Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Badwater Video 2012

While I continue to work through putting this journey in writing my crew chief and wife Tani put together this video montage. It captures our trip including both pre-race and race photos.  Enjoy

Peace and Have A Great Day!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Badwater Thanks

Greg, Donna, Me, Tani, Mark
It has taken several years to get to this point. The moment where I am sitting alone and beginning to reflect on what just happened. I will begin writing about my Badwater 2012 experience in the coming days and I look forward to sharing that. Right now however, I have so many people to thank.

We have raised over $36,600 this year for the benefit of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The generosity of so many has been overwhelming and I am grateful to everyone who has donated.

Alicia, Jane and Betsy of the MMRF Endurance Events Program. You are simply the best. You  make it so easy for the hundreds of MMRF runners from around the world to reach our fundraising and running goals. I am proud to be a part of the MMRF Power Team.

Thanks must also go to my friends at, Drymax for your amazing support over the years with the greatest socks around. Nathan for supplying runners/athletes everywhere with the gear that will help us push potential. Vita Coco who began supporting me with all natural hydration just in time for my BW heat training.  Yurbuds, for providing me with inspiring sounds when I need it most.

The Badwater RD Chris Kostman, the entire staff and all volunteers. Your commitment to and passion for this experience is evident in all that you do out there. Amazing!

All of my colleagues, friends and family who not only put up with me during these past few months, but who encouraged me to give it all I had.

My parents Abe and Marge, and by brother and sister-in-law Rich and Cheryl not only for their support but, for being our home base crew. They took the entire week off to take the most amazing care of our daughter. Knowing she was in good hands allowed us to focus on the race with no worries. We still missed her of course:)

My crew Donna, Greg, Mark and Tani. You guys were incredible. Not once did I need to worry about a single thing, except for the time you lost me:) (more on that in the next post). Seriously, having you guys out there was exactly what I knew it would be. It was perfect and there is no way I could have made it without you. I share every ounce of this with you.

My 3 amazing children who inspire me in so many ways. I received very special notes from my two boys which I read at various points along the way. Their words provided me with the strength to go on when my tank was running low.

As always, a very special thank you goes to my wife Tani. She is my rock! She always seems to know what I need and when I need it. Most importantly she believes in me and always encourages me to chase my dreams. I am living my dream with you babe! I love you.

Nearly 3 years ago, I made Badwater my goal! It is now a reality and proof yet again that we can make our dreams come true with the effort and support of others. Together we can do anything including finding a cure for cancer. I hope everyone gets out there and chases their dreams, whatever they may be.

Peace and Have A Great Day

Friday, July 13, 2012

Badwater - A Letter From My Son?

My original plan was to post a nice send off of thanks to the great many people who have made this journey possible and to all those who have supported us and our cause.  I am forever thankful, and the words will come, just not today. I must share this letter I received yesterday from my 13 year old son who is currently at sleep away camp (along with a secret letter:).

"Dad, I am so excited for you that a day that you've been waiting years for is less than a week away. I know you can do it. You have so much that is going to push you to the end, whether its for MMRF, thinking about your family, or all the training you've done leading up to this. During your race if you're struggling I want you to open your second envelope.
I love you all so much. Love, JARED"

I am sure I will be reading that second letter within the next couple of days. Can't wait for that huge boost!

Peace and Have A Great Day!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Badwater Training Done

Heat Training 180F Sauna
One week from today my wife, several friends and I will be embarking on what is certain to be a life altering experience as we attempt to complete the Badwater Ultramarathon. Training is essentially complete with 4 more days of heat training and only some light cross training planned for the week.

Here are the final training totals:
  • 1,208 miles total
  • 83 runs averaging 14.5 miles per run
  • 21 runs of 20 or more miles
  • Longest runs 50 miles at Bull Run Run, 48 miles Grand Canyon, 50 miles TNF DC
  • Hills: 5 long run hill sessions on Perkins Drive at Bear Mountain including 4 of 24 miles w/7200 feet of elevation and 1 of 32 miles and 9600 feet of elevation. I am hopeful this focus will help me on the very, very long steep climbs at BW.
  • Over 42 hours of cross training with a primary focus on core and cardio.
  • Over 32 hours of heat training in the sauna by the time the week is out. I am now up to 1 hour in 180F and I drink 60 ounces of fluid in that time.
I will share my final thoughts at some point before the race next Monday. Suffice it to say, I have never been so consumed with a race in my life. Fear and excitement are both powerful emotions.

Peace and Have A Great Day!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wife of an Ultra Runner - My First Half Marathon

Just 4 weeks ago my wife Tani completed her first half marathon at TNF's Endurance Challenge in DC. I am so proud of her but even more so, I am excited, because I know how incredible it feels to complete something you never expected. My words are not relevant, so here are Tani's.

E: You just completed your first half marathon. How do feel?
T:  Pretty good.

E: Let's go back a little. What made you decide to train for your first half marathon?
T:  I needed to set a goal to get focused and to get to the next level.  A half marathon before I turned 40 was challenging, but realistic at the same time.

E: What was your training like? Did you do speed work, hill work, cross training? What was your longest run?
T:  I ran 3 days a week, 2 days of yoga and 2 days of kickboxing/bootcamp.  I did one day of speed work, one day of hill repeats, and one long run each week.  My longest run was 11 miles 3 weeks before the race.

E: Was there ever a moment during your training where you asked yourself "What the hell am I doing?" Any self doubt?
T:  There was a moment at the very beginning.  I had never run more than 6.2 miles before training for the half.  13.1 miles seemed like so far away.

E: How did you get through that?
T:  I took it one week at a time adding 1 more mile to every long run.

E: Now after months of training, it's race day.  How were you feeling?
T:  Nervous and anxious but so excited to be running the race with my BFF, Diana.  We've known each other since I was 4 and have been through A LOT together.  It seemed fitting to be crossing this off the bucket list together.

E: Finally the moment is here and you are on the course. Can you take us through the race a little? How were your feeling? What was the atmosphere/course like? Did you struggle and what got you through it?
T:  I knew the course was muddy after seeing all the mud covered runners the day before and hearing about it from you.  This made me nervous, but I never thought it would make it as difficult as it was.  I never feel great when I first start running.  The first mile is always the hardest for me.  Once I got through it, I started to pick up my pace.  3 miles in I was feeling great, but I was frustrated because I couldn't go as fast as I wanted to go on the single-track section of the course.  Then came a big hill, and then a lot of mud.  I felt like I came to a complete stop.  I pushed hard on the sections I could run trying to make up for lost time.  My feet were soaking wet and covered with mud.  It felt like I was running with weights on my ankles.  I took it one step at a time and desperately tried not to fall in the mud.  I did end up going down twice and rolling my ankle at mile 8.  By then I knew I wasn't going to make it under my goal time, but I had to keep on going and just get across the finish line.

I definitely struggled and felt under prepared.  Almost all of my training was done on pavement.  I knew it was going to take me a little longer on the trails, but I wasn't expecting it to take as long as it did.  This was truly the hardest thing for me to deal with while I was out there.  It had been a very emotional week leading up to the race.  We lost our dear friend Anita just days before the race.  I never wear a necklace when I run, but that day, I decided to wear the Tiffany heart necklace that she gave me last year.  I had been wearing it every day since she passed and I wasn't ready to take it off.  She helped me get through a lot that day and of course, my family kept me going.  It made me smile to think about them at the finish line.  It was finally your turn to stand around and wait for ME while trying to keep Isla entertained at a race :)

E: As you came to the final mile and knew you were about to see your family and friends, what were you thinking?
T:  Honestly?  I couldn't wait to see the finish line and everyone waiting for me....but deep down, I remember hoping that you weren't as disappointed as I was with my time.

E: What was it like to cross the finish line with your daughter in your arms (not to mention the hug you received from your incredibly handsome husband)?
T:  It was so special!  I will never forget it and I hope Isla will remember it :)  That hug at the finish was something I had thought about throughout my training.  It meant more and felt better than I could ever imagine.

E: Congrats on an amazing accomplishment! If there is one thing to leave us with, your thoughts on completing something you never thought you could do?
T:  You really can accomplish anything you set your mind to do.  I know, it sounds cliche, but, I did it, one step at a time.
Tani, Diana and their girls at the finish!
E: Tani says that she was worried about you being disappointed. Anything to say?
E: Uhhhh......Yeah. Tani rocked it because she showed up and gave it all she had. In my eyes, she came in first. I look forward to her next race so I can watch our kids and stand around and wait:)

Peace and Have A Great Day
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