Bret Jardine

Iron Horse 50 mile Ultra

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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran all 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin)

5 x Boston Marathon

Triathlete - sprint to half-ironman distance

Climbed Alpe d'Huez on my bike 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to improve times on all distances from 5k to marathon

Personal:

Married with three daughters - each of them are recreational runners.

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Miles:This week: 19.50 Month: 71.70 Year: 1902.76
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PM - had to travel to Flagstaff AZ for business.  Arrived late afternoon.  Tried to go outside for a run but they evidently had a good bit of snow last week that is still not melted off.  Lots of ice and slush etc.  So I tried a treadmill run.  Did not realize the elevation is 7000 ft.  So the run was not so good or long.

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PM - so I awoke this morning in Flagstaff at 4:20 am (still on Eastern time) and could not fall back to sleep.  The thought occured to me that I could drive the Grand Canyon (a place I have never been to see) and see the sunrise (maybe get in short run) and get back to my meeting in town by 9:30.  So I did it.  I arrived just before dawn - and walked out to the South rim.  It was really cold out and everything around was snow covered and icy - so I changed my mind about the run.  Very cool sunrise experience though.

Had a successful day in Federal court in Flagstaff - and had enough time for a run before dinner with my colleague.  Tried running from my hotel to Buffalo Park - with a hope that the snow / ice would be somehow cleared on the trails at the park.  No such luck.  Evidently the snowfall they had last week was 4 feet - and although it was in the 40's and 50's the last few days, it still has a ways to go before melting off.  I started down a trail hoping it would be packed snow, but it was mid-calf depth or worse and it looked a bit silly as I ran with my shorts in the snow.  So I bagged the effort and headed back to the hotel.  Saw a good bit of the town. Kinda liked its vibe.

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AM - just 3 early morning treadmill miles at the hotel in Flagstaff before my drive down to Phoenix.   Beautiful country out here.  Highly recommend taking the scenic drive over a commuter flight anytime.  

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AM - took Finn up to the Forsyth portion of the Big Creek Greenway - chilly start at 29 degrees.  However it felt warmer than the last couple of days at altitude in similar temps.  Finn was completely up for it - though much of this "trail" is boardwalk - and I think he'd have preferred a more natural surface.  

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Took the day off.

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Just 3 miles on the treadmill today.  Busy work schedule, plus I am planning to do a lengthy race on Saturday.

 

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PM - at lunchtime did 3 miles on the treadmill - but something weird happened with my left calf muscle.  It is almost like a muscle spasm or a cramp that I cannot seem to release.   Following the workout I was nearly unable to walk without pain and a limp.  I have had similar issues in the past - called it a "calf heart-attack" - which usually works its way out if I do a walk run thing.  Hoping the spasm releases with massage/foam roller and the stick.

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Took the day off.  Left calf muscle has improved substantially but not 100% - Quite sore and it is stiff after being sedentary for a bit.  Seems to loosen up after some walking.  Will test it some tomorrow.

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AM - did a little "test" run on the treadmill this morning to see if there are any issues/concerns with the left calf.  Seems ok.  Sort of feels sore and like it could convert to a cramp if I tried to run with signficnant intensity - but for an easy effort it just feels like any normal passing tightness/soreness that happens from time to time.

I am planning to run my first 50 miler on Saturday in Florida.  The test run was for for "go/no go" on the race - and I think I am a go.

 

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Race: Iron Horse 50 mile Ultra (50 Miles) 09:13:57, Place overall: 3
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So to signify mile age of 50 years - I completed the Iron Horse 50 mile ultra in Florahome    Florida.   

Having never done any race over the marathon distance - I did not know how I would hold up. Plus I tweaked my calf muscle earlier in the week - so that was a big question mark too. 

My friend Brian whom I have paced in a few ultras made the trip up from Tampa to just outside Gainesville. He crewed for me in the first half and then paced /ran with me in most of the second half.  

The course was 2 loops of 25 miles mostly in a forest of pine trees and palmetto bushes.  There were sections of asphalt of a rails to trails bike path too.  

Temps were chilly at the start in the low 40's but unfortunately warmed to close to 80 degrees. First 25 was just under 4 hours and the second half in the heat was over 5 hours.  

I took 3rd place overall.  Not sure how that happened.  They did have a 100k and a 100 mile event which may explain it - as I know there were more than 2 people in front of me.  I have to tip my hat to those who go those longer distances   However I cannot even fathom the discomfort I would endure at least on this day if I had to go any longer.

This was very hard for me.  I did not train much for it and the temps were draining.  Following the race I felt terrible.  

Glad I completed the race that I set out to do.  I have no interest or plans to ever do it again. 

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No running today. Really sore.  Expect several days of recovery. 

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Still recovering but the soreness is diminishing remarkably fast.

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AM -  1 mile walk/run on the treadmill with some foam rolling and light stretching.  

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PM - no running because I think the right calf needs a period of recovery - so I did 5 miles of stationary bike and 2000 meters of indoor rowing.   Probably cross train for a while or until I get bored with it.  

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PM - cross training - basically the same as yesterday.

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PM - cross training - 1000 - 1200 meters of swimming - 

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Day of rest. 

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PM - 4 mile walk with Tracy Finn and Riley on the Milton Trail.  Did a beginning yoga session following.   Think I need some more days of non- running to allow the calf to heal fully.  

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AM - cross training equivalent.  Indoor trainer cycling and indoor rowing followed by some sit ups and stretching.  

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AM - little bit of this and that.  Some indoor cycling - followed by a run on the treadmill and then some indoor rowing and then stretching/foam rolling.  Calf really did not cause me any issue when running - though the volume low and pace was light - it is not a point even at rest where I can say that the issue is 100% resolved but it is nearly there.  I will continue light efforts and monitor it; but it feels like I am probably good now. Fingers crossed.

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AM - did some outdoor running - light and easy with Finn and then some indoor rowing.  

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PM - 3.5 miles at lunchtime.  Very nice day out.  Second day of a proper run - noticed that my legs have some deep remaining fatigue / soreness / achiness perhaps still recovering from the long race; or alternatively having taken over a week off, they are feeling "off" because of the inactivity.  I think it is the former.  May give myself another day or two of rest.

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PM - was not planning to run - wanted to give my legs some more rest, but Riley asked me to run a few miles with her and we brought Finn.  Really nice day to work from home.  Some indoor rowing after.

 

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PM - 5.25 miles with Finn and Riley on the Milton Trail.  Really very nice day - little cooler today.    Glad I took the day off yesterday.  Everything felt good and rested and I did not have anymore lingering fatigue.  Will gradually increase the volume as tolerated.  

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PM - 5.5 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime.  

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AM - 4 miles easy on the treadmill.  Legs surprisingly sore this morning - but got better as the morning progressed.  Interesting running website with training logs posted from Bill Rodgers and Steve Scott among others from way back in the day. http://bobhodge.us/

 

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