Long time no blog

I have been a long time since I have posted any updates about running or anything else for that matter. In a very brief update here is what has been taking place.

2015 was a bad year. I had two major injuries. Calf and hamstring. Both of thee were pretty devastating and I was pretty depressed about it all year. On top of that I took short-term disability for a vertigo issue that started in Sept of 2015 and went through Feb or 2016. I used to think my back issues were the worst thing to happen to me. Vertigo trumped that for sure. I hope I never get vertigo again.

Early 2016 things turned around and I started running again. Over the past year I ballooned up to 223 pounds but I am happy to say I am below 200 now. Floating around the 197 mark and the lightest I have been in 10 years. Now let’s talk races!

The 5k race to support fallen veterans of Iowa was a loop around a local lake on crushed limestone. It was a fun race and got my competitive juices flowing.

Terra and I are all smiles after the 5k

Terra and I are all smiles after the 5k.

The Runner’s Flash 50k in Cedar Falls, IA was to me my return to ultra running. The race was a four lap event and my first ultra September 2014. That seems like so long ago. I really dislike laps when running an ultra. Give me a big loop or an out and back any day of the week over loops. This was the first race I ran without anyone else being there. With my wife cheering me on I knew it would be a bit odd. I drove the two hours up to Cedar Rapids, IA and stayed the night in a hotel by my lonesome. The race started at 7 AM the next day and I woke up feeling rested and ready to run. Everything kicked off without a hitch but it was really crowded for the first lap. I felt really good halfway through the course but the third lap it all fell apart. My body was really tight and I hurt all over. This is something related to my back and happens every so often. After the third lap I decided to stop. The farthest I have gone in the last year was 16 miles. After 21 miles I knew my body was not ready. Since I had another 50k in two weeks I decided that 21 miles was good enough for the day. I still received a pint glass for racing so it wasn’t a total waste. I headed into town for the post race event with my tail between my legs. I ate some pizza and had a couple of beers before driving the two hours back home.

Heading home after pizza and a couple beers at the post race event.

Heading home after pizza and a couple beers at the post race event.

Two weeks later on Oct. 23rd I had the G.O.A.T.Z. 50k in Omaha, NE. This time my wife was running the race so I had a partner in crime. She was running the 21 mile events and I was back at it for the 50k. My wife has really bad pronation and it still trying to figure out the right inserts, shoes, and tape job to keep her consistently training. This race was going to be the longest she had have ever run. In fact eight miles longer. The race was another loop course and it was playing with my mind. Three laps for the 50k and two for the 21 milers.

It was a great day to race.

It was a great day to race.

I felt pretty good through the first loop. My wife started 15 minutes after the 50k runners so I was not going to see here until the finish. By the time I was a few miles from finishing my second lap I told myself if my wife stopped at one lap and was waiting of me then I was going to quit again at 20 miles. She was no place to be seen and I knew she had already left on her final lap since she grabbed a few things from our drop box. I took at good 10 minutes before I picked myself up and headed out for the final lap. I was really happy I did since thing got better and I finished with 50k BP for the day with a 6:19 finish.

Two happy running on a fantastic day in the Midwest.

Two happy runners on a fantastic day in the Midwest.

It was a good return to ultra running and things are looking good for 2017. Terra killed the 21 miler and if she can figure out her pronation issues should be able to get a 50k under her belt in 2017.

I’d still like to get in a 50 mile race this year. Not sure I can make that happen or not. I need a 50 miler under my belt to feel 100% back in the swing of things.

Until next time, keep running!

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Update to Race History

It has been too long since I have made any updates. I have just updated my Race History with lots of races. I was pretty far behind but things are current now. I am also going to link all the races to my Strava account this week.

I have run 3, soon to be 4, halfs this year. I tore my calf a couple of months ago so I am really struggling with my training this year. I am trying to get things figured out before the Run Rabbit Run in September. I have not run over 13.3 miles this year. There is a good chance that I won’t be able to be successful in the Run Rabbit Run this year. That is weighing heavily on my mind since my injury. I have also put on 20 pounds since my injury and this doesn’t help when I am trying to get back in the game.

I will have a few more updates now that I am back to blogging. A half out in CO is next on my race calendar. More to come on that race next week.

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Run Rabbit Run Nutrition

I still need to complete my GoPro race video from the Run Rabbit Run 50 mile in Steamboat Sprint, CO. I guess I am being lazy about it. I have the Farmdale 50 mile this weekend so I need to get back on track and post my race video this week. In the mean time I wanted to detail one thing that changed for me at the Run Rabbit Run. One of the hardest things to figure out in running ultras is how to fuel yourself. My stomach doesn’t mind filling it with sticky sweet gels so I have always used them.  A lot of them!

For the first time ever running an ultra I did not go GU crazy this time. Trust me it was not by design. My normal nutrition plan is one GU gel every 2 miles. That is normally 25 GUs over a 50 mile race. I carry about 9 with me at all time.  In addition to GUs I eat everything I can at the aid stations. Normally this is quarters of PB&J sandwiches. This has worked well for me in the past.  At the Run Rabbit Run 50 mile for some reason I just did not want to eat the GUs. I don’t really have a reason why. I don’t mind them at all. 

What I ended up doing was fueling my body on watermelon and oranges.  It was so flipping good too.  Every aid station I hit I almost ate them out of their fruit.  I had good energy the entire race and most importantly I did not have sickly hands from the normal GU packages. I think in total I had less than 5 GUs across the 50 miles and they were almost all in the first 25 miles.

I am going to try to continue this new fruit plan and package my own watermelon and oranges for the Farmdale 50 mile.  The race is a 10 mile loop so I will have a chance to grab another bag or fruit and keep going.  There is an aid station at the 5 mile loop mark and at the start/finish. I will still eat whatever I can find at the aid stations.

One last thought was my water intake. I think I drank too  much water and sports drink. I felt bloated all race and only went pee twice.  The first time it was bright yellow but I don’t think that was from being dehydrated.  Being so high in the mountain it was much cooler so I was not sweating much after the first 10 miles.  But I did drink a lot of liquids. I carried two 20 oz bottles and filled them at each aid station which were 5 to 7 miles apart the entire race.  I am going to try something different at the Farmdale 50 mile this weekend. Instead of two 20 oz bottles in my running vest/pack I am going to go ultra light and only carry a 12 oz bottle in the back of my shorts. Weather is going to be 60/40 degree F so heat will not be a problem.

I will be a lot lighter with no GUs in my pack or 40 oz of water. I am hoping that makes a different later stages in the race.  I am keeping my fingers crossed anyway.  Look for the race video this week from the Run Rabbit Run.

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Run Rabbit Run 50 mile

I have not had a chance to post an update but I did finish the RRR50.

Details to follow soon.

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Frisco Railroad Run 50 mile ultra video

Here is my first race of the year. A 50 mile ultra captured in glorious video from my GoPro. The Frisco 50m was down in Missouri. Terra, Noah, and I went down on Friday and checked into a hotel. They were both running their first half marathon. Noah won the under 20 age group and Terra was 8th in her group. I somehow manage to win my age group as well. There was only sixteen 50 mile runners and 5 in my age division but it is still a win! I may never win another ultra but it was a great feeling despite having such a hard time the last 25 miles.

We had a great time. I manage to PR despite going out way faster than normal. I did great the first 25 miles. The second 25 miles were a nightmare. Legs dead and hurting pretty bad I managed to finish in 10:10:25. I am happy with the result and we all had a great time. Watch the video for the trials and tribulation of a 50 mile ultra.

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Family Fun Bicycle Day

Sometimes it is not all about training for my next ulta. 30 miles on the bicycle with the family is a great off-day event to keep the legs moving and smile on my face. I took the GoPro along with us attached with my new SP Gadgets Remote Pole. The SP Remote Pole has a place to put the GoPro remote right on the 24” extending pole. This way you can start and stop the video with a simple thumb press. You can also change settings between photo and video just as easy. I am still learning every time I take the GoPro out but this video came out pretty decent. I still have a few segments of knocking as the pole clanked against my bike. Enjoy the video.

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More GoPro Run Testing

Last Saturday I took the GoPro on a 20 mile run. The first 6 miles were with my son. I managed to get some decent footage along the way of the greater Des Moines area. I even managed to get in a little trail running. The trails were still too wet for mountain biking but running on them was not bad at all.

I wish I could eliminate more of the motion bouncy when running. A chest and the head mounts are even more jumpy. Filming footage hand-held is about as good as I can get it. Surprisingly the least bouncy footage is when I face the camera at me when I run. I think it stabilizes it more or maybe it is an illusion having me so close and the background far way. I continue to learn that to shoot GoPro video I can’t capture anything that is small and more than 15 feet away. I ran by the Des Moines Rugby club and thought it would make for good video. The players were too far away so I cut that footage out. I continue to learn a little more with each outing. Enjoy the latest clip.

Capitol 20 Mile Run from Ed Husar on Vimeo.

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How to be an ultra runner

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Strava Run Share

I am testing out some of the Strava features. Embedding a run in a blog post works pretty nice but it doesn’t show the Instagram photo feature. If you authorize your Instagram account on Strava any photos you take and post during your run will show up on the route map. Unfortunately they don’t show up on the screen shot of the map below when you embed the workout. But if you click the map you an see them on the Strava site. Being a photo-nut I think I will really enjoy the Instagram feature.

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