I’ve been listening to Jessi Itzler’s wonderful Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
on my runs. It’s hilarious, thought provoking and inspiring. As everyone who follows these things knowns by now the anonymous “Seal” in the book is legendary ultra-runner / crazy person David Goggins.
Goggins is a strange guy. Famous, but almost completely absent on social media, and not interviewed nearly as much as he should be. Finding quality video of this fascinating athlete is hard. This short video isn’t great, but its good, and it gives you a flavor for the type of man Goggins is. Enjoy.
There are lots and lots of great Ryan Hall videos out there, and I’ll probably post more of them in the weeks to come, but when I think of Ryan Hall videos, I think of this one (even though, really, it focuses on Josh Cox). I have visualized Hall’s stride in this video on dozens of runs when I’m trying to will myself to stay fluid, remain smooth, keep going. For all the ups and downs of his career, Hall was certainly an inspiration. I look forward to seeing what such a fascinating guy does as a second act.
The grand daddy of American ultra races, the Western States 100, is this weekend. Irunfar has extensive coverage planned, which I’ll be following religiously. I’d love to see Rob Krar and Alex Varner do well, but its a long race, and there are a lot of talented runners out there. Should be a good race.
In honor of Western, here’s a video with Gordy Ainsleigh, the first person to ever run the course (when it was still a horse race). This guy is a total inspiration.
With the tragic news out of Charleston, running seems must less important. Still, perhaps its worth taking a break from feeling depressed over the state of race relations and gun control in this country to watch a nice little inspiring video about a teacher who can run really fast.
I found this video of 15 hours in he life of Anton Krupicka strangely moving and inspiring in its discussion of a running struggling to find balance.
Krupicka is a talent runner and a thoughtful guy. Here, he discusses how injury has hampered his running career. I feel for him. Especially as it seems his youthful mistakes may have lead to the problems he’s having now, because believe me, if there is anything I know about its youthful mistakes.
Krupicka seems to be expanding his training horizons to include more climbing, skiing, and cycling. I hope it works for him, and I hope he can someday return to top form.
Tomorrow, I’ll do my last really long run of this training cycle — 20 miles. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m looking forward to it being done.
Whenever I want to post a video related to a long run, this Josh Cox / Ryan Hall video always comes to mind. Maybe it’s their graceful strides and the ease with which they click off sub six minute miles, or maybe its the gorgeous backdrop. Maybe its Johnny Cash. I don’t know, but there’s something about it that just get to me. Maybe it will inspire you too.
It was 34 degrees my morning run which is way too goddamn cold for late April. Still! Summer is coming, and with it, the marquee ultra running events. I’m super excited for this year. A whole new crop of talented runners are on the rise, including the fascinating and talented Sally McRae, who placed 10th in last year’s Western States. I don’t know yet if she is planning on running it again. I hope so. I’d love to see what she can do now that she knows the course.
Here’s a really great video of McRae’s Western States quest. Enjoy!
I just finished reading Scott Jurek’s memoir/cookbook Eat and Run. Its surprisingly good. It reminded me that, while Jurek is pretty far out there on the spiritual end of the running, eh is thoughtful and articulate on the interplay between the science of running and the sports more spiritual dimensions.
So, in honor of the Jurker, here’s a great clip of him with Kilian Jornet. Check out the scene where Jurker hips Jornet to the Bone Games, by Rob Schultheis, an old book on the spiritual aspects of ultra-endurance sports oh and make sure to turn on the subtitles!
Here’s an oldie but a goodie. Desi Linden, when she was still Desi Davila, training for the 2012 Olympic trials by running 5 x 2 mile repeats at 5:15 per mile, in the winter, in Detroit. Check out her form. Its damn near perfect:
Maybe I’ll try this work out. Though for me, the pace would be about three minutes faster per mile.
This one is a different kind of Friday Inspiration. It’s a short, casual interview with of the most interesting ultra-runners out there – Anton Krupicka, Scott Jurek and Peter Balkwin. Interesting questions, and interesting answers on why they race (or don’t race) why they run, and how to treat my personal nemesis, plantar fasciitis.
I’d never heard of Balkwin before seeing this video – he seems like an interesting character. Check him (and Krupicka and Jurek) out.