Wednesday, October 17, 2018

#42 Ultra Done, Oh Yeah!

The 1st Annual Red Cliffs Desert Reserve 50K Traverse is now completed!  I've been wanting to do this traverse for a long time, so I finally said, "what the heck, now is a good time" while I'm still in good shape.  3 1/2 weeks after my last race, I was "good to go" again.  Since I volunteer being a trail steward on the RCDR I know most of the trails, so I had a great route all planned out for years.  It's about time I did this run.  I ran it by myself and Lori and Shady crewed me in several spots along the way.  It was so great seeing them too at the critical points because I needed my fluids and food to keep me going! 

The route basically started in Leeds, Utah, right outside the RCDR, traversing southwest along the red rock mountains surrounding St. George, Utah and ending at a trail head called Yellow Knolls in the RCDR.  A cool stiff breeze was at my back for virtually the entire day making my run a lot easier and enjoyable!  It is really a beautiful and very scenic part of St. George just minutes from my home.  I'm lucky to be here and to be able to do this sort of thing.  I appreciate all the support everyone gives me too, so thank you!

Here are a few pictures along the way of this area for you to view!

Thanks again for your support!

$100.00 Donated to the Shirley Disease Research Center on 10/17/18

Monday, September 24, 2018

Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 55K ++ Finished!

#41 Ultramarathon now finished on 9/22/18 in 8:20.

It was just a perfect day out near Flagstaff all day long.  What a beautiful course as well.  Just splendid.  The volunteers were all great and nice as well.  Lori and Shady were there to cheer me on too.  Some of the aid stations were 10 miles apart so the runners had to have enough water to last amount of time.  The course ran up, around and skirted Mt. Humpreys and continued north on the Arizona Trail for 34 miles.  The aspens trees and ferns were starting to change so it made the trail all that more special.  The run basically followed the Arizona Trail 75% of the time.  I highly recommend this trail to anyone wishing to see the beautiful southwest!

A highlight to this run was meeting and talking with Ian Torrence, Rob Krar, and Jim Walmsley - who are all outstanding and professional ultra marathoners.  That was really great to talk to them.  Rob Krar even had his own aid station around 26 miles and served popsicles!  What a great guy!

About 6 miles into the run a bunch of runners (including me) went the wrong way for around 1/2 mile and had to turn back and find out where we went wrong.  So, the 55K turned into a 57K for me as I did extra bonus miles.  Oh well!  The whole day was just great!  Loved it!

Hear are some pictures.  Thanks so much for all of your support too!

$100.00 Donated to Alzheimer's Research 9/24/18

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!