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!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

30 and Ari's 1st Race

Turned 30 this week. A little odd since I don't feel a day over 20 but oh well. To celebrate I went and ran 30 miles on Tuesday. It was awesome until I ran out of food and water. Not the best planning on my part but I only suffered for a few miles. It was nice to get out since I haven't had much of a chance.
Two days later...Ari and I went and ran the Turkey Trot in Orem. I ran the 4 mile race and won my age division! (30-34...its the shoes!) Not too shabby holding a 6 min mile pushing a baby jogger, fighting the crowd for the first mile, and only two days after running 30 miles. Ari having just turned 2 did the 100 meter dash. Lets just say that he went the opposite direction at the start and when I turned him around he sat down and started to cry. The rest of the race went like this:
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Already planning for 2012

Yes as winter approaches I'm dreaming of next Spring. I love aspects of Winter but since I didn't train or race much of 2011 I'm not ready to give it up. I'll enjoy the Winter and will be traveling quite a bit but I'll be dreaming of getting back into race shape.

I have or will be applying for Hardrock, Western, and Wasatch. I'd love nothing more then running Hardrock and Wasatch next year but we will see. If I don't get into either I'll probably do Leadville and Bear. As early season tests I'm looking at doing Antelope 50k, Zion 50 or Timp Trail Marathon, and Squaw Peak 50. It seems like I do so much traveling now that I love coming home and don't want to travel to race. Utah has it all!

I did go out and run a road 1/2 marathon in August. No specific training and with barely 3 days of running a week I was able to run a 1:17! Very pleased. I thoroughly enjoyed myself but don't have any plans of becoming a roady. The mountains still hold a special allure for me. I was also able to run Hobble Creek Half in my own shoes which was very gratifying. The Altra Instincts performed perfectly and continue to gain traction across the country! The Lone Peaks finally released this past week which has also been exciting. Lots of work to start a footwear company but we've produced some pretty freaking awesome shoes....

We have some new models coming next year and they will need to be thoroughly tested, hence I'm planning on having a great 2012!