Footfeathers

As the Blog Turns

Posted by footfeathers on December 14, 2010

So, I’m tired of fighting the clunky blog themes at wordpress and have moved the blog over to footfeathers.blogspot.com

Or, simply www.footfeathers.com as always!

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Can’t Resist

Posted by footfeathers on December 13, 2010

Two posts in one day…

During an email conversation with a friend from CA today about the positives and negatives of blogging and how ultras have changed “BD and AD” (before Dean and after Dean – his term), he was commenting on running gadgets like garmins and ended the last email with:

“i don’t track my miles or my workouts.  i don’t track anything, really.  if it doesn’t help me adjust my training, why bother.  i already know that i don’t run enough and would rather spend time with my son than run.  i have never been nor will ever be a great runner.  i can be a great dad, however. “

BTW, the man has been running ultras for 15 years and has won Miwok 100k…

He’ll probably kick my butt for quoting him but luckily he doesn’t like or read blogs!

 

 

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Is this December?

Posted by footfeathers on December 13, 2010

I have to say that I’m loving this weather.  I remember moving here for the first time in early Nov ’06 and three days after arriving I awoke to let Pippit outside and I couldn’t open the door due to THREE feet of fresh snow that had fallen over night.  Over the next three weeks we continued to get pounded with snow storm after storm to the point where I didn’t bother trying to identify my truck from the other buried cars parked in the street, let alone drive it.  It was the snowiest winter Boulder had seen for a very long time.  I was busy with work and spent an extended time in Italy for work beginning early January, so it didn’t matter that much.

So here we are near mid December and it’s dry and warm.  They (whoever ‘they’ are, some farmer’s almanac type folks I imagine) had predicted a drier and warmer winter for us this year.  I know things will change eventually but I’ll take this motivating weather while I can!

Starting back up on Dec 2 after an extended rest period of 3-4 weeks, I’ve slowly been getting back into the swing of regular runs.  It’s crazy how quickly fitness dissolves.  A month ago I was racing 62 miles on a Saturday.  Last week’s total mileage was 50.  The “run” up Green with Jeff and Aron on Monday left my quads sore (very sore) for three days afterward.  Must have been some settled toxins or something deep in the muscles after the concentrated racing miles I did in the fall because I’ve never been that sore after going up Green.  The rest of the week was fine, getting out for around an hour a couple days and then 15 miles Saturday and 12 miles yesterday.

My appetite during the rest weeks wasn’t like it normally is (like a baby elephant), so I stayed pretty lean, though definitely lost muscle mass.  This weekend is the Chubby Cheeks 50k in Ft. Collins.  Probably not the best idea to jump into a 32 mile run climbing over 7,000 ft. of vert, so I’m thinking of doing the abbreviated version (or Junior Varsity version as they’ve named it).  Mostly, it’ll just be nice to get out with the guys who always inspire me throughout the year.

Enjoy the week.

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McDavid Press Release

Posted by footfeathers on December 7, 2010

Official press release from McDavid (the part about 217 miles should say, “raced 3 races totaling 217 miles in 42 days”.  Brownie has already nicely pointed out to me that I must be an animal by averaging 5 miles a day…)

Back to training beginning last week after a nice 3+ week rest.  Got out last night for a run up Green Mtn with Jeff and Aron.  Chattered nonstop.  Great company and beautiful night views from the summit.

At some point I’d like to go over the purpose of this partnership and discuss the specific products I like and use from McDavid for all aspects of training, competing, and recovery.

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Planning for 2011 with McDavid

Posted by footfeathers on November 24, 2010

The way time seems to be screaming by, it’ll be Jan 1st before we know it.

 

First off, and I’ll write a full post about it soon, I signed an “athlete endorsement” agreement with McDavid USA that began 11/22/10 and runs through the last day of 2011.  I truly enjoy using the clothing and feel the benefits of it through every stage of my training, racing, and recovery.  The forward thinking of McDavid is refreshing and, unlike other compression clothing companies, McDavid comes from a medical and sports medicine background, so they aren’t just making tight clothes and selling them at outrages prices; they have the research and knowledge to design gear specific to the intended use while keeping the final price reasonable.  I’m proud to be a representative of this Chicago based company and plan to do my best in terms of performance and positive exposure.

With the partnership with McDavid, I’m able to participate in more events in varied locations.  Here’s the schedule as it stands now, certainly ambitious for me but I’m committed to training like I’ve never done before to do well.  I’ve taken some time off since the 100k earlier this month and am eager to start building fitness again.

2011 Race Schedule:

Jan 8th:

Bandera 50k Trail Run, Bandera, TX

Feb 12th:

Cool Trail Run 50k (34 mile) Trail Run, Cool, CA

Mar 25th:

Antelope Island 100 Mile Trail Run, Salt Lake City, UT

Apr 15th:

Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim Run (double crossing), AZ

May 14th:

Ice Age 50 Mile Trail Run, La Grange, WI

May 25-29th:

Sunki Mountain Running Camp, Leadville, CO

Jun 17th:

Bighorn 100 Mile Trail Run, Dayton, WY

Jul 8th:

Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile Trail Run, Carson City, CA

Aug 6th:

Copper Triangle Cycling Event, CO

78 Mile loop cresting three mountain passes

Aug 20th:

Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run, Leadville, CO

Sept 23rd:

Bear 100 Mile Trail Run, Logan UT (finishes in Idaho)

Oct 15th:

Boulder 24 Hour Run, Boulder, CO

Nov 19th:

JFK 50 Mile Run, Boonsboro, MD


Motivation by Tool (around 6:45 into it is amazing):

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taking it easy

Posted by footfeathers on November 21, 2010

34 heart rate.  death?

Took this at work; have to walk .2 mile to the machine. Take this almost daily just to freak out the out of shape folks at work.

Oh, and I received my Wolverine buckled from the Bear 100 miler…. that took place September 24th.  Sorta anticlimactic.

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