The Bi-Annual Update

Well, I have been slacking..My last post has been nearly 4 months, but running has continued, albeit at a more mellow mileage for now.

I’ve been busy with a new position at UltraRunning Magazine. Last fall I approached the owner about helping them with their website and social media initiatives. We wrapped up a new site for them and launched in December. It’s been a great project to be involved with and hope it will continue. It’s a position that combines my two passions, running and technology. UltraRunning Magazine has been publishing since 1981 and has a rich history in the sport. It’s exciting to be involved in a passionate and thriving community.

Being more involved in the UltraRunning world has started to shift my own personal running goals towards trail and ultras and away from the road races. After running Mckenzie river and the Portland Marathon in a short time frame allowed me to look at the recovery from both races. Mckenzie river was hard, but the recovery was so much easier compared to Portland.

A few weeks ago I signed up for my second 50K. The Mcdonald Forest 50K. This will be a big change from the McKenzie river. Nearly 7,000 of elevation gain and loss. I see lots of hill training in my future. My hope is to finish under 7 hours.

Aside from Mac Forest, I’ve registered for the Dirty Half in June and have Cascade Lakes Relay in August. I’d like to find another 1 or two 50k’s to do in the fall, but haven’t decided which ones yet.

At the end of June, I am going to try to volunteer at the Western States 100 run. Would be cool to be part of that race. One goal I have this year is to volunteer at as many races (or more) as the number I run in. Volunteers and Race Directors put in countless hours to make events fun and safe, it’s nice to pass that along.

I am just wrapping up my Mac Forest 50k training plan and will post that shortly. It will be fun!