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EB48: A Run Streaker Since 1992 – Love. Run. Marathon. – A Chat with 73 Year Old Ken Johnson

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73 year old Ken Johnson of Texas is a streaker…a run streaker.

On New Year’s Day 1992, Ken began his first run streak of 600 days that included at least one mile of running per day. Since December 30, 1997 Ken has only missed 18 days of running and enjoys both the road and trails. Ken runs the full array of race distances from 5km to ultramarathon with 101 marathon/ultra finishes.

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Ken at the Texas 10 Series in Conroe, Texas.

Ken recently ran the half marathon distance at the Love. Run. Marathon. on pine needle covered trails in Huntsville, Texas and crossed the finish line in 3:23:03! Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • being in the Army for 22.5 years and the two mile wall
  • the surprise of Ken’s first four mile run courtesy of the division Commander
  • that first 10km race experience at Ft. Hood with 2500 other runners starting at 3:00AM
  • the continued involvement in running after retiring from the Army, then the run streaks begin
  • strongest memories of the people and community in this sport
  • reflections on the half marathon scamper at the Love. Run. Marathon.
  • a special Team RWB experience from his marathon finish at Love. Run. Marathon. in 2014 – Mighty Awesome!

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EB47: Chasing Running Dreams Since Age 14 – Rouge Orleans 126.2 Win – A Chat with Tim Neckar

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Since the age of 14 and running his first marathon, Tim Neckar of Texas has been chasing his running dreams.

Tim has always enjoyed challenging himself and finding that next adventure. After the marathon, it seemed natural to explore the ultra running world once he became aware of it thanks to a few running friends during his college years at Baylor University. This led to his first trail race, a 50 miler back in 1986 where he was looked at like an alien and would DNF after 30-some miles.

Not deterred, Tim would learn what works for him in training and nutrition, and come back to finish this race as well as pursue many more ultra adventures and mountain races as a lowlander.

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Recently, Tim won the Rouge Orleans 126.2 mile point-to-point adventure in Louisiana with a finish time of 26:19:50! Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • that first marathon at age 14
  • 50 miler as Tim’s first trail race
  • Tim’s approach to race nutrition and what works for him
  • the joy of exploring places few others have been before
  • the joy of the challenge, exploring new distances
  • memories from recent ultras pulling a sled at 10-below-zero temps
  • Tim’s reason for enjoying these winter snow races
  • Tim shares how he gets ready for mountain races while living in Houston
  • managing the mental low points
  • those dream races
  • favorite running read
  • the 126.2 mile journey at Rouge Orleans

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Way Too Cool 50k Race Report: A Welcome Back Never Hurt So Good

Enjoy as Jason Taylor shares his return to racing at the Way Too Cool 50k in California. – Dave


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It’s been nearly two years since my last “race”. In that time I finished PT school, had a baby, started a new career, started a post-doctorate residency…blah blah blah. You know, you’ve all been there. Time is scare, I get it.

For me, I have kept running but at much, much lower levels than previous seasons in my life. This past Fall I got the opportunity to go to the Team RWB camp in Texas and met a runner who highly recommended Way Too Cool 50k. He also recommended the Lake Sonoma 50 miler and I thought I’d sign up for both lotteries. God has a sense of humor and I got into both races. Thus began the slow trudge back to fitness. Training started slowly but I started to see some fitness come back and then in January, my family got the cold that never stops giving. You know the one, the kind that goes round and round like a merry-go-round.

So needless to say I wasn’t planning on breaking any personal speed records at the WTC50k, and my “race plan” was to take it easy, enjoy the day, stop and smell the flowers and generally just try to soak up this new area and the race itself.

Yeah, whatever!

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EB46: Finding Accomplishment and Fun on the Trails – Creepy Crawlies & Critters – A Chat with Shae Vaughan

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“…it all has to do with yourself…that feeling of accomplishment. Even when hurting you can push through it.” – Shae Vaughan

Between going to classes and cheerleading during her college years, Shae Vaughan of Texas was looking for something else to keep busy. She laced up some sneakers, headed out the door and very quickly loved to run.

Shae Vaughan at Creepy Crawlies & Critters (Credit: trailheadrunning.com)

Shae Vaughan at Creepy Crawlies & Critters (Credit: trailheadrunning.com)

And then a mountain bike purchase led to exploring some of the local trails.

A realization – “I can run these as well.”

Shae recently won the 10km adventure at the Creepy Crawlies & Critters 10km women’s only race in 45:52, on the relaxed trails at YMCA Camp Cypress in Buda, Texas. Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • why running?
  • memories from those first trail runs and races (plus lessons learned)
  • training
  • tips for road to trail newbie
  • memories from Creepy Crawlies & Critters – “Hey, a fox”

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EB45: From Golfer to Ultrarunner – White Rock Classic 50k and the Western States 100 Moment – A Chat with David Newman

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“…I am not out there looking at splits…just out there enjoying nature and running…and having fun with people. That is what it is all about.” – David Newman

David Newman of Arkansas was a 20 year golfer that had to change his active life fix due to painful back issues. While driving, he observed someone running and said, “I can do that!”

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Credit: podiumimages.com

So began David’s tread journey including the roads, trails, ultra running, and the upcoming Western States 100.

I had the honor to chat with David after recently completing the White Rock Classic 50k in 6:21, which took place up near Cass, Arkansas. Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and useful goodies for you:

  • David’s transition from golfer to ultra runner
  • that tough first road marathon
  • “10 yards at a time, looking for air” – the trails at Hobbs State Park and that first 50k adventure
  • why trails?
  • training and prep for Western States 100
  • the golden ticket moment
  • favorite and inspiring reads
  • memories from the White Rock Classic 50k

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EB44: 1500 Miles of Rocky Raccoon 100 – A Chat with Bobby Keogh

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65 year old, Bobby Keogh of New Mexico, has nearly ran the greatest north-south distances of the contiguous United States in his accumulated finish miles at the Rocky Raccoon 100 alone!

This year, Bobby completed his 15th Rocky Raccoon 100 and puts himself in a very small group, count it – 2, that have experienced 1500 miles of pineywoods goodness.

Bobby wearing some special bling courtesy of the DamNation aid station at Rocky Raccoon 100. (credit: Deborah Sexton)

Bobby wearing some special bling courtesy of the DamNation aid station at Rocky Raccoon 100. (credit: Deborah Sexton)

From growing up on the flat terrain within Grand Forks, North Dakota, Bobby acquired a love of the mountains and eventually ultra running after moving to New Mexico.

While early on it was a struggle to simply walk the hills to the college campus, in the distance the Sandia mountains welcomed a visit. To the top he went and would look back on the city below.

“This is cool!”

Greatly inspired by the youth he helped and supported at New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch, Bobby wanted to find a way to challenge himself, to explore his own limits.

Ultra running became the challenge of choice.

Enjoy my chat with Bobby that includes the following musings and useful goodies for you:

  • running background including his first marathon at Grandma’s in northern Minnesota
  • the transition to New Mexico and beginning his trail/ultra journey thanks to the inspiration from his time helping youth at Philmont
  • nose-in-navel memories at first official trail race in New Mexico
  • the Mount Taylor quad
  • how Bobby has tried to keep running and the passion burning for the sport as he travels through his 60s
  • reflections of some of the amazing early ultra athletes
  • a great Deadman Peaks race story showcasing our great people and community
  • getting out of the mental funk
  • memories from The Ghost Town 38.5 Trail Run
  • the heat exhaustive memories from that first Rocky back in 1997
  • the joy of finding that shoe and the shortest run in them being 44 miles
  • lead-up to Rocky Raccoon 2015 – 2 big races
  • Bobby’s reasons why three weeks between big 100 mile races is doable, and maybe even “optimal”
  • memories from Rocky Raccoon 2015

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Snowshoe Running – Trails Not Required

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Check out a brief video of snowshoe running in the cornfields of Minnesota.

Snowshoe Running – Trails Not Required from Yellow Bird Flight on Vimeo.

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in a snowy destination and are yearning to get in some trail running, give snowshoe running a try!

Snowshoe running is a lot like trail running yet the intensity and challenge offer a great way to get your heart racing and your quads burning with only your winter trail running gear and two additional requirements – snowshoes and snow.

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Snowshoes have been around for thousands of years and were originally made from a heavy frame wrapped in hide strips designed to create a deck allowing the user to float above soft snow. Today’s snowshoe materials are drastically different but provide the same basic function. However, snowshoe running differs from traditional snowshoeing in a variety of ways.

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