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First of all, I would like to thank all of you who have given to the cause of MS research and education a very BIG THANK YOU for your donations. I do appreciate it.

What a week this has been in the world of running and life here in our country. The bombs at the Boston Marathon were so shocking to me. I was shocked to tears. My heart goes out to all those and their families who have been directly affected by such violence. To add to that, West, Texas is dealing with their own sadness and disbief from the explosion that rocked their town. My heart goes out to them as well.
Here on San Juan Island live has been quiet. Seems all I do is to run, go to work and run some more. Shelly is most wonderful in her support and ensuring that I am getting my nutritional needs met.
The past two weeks I have logged over 80 per week. 87 last with week, which was done with help of a 35 mile run last Sunday. My training partner, Susan, and I logged the distance in 7 hours. Thank you Susan for your help and support on these extra long distances. Today Susan, Brendan and I ran a good solid 20 miles what gave me 81 weekly miles. Nice to have some sunshine in the process. Nice to have nice running buddies as well.
Yesterday I had a brief panic attack as I was counting the weeks until I start my Relay segment. Basically I have 4.5 weeks until I start my 163 miles journey in Vernal, Utah. Wow, that’s not all that far off. This coming week my mileage will move up over 100. I plan on running 100 plus miles every week until I reach Vernal. I am very happy with how my training has gone thus far. The next 4 weeks of running should be the icing on the cake, so to speak.
Next Sunday, April 28, Susan and I will be running the Mt. Si 50 Miler. This will be good training as well. Any time running is going to be very beneficial for me.
Want to look at a map that explains my route from Vernal, Utah to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, take a peak here.
Well, that’s about it. Stay tuned to more fun and games.
Clark
ps If you are wondering what in the world I am doing, please see below.

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Clark Gilbert 

Segment 6 

 Some of you might have seen on my web site (www.runhappyrunhard.com) or on the various social media networks that I have taken on a new challenge in 2013.  I have joined forces with MS Run the US to raise awareness and funds to END MS.  Read about it here ===>  http://www.msruntheus.com/clarkgilbert/

 On May 24, 2013 I will be running the first of my seventh back-to-back marathons starting in Vernal, UT and concluding in Steam Boat Springs, CO on the  May 30th.

 Crazy right?

 I know.

 It’s definitely not for everyone, however, I feel extremely fortunate that I am in excellent health (all though some might wonder about my mental health) and I am running both long and hard to prepare myself for this epic adventure while representing an incredible charity.

 Along with my pledge to run 7 marathons I have taken on the challenge of fundraising a minimum of $10,000.   (This is where I need your help).

 I am asking all of you for the following help:

  1. Make a Donation Today: http://www.msruntheus.com/clarkgilbert/ any amount can and will help because 100% of your donation goes to MS Research and Education.  Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 3198, FH, WA 98250.
  2. Share this E-mail: please send this e-mail on to as many of your friends + family as possible.  The broader net we can cast the more people we can reach and the stronger we can grow.
  3. Post on Facebook: “I just donated to, Clark Gilbert, MS Run the US 2013 Relay Runner. Learn more here ===> http://www.msruntheus.com/clarkgilbert/“.  Copy and paste the sentence before into your status update to help spread the word!
  1. Lend Me Your Network: $10,000 is a large amount of money and I am not expecting my small group of friends and family to donate all of that cash.  I am hoping that we can all look inside our hearts, find the one thing we all have in common, compassion. I appeal to all of you to share with me anyone or any company that might be interested in becoming involved with my crazy adventure and MS Run the US.

I am very excited about this new adventure and working with MS Run the US. I can’t wait to share it with all of you as I share my experiences leading up, during and after my run.  Any help you can provide to myself and MS Run the US is greatly appreciated. Check out my journey at www.runhappyrunhard.com or www.seattlepirun.com.


What a great day of running I had yesterday (Thursday, April 11); which was a twice-a-day workout. Morning was cold, I mean I don’t think my gloved fingers ever did warm up. 7 easy miles which took me up and around the airport, out through Fox Hall then a short out and back towards Shipyard cove. Lunch time the sun had come out and I was itching to bag another 6 miles. Warmer temperatures made this run fun and quick. 6 miles for a total of 13 miles total. I am very happy about that.

Friday is planned as an easy day, probably another 6. The sun will probably won’t be my companion. (I am crossing my fingers that the sun beats back the clouds).

Saturday or Sunday will be my extra long run. 32 miles is the plan. I will bring my running pack with water and goodies to eat. Lately I have been experimenting with Saquito energy mix. This long run will be the first time I will have Saquito to munch on. I’ll let you know how they work for me.

If I run on Saturday, then Sunday will be my rest day. Or reversed.

I am doing all this training to prepare myself for the MS Run the US Relay segment, which I start on May 24. I sill have miles to go.

Good running to you!

Clark

 


Last week, which ended on Sunday March 31, was a positive week for me. Here are my stats:

Weekly Miles: 68

Time Ran: 13:57

Calories Burned while running: 14,136

Longest Run: 30 miles

I changed my training this week to a more traditional short/long method. I run a short or recovery run of six miles on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday and Thursday I ran longer for 12 miles. On Saturday I ran the Gorge Waterfall 50K, which was a tad short. I figured I still ran around 30 miles.

This type of training is similar to my approach to how I plan to run 163 miles in 7 days, the length of my MS Run the US Relaysegment. My plan is to run 30 miles (spilt into two runs) on the odd days and 17 miles on the even days an average of 23 daily miles over 7 days. I am hoping that the shorter days will provide me with adequate recovery.

This past week of running short/long days was a good thing. The shorter, recovery days provided relief of both body and spirit, which is really important. If my spirits aren’t up, then it’s harder to get out the door.

Highlights.

  • Finished the Gorge Waterfall 50K. My goal was to finish in the 6 to 7 hour range, but missed by 25 minutes. Still, the experience was positive. I was also able to experiment with my eating plan. I am still looking for something that will work with my stomach on these longer runs, while replenishing my energy.
  • Weight loss continues with my new way of eating, which started on March 1. Part of my reasoning to participate in the Relay was that this would force me to deal with my weight issues. So far so good. I am down 26 pounds since January 1. I feel better and have more energy. I feel like my eating is supporting my running rather than my running keeping my eating in check.
  • Every Monday night is running American Camp Trails with my running buddies, who are all younger and faster than me. For the past couple of years I have needed to walk up the steep backside trail to Mt. Finlayson. This has been frustrating for me as I use to run up with no problem. This week was my third week in a row of running up this steep trail. I am happy about that.

Running Schedule for April 1 – 7th.

Monday – 7 miles on trails

Tuesday – 14 miles

Wednesday – 7 miles

Thursday – 14 miles

Friday – 7 miles

Saturday – Rest/Recover Day

Sunday – 30 miles

Total: 79 miles.

I would like to thank all those who have given to help me reach my goal of running $10,000. It seems like a long way to go, but . . . so is 163 miles, but it can be done.

Hope you all have a great week!

Clark

Donate Today I would appreciate it as well as those suffering from the effects of MS.


As I prepare for my relay segment for MS Run the US Relay I have been building my weekly miles. To do so I have been running twice a day. At least during the workdays. My relay segment is 163 miles in which I have 7 days to complete. That’s 23 miles per day. To make things easier on my body and my mind, I am planning of dividing the daily mileage in two. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Much like I do now.

Twice a day running, or double days, carries great benefits. If you need to build mileage double days is a great way to do without adding extra stress to your legs. Double days are also very good for those with time limitations. Tackling 12 miles might not work with daily commitments, but 6 miles before work and 6 miles after work seems more manageable.

I have used twice a day running before when I needed to make a step-up in my training. Like I’m doing now. Double days allows me to feel comfortable and confident in my training process.

The elites train this way. They have a morning workout, then tend to their day. Their afternoons usually has another run involved. Depending on their workout schedule one workout may have a higher intensity to it. They also get massages.

If you choose to try twice a day running, I would suggest preparing by try 2 miles in the a.m. and 2 miles in the p.m. until you get the hang of it. Be creative too. 4 miles in the a.m. and 6 miles after work gives you a total 10 quality miles. These miles are quality miles due to the fact the the total mileage run in a day is just as important and effective from one long run. I have found this to be true.

Give the twice a day running a try and see how it impacts your running.

If you want to check out what I am doing for MS Run the US Relay, check out this link.

Clark


In a few days we will be celebrating the birth of another year.  Oh Joy!  I like New Years, I really do.  I set all these cool goals and aspirations that I want to focus on and then, after a few weeks, give up on them.  I return to my normal way of life.  For example one goal has been to get up at 5:00 am every morning and running for two hours.  Sounds good to me, until 5:00 am and then nothing sounds good except staying in bed.  Normal people do that; stay in bed that is.

I always start the year with goals of races/events I want to participate in.  How many pounds I want to lose (same pounds each and every year).  I write down how I want to be a better person by not walking slowly across the street when I know a car and driver are in a hurry.  I vow not to place any regular apples in the Organic produce section.  Oh yeah.  I can be evil.

Just last week I was in West Seattle to spend an early Christmas weekend with my son and his family.  I was about to share some great thought of mine, when I received that “don’t say it” look from my daughter-in-law.  The mother of my three grandchildren.   Apparently, last summer, I told my 4 year old grandson a story about how I was trapped in an elevator.  (I thought the story very funny).  Apparently he, until last Sunday, wouldn’t step foot in any elevator, even if his most wonderful mother was trying to handle three kids and numerous sacks of groceries.  Last Sunday we took him with us up and down an elevator to ease his mind.  Thank God we didn’t get stuck.  That would have been bad.  Really bad.

I promise to watch what I say around my grandchildren.  Like that is going to happen.

Back to the New Year.

I have some things that are on my list, like running some type of adventure event once a month.  Yes, getting up at 5:00 am to run does count.  I want to run Nookachamps in January, Orcas Island 25K in February.  March is up in the air.  April will be the Yakima River Skyline 50K – like last year’s spanking wasn’t enough.  May will be the Sun Mountain 50 miler -my goal is to finish in daylight.  Also in May I will be participating in the MS Run Across the US – more on that later.  I also want to run around Mt. St. Helen and Mt. Rainer.  Of course, there will be many Doughnut Runs.

What are you planning on running?

Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.

Have a great New Year!

Clark

ps – meet at 11:30 on New Years Eve at San Juan Fitness for a Run In The New Year Fun.  No fee.


This week has been a good week for me in so many areas.  With my running I felt totally in the game, so to speak.  All of my runs were enjoyable, fun and, like Sunday’s trip to the North Cascades, full of adventure.  May all my runs be that nice.  May all your runs be that nice.

Here is how my week went:
Total Weekly Miles:  69
Total Monthly Miles:  201 (yea!  I made my goal of 200 miles)
Longest Run:  14
Longest Day:  17
Most Adventurous Run:  8 miles in the North Cascade around the Maple Loop Trail with a side trip to Lake Ann
Running buddies:  Susan, Stan the Wine Man and Brendan
Here is some cool haps from around the area:
Candance Burt did a solo run around Mt. Rainer on the Wonderland Trail late last week, then ran solo around Mt. Hood.  Wow, that is some running.  Take a look at her web page.
Cavalles del Vent was held in Spain.  Killian came in first with Kilian Jornet, Anton Krupicka and Dakota Jones place in the top three.  Weather conditions were not the greatest and, most unfortunately a female competitor died from hypothermia.  Very sad.   You can read more about this event from mudsweatandtears.
 

I have been challenged by Scott Jurek, one of the greatest ultramarathoners we have seen in the last 20 years or so.  Scott didn’t slap my face  with a pair of synthetic leather gloves, then offer me a choice of swords or pistols.  No, nothing like that.  His challenge was more subtle.

You see, Jurek’s new book, Eat & Run – My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, authored with Steve Friedman and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, contained a challenge.  Maybe not every reader would find it, but it spoke to me.  I knew that Scott had come out with a new book on eating and running.  It was on my list of books to read.  A week ago, I received a copy from the publishers.  I started reading it when I returned from Winthrop, where I had just completed the Sun Mountain 50 Miler.  I was surprised to learn that this book was not just about eating; although there are cool recipes at the end of each chapter.  This book is a honest look into the life of someone I admire.

For the past two decades Scott Jurek has ruled the ultras.  He won the Crown Jewel, the Western States 100, seven times.  He has won Hardrock, Badwater, Sparatathon, and many others. He set the U.S. record in the World Championships 24 hour run, placing second overall.  He ran 167.5 miles that day in France.  Scott traveled to Mexico to run against the Tarahumara people, which Christopher McDougall detailed in his best seller, Born to Run.  Scott is having an amazing career.  He is living the life that so many of us dream of living.

The thing is, Scott and I are a lot alike, at least in my mind we are.  He is tall and thin.  I’m tall and chubby.  He is from Minnesota. I am from Wyoming.  His father had issues with him and his mom died younger than she should have.  Ditto.  He use to wear his curly hair long. I currently wear my curly hair long.  He is a runner and I’m a runner.  He is a vegan. I eat animals that are vegan.  He is fast and I am so-so.  He is sponsored by Brooks Running and I am a member of the Brooks Running Inspire Daily program.  He designed the Brooks Pure Grit, my favorite running shoe.  How cool.  He lived in Seattle.  I live on San Juan Island.  I actually met Scott before a trail race on Orcas Island in 2010.  Scott finished well and placed 3rd.  I tripped and crashed.  By the time I finished, Scott had a hot shower, massage, two beers and a big bowl of vegan soup.

The point I am trying to make is Scott is just a normal guy.  He grew up like most of us did, went to public school, etc.  He worked hard for what he wanted and what he has accomplished.  He probably was born with some nice genes, but genes just don’t develop on their own.  Training and hard work are required.  Scott arrived at this point in time by doing the work.  Nobody could do it for him.  Greatness takes much effort, daily.

I enjoyed reading Jurek’s book.  It is well written and it kept me interested.  His words inspired me.  I am looking forward to trying some of the included recipes; such as the Minnesota Winter Chili (page 70), the 8 Grain Strawberry Pancakes (page 79), and plan to start my day with a smoothie.

I feel challenged to do more with my life.  To lose the weight I have always wanted to lose.  To look at my food differently and to use food to properly fuel my life.  To run those races that I have dreamed about.  To speed up.  To live my life as I truly want to live.  Eat & Run has inspired me to dig down deep and push myself towards the goals that I want to accomplish.

I highly recommend this book.  Read it and  listen for your own challenge, then do something about it.

Run Happy, Run Hard

Clark


View of Sun Mountain area, take by Candice Burt

My first attempt  to 50 miles run is in two days at Sun Mountain.  It’s all coming down to the wire, so to speak.  I had hoped that this week would have been quiet and relaxing, but, life happens.  It’s all good.  Right.

I am taking this day off from work to attend to a mire of things to prepare for this weekend.  Camping gear to sort, running clothes and shoes to check out.  Prep my pack with GU.  My truck, Old Blue, is getting a new starter.  Oh Joy.  Maybe a nap in the afternoon and some time in reading – a day for some type of rest and relaxation.

Speaking of reading, did you catch the NPR article about endurance athletes and pain, if not, check it out from NPR.  I am going to do my own form of research on Sunday.

If you want to follow my crazy adventure this Sunday, I will be posting via Facebook and Twitter.

No mater what happens, I am gonna be having a great time.  I’ll be Running Happy and Running Hard!

Clark

ps  Here is a picture of my shoes


I have 30 days until Sun Mountain 50 miler is here.

After this Saturday’s event, Yakima Skyline Rim 50K, I will be back to running twice a week long runs.  Plus stretching my weekend longest run up to 35 or 40 miles from it’s 31 miles.  This is the plan I have  been following since I made the mental commitment to run 50 miles.  Since February 28 I have run a total of 10 runs of over 20 miles in length, 3 over 31.  I think I am heading in the right direction.

Shoes have been on my mind recently.  In determining which trail shoes I would wear, I have been alternating being Brooks Pure Grits and Brooks Cascadias.  Both are excellent shoes; although different in build.

The Pure Grits are a most favorite shoe of mine.  In a nutshell they are lightweight, have a 4mm heel to toe drop and have a wider toe box.  Running through the water is not an issue with these shoes as they quickly drain.  Not that I think I will have puddles on the Sun Mountain course, but . . . . one never knows.  Pure Grits just seem to fit me and understand my feet, well, I suppose as much understanding as a pair of shoes can understand.

The Cascadias were my number one trail shoe, until the Pure Grits landed on my feet.  These shoes have a higher, 11mm, heel to toe drop and a much more aggressive sole than the Grits.  They are a tad heavier and seem to have a snugger (not sure this is a true word or not) fit.  They feel fine, but, there is just something that bothers me.    The problem is, I just can’t put my finger or toe on it.

Ultramarathoner and champion, Scott Jurek (who helped develop both shoes for Brooks) spoke last Saturday in Seattle at the REI store.  I was not able to attend, but Laura Houston, Chi Running Instructor, was and asked Scott which shoe he would recommend.  His answer – the Cascadias.  His main point was that it takes time for the calf’s to adjust to running in a lower profile shoe, which I totally agree with.  The calfs need time to adjust for the lower heel drop or else it’s going to strain.  For me I have been running in the Grits since December.  I also have run in the Green Silence, which is a low profiled shoe, without any issues.  I’m not sure if Scott words of wisdom are for me; although, to be safe, I could just wear the Cascadias.

But, I am thinking of going with the Grits – because they are so darn comfortable.  My main worry is that they won’t be a shoe for the long haul of a 50 miler.  For this Saturday’s 50K, I am planning on running for 8 hours and wearing my Pure Grits.  We’ll see how they do.

Run Happy, Run Hard

Clark

ps:  The first running of the Boston Marathon was on April 19, 1897.  Happy Birthday Boston!



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