Western States Playlist/Pictures

I’ve been enjoying the days after Western States to let it all soak in and be in this moment of my life. It was a very exciting time and something that will be with me forever. It’s nice when days go well, somedays they don’t.

Here is a playlist of music i jammed too as i frolicked along the Western States trails.  I’m positive there is a plethora of other inspiring artists/music out in the world, but here are a few songs that helped me to move along.

  • Into the Wild – LP
  • King and Lionheart – Of Monsters and Men
  • Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  • Comeback Kid (That’s my Dog) – Brett Dennen
  • Hey Hey Hey – Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • 40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • The Sound of Sunshine – Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • Om Nashi Me –  Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • Janglin – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • Victory – Trampled by Turtles
  • Codeine – Trampled by Turtles
  • Sydney (I’ll Come Running) – Brett Dennen
  • Sweet Little Lies –  Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • Lakehouse – Of Monsters and Men
  • Little Lion Man – Mumford and

Start. Photo: Cathy Gruninger

Up Top. Photo: Rickey Gates

Early on – Photo:

Out of the fog – Photo: Jeffrey Genova

Dusty Corners – Photo: Glenn Tachiyama

First Climb – Photo: Veronica Schmidt

Out of the Canyons- Photo: Brett Rivers

Cal Street with Hal. Photo: Michael Cook

Rucky Chucky. Photo: Ricky Gates

River Crossing. Photo: Luis Escobar

No Hands Bridge. Photo:  Irunfar

Bringing it home. Photo:  Luis Escobar

Children at play. Photo: Galen Burrel

Course Record. Photo: Phill Villeneuve

Finish. Photo: Irunfar

The crew that did it all, Thanks! Photo: Larry Gassan

What a day :)    Photo: Larry Gassan

Links 

Race Report

Western States 100 video

Western States 100 video

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Western States 2012

Thank you to everyone that made this years Western States 100 so Magical. It will forever be a moment in my life i will always remember. I could not have done this with out the love and support of my wife Krista and my son Tristan, this one was for you!

Also a big thank you to my crew of Bob and Debbie Loomis, Cathy Gruninger, Shahid Ali and Carly Koerner. Also my pacers Hal Koerner and Chris Rennaker, you both pushed and prodded me to a new course record! I could not have done it with out your knowledge of the course and your great friendship, thank you.

I am also so grateful for my family back in Wisconsin, who have loved and supported me my whole life. I could hear you cheering for me from Wisconsin, thank you! And to Ashland, my home, all of you cheering for me back there and to a big crew of you who were in charge of Browns Bar (Aid Station, mile 89), great work and great cheering. Also to all my friends who were cheering me on, from all over the world, all day and sending positive vibes to me, i could feel all the love and i’m eternally grateful.

Here are my Western States links:

Race Report at irunfar.com

TalkUltra interview

irunfar post-race interview

irunfar pre-race interview

Here is a video montage of the day, Videography by Bob Loomis, Editing by Debbie Loomis, Music “Into the Wild” by LP

More to come…

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Enchanted Forest Wine Run

Hey All,

We are excited to announce that the Enchanted Forest Wine Run is open for registration! Please spread the word and join us if you can for this magical event!

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Hello Running & Wine Lovers!

Registration is open! We are excited to announce registration opens tomorrow, Friday, June 1st! We welcome you to join us for the inaugural Enchanted Forest Wine Run. Register here.

The race starts where the celebration continues! After a beautiful tour of the winery your magical journey continues through the single track of the Enchanted Forest. Enjoy varying landscapes and vistas as you weave and climb through the forest and foothills of Southern Oregon’s beautiful wine country. The fun continues as the finish-line festivities unfold. Slip off your kicks, put up your feet and enjoy a refreshing glass of Wooldridge Creek wine and a delicious, local, organic meal by Fulcrum Diningwhile listening to live music.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Enchanted Forest!

Cheers,

Timothy & Krista

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Ice Age 50

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Having not been back to Wisconsin to visit my family for over a couple years, the Ice Age Trail 50 seamed like a great way to come visit. The next day was my Dad’s birthday combined with Mother’s day.  This trip allowed me to spend some quality time with my family and as long as I was at it, run 50 miles. Why not, I haven’t raced a 50 miler for 2 weeks and I thought it would be fun. :)

My family :)

The weeks prior, I raced Lake Sonoma and Leona Divide 50 milers. In my training lead-up to Western States 100 on June 23rd. Karl Meltzer has been quoted to say that a 100 mile race is like three 50 milers in a row; maybe I took that advice a little too literally.

The first two races went well. I was a little banged up and did not expect any great performance.  My family was excited to see me race so I figured I would go out with the leaders and just see how I felt. I was really interested to see the landscape of the Ice Age Trail and Kettle Moraine Forest. I grew up in Wisconsin, but sadly never visited that area. Running 50 miles of it seemed like the appropriate way to get a good look.

Photo: Hannah Olson

After a great couple days with my family and some camping with my Dad the night before the race, I was up and ready to roll Saturday morning.  The first 9-mile loop of the race is this super-smooth and soft carpet of a path that glides up and down a couple feet here and there. Easy to run fast, but the front pack did not seem to want to go out too crazy, thank God. It was a nice way to start the morning and fun to chat with some of the local area runners along the way. We cruised those 9-miles in about an hour and then we’re guided on to the Ice Age single track.  Eventual winner (Zach Bitter, Congrats on a stellar run!) and myself ran the next handful of miles together with a few behind us just a minute back. It was nice running with Zach who went to college in Stevens Point (close to where I grew up) and also uses Vespa like myself. We were able to chat about friends we both knew and the amazing benefits of using Vespa.

The single track was a lot of fun to run. There was not really much climbing or descending which I’m more used to, but there were enough roots and rocks to add some flavor and make it interesting as the miles went on. Wisconsin’s state bird, the Mosquito, surprisingly did not devour our flesh all race, which was a treat. But passing a few marshes, I was treated to some mouthfuls of little nats which for some reason tasted a little like goo. :) We made our way over a couple road crossings and back onto the trail and as we were getting closer to a turn around point (mile 22) Zach had a 30 second to a minute lead on me. We were under course record pace and my legs were not feeling too bad.

Photo: Hannah Olson

Then the race got a little interesting. I’ve been battling some chronic Plantar Fasciitis for many months. A few factors keep contributing to this: I keep twisting my left ankle, which puts a little extra pressure on my right foot. My right foot is where the PF bothers me the most and lately the non-existing movement in my calcaneus and talus joints are causing extra torque on the plantar. This problem exaggerated to a point in this race where every step was more painful than it normally is.  So I decide to step off the gas a little bit and see if I could get a smidge more movement in the joints. The problem persisted to keep jamming into my Tibia, which brought up the idea of dropping out. I don’t like to stop; I’m stubborn.  My running pace slowed, my body and mind ached and I was not sure what to do. I kept fumbling with the idea of stopping, but after an hour+ it felt like I wasn’t doing permanent damage and I wanted to see more of the trail.

This was probably not the best idea, but the bright purple wild flowers, thanksgiving-sized jumbo turkeys and sweet rolling trails kept me occupied. It was a little painful, but by the end I was happy that I pushed on. Through my training, I callus my body and mind to adapt to what may happen on any given day.  This was not a super fast day, but my family was happy to see me finish and it felt good to persevere through some adversity and still keep a smile on my face.

 Photo: Hannah Olson

I used to let things bother me just a little too much. Sometimes…correction…a lot of the time the day does not unfold as planned. Life is how you react to each situation. I have the choice to be a grump or stay positive and remember all the fun things in life. Running is good all the time, right? Ya sure ya betcha (in a deep Wisconsin/Scandinavian accent). I try to remember to always keep my head up when life gets rocky, and just enjoy the scramble.

It was a delightful time, being back in Wisconsin. I was able to see and catch up with all my family and enjoy some of their gorgeous trails along the way. Ice Age RD Jeff Mallach puts together a great race, which I plan to try again someday. Wisconsin hospitality is one of the finest and when you combine it with the trail/ultra running community its bound to be a great time.

Photo: Hannah Olson

I eventually slogged my way to the finish in 7hrs for 9th place. Not to shabby for three 50 milers in 4 weeks, back to back. One good part about taking it easy, is that my legs feel great. Once I have my Chiropractor friend, Kelly Lange, tune me up a little, I should be back to some solid training in no time before I embark on the Western States 100 miler coming up soon.

A HUGE thank you to my family for all their love and support! Thanks to OKHardwarestore.com, my old employer back home, that has been family owned for 53 years,  for funding my race and trip. It was a blast to see you all and I look forward to the next time. Until then, it’s back to the mountains for me and sleeping back in my own bed.

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Leona Divide 50

The best part about races and even going for a run in general is that each experience is unique and you learn how to roll with the punches to keep it fun.  From the off I knew this race was going to be a bit of a slugfest. There was no Hal, making our ribs hurt with some early morning anecdotes, no cold river crossings to wipe the early morning crust from our eyes. The race was on and after a hard run 2 weeks ago at Lake Sonoma 50 I was back on the trail again to battle it out with another hungry platoon of talent, this time in sunny Southern California at the Leona Divide 50 mile run.

With the first miles quickly moving by, I knew my legs were not going to be extremely helpful and this one was going to take me deep. I wanted to stay with the leaders, but once we were hitting sub 6-minute miles, I was hoping the pace would eventually die down a wee bit. Dylan, Jorge and Jason had other plans and were going hard from the beginning. They all had amazing/gutsy runs and hopefully feel very satisfied with what they put down Saturday.

Early miles with James Bonnett and Yassine Diboun

Photo by: Jayme Burtis

Many things were going through my mind the days leading to the race. Was I crazy for racing so soon? Do I want to broadcast my past to the world? I decided to do both! I wrote an article for Irunfar, giving readers a glimpse of the last 10 years of my life and how I have transformed. The article, My Path to Contentment: From Addict to Awakened Ultrarunner, was a little unnerving to put out and see how people would react.  I was blown away by the response to my piece and am humbled by many heart-felt words I received. I can’t express enough, how grateful I am for all of your responses. Thank you for sharing your own stories with me. It’s scary to put your story out in the world, but to see how that can inspire people and help them through struggles of their own is very rewarding. Thank you for reaching out to me and showering me with kind words. Spending hours last Saturday to digest all that happened was the perfect way to absorb it and just relax as I ran wild and free at Leona Divide.

Cruising way under course record pace we rolled up to the 3rd Aid station (mile 16.4). This was the first time I would see my amazing crew consisting of my wife Krista who has a little help from our baby kicking away every time I came rolling through. Seeing Krista and soon our son fills my spirit up, as my bottle and pockets are topped off with water and goo. The front pack had 30 seconds on me, but a climb was coming and I knew I could grunt my way up to the top and hopefully not fall behind much more. The PCT single track was in excellent condition and the views of the surrounding fluorescent greenery were ideal for this epic run.

Photo by: Stephanie Deveau

I caught a few people on the climb to the top, but as the climb flattened out and we started rolling on a modest incline to the halfway point, Jason, Dylan and Jorge kept creeping away from me. I was trying hard to keep up with them, but after a while I could not see them any more and my tired legs were not giving me much to work with. I knew I could snap out of this low, so I reminded myself to be patient and not let them get too “out of reach”.

It’s always fun to see friends out on the course and at mile 24 Jimmy and Kate with an ensemble of jazzercising 80’s clad coyotes gave me the perfect pep I needed to remember how much fun ultra running is. They were getting their groove on as I was rolling into one of my own.

Jimmy and Kate

Photo by: Jayme Burtis

I hit the 25-mile mark on my watch around 3:08, which felt comfortable enough, and with enough juice to finish I was hoping I could punch out a fairly even split. Those crushing miles down to the turn around at mile 29 hurt, but it was encouraging to see the leader (Jason Wolfe) only had about 8 or so minute lead and the other 2 were only 6 and 5 minutes ahead respectively. I kissed my wife who had a fresh bottle for me, thanked the great Aid Station crew and was on my way.

Feeling a little animal like inside, I knew I was ready for a good battle to the finish! I haven’t had the best of luck catching people in races once they get too far ahead. Two weeks ago at Sonoma, Dakota gaped me and instead of hunting him down I sort of relaxed and settled for 2nd. This day I felt like seeing what I could do. If I could push myself a little further and grow so I am able to bring some fire to Western States in June.

Photo by: Jayme Burtis

I growled, grunted and grinned as I retraced my steps back through the PCT. It wasn’t my best climb, but I was happy with my effort and as we hit the next 10 or so miles of a casual down slope I let it rip. Jesse Haynes saw me approaching mile 38 and said I had smoke coming out my nostrils; I believe him! The trail turned into a meditative trance, my eyes were locked into this flying rolling rhythm. I was focused, only on my next step, attentively listening to my body, miles ticking and my heart thumping. These miles zoomed by. Next thing I knew I was locking eyes with my wife again at mile 42.6. She told me Debow was in the lead by 7 minutes and the other two were only 3 minutes ahead. She yelled to go hard, I thought, why not?!

Mile 42.5

Photo by: Stephanie Deveau

I pushed up those miles hard, between roars of effort and telling myself to believe in the impossible, I finally caught a glimpse of Jason a few switchbacks up. Still a minute or more ahead, but I realized the day was not done yet and I might as well give that hill some hell.

I’ve never had to work so hard at the end of a race. I knew this is something I need to improve on and I thought today would be a good day to really dig deep. I knew 1st was out of question with Dylan’s amazing performance, but I was going to battle it out for a podium spot.  I ran the last few miles the day before and knew I could run hard up the couple tiny climbs and bomb down as hard as possible. I caught Jorge on the first climb up and told him to keep running strong. I could feel that this gave him a little juice and I was hoping he would not blast past me to the finish. Shortly after we caught Jason and all 3 of us linked together and started the decent.

Almost home! Photo by: Jayme Burtis

I was tired, but I still felt this primal instinct inside to let it all out. I think I let out a few growls and grunts and then I busted loose. I’ve never let my body dance so free, I figured it would be one hell of a kick or I would be road kill in moments. I sprinted down those last miles, not saving anything. I glanced at my watch, which was saying I was running a 5:20ish mile, I felt good. Arriving at the last turn to the finish, I knew 2nd was mine with a time of 6:07:34! I negative split the course and felt really strong and happy with how the day played out.

I’m really stoked for Pearl iZUMi teammates Ashley Nordell and Dylan, along with Heather Fuhr and Jorge’s golden ticket’s to the Big Dance at Western States. The field gets stronger and stronger and I look forward to being apart of one epic 100 mile run come June 23rd.

Team photo with jerseys, I’m sporting the Pearl Izumi “Fur”. Breathable, porous, and layers well. Quote from Rod Bein

I’m not too beat up after the race and am back running again. Good thing because this crazy guy is racing again next weekend at the Ice Age 50 miler in Wisconsin on May 12th. Good thing my recovery is top notch with the help of First Endurance Ultragen recovery drink, Vespa Amino-Acid supplement and plenty of massage.

A HUGE THANK YOU to RD Keira Henninger and her amazing volunteers who made the day so much fun! Leona Divide is a beautiful course and race that I hope to run again soon!

Links for Race

  • Race Results
  • Watch splits
  • Pearl iZUMi kicks used
  • Vespa Power products (I take before race and every 1.5hrs, helps metabolize fat and is amazing for recovery too)
  • First Endurance Ultragen recovery drink
  • First Endurance – NEW Kona Moca Liquid Shot (around 100 cal ph)
  • Saltstick (2 an hour)
  • Spent the next few days doing lots of self massage and some sauna sessions to massage and stretch.
  • Also have been eating tons of veggies and making green smoothies to keep the body healing and full of potent nutrition
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Lake Sonoma 50

Lake Sonoma 50 was a beautiful way to start the summer of racing ultras. Get your feet wet, soak up some sun and let it rip. Here are a few photos on how the day unfolded.

The first 30 felt like this…walking on water :)

Photo: Glenn Tachiyama

The middle 10 felt like this…humbling yet invigorating.

Photo: Glenn Tachiyama

The last 10 felt like this…ripping the trails wild and free.

Photo: Glenn Tachiyama

Every run is a chance to explore, test your will and embrace what will be. I love waking up every morning and going for a run through the great outdoors. Some days longer then others, but the freedom to gulp down some fresh air and ride some tasty trails seems to be a nice way to awake the day.  Then some days, I like to gather with other like minded beasts and blast through some trails together testing each other’s fitness and determination early in the spring. Saturday brought this on and it was fun.

The first 10 or so miles were relaxed. It gave this band of trail runners a chance to catch up, joke around a bit and let the legs warm up. 5 miles in was the first of about 12 water crossings and this one sunk in almost waist deep. If that chilly water didn’t wake you up, climbing through a couple downed trees did. The race was now officially on and it was time to start cranking out some miles.

I scooted around a few runners and found myself in the lead. I was feeling fresh and wanted to see if my legs could handle the burn. It’s a race and i believe you need to push your limits and take some chances. I knew we were going a little easy and i wanted to put a bit of a gap on the pack. A few miles down the way, Dakota and Jorge caught back up swapping the lead as we pushed the ups and downs, enjoying the beautiful country-side of Lake Sonoma’s rolling hills.

Turn around. Photo: Drymax

As we approached the two somewhat “big” climbs of the day (around miles 19 and 22) i could tell they were both more comfortable then I was flying on the flatter parts which tells me i should probably try some more tempo work in training. Climbing allowed me to get into a better grove and catch back up with them. I wish those climbs lasted longer because i could have kept climbing strong for miles. I guess that’s what i do back home in Ashland and it’s what I enjoy the most on my daily run. But as the climbing came to an end, way to quick, we were to the top and Dakota went BOOM! Dude is strong and it was inspiring to watch him fly off leaving me in his wake.

On my way back down. Photo: Gary Wang

After the turnaround (mile25) I could see Dakota, but knew he was feeling good. He went hard after the bomb back down and after some switch backs i lost site of him which bruised my confidence to pursue. These next miles, as i maneuvered my way through everyone racing to the turnaround, i received lots of feedback and compliments which kept me going strong even when feeling a little weak. THANK YOU, to everyone giving me encouragement along the way. It means so much to have fellow runners push me on and show me love. Y’all are inspiring and make me want to give it my all.

Passing some Cali Poppies along the way home.

Photo: Glenn Tachiyama

 Dakota kept creeping away, but i wasn’t giving up yet… So far, one of the best parts of being a father to be are the times through the day when i have a chance to talk to my son and feel him kick his fast little legs inside his mom. Mile 33 was the last time i was able to see my wife and she told me that every time i was close to an aid station our little boy would kick inside. This brought such joy to my spirit. I couldn’t run much faster at the time, but even with a little pain, life felt so good. I am so excited to be a father and am looking forward to this journey of fatherhood, which is approaching soon.  I feel very connected to my family when i run and ask for their help when i’m feeling depleted in races. So during the run this past weekend i would feel my heart and connect to my son’s and say Tristan (possibly my sons name), here i am, here i am. I felt his response was, “come on pops, your being a wuss, keep pushing”. This feeling inside led me to keep pushing and not give up even when moments were tough. I couldn’t catch Dakota this time, but i live to run another day.

After a good ol’ ankle tweak and some hobbling, strength returned to my body, i knew i lost my chance for the win, but i also knew i had quite the crew of speedy folks behind me hunting me down. Those last miles kept winding to no end, but i was really enjoying the experience and that my stomach felt solid. I was not putting down tons of calories (about 200 ph the first half of the race and 100 ph to the finish), but i could tell that my body was burning fat and the fuel i was using really efficiently. You can put in a ton of calories, but will your stomach accept them and use them properly? The low carb (mostly paleo) diet i prefer and Vespa (amino acid supplement) really helps my body use the calories (First Endurance EFS Liquid Shot) and not have excess sloshing around causing chaos.

Almost home! Photo : Holly Harris

It’s always a good feeling to know you’re close to the end still feeling strong, then the opposite when things just start falling apart. I was really taking in the last miles. It was a gorgeous sunny day in a beautiful area that I’d only visited once before (my first 50 mile race in 2010, time of 7:41). Wild flowers were out, I saw the biggest Banana slug i’ve ever seen and each river crossing was soothing relief to my cranky Plantar Fasciitis (which has been plaguing continuously for 8 months now). Yes, good and sore, but still living in the moment, breathing in deep, inJoying the freedom of running wild and taking it all in.

2nd place Finish in 6:36:52.

Photo: Drymax

Tropical John and his amazing crew of volunteers put on a phenomenal race. Seeing the 1 mile to go sign, I knew the race had just minutes left and then i could spend the next hours celebrating a fantastic day filled with sun, sweet potato, molasses and hops GF beer (Thanks Bryon!) and hanging with a bunch of really good people. Ultra running is the bomb and i was glad to be apart of all the fun in Sonoma!

Top 10. Photo: Karolina Wyszynska

Links for the race

  • Race results
  • My irunfar post race interview
  • Pearl iZUMi kicks used
  • First Endurance – NEW Kona Moca Liquid Shot (around 100-200 cal ph)
  • Vespa Power products (I take before race and every 1.5hrs, helps metabolize fat and is amazing for recovery too)
  • First Endurance Ultragen recovery drink
  • Followed by tons of good food (kids, eat your greens!)
  • Spent the next few days doing lots of self massage and some sauna sessions to massage and stretch.
  • Back to running and feeling good
  • Leona Divide 50m is next!
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It’s a Boy!

We have wanted to share this for the past couple of months, but have anxiously kept our yaps shut. Now I can scream it from every mountain top I summit, “I am going to be a poppa and we are going to have a baby boy!”

 

Proud parents to be. Picture by Brett Rivers

In December my wife ran her first Ultra, the North Face 50k. She has recently caught the ultra bug as well and was extremely excited to finish her first ultra strong and with so many close friends. The next day she had a whimsical grin on and had just come back from the store with a pregnancy test. I was leaving, on business, for a few days and she had the feeling something was happening inside her. A few moments later, we found out not only had she ran her first Ultra, but our little baby boy had been prodding her mommy along and ran his first ultra as well (maybe with a little help from mom).

My other thought, when we found out about our baby was a classic George Costanza line, “My boys can swim, my boys can swim!”

This has been a dream come true and I have never been more excited than now with this new journey we are about to embark on.  This feels like the start of 100-mile race; I have so many emotions stirring inside. I don’t know what to expect, I’m nervous, I have butterflies like when I first saw my wife. I pray I can be the best dad for this child, like my father. Even with this suspense of what’s to come, I have no doubts in myself; I am filled with love and will do everything in my strength to be there for my son in anything and everything he chooses to do. Of course I will mess up sometimes, but I will keep learning and be a strong foundation that him and his mother can always depend on. I’m sure covering a 100 miles will be nothing to what I’m diving into and my only thought is, I can’t wait!

Blissful parents 18 weeks in and we just found out Friday it’s a boy! Picture by Marjorie Gosling

Inevitably this will change racing, but I think it will only grow my passion for running in the mountains.  I hope to spend many hours hiking with my boy through the trails of Oregon and beyond. I hope to instill a deep love for nature and the connection I feel with all of life. With the addition of sponsored gear from BOB strollers and Britax car seats and organic baby carriers, we will be sporting the very best of baby running gear which (once our little man is old enough) will allow us to keep enjoying the trails and enabling us to get our son out in nature, breathing in fresh air, soaking in the sun and living every magical moment to the utmost.

I’m very grateful for all the love and support we receive from our generous and loving family, friends, running enthusiasts, community and sponsors. Thank you for everything you do and please continue to be in my family’s life as we take on our biggest adventure yet.

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