My First UltraMarathon – Baker Trail UltraChallenge

50.1 Miles.

If you told me a year ago that I would be running 50 miles I would’ve laughed. Seriously. I would have said something to you like “50 miles!?!? are you out of your mind?”

What drove me to run 50 Miles?

This is where I should tell you that I ran 50 miles because I followed the Joe Smith training plan and followed a strict diet of only the highest quality, no fat, preservative free foods.
But the truth is I ran 50 miles with my heart.

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The Taper Before My First 50 Miler

The past two weeks I was able to enjoy, no wait, scratch that. I need to start over.

The past two weeks I was able to be tormented by the ‘taper weeks’ leading up to my 50-mile race this weekend. This is the time that most runners back off on the mileage and take some much-needed rest to ensure they’re not fatigued come race day. I was actually looking forward to tapering and I began to slow on the mileage with about 14 days left before my race.

Last week was great! I was still running just as many nights as usual, but I was backing off on the time on my feet.

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100 Mile Relay – Fighting Leukemia and Lymphoma

This past Saturday & Sunday, a bunch of my local running buddies from our #FightClub running group got together and did something pretty incredible.

I wanted to wait a few days to take a little time to reflect on what we did as a group, and it was pretty incredible…

I’ll take a step back and give you the story first

Earlier in the year, around April, our friend Brian (photo to the right) came to one of our group runs and mentioned running a relay run in order to raise funds for his effort in helping and donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Team in Training program as he gears up for the Marine Corps Marathon in October.

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Saucony Xodous ISO – My Review

Back in March of 2017, I got the Saucony Xodous ISO from a local running shop. I’ll admit, this was a very sharp looking shoe and I was impressed with it initially.

Now, of course this was in the store and not on the trail, so only time on feet would tell if this shoe would hold up and perform.

Disclaimer: Yes, I’m a man in women’s shoes. I wear a size 7.5 to 8 men’s shoe and I find it hard to get my foot into a comfortable shoe that I like in men’s sizes. So I’ll go over to the women’s section, and if the shoe fits, I’ll wear it. Pink or purple, I don’t care. It’s a conversation piece.

Saucony Xodous ISO Key Features:

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Iron Run 1/2 Marathon & Failed Sunday Long Run

This past weekend I was talked or ‘Peer Pressured’ into #running in the Iron Run Half Marathon at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Not that this was a bad thing, but I had planned to get up early Saturday morning and get my long run in. Planned on 18 miles. But this wasn’t a big deal, I could just get my long run in Sunday instead.

This was the plan.

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