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)














Friday, July 29, 2016

Go Fund Me!

Please help in my quest if you can!

Thank you very much

and

for all of your support through the years!

gofundme.com/2h462vw

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Beautiful day for the 26th Ultra!

The Antelope Butte Mountain Festival 50K Ultramarathon is now written in the books!

It was such an outstanding day yesterday 7/23/16 in the mountains above Sheridan, Wyoming!  Blue skies all day, lots of sunshine, a cool breeze and temps in the low 60"s - what could be better for a runner?  The course was a definite challenging course (aren't they all?)  with two, very big mountainous climbs that we went up and down 2 times.  Oh yeah, I got my elevation training in too with the course staying up at the 9000 ft. range almost all day.  I felt it for sure all day.

I thought my time of (around) 7:48 was good for this course and I was very happy to finish without any substantial problems (sounds boring doesn't it).  Oh well, I was proud the way I ran and have learned to climb better and more efficient, without straining a lot of muscles.  I have struggled with this in the past and I'm doing better.  The left knee pain (which I have always had to deal with since my orthoscopic surgery back in the late 90"s) started up at around the 18 mile mark and didn't let up.  But, I just slow down and take it in stride, and manage the pain efficiently - or it least try to!

This was a very small race with around only 20 people in the whole 50K run.  I ran with a couple guys from Mississippi who have done the Leadville 100 in their past.  They were very friendly and we talked for a good 5 miles or so until they took off on me.  I was basically alone for the entire route - which was ok, so I took in the great weather and great views on the tops of mountain passes.

This is kind of embarrassing, but I when I was rounding a corner about a 1/2 mile away from the finish, I mistakenly thought the cheers I heard were all for the people in the race who were finishing.  I thought how nice that was that people were doing that!  I was getting a little chocked up and picked up the pace to finish my race nice and strong.  BUT, I was greatly mistaken and as I got near the finish, I noticed all the cheers were coming from the music stage where the festival was actual going on.  I was embarrassed.  As I got to the finish, there were a couple people standing around - that was it, no cheering, no nothing - all except for a high five from Cheryl (Wyo Timing).

Unfortunately for my wife Lori who was waiting patiently for hours on end didn't get to cheer me in.   No one could help her find where the runners would be coming from - so she took a different side road that was not the finishing road and missed me entirely.  I finally caught up with her about an hour after finishing.  She was really mad and I really felt bad for her.  SO, we had plenty of beer libations and listened to some great music at the festival and continued to have a great day in the mountains!

Here are some pics!  Enjoy and thank you again for all of your support of this quest!

Donated $100.00 7/24/16






Friday, May 6, 2016

I hope I can one day emulate Bob Hayes........

This short 4 minute film about the near 90 year old runner, Bob Hayes resonates with me so much I can't stand it!

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Y-aVZAr8s

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

50 MILE ZION TRAVERSE 25TH ULTRA!!! (with side trip to Angels Landing)


100 BY 100 Is Now Officially 25% Completed!


The Zion Traverse has been on the "bucket list" of most ultra runners that I know for awhile now.  And now I know why!  Holy cow, what a fun adventure run this was!  Taking more than 15 hours to complete, 4 of my ultra running friends and myself ran from the east end of Zion National Park to the west end on April 15, 2016 at 5:30 am.  I'll have everyone note now though, that it wouldn't have been completed without the aid station help of my wife Lori Lyle at mile 34 of this run.  Necessary food and drink were essentially needed at this point in the run, and we owe the completion to her.  Thank you so much Lori!  I love you!  (so do the other guys!)

It's hard to describe a run like this.  Zion is truly, God's Country.  (just look at the above picture!)  Awesome. Incredible.  Outstanding.  Hugely scenic.  Panoramic.  Intense, etc. etc., and HARD!  Oh yeah, we were all tired at the end.  After all, we did have 10,000 feet of elevation gain to run up.  Getting up at 3 am was the easiest part, running up the extreme grades were the hardest, but finishing was the best!  The weather picture the week leading up to the run did not look good.  A huge winter storm was moving in exactly on the day of the run, and most of the guys couldn't go any other day, so we knew we had to go on tax day, final.  Done deal.  All day long, we endured 40 mile per hour winds.  Temperature was in the low 40's, but felt like 30's for sure, we also had snow on the higher sections of the run (around 25 miles), lots of nice water crossings, and muddy trails at the end. The best thing is that we didn't get any rain.  That would've made for a cold and wet miserable long day.  Thank God for that.  But, as luck would have it though, we got up on Angels Landing and the wind died down for a couple minutes and the sun came out.  We all quickly snapped up pictures as fast as we could and got down to continue our run.  From then on, the sun left and the snow and wind continued on throughout the day and night.  We were extremely lucky to have that brief break on Angels Landing.  I know that God and my Mom were looking out for us all.

What is great about doing this run at Zion is that all the trails are very well marked and are easy to figure out.  Most of the water you need needs to be filtered out at certain streams along the way, so we were all tuned into that - when and where, etc.  We all carried the most amount of water and food we could carry and only had to filter water only one time.  It would've been a lot different if we hadn't had Lori to fill up our water at mile 34 OR had it been 80 degrees out!  Throughout the day we all ran at different speeds and 2 of the runners (Steve and Joey) finished 2 hours before me.  I finished with BJ and Robert at around 10 pm.  This was a little over my anticipated finishing time, however, in the end, it doesn't matter.  It was just a fantastic run with fantastic and very knowledgeable ultra running buds!  Thank you all for your friendship.  I feel lucky to know you all.

I am so happy the way this turned out and so appreciative of not only Lori, my running friends, but just the fact that we all can experience something like this together.  I feel very lucky to have the ability to run and to help out in a small way to Alzheimer's research.

Here are a few pics of this outstanding run.  I will always treasure this one!
100 by 100 is now 25% completed!  Thank you all for your continued support and for continue to read this blog!

$100.00 Donated 4/16/16





The Start!

The official end!


 The Finish!




Mr. Zion!