Quick Morning Run

This morning I had my best run since the accident in Birmingham.  It was still just a five-miler.  But, my pace was surprisingly brisk–especially in the last mile.  And, it felt great.  If I had been able to spend a bit more time, I felt as if I could really keep running at that pace another two or three miles. …

Wary of the Traffic

This past Wednesday morning while running in Birmingham, I was very nearly hit by a a speeding car. It swerved around a corner and zoomed toward me in the pedestrian crossing. I was somehow able to lunge to the side of the road before stumbling over the curb and going down hard.  I’ve got a few nasty scrapes. And, I’m …

Uttermost Progress: Week 6

I am now at or over the halfway mark for all three disciplines: run, bike, and swim. But, with the academic year getting underway this next week, the miles are going to be a lot harder to come by–simply because the time is going to be a lot harder to come by.  Thankfully, I am just a bit ahead of …

Uttermost Challenge: Week 4

The first month of the Uttermost Challenge 2013 is now in the books.  This week, we made good progress, particularly in the biking and swimming portions of the challenge.Monday: 3 miles running, 59 miles bikingTuesday: 5 miles running, 59 miles biking, 2000 yards swimmingWednesday: 6 miles running, 59 miles biking, 4500 yards swimmingThursday: 3 miles running, 66 miles biking, 4000 …

Uttermost Challenge: Week 2

Total running miles: 35Total biking miles: 142 Day 14: Sabbath RestDay 13: 9 mile run and 20 miles on the bikeDay 12: 5 mile run and 36 miles on the bike Day 11: 7 mile run and 22 miles on the bikeDay 10: 6 mile run and 24 miles on the bikeDay 9: 5 mile run and 20 miles on the …

2013 Uttermost

This July, August, and September, I will embark on the toughest physical challenge I have ever attempted: running 500 miles, biking 1500 miles, and swimming 13 miles.  The purpose is to raise the much needed financial support for the Chalmers Fund to provide scholarships to needy, worthy students.  This year, our goal is to raise $30,000.   Won’t you help? …

Why Even Attempt the Uttermost?

Why would any sane person attempt to run 500 miles, bike 1500 miles, and swim 13 miles this summer?  Perhaps, the simplest eleventary answer is:1. A mile more or a mile less just wouldn’t add up (at least not this year).2. A great cause warrants a great challenge.3. It’s more than a marathon, more than an ultra, more than a …

Country Music Marathon

The torrential rains did little to dampen the spirits of the 30,000+ runners on Saturday, April 27 who took to the streets of Nashville to run in the St. Jude Country Music Marathon.  Along with the others, I had a wonderful time on the soggy, splashy, squishy course. Although I think we all would have wished for drier conditions, the …

Marathon: Just Around the Corner

We’re less than three weeks away–and I’m not nearly ready.  But, I will be before the gun goes off–at least, I better be.  Hoo boy.  Work to do.  Hills this weekend.

Getting in Some Base Miles

This week, I’m ramping up consistency in preparation for the Country Music Marathon at the end of April.  So far, so good:Monday: 3 miles just before the rain.Tuesday: 3 miles in the early afternoon and 2 more after dinner–with a bit of interval training along the way.Wednesday: 4 miles in the brisk, sunny morning.If I can get in a couple …