Davy Crockett’s Running Frontier

I like to Run Insanely Long & Crazy Distances                                                                                                             Pony Express Trail 100
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As more runners desire to be able run ultramarathon distance, they frequently ask if there is a training plan available to help them achieve that goal.  Very structured training plans are available on the Internet that seem to feed the appetite of those who seek a prescriptive plan to achieve their goal.

I have never subscribed to such an approach, using somebody’s chart telling me what I “have to run” in order to prepare for a race.  I consider such approaches silly.   It can lead to both injury and burn-out.  I’m shocked when I read this advise in a typical training program: “If you need them, take recovery days.”  Of course you need recovery days! continue reading…

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Last year I set a crazy goal to attempt summiting the eight highest peaks (300+ feet prominence) in Utah County, all more than 11,000 feet, in a single adventure run.    The peaks in order are:

  • Mount Nebo 11,928
  • Mount Timpanogos 11,750
  • South Timpanogos 11,722
  • North Timpanogos 11,441
  • North Peak (“North Nebo”) 11,174
  • Box Elder Peak 11,101
  • Provo Peak 11,068
  • East Peak (“East Provo”) 11,040

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I traveled to the Seattle area to run a lesser-known ultra, mostly run by locals, called Pigtails Challenge.  There are three distances, 100 miles, 150 miles, and 200 miles.  I decided to enter the 150-mile race “the middle child,” fully understanding the difficulty and toll it would take on my body.  If successful, this would be the fourth time I had reached at least 150 miles in a single race.

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Today a picture of me was featured on the ESPN website.  I contributed to an article on the Grand Canyon written by Doug Williams.

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The article can be read at: http://espn.go.com/sports/endurance/story/_/id/10870741/endurance-sports-grand-canyon-runs-beautiful-spiritual-problematic

Salt Flats 100

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The Salt Flats 100 starts on the historic Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway.  The actual salt flats are 12 miles long and 5 miles wide covering just over 46 square miles.  Near the center, the crust is 5 feet thick in places.  That is 147 million tons of mostly table salt!  It is the site of some astounding land speed records of more than 600 mph.  My top speed would be 8.9 mph.  continue reading…

Pickled Feet 48/24/12/6 hour run is held at Eagle Island State Park, near Boise, Idaho.  This event is in its second year.  It runs on a mostly flat, smooth dirt road trail on a 2.5-mile loop.  The scenery during the loop is great – rural farm land, by a small lake, and along a river.   I entered the 48-hour race.  Unlike fixed-distance runs, the objective of a fixed-time race is to see who can travel the furthest in that time.  For more details about this kind of race, see my fixed-time race chapter.

For the past four months I have been recovering from a small stress fracture in my tibia which I believed had finally healed.  My training leading up to the race was mediocre about 60 miles per week at a slow pace to avoid any setback on my injury.  I was ten pounds over my usual race weight, so I didn’t have high expectations.  But I was excited to again race after being out of action for so many weeks. continue reading…

I hesitated to write this chapter.  Running on a frozen lake is very risky.  In recent years word has gotten out about this activity which I probably started and I’m wondering when the first tragedy will occur. Whether stupid or not, this is part of my running history and there are amazing photos to share. As of 2014, I have run nearly 250 miles on the lake.  For years I was the only one doing it, but this past year dozens ran across the lake.  If you must go, please take precautions.

  • Don’t go alone
  • Take a cell phone in a waterproof container
  • Take a rope
  • Wait until the ice is thick, at least six inches. Don’t go when it is thawing.
  • Stay away from the areas of hot springs near the northwest end and Lincoln Beach toward the south.
  • Stay away from areas of incoming creeks and rivers on the east side.
  • Be very careful around fissures that have standing water on either side.
  • The ice is thinner near the shoreline and thicker out in the middle of the lake
  • Don’t run right after a snow.  Snow can hide the cracks.
  • Don’t run after a rain.  The top layer will be slushy and hide the cracks.  It won’t be fun running on slush anyway. continue reading…

 

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I’ve probably spent nearly 7,000 hours out on the trail.  I wish they could all be proud moments, but blunders happen and I do enjoy laughing at myself.  Here are a collection of short stories that demonstrates that ultrarunning isn’t always a serious sport. continue reading…