Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mt Hood 50 Mile Trail Run Completed

Hi everyone!

Yes!  I just completed #16 Ultra marathon for 100 by 100 on July 12, 2014.  The Mt Hood 50 was entirely run on the Pacific Crest Trail just outside of Portland, Oregon.  What a beautiful run it was with really beautiful views of Mt. Hood in the first 28 miles of the race.  I ran this race as a "training run" and also took an "early start" so I would be allowed to complete the course in 13 hours, if needed.  I'm glad I took that start because I finished with a 12:20:27.

I went into the race with a irritating pain in the back of the left knee which bothered me from mile 10-50.  It didn't get any worse the whole way so I was able to deal with it.  We had great weather, however it did get into the 90's, but the course was really shaded in the forest so we lucked out there. I met some really nice runners from the Portland area and talked in great lengths with them in the first part of the race, which was great fun.  The course had only 5600 ft. of elevation gain, but was still difficult.  There were a couple really long climbs later in the day which were hard due to the increased heat.  I struggled through some of this, especially with the knee, but I'm really glad I persevered and finished!

Thank you all for your support.  Another Ultra done for Alzheimer's!

Donated $100.00  7/15/14

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Trail Is Not Always What You Expect It To Be!

Yes, it happened!  The article I wrote many months ago is now published in the July 2014 issue of Ultrarunning Magazine!  Without the help of my wife Lori, and daughters Abby and Della, it would've never happened too!  They all helped me revise these piece about 10 times before it finally made sense!  Well, here it is!  Thank you all for your support!