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July 14, 2020

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Feb 24, 2007



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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

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Miles:This week: 12.00 Month: 38.00 Year: 747.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 211.00
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 284.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 112.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
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I think I'm actually figuring out a running schedule for the year. I'm going to sign up for Promise Land 50k end of April as my only test race pre-Western. Eric Grossman has repeatedly told me it's his favorite race anywhere, very pretty. Then June is Western States, obviously. In the fall, I'm leaning towards Barkley Fall Classic in September (winner is auto-entry to Barkley, a valuable thing). Maybe do JFK 50 mile as a fall add-on. Nothing for sure, but those are where I'm leaning right now.

AM- Out for my first 20 miler since... Aug? Sept? Windy and chilly. I was hungry and thirsty by mile 5 so it was a good bonk run. Ran some new roads in the Georgia Road area. Very tired by the end but still moving 7-7:30 pace, with last mile 6:50. 20 miles in 2:28 with 1300 ft climb.

Wore my HR monitor again. Avg 175, with often 180-190 on uphills and max of 206. This seems very high, but I took my pulse by hand once and it was above 180. Does this seem normal to everyone? My resting HR is 40-50, depending on fitness. 

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From steve ash on Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 09:45:05 from

Seems pretty high especially for someone in their 30s. Dehydration? If you haven't run long for that amount of time it may be just cardiac drift. I'm no expert so grain of salt here.

I also had a monitor one time that was not a Polar and it seemed to measure 10 beats or more while running compared to the Polar. Yet they were identical at rest..

From Jon on Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 11:34:30 from

Good thought, Steve- maybe dehydration made it go higher. If you asked me a month ago, I would guess my HR is 150 on long runs. Maybe I'm just completely wrong.

From Bret on Mon, Mar 02, 2015 at 13:13:05 from

Have you ever done a trial/test to determine your own max HR? If not, there are multiple formulas out there based on age and gender. Generally 220-age=max HR.

If you are trying to do strictly aerobic efforts - the recommendation is to keep the Heart Rate Reserve to no more than 75%. That's not 75% of your max HR. The formula for that is maxHR-restingHR x .75 + restingHR. So if you are 30. Using the formula above - 220-30 = 190 bpm is your hypothetical max. HR. Then, 190-50(resting HR) x .75 + 50 =155 bpm is your 75% HRR.

I would think though given that you had HR numbers in the 180s on a long run - that your actual max HR is probably much higher than the 190 - and so I would suggest that you do some self testing to get that number dialed in as well as your resting HR.

From Jon on Mon, Mar 02, 2015 at 21:12:29 from

Good numbers, Bret. Given that I am 36, I knew my 220-age is well below what I was actually running at, and my 75% would be 150. I was never below 150 on the entire 20 mile run. Hmm.

Yeah, I'll have to figure out my actual max. I've seen ways to do it- hill climb, etc.

From Cody on Mon, Mar 02, 2015 at 21:18:56 from

You can see all my HR on Strava. That said, everyone is different. I would guess you would be in the 150's not 180's unless its a tempo or higher effort.

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