I’ve had the hardest time maintaining consistent training since becoming a race director. Last year, January 2013 I held my first race as an RD. After that, I started work on Chase the Sun and Little Tybee Conquest. As soon as those two were behind me I began working on the 2014 LSM Rails to Trails Ultra. In between those races I tried to maintain a running regiment while handling the demanding responsibilities of my “real” job as a systems administrator at SCAD. Needless to say, being an RD becomes a full time job with no benefits. Well, I should rephrase that. There are amazing benefits to race directing but they tend to be more heartfelt and inspirational. There’s no money in it, though. To this day, I’ve taken no money from the races that I’ve RD’d. Instead, after all of the overhead is covered for each particular race I’ve donated the profits to causes I truly believe in.
Well, working 40 plus hours a week at SCAD and working unknown number of hours after work on organizing the next race and, still trying to have somewhat of a life, – little time is left for training energetically. Throw in some lack of motivation and a few injuries and 2013 goes down as one of the most lackluster running years of my life.
2014, though, is different. I feel I’ve gotten 50% of my mojo back and the remaining 50% is comprised of sheer will. I keep telling myself, this is my year to kick start my life again and reach new heights, conquer and claim. Run 4 a Reason will establish itself this year as a premium running event/philanthropy company in the Lowcountry. I will earn the title of calling myself an ultra runner again. I’m even flying to France this summer to climb Mount Blanc. And, I have two new races in the pipe, – the Great Savannah Endurance Challenge 24 Hour Ultra and, in 2015, I’m introducing a new challenging stage race that slightly mimics the Tour de France on feets, the Savannah Grit 175k! I’m happy to report that the Savannah Grit has opened up for registration! The S Grit is a very intriguing approach to running. I think that if you get it, you’ll dig it!
So, although, 2013 proved a difficult year for my training, 2014 is shaping up into a much better training year. I am rebuilding my running base and have registered for my first ultra of the year, the Running Dead 50 Miler on March 30th. After that run, I’ve joined a group of local runners doing the Ragnar relay in North Atlanta in April. It’s a 120 mile relay with each of us required to run a 50k a piece. Both of those races should be lots of fun, especially the Running Dead as it follows many of the filming locations for my favorite tv show, the Walking Dead! 🙂
I’ve even registered for one of the events that I’m holding, the GSE Challenge 24 hour ultra! I must admit that I am beginning to have some slight reservations about being a runner in my very first 24 hour event as a race director as well. This is already proving to be tough! The logistics for any 24 hour event are always tough but having one on a race track and in a town that still isn’t too sure of what to make of ultra running makes it a bit more difficult. I’ve had to make so many rounds with so many different branches of local government. Chatham county issues the permit but first the police department has to review my plans for this race with a microscope. The county signs off, the police department as well. And then, I have to get permission to have the gates at the race track raised for not only race day but also for measuring the course as we are going to measure and certify the race track course. Another branch of local government handles the gates at the Hutchinson Island race track! Any way, it’s been a lot of work trying to get this latest race set up and organized. So, I fear handing over the car keys to the GSE Challenge come race day while I’m running for 24 hours. I’m going to continue training for a 24 hour run but in the last minute may choose to sit out the GSEC run and simply manage the timing and other aspects of this race.
So, how is my training actually going?
Between running and concept2 rowing I’m cranking out 55-65 miles per week. I’d like to bump up to about 70 miles per week but that will be difficult to maintain as my world is so very busy with everything else. One thing to make note of, -most of my running has been on treadmills. I’ve been using the treadmill as a mental test and, as a means of keeping a set pace for as long as I can in hopes it will relate to me being a stronger runner mentally and physically when doing ultra distances. I have no idea if this method will produce the results I hope for but I’m giving a go nevertheless.
In the meantime, I’m dealing with plantar fasciitis on my right foot. The discomfort comes and goes and tends to be more problematic the first half of the day. In the evenings, I tend to feel no discomfort. As I write this, though, there is a lot of discomfort in my right foot’s plantar fascia. I need to ice more, stretch more and continue trying to strengthen my feet.
I am primarily running in Luna sandals but will begin alternating between other running shoes. I’m thinking of getting a pair of “The One” by Altra. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this shoe and, it’s zero drop – which is a big deal to me. I still use Vibram Five Fingers but not much. My running mileage on VFF’s has become minimal (no pun intended;). To this date, running on Luna sandals is how I’ve garnered the most miles. The Lunas can beat up my feet, though. Especially, on a treadmill. I’ve developed lots of hot spots on the balls of my feet while running long distances on tmills. Just yesterday, I cranked out 15 miles on a tmill and my feet were killing me due to these hot spots. I’m hoping the One by Altra will offer the comfort, durability and flexibility I’m looking for.
This evening after my typical one to two mile walk with Mr. Gypsy I will head back to the Island’s Y and stretch for a good long time. Then, I will hit the weights for about 15 minutes and then row for 45 minutes. Tomorrow, is another day and hopefully, 10 blissful miles of running.
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