I did some night running with my Black Diamond head light on my local trails. The light worked great. Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post it is very uplifting. Still anxious about doing this race though. For me this is not a race or a competition, it is a task to see if I can do this. #ac100#ac100training#seeyouinwrightwood#nightrun
Ever since @yellowrunner demonstrated this a long time ago I have been putting my socks and shoes on balancing on one foot. This is really difficult for me to do and I have not gotten better or has it gotten easier. I have very poor mind body sense. I talked to a homeless man who lives in the local mountains ( he says he doesn’t like being around lots of people) at the supermarket. He was showing me some balancing and mobility moves and did I give him an education on what poor balance and mobility looks like. He even said you are so stiff. Yes I know I am the worst you will ever encounter. I thought this move would strengthen my ankles but I have sprained my ankle twice in a year now so I guess that did not happen either. AC100 is a week away and I don’t know if I really want to do it now. I am having a lot of anxiety about the whole thing. Last year it seemed like a fun thing to do and a chance to be a part of something. Instead I found out that I am not good enough to run with people and may be a good way to hurt myself. Please pray for me. I am truly terrified. As an autistic person your life’s struggle is to find things you can do and I wondered if I could do this run. My shoulder is also in a lot of pain too and I can’t even do basic calisthenics now. I have taken 12 pain pills today to kill the pain. #ac100#ac100training#61yearsold#autism#autismsucks#trailrunner#trailjesus#iamscared#bittenoffmorethanicanchew#menwithlonghair#facingmyfears
I am starting my AC100 taper now. Yesterday was my last long duration (~4hours) run. This shows a graphic from @strava of my last 9 weeks training activities. The months are messed up here but the dates are right and it’s all sequential. The 18 mile week was when I sprained my ankle during trail work but recovered super fast from that. It was strange waking up at 6 this morning and telling myself I am not running today and can sleep in. Last week I got up at stupid o’clock (5:30) and was telling myself do I really need to do a 23-24 which ended up just short of 25 mile run this morning? Strange how that goes. I got to train with my amazing trainer @guyonlife for the first time in two months. I plan to do some night trail runs to get used to my head light coming up here but the basic training is over now. I was getting close to 60 mile weeks in 4 runs. I hope that will be good enough. Yesterday I ran up to the teepee and discussed my training goals with a nice couple that took the picture. Ultra runners are amazing. The training at least for me seems insane and I only scratched the surface. On Friday I did workout with my rings doing a muscleup from full extension albeit the video is bad. My wife is happy to see this training block finally winding down. #ac100#ac100training#seeyouinwrightwood#icantbelieveigaveupmysummerforthis#menwithlonghair#ringmuscleup#trailrunner#ultrarunner#trailjesus#61yearsold#autism#autismfitness#ultratraining
The gift that keeps on giving... PACE is now ANT+ compatible and includes an all new Indoor Bike mode! For current users, simply perform a firmware update inside the COROS App to V1.37. #exploreperfection
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Here is one of our Explorers, Eamon Hughes, doing high elevation training in Colorado in preparation for the upcoming #ac100 endurance run. Do you have any planned workouts this weekend or races that you're training for?
As I said in my last post, this weekend was devoted mostly to AC100 training. Yesterday I did 15 miles on local trails around my house. One thing I learned from that run is being shirtless is so much cooler (temperature not fashion wise). Today’s run was up El Prieto, sunset and then up the Mt. Lowe fire road. I met Tim Christoni @timchristoni a multi-time AC100 finisher and Helen Christoni @helenchristoni. I was planning to get about 23-24 miles in but lost my shirt on El Prieto and had to back track a ways to get it. Despite carrying 2 one liter bottles I ran out again but was able to fill up at the forest service homes in the Arroyo Seco. I will tell You I don’t recommend unsupported 20+ runs in the mountains. This was almost 25 miles for just shy of 40 for the weekend. I have to say Ultra training is really tough. The AC100 is definitely going to be a project for me, not a lifestyle. Ultra runners are truly amazing people and have even more of my respect, especially now that I have experienced how they train in a relatively small way. Nutrition was @vitargo and oily peanuts. This is the last big back to back I am doing before AC100, the first phase of the taper begins. #trailrunner#trailjesus#61yearsold#ac100#ac100training#autisticrunner#seeyouinwrightwood#menwithlonghair#orangemudambassador#orangemud#cheetahvision#sangabrielmountains#mtlowerailway
This 🏃 bore exciting news. It’s my rose bowl run where I start out with 4 hard efforts. I will usually walk and jog afterwards to recover. Then I go into a tempo run afterwards and averaged sub 7 min/mile for about 2 miles. The first time I have been able to do that in a few years. The tempo stops at a traffic light (downward spike at 4.5 miles). Afterwards I cruise to the rose bowl calisthenics park and do some stuff there and then run back to work. All this in early afternoon heat. This has been a staple run for months for the LD50 and now AC100. Swipe left and you see steady improvement, another first for me. Maybe all these running miles are finally bearing some fruit. And I am still maintaining my upper body muscle looking like an ultra runner. I also took down a bar today on this run during my calisthenics workout. The improved running makes me think that maybe an OCR might be worth considering. I may be speaking from ignorance but I get the feeling that running ability is most important in these races. You can certainly lose these races on obstacles but I don’t think you can win on them because as long as you can clear the obstacles, you are not going to make up that much time on that aspect relative to what can be done in running. #ocr#ac100#ac100training#gettingfaster#61yearsold#autisticadult#autismawareness#seeyouinwrightwood#trailrunner#trailjesus#rosebowl#menwithlonghair#menwithlonghairandbeards#fitover60
Last weekend I raced the Angeles National Forest 60k (formerly known as Mt. Disappointment). I started the race thinking “how could I possibly finish this”. My legs were heavy and tired, the course had some gnarly terrain, and the race was during a heat wave. I remembered all the advice that my friends gave me before the race and took in new advice from new friends during the race. @jerrymgarcia reminded me to take the first long descent easy, as it could be easy to get carried away on a downhill and tire myself out for later. It was hard seeing so many people run ahead of me and running my own race, but I thought maybe I could catch them later if I played my cards right. I remember coming into Redbox at mile 21 cramping and overheating. @dmitrijournist just told me to take my time and make sure I got everything I needed in the aid station. At this point I grabbed my insulated bottle that @trevor_fuchs graciously donated. Would have died without that bottle filled with ice water. I filled my pack with ice, took some salts, popped another @vfuel gel, and doused myself with cold water. About 6 miles later I arrived at Westfork and @rockyjcastro picked my spirits up. I started getting stronger. From mile 26 to mile 30 is a very humid canyon finished off with a long exposed climb. I RAN up that sucker. Aid station at the top doused me and cooled me off again. Coming back down that same section I was coming in hot. With one last climb to make I committed to hitting it hard. I passed @steve13martin, who was in the 50k on the way up and he gave me some good words of encouragement. Made it back up to the finish line in 3rd place with a time of 7:22. Thanks to @vfuel I had ZERO stomach issues in a race where puking and nausea were very common. Thanks to my @bocogear hat I kept cool. My @runinrabbit gear stayed wet and cool with no chafing. And my @altrarunning shoes kept my feet comfy over some very tough terrain. Special thanks to @sierramickey24 for crewing me until she had to jump in to pace my Dad. It was nice to see my family and friends along the course and to make new friends along the way.
ANFTR50K race report: Wow. I'm not even sure where to start. So I'll start at the end. There was blood, vomit, helicopters, search & rescue teams, all-terrain stretchers, IV saline bags and a lot of other carnage on the brutal climb of 2533ft out of West Fork Camp up to the finish line at Mt Wilson. Fortunately, I was not involved in that carnage this year.
I started off the race at a very mellow pace. I had a nagging pain in my right foot, so I knew from the get-go that I would drop down from the 60K to 50K. I did my best to keep my pace slower than 10:00/mi in the beginning and took it really easy while all of the other runners blew past me. I arrived at the first aid station at 8:18 am, a little bit ahead of schedule, averaging 14:18/mi. The next segment called for 18:00/mi average pace and I delivered 17:45/mi. I was intentionally holding back and not stressing about pace. I was focussing on perceived effort, heart rate, and heat management. Overall, everything about this race felt easier than last year.
I climbed on up to Josephine Saddle and unintentionally passed my first two runners in the final half mile. I missed my target pace but didn't stress over it. The climb to Josephine is a hard 2.5 miles with no shade, 1135ft of gain and 100 degrees F temperatures. I was grateful to be hosed down and iced up upon arriving at the aid station.
The backside of Strawberry Peak and Mt Lawlor is tough. Last year I missed the mile 21 aid station by 15 minutes and DNF'd. I took the backside 8-mile stretch super easy until I reached the final climb at the Mt Lawlor saddle and then I picked up the pace while trying to keep a low HR. I looked at the clock a few times and thought to myself: I'm not going to make it and that's ok. I had about 2 miles to go and 20 minutes to get there and I made the decision that I was going to make it. I've trained to do hard intervals at the end of longs runs, and that's what I did. I hit my tempo pace and spiked my HR up to 170 bpm (oops, sorry coaches). [continued in comments...]
Heat session today. 🏃🏻⛰🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥It got tough....especially when you forget a crucial ingredient in keeping the muscles happy...salt tabs!!! 🤦♂️. Called it early but it was probably a good idea. So lucky to be out there sharing miles with @runinaround and @saberhagan23.@scihogan and my Dad helping us along with keeping the water, snacks and ice safe driving to checkpoints along the way. This something I had to do. AC 100 in August will have these conditions at some point during the race so it was a blessing in disguise to learn from it today. Had today's date on my schedule for months. My original plan was to do the whole Backbone trail. All 68 miles of it. That quickly went out the door when it became the hottest two days of the year!!! Time to finish this training off. Will run next week then it's off to Yosemite for a week for some relaxation then back at it for another week. #trailrunning#ultrarunning#ac100training#enjoythejourney
Climbing posts are so much more cooler to watch than running posts I thought I would try my hand at rope climbing during my 12 mile run today. I am a bit rusty at this because I haven’t climbed a rope in a long time and my right shoulder is hurting a lot again sigh. AC100 is a month out now. I just bought a Black Diamond Storm headlamp for night running. This seemed like a good light for me that wasn’t too expensive, $40, but also decent quality and performance. What do you think? I am getting scared and apprehensive about doing this race. Is my training adequate? Am I physically and mentally capable for the task? I have my family telling me that I am too old and I don’t have to do this. But I see this as more than a physical/mental challenge. I see it as a spiritual experience. I know that I will go into a dark painful place and want to DNF. This is where the spiritual exposure will come full on. I am entered as a solo runner which means no pacers or crew support for me. Given that this is my second ultra I don’t know if that was a wise decision but I probably would not have gotten into the race otherwise I am not even sure how to organize a crew anyway. I have always been a bit of a loner my whole life. I will have long talks with God on this. I need Jesus to come run and walk with me and hopefully I will make the cutoffs and not hurt myself out there. If you read this far I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July. #spiritualretreat#ultraexperience#trailrunner#61yearsold#autism#myjourney#strengthtraining#ropeclimbing#lacanadahighschool#ac100#ac100training#longhairedman#menwithlonghair#fourthofjuly#independenceday#strongrunner#upperbodyworkout#upperbodytraining#seeyouinwrightwood
It’s not about perfect, it’s about effort. You bring that effort every single day. That’s where transformation happens. ✨ I really don’t care how long it takes me. This is my jam. ⛰🏃🏽♀️ Not fast by any means, but I work just as hard to be where I am right now. #keepgrinding#AC100training#sangabes