Both Tom Lane and PoDog (Robert) Vogler will be makin’ the trip from Arkansas to get dirty at this weekend’s Western States 100. Both first-timer’s at Western States with PoDog being our third TALON slammer.
Enjoy the Q&A with PoDog below!
PoDog Vogler #393
[EB - You are one of three TALON athletes going after the slam this year. How did you come to the decision to go after it?]
I’ve been trying to get into Western for several years. I’ve pretty much decided early on that when I got in, I would try for the slam. I’m 46 and who knows when I might get back in.
[EB - You had a full Spring of races in Arkansas, how is the body and mind feeling as you get ready to lace them up this Saturday morning in Squaw Valley?]
My training really included fewer miles than I usually put in. I feel strong and rested and other than an ankle sprain about three weeks ago, I’m injury free. My ankle has been fine since and I do not think it will be an issue. It did cost me a couple of training runs though.
[EB - What did a typical training week look like during your peak training for Western States? (weekly mileage, longest run, any back-to-back long runs?, weights/core, etc)]
I only did one week over 100 miles and it was about 108. I usually like to do a back to back to back long run stent, but the ankle sprain stopped that. I got in several 30 to 35 mile runs including several up and down Nebo. I did one weekend with a 35 mile run up and down Nebo followed by a 26 mile run. I do not do anything but run for training and try to stretch and eat right.
[EB - Besides the finish, what specific section of the course are you most looking forward to running or experiencing?]
I’m really looking forward to the entire run. I love the mountains and I really want to experience the canyons. I’ve done the last 37 miles and it is great running. I really think it will be a super fun run. I hope physically I can keep it together so I can enjoy the entire run.
[EB - Fun bonus question: Which animal best characterizes that way you plan on running Western States?]
I’m sure I should say a dog with a name like PoDog but I have to go with an Otter. Otters always look like they are having a fun and I hope that is how the race goes. I want to enjoy the whole thing.
We wish PoDog and Tom (#256) a great weekend adventure!
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