When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
My UltraList Bio
Date of birth: 10/9/69
Years running: 5.5 (May 13, 2001 - first 5k)
Years running ultras: 3.5 (March 13 2003 - first 50k)
PRs: road 50k - 4:47, trail 50k - 5:08, road 50M - 8:17, trail 50M - 9:49 (Masochist), Umstead 100M - 18:46, WS100 - 23:14
For the bloggers: 1M - 6:20 indoor track, 5k on roads - 22:32, 5k on trails - 22:08, 10k on roads - 46:46, 10k on trails (after a 20 mile training run) - 46:22, 15k - 1:18, 20k - 1:40, half-marathon - 1:43, marathon - 3:45 (between-ultras, but after first all of them were like that:)), Escarpment 30k god-damn trail run that got me started on trails (in Upstate NY) - 4:31, over 50 various short races - and it was a l-o-n-g time ago
Shoes I run in: Montrail Odyssey, Brooks Cascadia
Favorite running surface: trails on PNW
Some ultras I have completed: 40 total (plus 16 marathons), 8x100M, 2x100km, a bunch of other trail runs
Ultra achievement I am most proud of: first 100M at Umstead in 2004, WS100 in 2005, SD100 in 2005, Zane Grey in 2006. forgot to mention Miwok 100k in 2005
Ultra I haven't done but really want to: AC100, Bighorn 100, CCC100, Waldo 100km, and many 50 milers
Typical training week: in training - 80-90M/week, 2 long runs, 2 double/days, 1 medium run, x-train with spin class and weights, yoga is great addition too, I just need to find an extra few hours a day:)
Injury history: anything in the book - not that I should be proud of it.
Favorite ultra foods: Carbo-Pro, E-Crank gels, soup at night
Favorite ultra beverages: ice water tastes good
Things I like most about ultras: "A race is just a race, but a friend who paces you is a friend for life." - Joseph Franko
Pushing the limits, a sense of achieving impossible, hanging out with friends
People that I met while doing ultras are the most wonderful and the friends I've made are the most true. That's not to mention that places I visited for races leave memories for life.
Things I hate most about ultras: huh?
That my family doesn't understand it
What got me started doing ultras: feeling great after first marathon and meeting a friend who just finished VT100 and got accepted into WS100 - the movie drew my undivided attention
Why I do ultras: not sure, it's a bug that doesn't go away, see "what I like about ultras"
Where I found out about the list: run100s.com
Short-term ultra goal: come back after injury (tear in hamstring in July) and do well
Long-term ultra goal: keep running and enjoying it even if slowing down to the point of pushing cut offs every time
Fantasy ultra goal: run all the races on the list:)
Favorite ultra quote(s):
"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
- Pierre de Courbertin
When I come back from a race, no matter what the final result was, the most important thing for me is to look back and honestly say myself - I gave it all I had that day.
p.s. I got the most beautiful and sofisticated stationary bike as a present I've ever seen! Just perfect for the dark hours upon us and my self-imposed resting mode! The best part - it was a total surprise!
p.p.s. to Rob: I never planned to post my bio to the list, I liked been a lurker, and if I ever respond to a post, I do it privately. Recently a couple of things ticked me off: bashing a kid who DNF'd at his first 100 from veterans and quietness about Scott Jurek while spending a ton of time discussing Dean (who I don't care for, but enough is enough!). Too many people use the list as their private chat club, I don't want to participate. But since I did respond, I felt I had to introduce myself. And hey, I didn't know you were such a good boy posting your resume (that needs to be updated, by the way)!