Real talk with Doug Hay.
What to do when running is no longer fun.
Back in January I wrote a post called "How I'm Training for a 100K Ultramarathon with a Newborn," where I outlined five strategies that would keep me on track while significantly reducing time spent on the trail.
So, did it work?
In today's episode I evaluate the past five months of training, and share what worked, what didn't, and how I'll move forward.
Looking back, there are a number of things I wish I had known going into my first trail run. Lessons or advice that would have saved me a lot of time, energy, and frustration.
Here are the top four.
Today's episode is split into three parts, (1) a look at my recent 32-mile Art Loeb run, (2) the value of self-evaluation, and (3) a new 7-day spring challenge. Will you join me?
Words are powerful.
They can rally crowds, inspire greatness, and get you out of a terrible funk halfway through a run.
Several years ago, while out on a 30-mile training run, I found myself repeating the phrase,
"You can do anything for 10 minutes."
I had roughly 10 minutes to go before arriving at my car where food and water were waiting, and as terrible as I felt in that moment, I knew I could push through for another ten minutes.
That mantra has gone on to get me through many rough patches over the years. Moments when negative thoughts and doubt were so overwhelming that all I could do was focus on the next ten minutes. Then the ten minutes after that, and the ten minutes after that.
Running mantras have been such an important part of my training and racing that a few years ago I collected a set of short stories from other runners featuring their mantras. It's called The Power of a Running Mantra and can be downloaded in the show notes.
And in today's episode, I share my story from that eBook, along with a few tips for creating a mantra of your own.
Because you never know when a short phrase could be the difference of you crossing the finish line and not.
Last weekend I ran my first race of the year, and my first race as a father, which meant my training has been ... let's just say less than ideal.
How did it go? Not that bad actually, and in today's episode I discuss why I think I was able to pull it off.
Sometimes a race just doesn't go as planned. That's the hard reality of training for and racing an ultramarathon.
And it's what you do with those failures and setbacks that make or break you as a runner.
In today's episode I share a clip from a recent interview with Rock Creek Runner Community Member Karen Clarke on her setback at the 2016 Leadville 100, and what she turned that disappointment into strength.
Tired of the increasing entry fees? Didn't get into your dream race's lottery?
No worries, run a self-supported adventure instead.
Today I talk about why I'm moving some races off my calendar this year and instead focusing on epic adventures. And of course, I share my tips for how to plan your own.