Monday, April 23, 2018

#40 Ultra Marathon Done

Wow!  Is all I can say about this splendid and absolutely very enjoyable ultra marathon I have ever done!  Completed entirely in the Joshua Tree National Park in California, two great ultra running friends of mine and I traversed 37 miles through the heart of the park in 9 1/2 hours on April 21, 2018.

Having pre-set our caches of water and food the day before in coolers, we stopped a total of 3 times to fill up.  We started out at 5:30 am I was eating my lunch at 10:15 am!  We were done running at 3:30 pm and home by 4:30.  We went from the Black Canyon Campground (West) to the East Entrance of Joshua Tree.  We had fantastic weather most of the way - only getting up into the 80's for the last 7 miles or so.  Not a cloud was in sight the whole day.  We basically ran the entire length of the California Riding and Hiking trail that traverses through the park.  The trail was easy to follow - mileage signage along the way, and the trail itself was very easy on the legs being sandy and not very rocky.  What a delight to most of the trails I run in the mountains!

The park itself was really interesting to see with lots of variety of plant life and Joshua Trees everywhere!  There is also a part of the park that is really filled with a lot of huge boulders in very interesting shapes and sizes.  I would highly recommend seeing the National Park.

Here are a couple of pictures of our trip.  What a great and very enjoyable run!!!

Donated $100.00 to the Shirley Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center on 4/23/18










Sunday, March 4, 2018

#39 Ultra Marathon now completed for 100 by 100!

Yes! It's true, the Red Mountain 55K run is in the books!  And now, I'm tired.......

A good day was had by all for the most part.  Rain and wind was scheduled in the forecast, but instead, we had lower 50"s and a "not too bad of a wind".  I'll take it!

Lori and Shady came out to greet me a couple times in the race as well, which really helps when you're hurting and just want to race to be over with!  I really appreciate that too!

This race begins and ends in St. George - near my house, which makes this race very convenient - no extra expenses.  Essentially the race goes up and over and around 4 mesas southwest of St. George.  Beautiful views of canyons, and our red rock country is so pleasing to the eye - so it makes running this country easier.  Having 1 central aid station made these loop runs way easier than some races I've run too.  The hardest loop was the 10.2 mile one going up and around the highest mesa.  But, this loop is probably the most scenic out of all of them.  Loved it!  Too bad I was so tired doing it.

Anyway I got a time of 8:15 for the 55K (34 miles) so I'm happy with that.  A 4 minute improvement over last year.  This is my 3rd time running this race, and it's not getting any easier!

Thank you all for reading and thank you all for support for 100 by 100!

Here are some photos!  Take care all!

$100.00 donated to Alzheimers Research,  3/4/18




Sunday, December 3, 2017

#38 Ultramarathon Completed!

After a fairly long break and an injury after my last Ultra, I decided to try and capture another
100 by 100 run for Alzheimer's.  The race took place in the St. George area where I live, and I know the race director so I wanted to support his race.  The race was held on December 2, 2017 and started at 12:00 pm.  We had perfect weather, a cool night, and a super moon to help light our way when it started to get dark.  The race was called The Capstone 50K, had a total of 5000 ft. of elevation gain and held in the very rocky mountain mesas south of town. My time was 8:15 - which was slower than some of my other ones - due to a wrong wrong turn I made which costs me around 20 minutes, and my very last loop I was in darkness so I had to rely on my headlamp for light.

Lori was there and Shady to greet me for the last 2 loops which was a great inspiration.  Thank you again Lori!  After the race my feet were really sore due to the amount of rocks we had to navigate around and run over.  Afterwards Lori and I had beer with the race director and Hayden Hawks, who is now a superstar in the world of ultra running.  We were all very relaxed and had a great time by a roaring fire.  A beautiful day all around for sure!  I'm so thankful I can continue in my quest in helping Alzheimer's.  Thank you all for your support!

Here are some pictures!  Merry Christmas!

$100.00 Donated to Alzheimer's research on 12/3/17







Tuesday, May 2, 2017

100 by 100 adds #37 Ultra Marathon!

Hi everyone!  I am proud to announce that a new ultra marathon has now been completed for
100 by 100 and Alzheimer's!  Another $100.00 donated to the research of Alzheimer's!  The race was held on April 29, 2017 and called Lost Boys 50 - a 50 miler in San Diego, Ca.  Momma Joan Lyle was guiding me the whole way so all I had to do was put one foot in front of another and never stop!  A fantastic day in the way of the weather and wind had us all speechless all day!  We were lucky, for sure.  The flowers were all out and cactus's were blooming everywhere.  Outstanding!

I had a friend and buddy, Joey Schrichte run the race as well and he took 4th overall! He is training for the San Diego 100 in June and is a great ultra runner, and great guy.  I also had some very critical help that influenced a great outcome for my performance at this race.  BJ Haeck, a San Diego resident,  gave me some awesome workout routines to do in preparation for this particular race.  BJ also ran with me for a bit near the end and gave me a lot of encouragement as well.  I am so glad I took his advise because it really paid off in the end.  I was way stronger the entire race and felt better than a lot of my previous 50 milers.  So a huge shout out and an "extra special thanks" to BJ, my friend, and ultra running compadre!  Thanks again BJ!  You the man!

The race basically starts on the desert floor - east of San Diego, and the course runs southwest over 3 big mountain passes and ending at Cuyamaca Lake.  We had non stop sun, cool breezes at our back the whole way, and fantastic views.  I covered the course in 13:36.  There was 9000 ft. of elevation gain, so I'm so glad I practiced a lot of my power hiking to make it up those passes at a decent speed.

It also helped to see some other friends helping out at aid stations too.  I even got to meet the legendary, Scotty Mills who is an icon in the sport of ultra running.  That was a highlight as well!

Well, I could go on and on.  But here are some photos of the race course, BJ, Joey, and myself running.  I felt proud to finish this hard race as well as I did.

Thanks again for reading and for the support everyone!

Another $100.00 donated to Alzheimer's Research on May 2, 2017


Joey and I at the finishJoey 


Middle part of the course

a little blood never hurt anybody


BJ showing off his power legs

BJ and I

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bryce Traverse Ultramarathon Done - #36-

Yes!  #36 Ultra is now in the books!  In beautiful Bryce National Park, my buddies Joey, BJ, and Rich  completed the Rim Trail (and then some) on Tax Day, April 15th, 2017.  Wow and what a day it was!  Sunny the whole day with a cool breeze.  We couldn't have done it AGAIN without my lovely Lori Lyle who gave us our food and drink at specific spots!  Thank you so much again my Lor!

Each of us did slightly different mileage because of certain factors including in two weeks Joey and I have a 50 mile Ultramarathon to complete in San Diego - so we don't want to do too much before that.  It turns out that I ran 27 miles in 7 hours.  I hopped into the Rim Trail at Whiteman Trailhead and met the others there then ran north with everyone.  Rich ran the most miles of 46, then BJ did around 44, then Joey ran 31 miles.  All in all we had a fantastic time.

We are already conjuring up other traverses to do around the country so it will be exciting running with this crew.  Just a great bunch of guys running together, and enjoying what God has created all day!  What could be better!

Here are some pics.

Thanks again for the support for 100 by 100 everyone!

$100.00 donated to the Shiley - Marcos Disease Research Center on 4/17/17









Monday, April 3, 2017

#35 (Training) Ultra Marathon Completed!

Since I'm training for a hard 50 miler coming up, I needed to run one last good long run.  And, why not make it an ultra since I'll be out there for 7 hours!  Well, that's what I did yesterday and came up with a 28 mile long ultra run.  It counts as an Ultra!  Yes!

I ran up Leeds canyon in Leeds, Utah on a beautiful 73 degree day.  The route I took was just a gravel road going up to the highest point and back.  Since it was only 2 miles up to the pass, I would run down to where I started - 7 times!  It wasn't as bad as it sounds - it's a beautiful canyon so I had great views the entire time.  I got a good amount of elevation training in which turned out to be like 5400 ft. of gain.  So, I'm happy overall.

Lori and Shady came to greet me when I was nearing 20 miles so that really helped my spirits.  Thank you so much Lor!  I'm good and tired now and now (hopefully) prepared for my 50 miler and next is Bryce Canyon Traverse!  Yes!

$100.00 Donated to Shiley Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center 4/3/17

Here are some pics!








Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Just Added! 6 old ultra (training runs) not ever counted! Why not!

Since this is my blog and since this is REALLY about spreading the word on the devastating disease of Alzheimer's, I've decided now to add my old training run ultra marathon runs to my total to
100 by 100.  Most of these runs were in preparation for 50 mile or 100 mile actual "races.

So, ever since 2011 when I first started running ultra marathons, I have run 6 ultra marathons on my own in preparation for races.

An "ultra marathon" is defined as: any footrace that is longer than the traditional marathon length of 26.2 miles)  I view that these 6 runs I did on my own would qualify to be included in the
100 by 100 count since they are all over 26.2 miles.  All runs will be included from now on - whether they are actual "races" I sign up for, or just long runs over the traditional marathon length.

These runs are:

4/20/12  -  26.46  Miles  -  5:09 hrs  -   (Prep for Ice Age 50 Miler)
4/20/13  -  27.58  Miles  -  5:33 hrs  -   (Prep for 100K High Sierra)
4/27/13  -  29.61  Miles  -  6:03 hrs  -   (Prep for 100K High Sierra)
9/14/13  -  27.18  Miles  -  5:03 hrs  -   (Prep for Dick Collins Firetrails 50)
9/21/13  -  26.83  Miles  -  5:04 hrs  -  (Prep for Dick Collins Firetrails 50)
7/27/14  -  30.13  Miles  -  7:25 hrs  -  (Prep for Lean Horse 100 Mile)

I now have been updated to a total of 34 Ultra Marathons run since 2011.

Thank you all for your continued support in 100 by 100!


$600.00 Donated to the Shiley Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center  3/28/17



Sunday, March 5, 2017

100 by 100 Red Mountain 55K Trail Race!

I am proud to announce the completion of 100 by 100's,  28th Ultra Marathon.  Held in the desert mountain trails of St. George, Utah, the 34 mile run is now written in the books!  Designed in a "clover leaf"pattern, the course is set up real easy for the trail runner to check back into the only aid station and his or her drop bag every 6 miles or so.  It is very convenient for the runner.  Beautiful desert mountain views were constant all day and we had a day in the 70's with a nice breeze.  Perfect conditions!

My particular run had some trials and tribulations that were mainly centered around constant on and off cramping in my calves and inner thighs almost all day!  It got a little old after while, but the body gets used to it and you do what you half to do to ease it during the run.  I survived and did a reasonable good job of trying to think of positive things and staying happy.  My time was 20 minutes slower than last year due to the cramping, I believe.  (8:14)  I also did my share of tripping and falling!  Geeez!  I got bloody knees and hands - the sign of a true ultra runner!

Lori and Shady met me on the course and ran with me for awhile about 27 miles into the race which really helped my attitude and made me happy.  Lori also met me about 32 miles into it also and we ran it home to the finish line.  The course had only about 4500 feet of elevation gain, but it sure felt like a lot more because of the constant up and down.

We had a great time and dinner with folks and friends from the St. George Running Center at Ricardo's.  Great conversation too!  I met Cory Reese (writer for Ultra Running Magazine) again and Hayden Hawks who officially set the course record.   Hayden is a rising star in the ultra world now setting records all over the place!  I'm very excited to see him do well in the future.

Well here are some pictures of the great day.  Thank you all for your support of 100 by 100 and Alzheimer's!

$100.00  Donated 3/5/17

 an end to a perfect day!
 Ricardo's dinner!



Friday, August 5, 2016

Soldier Ridge 50K!

#27 Ultra Marathon for 100 by 100 is now completed on 8/4/16!      Total time: 7:07:32

Through a funding site called GoFundMe, I managed to fund Alzheimer's research $225.00 instead of just my contribution of $100.00.  It is so worth it and I can't thank Larry Cass and Tracy Carlin for supporting me and 100 by 100 on this run.  Thank you both so very much.  It really means a lot.

This particular run was a totally self-supported run out at the Soldier Ridge trail in Sheridan Wyoming.  I was a bit skeptical of doing this run now after just finishing a 50K less than 2 weeks ago, but I felt good and was in great shape, so why not?  Basically I set up to do 3 loops of 10.4 miles on the trail.  It was not, in no way, as hard as some of my other races I've done in the past, but that's ok.  It's all about supporting Alzheimer's research and getting in 100 Ultramarathons in!  After every lap on the trail I would come back to the trailhead and my car, and fill up on food and drink.  Pretty easy to say the least.  It turned out to be a fantastic cool day too.  I originally was going to do it on 8/6/16 but the weather looked to be really hot so I adjusted the date.  Hey, that's what's great about doing a run on your own!

I started out the run with my brother in law, Tim Sandman and he did 3 miles with me starting out at 6 am.  It was great having him with me - as it was his first time out on the trail.  He was very impressed with it.  He informed me of all the various grasses and birds we saw on the trail too.  We saw one runner with 2 dogs at the start, but for the entire rest of the day I only saw 1 more person on a bike!  On the second lap I listened to some of my music on the iPod, so that was great.  Thank you to Santana, Joe Walsh, and Joe Satriani!  But then, I met up with my wife Lori at the start of my final lap at the trailhead!  How great is that!  Lori ran with me for the the last 8 miles and it was so great because she had many things to inform me about and we talked the entire time.  It was sunny the entire day but we always had a very nice cool breeze and that kept us cool.  Perfect day to run.

We came home, showered, and went out for a later lunch.  I then texted and sent a photo of me drinking a beer to my ultra running buddies.   Bj immediately told me to take out my orange slice in my beer as it was not up to "ultra" drinking standards.  I was informed that my choice of beer is "15% Girl by volume".  Ha!  Oh, well, such is life, I guess I can live with that.  Whatever......

Here are some pics!  Thanks again everyone for the support!  Have a great day!

Donated:  $100.00  on 8/5/16
  ($225.00 total donated for Alzheimer's research)