IV and I recently ran The North Face Endurance Challenge 50k in Park City, Utah. This was my first ultra marathon and the first race IV's done beyond a 10k.
I trained steadily for about 16 weeks and IV added in more running and some extra bleacher work to his normal workout schedule.
We originally planned to stay together for the race but when IV started having issues with his calf/Achilles we changed the plan. He decided to just speed hike it instead.
Here's how it went: Pre-race: A little nervous, and a lot excited. I was ready to get up in those mountains! IV was like a kid...funny.
Mile 1: Fell in behind a man who was trotting along at a nice steady pace: I could still hear IV behind me when he would cough. The race basically started with an uphill climb that would continue on for what seemed like the next 26 miles.
Mile 6: I passed the first aid station feeling fine...my pacer took a potty brake so I found a new one:
IV was running with a 50-something-year-old man who'…
Someone wants to talk homeschool how-to with me today so I'm gathering up my sources and information for her. While I'm at it, I figured I'd go ahead and write it up here just in case anyone else is curious.
***Disclaimer: I am NOT an expert, and after the way this school year unraveled I may be the last person who should be giving advice. SO, don't take this as advice...take it as a bare bones survival kit that I'm currently using for my kids. (And when I say "currently," I mean we are so far off schedule that school has officially merged into our daily life so that there is no beginning and there is no end...just a lot of hard work, fun breaks, and more than enough lazy days.)
#1 These are a few things I've collected and used over time that have proved worth the money spent.
#2 Everybody runs differently so everybody needs different things...these are just the things that work for me!
Essential...the SHOES: Mizuno Wave Rider
I've worn many a pairs of the Mizuno Wave Rider. It's a great neutral shoe. I usually buy last year's model on sale so it doesn't hurt my checkbook quite so badly. You can click the pic to go to www.roadrunnersports.com which has become my go-to for decent shoes at a decent price.
Second runner up: Nike Air Pegasus
For some reason, I experienced a little foot pain not long ago so I went back to these from the Mizuno for a bit and the pain subsided. I've since gone back to the Mizuno, but it's nice to have something a bit different if you feel like you need a change. Next...the SHORTS:
Ok...I just realized that Champion (www.championusa.com ) does not carry my all-time favorite running shorts anymore! Maybe t…