Friday, July 9, 2010

The Why?

I guess it is only fair to start with the ‘why create this blog’ and ‘what I hope it will accomplish’?
Well first I guess we do things like this as a form of posterity and/or a way to personally account for our actions. I guess in some ways I want to do both. I want to share a record of what will be a long, and not always fun, road and allow this record to be available for others who may want to do something similar (that is how this started but I will get there in a bit). The personal accountability idea is less altruistic. The accountability here is to provide a means of forcing myself to get on with the commitment of undertaking multi day/stage and ultra-marathon events. SO GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!!!!!
The Blog idea came from two inspirations. The first, from blogs created by the Racing the Planet 4 Deserts competitors, the second, and more important, Rich’s Desert Racer (http://www.desertrace.co.uk/) blog which I have found funny, inspirational and as a source of valuable training information for my own journey into the wonderful world of ultra-running.
The next big thing to get down in this blog is how I got to this point running. I mean who really has their head screwed on properly when they actually want to take part in runs of 50km, 100km, or even more! Well this running thing began years ago as an addition to training for my real love at that time, MtBiking. Then about 10 years ago when I stopped the recreational MtBike racing I kept up with the occasional 5km or 10km run. But I hated it. What was the real value in running anyway. You are out for 30 to 60 minutes, covering a small area and not seeing anything new. Then in February of this year, my wife Joanne (who I will introduce you to shortly) and I decided that we would include morning jogs while we lazed away at an all-inclusive in Cuba. Something happened during these runs. Not sure what it was but I actually began enjoying running. The heat, the dirt road that ran near the resort all added to this feeling of Wow. So on returning from Cuba, I started searching the web for info on new running shoes and other necessities, and quickly came across the wild and wonderful world of the ultra-marathon and in particular the Racing the Planet events (http://www.racingtheplanet.com) and the Marathon des Sables (http://www.darbaroud.com/index_uk.php). This further led to info on the Canada Death Race and others, and soon the plan was developed which has now culminated with this blog. I should also point out a few other ‘facts’. In November of 2009, I weighed in at over 230lbs (I had stopped looking at the scale at that point), by the time Cuba rolled around in February 2010, I was down to 215, and as of July 9, I am at 197lbs. So at 45 I expect to be, by summer’s end, in the best shape and my lowest weight in almost 15 years.
From a running standpoint, as I mentioned above, my longest distance had been 10km. Since March 27, 2010, when I purchased a Garmin 305, thanks to the advice of my work colleague Kimberly, an ironman triathlete (http://www.ironmantriathlete.com/) I have logged 650km with an average distance of 11.5km per run and a long run to date of 30.66km. While still a long way off the ultra distances that I hope to achieve, I am certainly on my way.
So that is where we are up to today.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I really need to come up with a name for this Blog!!!!

The First Blog

Well, if commitment needs to start somewhere I guess this is now it!!!

These blogs are meant to track my progress (struggles, failures, accomplishments,....) as I begin to set out on the path of participating in a number of epic runs, including the Marathon des Sables and the Racing the Planet 4 Deserts Series.

So stay tuned.