Post surgery photos: Above 5 days, with boot 10 days, right 19 days and at bottom today.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND CHECKING OUT THE FINISH VIDEO ON TONY'S IRUNULTRAS. I think it really captures how special it is to be a part of something like this.
To give you a full understanding of the creation and difficulty of this race, below is a brief explanation from the race website.
BRAZIL 135 ULTRAMARATHON : JANUARY 23rd - 25th - 2010
With 135 miles long the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon is considered the most difficult continuous race in Brazil. The course route is on the Mantiqueira Mountains - ( A Sub Range of the Andes Cordillera ). The race was created by Dr. Mario Lacerda an ultrarunner and Badwater Finisher. The race is held on the most difficult segment of the Caminho da Fé - Path of the Faith, - the longest Pilgrimage in Brazil. The Brazil 135 Ultramarathon is part of the BWWC* a initiative of Chris Kostman the president of the American Company AdventureCorps, that promotes the race Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley - California. The course boasts about 30,000 feet of cumulative ascent and 28,000 feet of cumulative descent, and must be completed within 60 hours. With only ten flat miles in the race, by the finish line the runner will have completed a course that is analogous to climbing up and down Mt. Everest.Like the Badwater Ultramarathon, competitors need to supply their own support crew.The BADWATER WORLD CUP - BWWC - is an international series of 135 - mile races held in exotic locations and extreme conditions. Stay tuned for much more information about these 135-mile Badwater-distance events around the globe. The races from the BWWC* are:
Badwater Ultramarathon - race in the desert
Arrowhead Ultra - race in the snow
BR 135 Ultra - race in the mountains
Congrats again to all who participated in what I am sure was an incredible experience.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
New York City's Central Park is truly an oasis. With more than 150 years of history and 843 acres it is truly the city's most significant man made landmark. That's right, the park is 100% man made. I encourage you to read its history, a great story from the original campaign in the mid 1800's, the design competition won by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1858, to its development, growth, refinement and maintenance.
FACT: The first New York City Marathon, was run in Central Park in 1970. 127 runners (1 woman) paid the $1 entry fee to NYRR to participate in a 26.2-mile race that looped several times within Central Park. Fifty-five runners crossed the finish line with Gary Muhrcke taking first place with a time of 2:31:39.
I was 3 years old when that race took place and would be 34 before I ran my first 5k in the park (or anywhere for that matter) and would cross the finish line by Tavern On The Green in my first marathon 6 months later. I have, to name a few things walked, roller bladed, biked, hiked, played ball, eaten and drank in this
On another note, this morning's run was my 3rd of the week, a cool 8 miles. Despite the continued discomfort in my foot the pain is greatly diminished and I am very hopeful I can start ramping up my training and make it to Moab:) Peace