Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!

Monday, September 26, 2016

One Week at a Time

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Another weekend gone, another week of training in the books, and we are 10 weeks out from my first ultra race!!

I have to get a vlog up for all of you.  My birthday passed a few weeks back and Mrs. Schlub being the awesome wife that she is, actually turned my birthday into a 2 week long extravaganza.  Hey I’m not going to argue with 2 weeks of celebration dedicated to me lol.  In doing so, I made out like a bandit with some awesome running toys.  I’ll have to share those with all of you, and rather than take pictures and write out all the deets, why not vlog right??

As for training, boy oh boy last week was rough.  It was a cut back week but I think last week was tougher than the previous week that included a 20 mile run.  I think my legs were angry with the cumulative fatigue and the increased miles over the last couple weeks.  Everything felt like I was working harder to maintain the performance that I was displaying the week before.  I also had to move some runs around towards the end of the week due to family events but also due to a tight IT Band.  For those that haven’t been around the Schlub world for too long, I battled ITB issues a couple years back and still have some lingering effects from time to time.

The good thing is that I don’t take any chances with my ITB anymore and try to pull back or move runs around to let my legs rest.  At the same time I step up my massaging and stretching to make sure I’m giving the old ITB some much needed TLC.  Without being diagnosed from someone who knows more than me, I think I get tightness in my right hip which pulls on my left ITB.  Naturally all my stretching is for both my hips and my ITB.  Woke up this morning with my legs feeling great and no real tightness so I think we are on the right track.

Miles ramp back up this week so I’m really pleading with my legs to recover and be ready for a solid week of running.  We will see how things go!!

How long does your birthday celebration typically last??  I bet it’s not 2 weeks like mine lol

Do you pull back and rest when you’re feeling tightness or do you push through your runs??

Monday, September 19, 2016

Im Still Here

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I have been telling myself for weeks now that I owe you guys a post.  This Family/Work/Running balance right now is taking a lot of planning so with all that, blogging is hit and miss lol.

Regardless, training is on point right now.  Last two weeks have been 40 mile weeks and my legs feel great.  Not to mention this past weekend was my first back to back weekend for this training cycle, so I dominated a 21 mile long run on Saturday morning (including the final mile in the 7 min/mile range) and then last night knocked out a smooth 5 mile recovery run.  Legs were definitely tired from the 21 miles but I still felt super comfortable during those 5 miles.  Legs are definitely getting acclimated to the increased mileage.  This week is a bit of a recover/cut back week so I’m looking forward to the reduced activity. Maybe I’ll be able to throw up two posts this week lol.

Biggest take away from my training to this points….FUELING!!

As you may remember, the leader of my running group has been gracious enough to train me for my first 50K.  Again I can’t stress enough how much of a blessing this has been.  So he and I have had daily discussion about different things.  At this point the overwhelmingly majority of our discussion has been around fueling.  Two weeks ago I had a 15 mile long run and by the 10 mile mark I was gassed and sucking wind on sections of trail that I usually handle no problem.  I had a PB&J sandwich for breakfast and that was it, epic fail.  At the 11 mile mark I hammered 2 Cliff Gels and eureka I was feeling better about 15 minutes later.  Total lack of calories that day.

Jump to this weekend, I took the time to plan out my fueling so that I could avoid the crash that I felt the week before.  That morning for breakfast I had an apple, banana, and granola bar about 30 minutes before my run.  I had made 2 whole PB&J sandwiches and cut them into tiny bite size portions so I could place in my pack and eat along the run.  Mrs. Schlub and I also worked on homemade energy bites (oats, peanut butter, honey) to try during this run as well.  Every 30 minutes I was popping a few of those in and washing them down with water.  At the 18 mile mark I threw down a couple Cliff Gels just to help me finish things off strong.  See what I mean….FUELING!!

Needless to say, things went better than expected this weekend.  I felt strong the entire run and honestly felt like I had more gas in the tank and could have easily ran more miles.  Unfortunately I had kids events early that morning so I had to head out after my 21 miles and couldn’t add miles.

Second take away from my training to this point….Get Em in When you Can!!

Miles are racking up at all different hours of the day lol.  My running group calls them Vampire Miles because we are basically running all our miles in the dark with headlamps.  For example, I started my long run this past Saturday at 2:30 am and finished by 6:30 am so that I could make it to kids sporting events.  Then last night I had to finish my 5 miles around 10pm because we were busy all day with church events then getting kids ready for school on Monday.

Can’t complain, things are going good right now and if I want to be ready for 50k, I need to get the miles in however I can.

I hope everyone is doing well and I really plan to post a bit more, maybe I’ll start recording my blog posts during my runs since that is where a majority of my time is spent and I need things to take my mind off the suffering anyways lol.

Have a great Monday

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Time to Get to Work

Happy Thursday Everyone!!

Well SH%$ just got real!!

I know I’ve thrown this tag line out there before but we are on a whole new level here people.  For the first time in my running life, I’ve accepted a training plan from someone else and plan to use that as I train for my 50K.  As I started to prepare for this race, I started to look at my training plan and hoped to bounce some ideas and questions off the leader of my running group.  Out of sheer generosity, he ended up building me a full training plan and even took the time to incorporate our week long trip to Mexico in October.  I can’t explain how completely appreciative I am that this man took time out of his busy day to not only build the training plan but revise it a few times to incorporate different aspects that I think will help me be better prepared come December.  On top of that we have had ongoing discussions about different training runs, and plan to continue updating the training plan based on how things are progressing.  Is this guy cool or what?!?!?!

The great thing is that he has a ton of ultras under his belt all the way up to the 100 mile distance.  He just got back from the big boy, UTMB, where he was crewing for a buddy of his.  Now that is epic status!!  None the less, being the person I am and knowing how this stuff is time consuming I’ve offered to pay him back in some way but all he will accept is a beer at some point.  Well I can definitely make that happen.

So here I am, looking at this training plan, attempting to get myself mentally prepared for this journey.  All I could come up with was “What the HE$% did I get myself into” LOL. 

Here are some highlights of the crazy SH%$ we have going on during this training….

Peak Week – The peak week during training has 55 miles of running and almost 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

Long Runs – I’m not afraid of long runs, but I have 3 runs OVER 20 miles, one of which being 24 miles….Um that almost a marathon during a training run people lol.

Back to Back – I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever run real back to back training runs.  Come November I have a 24 mile run on Saturday followed by a 13 mile run on Sunday.  Yup you read that right, almost a marathon on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday.

All joking aside, I’m excited as HE$% to get into this training plan.  I haven’t been this excited about training for a race in a long time.  As most of you know and commented as such when I broke the news about this 50k, I feel like trails and ultras is really where my passion is and more so where I can really thrive as a runner.  Who knows, maybe someday I’ll be attending Hardrock or Western States or UTMB and so on and so on……how awesome would that be!!

Ok so enough day dreaming, I have miles to throw down!!

When was the last time you were truly excited about your training plan and upcoming race?  My previous marathon training felt more like a job where my current training has been 100% fun and enjoyable

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Some Exciting News

Happy Thursday Everyone!!

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from the blog world.  Work has been crazy busy, school started a few weeks back, and youth sports is starting back up again.  Definitely a lot going on!!

Not to worry though, my running has been pretty solid lately and I’m still in a fantastic groove when it comes to my trail running.  This week will be 4 consecutive weeks with roughly 30 miles per week and because of this recent groove, I’ve got big news to share with all of you….

I am officially making the jump into the ULTRA world.  Ok full disclosure I haven’t signed up yet…….but I’m planning to run my first 50K either the middle of November or the beginning of December.  I can’t tell you how excited I am and at the same time equally nervous to make this jump.  There are a few things that I need to break down to help me determine which race I’m going to make my Ultra debut.  Primarily location and course layout but as of right now I’m all in on one of these two races.

I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “how do you plan to get ready for your first Ultra??”  Well I’m glad you asked because I have no d$%# idea how I’m going to get ready for this thing lol.  I’ve been bouncing ideas off the organizer of my running group and I think the plan I’ve been using over the last year is going to work out.  I just need to keep building my mileage and pretty much train as I would for the marathon.  We were talking through my ability to get ready for 31 miles over the next 12 weeks or so and he feels that I can definitely be ready by then.  Gotta be honest, I’ve been trying to build up my long runs with the intent to be ready for races in the Fall/Winter which includes a 15 mile trail run this past Sunday.  So glad I did that because it was the perfect base building to get ready for this race.

Huge news and I’m super excited.

If you’ve run an ultra let me know how you got ready for your first one.  If you have not, let me know how you WOULD get ready for your first one

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Manitou Incline Video

I would still like to do a Vlog because it was such an epic trip which was capped off by the Incline...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Do You Have Running MOJO??

Hey everyone, Happy Tuesday!!

I have my Manitou Incline video ready to go so I’m loading that to YouTube and Blog tonight so you will have to come back tomorrow to check that out.

I’m not a “weekly recap” kind of person these days, I primarily like sharing the running adventures that I’m blessed to accomplish as well as the beautiful scenery in the different locations I get to run.  But I’m going to make an exception today because I am pretty proud of the last couple weeks and what’s the use of having a running blog if you can’t brag about your accomplishments right lol….

7/31/16 – 8/6/16 – 30.09 miles and 3,515 feet of elevation gain

8/7/16 – 8/13/16 – 28.90 miles and 4,690 feet of elevation gain

The last time I ran 30 miles in one week was back in February and that included 26.2 miles during my second marathon.  So to be close to that in back to back weeks plus over 8,000 feet of climbing is pretty awesome.  The part that I’m most proud of is that I’m injury free right now and my legs feel great during “most” of my runs.  I say that because I got together with some guys from my run group this morning and man oh man was I suffering through our six miles.  Regardless, I’m in a great mindset right now, I’m loving running and look forward to most of my runs.  I’ve started talking to Mrs. Schlub about some upcoming trail races because as of right now the only thing I have officially planned is a half marathon next February.  That is way too far away and I’d hate to lose this mojo I have right now.  Why not take advantage and knock out some trail races right???

When was the last time you had some good running MOJO??

Just because here are some random sunrise pictures from the past couple weeks….

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Manitou Incline

I kept this under wraps because I wasn't sure if I could make it happen.  Work sent me out to Colorado Springs for a conference.  I immediately scoured the internet and found that the Incline was 20 min from my hotel......ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!

This morning I caught a ride over and arrived about 530 am.  Come to find out an officer was waiting at the trailhead advising that the trail opens at 600 am.  But if I'm running the Youk Trail that is open 24 hours wink wink.  So I made my way up and found myself staring at this iconic location.

Stock photo because all my shots are on the gopro
Let me deviate real quick, I got a HUGE variety of estimated times to the top of the Incline.  The most reasonable as that 45 min to the top was a really foot effort.

So I started climbing about 545 am.  I started out in a slow trot and quickly came to a screeching halt and was power hiking like crazy.  About 3/4 way up i snapped this shot....AMAZING!!

I was dying, I was grinding, but I made it to the top in 38:59...and man oh man I'm pretty damn happy about that.  Didn't have a ton of time because I had to get back to the conference so I started to head down when a crazy thing happened.

It's not recommended to hike back down the Incline.  It's steep, loose footing, and tons of traffic.  The other option is the Barr Trail which is all downhill, a ton of switch backs, and about 3 miles in length.  I saw another trail runner heading down so I thought "don't know where I'm going so I'll follow this guy."  Turns out he is an ultra runner and he was BOMBING down the trail.  Not wanting to get lost I tucked in and did the best I could to keep up.  Afterwards I thanked him, and he told me that people usually don't keep up with him on the downhill.  Hell yeah...HUGE pat on the back lol.  Then he was kind enough to give me a ride to the awesome is this running / trail running community.  So awesome!!

Such an amazing experience.  Never thought in my wildest dream I would be crawling up the Manitou Incline.  Sorry for lack of pictures but I have a ton of video and will be sharing later this week.  So you have to come back lol.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Saturday Trail Run

Some shots from my trail run on Saturday.  Closed with a special treat!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Come Along for Group Run

Some shots from group run last week.  I'm finding that videos are much easier than writing my blog posts lol.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday Group Run

Group run last night.  Legs felt super heavy and it was super hot.  It was 106° out when we finished at 8pm.  But man oh man the views were gorgeous.