The Ultra Experience

Here's to the adventures of my life which are usually ultra marathon trail running or fly fishing but may include other trips, experiences, thoughts, opinions, or pretty much whatever I want. As co-founder of Altra Footwear my life and adventures seemingly revolve more around developing and promoting the best footwear in the world...and I love it!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Total Ultra's

I've had a bunch of people ask me recently how many ultra marathons races I've run. I couldn't answer as I've never counted until now. My first was Goblin Valley 50k only 4 weeks after running my first road marathon. Hardly even touched the road for training purposes since. So in 5 years of ultra running here's my tally:

3 --100 milers (started 4 but DNF'd Bear '08) '07, '09, '10
4 --100k's '06, '07, '10, '10
6 -- 50 milers '06, '07, '08, '09, '09, '10
5 --50k's '05,'06, '07, '07, '08

5 --Trail marathons '06, '06, '07, '08, '10
1 --Road marathon in '05

I thought I'd done more but in actual races it's only 18. The trail marathons I've done sure weren't weak sauce though. I've definitely done more than 18 training runs of over 26 miles however the count will stay at 18.

This next year I'll be traveling all over the country promoting Altra footwear. I'm pretty excited about the product having done my last 3 ultras in the Lone Peak. With being on the road for most of the year and not knowing where I'll be from one week to the next I'm not signing up for any ultras. It's a bit sad but if things go well I might try to lower my road marathon time. No doubt I'll be back doing ultras but without the schedule or ability to train I'll take a 1 year sabbatical. With winter setting in and sign up season in progress the realization has hit me. The only chance of me doing a ultra is if I get into Hardrock...seriously though it's my only race I'm putting in for. Hopefully I won't get called but it will keep my lottery alive so I can run it in 2012!

1 comment:

FastED said...

Why not train where ever the road takes you, I think you'd be surprised at how many ultras you could run if the planning was done. Besides they want feedback on their shoes and people will want to know how they performed on their local trails.

See you around in 2011 on the ultra scene.