On May 30th, Clark Gilbert started on a running journey that would change his life. Leaving Vernal, Utah at 6:00 am, Clark ran 167 miles, along highway 45, to Steamboat Springs, Colorado – all in 7 days. His journey was a part of the MS Run the US Relay which began on April 12 in Los Angeles, California and will finish on September 6 in New York City, New York. The Relay’s purpose is to raise awareness and money to better understand multiple sclerosis and to find a cure. The Relay includes 16 runners who ran a marathon each day of their segment.
Clark is at it again. On August 31 he will leave Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania and run to Fort Lee, New Jersey. Stopping at the shore of the Hudson River, overlooking New York City, on September 4. His total mileage, after 5 days of running, will be close to 150 miles. This will be the last long segment of the Relay before the grand finale, where Ashley Kumlien (MS Run the US Relay organizer) runs while pushing her MS stricken mother, and joined by other relay runners, up and over the Hudson River into downtown New York City.
Clark is doing this to support conquering a disease that affects many people in San Juan County, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am running to serve others” said Clark. “There are too many who can’t walk through their homes without some type of aid. These are who I think about when I feel like I can’t run another step.”
Visit www.runhappyrunhard.com for up-to-date information on Clark’s second run as well as his writings from his first adventure.
To donate to help develop an understanding and find a cure for MS, please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/msruntheus/clarkgilbert.
What a week this has been and it’s only Thursday.
Sadness still lingers in my heart over the Boston Marathon Bombing. When I first learned of the bombing I was shocked to tears. This running was the 20th anniversary of my Boston Marathon Experience. Twenty years ago that Boston Marathon had bombs on their minds as the World Trade Center had been bombed a few months earlier on February 26. The last few blocks of the Marathon course had been boarded up to keep spectators away from the finish line.
My thoughts and good wishes go out to the victims and their families.
This past Sunday Susan and I ran 35 miles in preparation for the Mt. Si 50 miler which is on April 28. Leaving at 5:40 am the air was chilly, but the sky looked promising for sunshine. We ended up running 35 miles in 7:01 with a max elevation of 6,724 feet. I forgot how hilly this island is.
Monday night was Monday Night Trail Running out at American Camp. Susan, Brendan and I ran our 10 mile loop at a pretty good clip – the fastest for me this year. It was a great run in spite of my tripping and falling. I have a couple of scrapes on my knee, elbow and hand. Makes for good stories.
Tuesday was a double day workout. Lunch time I ran 6 mile in 56:56, which I am really proud of. After work I ran the Egg Lake Loop which is 12 miles. My time was 2:04. Both runs had sunshine! Felt so good having the warmth of the sun on my face and back.
The last three days I have run 63 miles, an average of 21 miles per day. This is close to what I will need to run when I am running my MSRuntheUS Relay segment, where I will need to average 23 miles a day for 7 days.
My training is paying off for me. The best thing is that I feel so good. Great even. Amazing what this 59 year old body can do.
What a great day of running I had yesterday (Thursday, April 11); which was a twice-a-day workout. Morning was cold, I mean I don’t think my gloved fingers ever did warm up. 7 easy miles which took me up and around the airport, out through Fox Hall then a short out and back towards Shipyard cove. Lunch time the sun had come out and I was itching to bag another 6 miles. Warmer temperatures made this run fun and quick. 6 miles for a total of 13 miles total. I am very happy about that.
Friday is planned as an easy day, probably another 6. The sun will probably won’t be my companion. (I am crossing my fingers that the sun beats back the clouds).
Saturday or Sunday will be my extra long run. 32 miles is the plan. I will bring my running pack with water and goodies to eat. Lately I have been experimenting with Saquito energy mix. This long run will be the first time I will have Saquito to munch on. I’ll let you know how they work for me.
If I run on Saturday, then Sunday will be my rest day. Or reversed.
I am doing all this training to prepare myself for the MS Run the US Relay segment, which I start on May 24. I sill have miles to go.
Good running to you!
In a few days we will be celebrating the birth of another year. Oh Joy! I like New Years, I really do. I set all these cool goals and aspirations that I want to focus on and then, after a few weeks, give up on them. I return to my normal way of life. For example one goal has been to get up at 5:00 am every morning and running for two hours. Sounds good to me, until 5:00 am and then nothing sounds good except staying in bed. Normal people do that; stay in bed that is.
I always start the year with goals of races/events I want to participate in. How many pounds I want to lose (same pounds each and every year). I write down how I want to be a better person by not walking slowly across the street when I know a car and driver are in a hurry. I vow not to place any regular apples in the Organic produce section. Oh yeah. I can be evil.
Just last week I was in West Seattle to spend an early Christmas weekend with my son and his family. I was about to share some great thought of mine, when I received that “don’t say it” look from my daughter-in-law. The mother of my three grandchildren. Apparently, last summer, I told my 4 year old grandson a story about how I was trapped in an elevator. (I thought the story very funny). Apparently he, until last Sunday, wouldn’t step foot in any elevator, even if his most wonderful mother was trying to handle three kids and numerous sacks of groceries. Last Sunday we took him with us up and down an elevator to ease his mind. Thank God we didn’t get stuck. That would have been bad. Really bad.
I promise to watch what I say around my grandchildren. Like that is going to happen.
Back to the New Year.
I have some things that are on my list, like running some type of adventure event once a month. Yes, getting up at 5:00 am to run does count. I want to run Nookachamps in January, Orcas Island 25K in February. March is up in the air. April will be the Yakima River Skyline 50K – like last year’s spanking wasn’t enough. May will be the Sun Mountain 50 miler -my goal is to finish in daylight. Also in May I will be participating in the MS Run Across the US – more on that later. I also want to run around Mt. St. Helen and Mt. Rainer. Of course, there will be many Doughnut Runs.
What are you planning on running?
Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.
Have a great New Year!
ps – meet at 11:30 on New Years Eve at San Juan Fitness for a Run In The New Year Fun. No fee.
Triple Ripple is just fun to say. Makes the mouth feel good. Try saying Triple Ripple, Triple Ripple, Triple Ripple really fast and a smile will surely form on your mouth. Go ahead, try it.
The Triple Ripple isn’t a mouth exercise. It’s short for Orcas Island Triple Ripple Trail Running Festival, a two day running experience starting on October 13th and ending on the 14th. Kind of like Woodstock, but much, much, much smaller, less music and more running. Childhood friends Susanna Beck and Jen Volmer, both living on Orcas Island, came up with the idea as a great way to promote fun and different running events on Orcas Island. Beck isn’t a stranger to trail running having heaped some whoop ass on many a trail during her elite running career. Volmer is a grace full runner herself, she just doesn’t know it. Together they blended their creativity and talents to come up with a two day running festival that looks and sounds more like a running camp. All centered on Orcas Island.