I began my 100 mile journey in by boarding a bus at 3:00am to
transport the runners up to the start line in Cleveland. I
was ready for this after 7 straight months of training. The
course was absolutely beautiful. The course took you through
some of Ohio's most scenic parks including the Cuyahoga
Valley National Park, Summit
County Metro Parks, Towpath Trail, Buckeye Trail, Hike and
Bike Trail and The
Bridal Valley Trail. The course consisted of 75% trail and 25%
To complete this grueling course was
an amazing experience. Looking back now is as emotional as the day
I crossed the finish line. The experience was by far my greatest
challenge to date and definitely tested my limits both physically
and emotionally. My support crew was amazing! They were also tested
by having to be awake for 30 plus hours and available at each
support stop, being prepared to supply the necessary foods, drinks
and clothes. I want to say all of this was possible because
of all their support.
I walked/crawled away with blisters on
both feet but other than that, I feel great!
|Recap of training: I began
my training on January 17, 2011, following a 28 week training
Most training days were Tuesday, Weds, Thursday, Saturday &
Monday and Friday were rest days.
Tuesday & Thursday light days
Weds semi long
Sat & Sun longer miles back to back
Total days running: 110
Miles accumulated: (estimated) 1192.60
Hours: estimated 300 plus depending on
Week 9 - Shamrock 15 K race
Week 12- Fools Run
Week 15 - Forget the PR Mohican 50K
Week 23 - Night Run 20 miler
Week 26 - Night Run 44 miler
In between training, time was taken off due to bitter cold and of
course taking time to relax with family and friends.
You need to build miles safely. Three weeks hard and one week
recovery. Races in between are for time on your feet . You should
feeling stronger and recover quicker during that 4th week. As
pay attention and listen to your body.
I truly feel anyone can complete any challenge, you need to
safely and rest when your body tells you. Eat properly and
exercise both mind and body and, as always, have fun!
In good health,