Weekly Training Summary (0.00 miles / 0:00:00)

A Day in the Life10 Comments

Mind strong, Body strong

Try to find equilibrium

Head straight, screwed on

Been screwed up for too long


Mon – 0M: Work. 2 trips to DIA to send Fullers back to Indiana. Long conversation with Kim on Leadville to get her insight. Walked dog.

Tue – 0M: Work. Try and act normal. Walked dog.

Wed – 0M: Work. Being normal is boring. Walked dog.

Thu – 0M: Work. Walked dog.

Fri – 0M: Work. 5 Guys. Walked dog.

Sat – 0M: Off work. Spent all day on my laptop building software. Walked dog.

Sun – 0M: Off work. Spent all morning on my laptop building software. Mow lawn.


TSB is probably really positive.


So that wasn’t much of a motivational report if you were seeking a reason to run.

Given I ran 86.5 miles last Sunday, I wasn’t any worse for the wear this week. I wasn’t overly tired. In fact, it was mostly hard to sleep. I wasn’t really that fatigued. A little quad soreness but the stairs were fine by Monday. As far as ultras go, I think my training paid off because I could have been back in action easily this week. But I chose not too. This only furthered my sense that I was physically prepared for my race strategy.

In fact, I sort of choose to put myself on a 30 day hiatus from running. Gives me a chance to hike, bike, or just walk the dog. Not sure which I might do. Probably none. But I figured why not give myself 30 days to heal up everything that I can that might be achy before I begin anything new. However, I still am not sure there is anything concretely interesting for the fall.

I really appreciated the outpouring of comments on the race report. It was probably in total less than last year’s LT100 race report comment count but they were substantially more creative, fulfilling, and appreciated. Just when you think nobody is watching! Then I spent a lot of time going through other folks race reports and repaying the favor as well as just spending time appreciating their experiences.

From some of the comments I received, it seems a few were worried that I should keep away from sharp objects for a while. It never was that bad. In fact, I haven’t shed a single tear before, during or after that race this year. Its sort of odd. I feel numb to it all, in a good way? I didn’t spend a ton of time agonizing over what I did wrong. It was glaringly obvious during and after. The solutions are not complicated either but they are going to take a bit of work to experiment and get right. Traded emails with a variety of folks who set me straight on many of my mistakes. One key piece of advice I received: It’s taken me two DNFs to learn this, but dude, EVERY year is about finishing.

I started thinking that this will be some sort of family decision if I choose to return to Leadville to race again. The time, the sacrifice. Its all true to an extent. But that’s not really how we work around here. We encourage each other to just state our dreams and we all rally around them. Dreams are not formed or approved by a democracy. They are from your own person and soul. When your kid says, “I want to be the President!” you don’t say…”yeah, that’s hard”. Your family is there to support that effort if they love you for you. My wife and my sister both expressed “if I could do it again, I would…” comments. I purposely bit my lip all week on the topic. But continually shared stories from other race reports as I learned of new exciting or depressing stories from Leadville. Suddenly realizing that we are post-Leadville and I am supposed to be giving it a break for a while. Ssssh. All that while trying to get back into a normal groove with kids, family, school, work, etc.

So with all that in mind, there is no other conclusion I can come to. Nothing has to be decided now but why drag it out? Things must be settled. When Ken says, “I commit, I will not quit”, I think that also applies towards chasing your dreams. Therefore, putting random acts of timing aside for now, I will return to the scene of the crime next year and avenge my own failure at the 30th running of the Leadville Trail 100.


  • George Zack

    Okay, but it is almost Foo time.

    • I have 4 concerts that week.  I will be deaf.  Yeah!

  • Alex Gillespie

    Brandon, great post. I am not sure exactly where your mind is on this, but have to say I agree with foot feathers from his last post. There is no doubt that with all your training and the fact you feel fine within a couple of days that your training worked in the sense that you can run a 100 comfortably. I think his point of going out hard is the critical one. Your honesty about suggesting going for approx 20 hours if all went well is admirable but was it really realistic? A slower start and steady finish would have most probably got you a 23 hour finish which is a huge improvement. Your mate brookes only did 21.30 and has lots of good results behind him.

    I also think the debate on speed work and lots of miles is interesting. You seemed to be in the Anton/Geoff roes camp of speed work is not relevant and miles on the feet is, where as the Sir Nick Clark’s swear by speed work being mixed in to make up your miles. To finish in the time your heart said you could was your training the right type? I.e. Could you run at the required speed sustainably with your longer slower milage regime?

    I am not lecturing you but would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

    Glad to see you will be on the start line next year!

    • I was confident.  Over confident.  It got really hard to figure out the difference between 25, 24, 23, 22, and so on.  So I went out hard and failed via nutrition.  The nutrition got me last year too but it wasn’t as obvious.  I sort of knew in my mind it was an issue but never confronted it because I thought I could tough it out.  That failed.  Will fix it.

      Speed?  I just chose not to this year.  I will bring it back next year.  I felt slow all year even though I probably wasn’t.  In the grand scheme, who knows but it can’t hurt.

  • Another good read.  I think the main thing is just to keep the main thing the main thing.  Wanna do speed work?  Great!  Wanna take time off?  Great!  Wanna shoot for 5 hours through the first marathon?  Great!  Wanna lead the pack through the first mile?  Great!  Live your life, the journey is the biggest piece of the puzzle.

    • If I lead the first mile next year, I think my crew will beat me.

  • Glenn

    I was worried there would be nothing worth reading on the internets anymore, and I would have to substitute with letsrun. Those guys are too snarky, so I’m relieved.

  • Tngearhart

    Awesome. I needed to hear that. I was wondering what I was going to do with my free time without being able to check for running updates on your blog.