32 years of running marathons, I thought it was time for a change of pace and living in Colorado I turned to the trails and discovered I like ultra running. This past weekend I did the North Fork 50, only my 6th ultra, but with a plan in mind. That plan is to try the Leadville 100 once in my life. This is the year and the training has been both challenging and fun. I miss the roads a little bit, but the adventures on the trail have been great. My strategy has been simply more miles, slower pace, lots of trails and some high elevation training. I run a lot early in the morning before work, so a lot of my runs have by on trails lit only by my head lamp and the moon. Living and training in the mountain above 8,000ft I have come across raccoons, deer, elk, coyotes, foxes and even one mountain lion. I have run a lot of miles solo, but enjoy when I can get friends to head out early with me.
Just a few more big training weeks and it’s time to start a little taper. On race day, I have a few of my best running buddies including my wife pacing me for the last 50 miles. It’s a 4am start four Saturdays from now, and I hope to finish before the sun rises that next Sunday morning.
We all love running at Newton and put the shoes to the test ourselves. I can say I have gone through a few more pairs of Newton Running shoes this year putting in the 100 mile weeks.