we’d ever get the chance. The epic beauty of the wilderness trails is what drew us to the race. Well,…

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Week 1 of my Rev3 Taper ?>

Week 1 of my Rev3 Taper

  I’m officially in week 1 of my Rev3 taper! And let me tell you, after my crazy weekend of training, I was more than ready for it! Now, don’t think I’m just lazing around and taking it easy; since it’s only the first week of a three-week taper, I’ll be gradually backing off little by little. Pretty much this week looks like every other week for me except my workouts aren’t as long, and they’re a little easier. Here’s…

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So You Think You Can’t Run? ?>

So You Think You Can’t Run?

  I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile now. I’ve often said to people that just about anybody can run if they want to run. It’s just that most people don’t want to, so they have a list of reasons why they can’t. I mean, I can sympathize with those who think they can’t run or have quit running for one reason or another. In fact, you probably didn’t know this, but there was one time that I quit…

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