Ep 18 Ashley and Tim Sweep UROC

I review UROC, the Ultra Race of Champions. Including an interview with finisher Ashley Blake.

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UROC

Forever Trails water bottle I mentioned.

With Ashley at the finish

My run in Charleston West Virginia.

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

Union soldier

Lincoln

University of Charleston

Course maps

Shirt. SFuels. Medal.

Packet pickup.

Motel at Camp Blue Ridge.

Race morning: Francesca Conte

Anthony Kunkel

Amanda Basham

Michael Wardian

First part of race

Blue Ridge Parkway

Whetstone Ridge Trail

Back near 100K/50K split, around mile 32.

That’s the finish up there, but we won’t approach it from here in the end.

Going right past the eventual finish, around mile 34.

Just past the finish, heading out with 30 miles to go.

Up to Bald Mtn aid station.

Sections of second part of course. More rocks.

Ashley and Tim. Done!

With RD James Gill.

Ep 17 Hawkeye 50K & Backside Trail Marathon

In this episode I review two races I did in April, in Iowa and Kentucky. With interviews. Check it out!

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Relevant links:

Hawkeye 50K & 25K/Hawkeye Fallout/Other races put on by We Run

Backside Trail Marathon

Rabbit Test

Cycling to End Lupus

Here is a video of the Hawkeye 50K course. This is very useful. Note: when this was made, the course started at what is the second aid station encountered on the course.

Hawkeye 50K Pictures

Spillway

The course

Race day weather

Some pics from other races and other times of the year.

Coming up to second aid station.

Crushed gravel in winter.

The dam

Spillway.

Turn left onto the highway.

Lodge at start of race.

Casey O’Connor on the left. RD Brian Tharp on the right.

With RD’s Kris and Brian Tharp

Firefighter Casey O’Connor

Thorsday group

Race Goodies

Hu Hot’s Mongolian Grill. Yummmmm.

Backside Trail Marathon Pictures

The course

Race director Troy Shellhammer

Left to Right: Will Rivera, Cynthia Heady, John Wright

Race Goodies

Mmmm, Five Guys triple

Ep 16 Buzzard Day 50K and Knoxville Marathon

I review the Buzzard Day 50K and the Knoxville Marathon. With interviews! Also I talk about going to the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN. And seeing Michael Schenker in Cleveland.

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Sponsor: Health IQ

Cycling to End Lupus. Please donate to help Keith Rahn.

Buzzard Day 50K/100K/25K

Run To Share, the charity of Buzzard Day. Please donate.

Knoxville Marathon

American Museum of Science and Energy

Love Does, the organization my friend Pat raised money for. Please donate to help the orphanage in Nepal.

Michael Schenker concert at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland.

With bro-in-law Kenny.

Michael Schenker in the spotlight.

Buzzard Day 50K.

 

With Buzzard Day RD Roy Heger.

With local friends Randy Kreill and Helen Garen after the Buzzard Day 50K.

Kimberly Durst, whom I interviewed with RD Roy.

RD Roy, the Ol’ Buzzard. And the shirt and medal.

RIP Vic the Civic, who died on the way home from Buzzard Day.

Knoxville Marathon.

Sunsphere near the start.

With my daughter Tiana at the start, ready to run!

Downtown Knoxville, getting close to the finish.

Tiana crossing the finish line.

With our medals.

Knoxville Marathon goodies.

After the race, in Gatlinburg.

Good food at J. T. Hannah’s.

Next day, at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN.

Part of a unit used to separate U-235 from U-238.

Airplane bombsight.

Hair raising demonstration with the Van de Graaff generator.

   

Example of a flat top house built for residents of Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project.

Downtown Knoxville.

In a store in Knoxville. I remember these from when I was young.

Pat Farrell and I during his charity run.

Pat’s finish. You can donate to lovedoes.org/nepal.

Ep 15 Running Out and Other Stories

I review the book “Running Out” and read listener-contributed original stories! Apologies for the lack of editing on this one. Listen at double speed!

Note mistake about location of Running For Tyler 5K on Mar 31. It’s in OHIO, not GEORGIA.

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Running Out, by Dave Essinger

More about author Dave Essinger here. Get his book here.

Poem by Brandi Canann:

I know it seems drastic from your point of view,

I want to eat fresh air and drink that morning dew.

You ask, who is this girl all laced up in her shoes?

Where did she come from, which path will she choose?

 

You’ll find me deep in the woods, howling up at the moon,

But I promise you babe, I’ll be home soon.

Cause I’m a wild one, with a wild heart,

Please don’t try to tame me, it’ll rip me apart.

 

I’ll be lost on that trail, reconnecting with me,

But don’t worry love, with you is where I’ll always be.

I’ve just got this urge, and it’s pulling me on.

I need the dirt underfoot, to feel the blaze of the sun.

 

I want to traipse through the desert like that horse with no name,

Bounding wild and free over rocky and unforgiving terrain.

But at the end of the day, when the journey is through,

Don’t doubt for a second that I’m coming back to you.

 

I’ve got to push this animal body to its limit, and make myself proud.

I long for that wilderness where I can be primal, uninhibited and wild.

But don’t worry love, because I can promise you this,

When this race is over I’ll greet you with the most tender kiss.

 

So forgive me if I wander and chase down these dreams,

I know they are lofty, but not as crazy as they now seem.

I’m still just a girl with a wild and open heart,

With a hunger for the pain and the courage to start.

Write up about Bill Kenley’s novel, High School Runner (Freshman)

Screen captures about Tyler Becket (from @CrossProb on Twitter):

There has been a 5K/scholarship created in his name. The first Running for Tyler 5K Run/Walk will be March 31, 2018 in Marietta, OH. (I said GEORGIA in the show. It’s right here in my state of OHIO.)

 

Ep 14 Oklahoma Running and Camille Herron

My daughter and I run in the State Games of Oklahoma. Later, we hear a talk by Camille Herron. Check it out!

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State Games of Oklahoma Trail Run

Red Coyote Running, in Oklahoma City

Pictures

With our medals after the race!

Race stuff

Hopping Gnome Brewery, Wichita, KS

Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS

Oklahoma City Zoo

   

Camille Herron’s talk at Red Coyote Running, Oklahoma City, OK

Ep 13 Tunnel Hill 100 with Jes & Andrew

I talk to Jes & Andrew about the Tunnel Hill 100 race in Illinois.

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Website for Tunnel Hill 100 (Look under “Races”)

PIctures

Pre-race with Coree Woltering

Jes and Andrew

Jes and Andrew at the interview

Jes and Sarah

Andrew and Harvey Lewis (he did the 50)

Jes  and Andrew with their buckles!

Pictures of the course

Finishing

With RD Steve Durbin

My wife Deb captured Camille Herron’s finish

After race burger!

Race Goodies

Buckle

Finishers Jacket

Cotton hoodie

Bib

Hat and bib belt

Bag with velcro closure

Drawstring bag

My little cheat sheet

Ep 12 Hallucination 100 (Run Woodstock)

I review the Hallucination 100 mile race, one of the Run Woodstock races in Michigan. And I talk to finisher Dan Semsel.

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Website for Run Woodstock

Pictures.

Before the race.

With my friend Brian.

Someone’s campsite. I think they had a contest for coolest campsite.

Stage area.

After the first loop. At the start/finish.

Wobbly start to the final loop.

With RD Gary at the finish. Thanks Gary and volunteers!!

Dan Semsel, whom I interviewed. Thanks Dan!

Pictures FROM Dan.

I had heard there was a wild pig on the course!

Dan sporting the kilt!

Pre- and post-race goodies.

Ep 11 24/12 Hour Run For Dreams & Book Review: Your Best Stride

I review a 12 hour race I did in Kentucky called the 24 Hour Run For Dreams, and I review a running book called Your Best Stride.

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Link to 24 Hour Run For Dreams

24 Hour Run For Dreams Facebook Page

Shirt and Book:

Race Director Tommie Kendall:

Pictures of the course:

Race morning:

Taking off from the start & in the woods:

  

Grassy parts:

 

Ep 10 Racing, Running and Sightseeing in California

We spent nearly five weeks in California. Here is where I ran, two races I did, an interview, and other things we saw and did. Check it out!

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Check out:

Spoken Bicycles

Steel City Half Day Fat Azz Run

Pictures to go along with the podcast:

Independence Trail

Auburn Running Company

Our AirBnB

 

Road near our AirBnB

Heat training at our AirBnB

Buttermilk Bend Trail

Point Defiance Loop

Sawtooth Bike Trail near Truckee

Burger Me! in Truckee

Pioneer Express Trail at Folsom Lake

Folsom Prison

Deb’s birthday meal!

Up near Robinson’s Flat

Sugar Pine Reservoir

Pioneer Trail along Hwy 20

 

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

Dent I put in car & Emerald Island in Lake Tahoe

Cody Lake Sierra Trail Challenge Half Marathon

Race director of Cody Lake, Troy Limb. His races can be found at Troy’s California Trail Runs.

Keely McCaskie, whom I interviewed. Women’s winner of the Half!

Tango Frozen Yogurt in Auburn

Quarry Trail, Auburn Recreation Area

No Hands Bridge

David and Tamara, in Berkeley

Views from Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

San Francisco

Drove across the Golden Gate heading back to the AirBnB

Squaw Valley to watch Broken Arrow Skyrace. Winner JP Donovan (taller) & second place Max King.

City of Locke

 

Michael Butler, of The Butlers (He says there is no relation between his name and the band name, but I’m not sure I believe him.)

 

The tattoo that nearly got me killed

Nevada City Mile race

Heading down the final stretch!

California State Railroad Museum

Old Sacramento

Bernhard House

Dog Days of Podcasting!

Hey Everyone! I recently completed a challenge, called the Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge, whereby I submitted a podcast episode EVERY DAY IN AUGUST! They are generally shorter shows of 5-25 minutes. I talk a lot about my daily workouts, being a cross country coach, and there are a few other recurring topics, including some interesting input about coaches from my friends! There’s also a couple of eclipse episodes. If you want to listen, you could probably binge-listen the whole month in not too-much time.

You can find the episodes by subscribing to Topics in Endurance Sports in iTunes and other places (let me know if you can’t at your favorite place). Here is the RSS Feed for the show. The Dog Days episodes all start with DDOP.

Thanks! Soon regular episodes will resume.