Happy Spring everyone! It’s that time of year when many runners are planning and preparing for the upcoming running season. It’s important to have clear goals and a good understanding of how exactly to reach your goals. Our mission at Wholistic Running is helping runners meet and exceed their goals plus helping you better your health, reduce injuries and have more fun!
Here are some tips for you:
Write down specific goals for the upcoming year
Have a plan and do your best to stick to it
Celebrate your progress and accomplishments
Don’t give up when things don’t go perfectly as planned
Find a coach that you connect with and will help you every step of the way
Taking a ‘wholistic’ approach to your running will help you accomplish your goals quicker. We at Wholistic Running do just that by helping runners with:
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Try this on your next run: Instead of pushing off or reaching out in front of you to run faster, try slightly leaning from your ankles (not your hips!). See if this simple change helps you run faster. Then, take your lean away and notice that you slow down. It’s NOT magic, it’s one of the many easy biomechanic tips we give runners to help them run faster and with less impact.
Happy running and we look forward to helping you exceed your goals!
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Lindsey and Damian’s Pre-Race Beet Smoothie
16 oz water
1-2 beets (chopped)
1-2 leaves of kale
1 T chia seeds
1 T flax seed (finely ground)
1 scoop Vega All-In-One Nutritional Shake Powder (Mixed Berry or Vanilla Chia Flavor)
1-2 T goji berries
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
1 T MacroLife Naturals Macrogreens
1 inch slice of fresh ginger
1/4 inch slice fresh turmeric
The Moab Trail Marathon is a spectacular course covering 26 miles and includes canyons, cliffs, ropes, ladders and fierce competition. Like last year, the race is the US National Trail Marathon Championships and I wanted to improve from my previous 13th place.
I went into this year’s North Face 50 miler in Park City, Utah wanting to improve on my performance from last year where I finished 3rd in 7:45:46. I felt fitter, stronger and faster this year. The day turned out to be very interesting to say the least. Continue reading “North Face 50 miler race report”→
The Run the Rann 100 miler in Dholavira, India proved to be the most unique and challenging ultra race I have ever done. The combination of GPS orienteering, desert heat, course terrain (including cliffs, 3″ thorns and salt flats) as well as the runners I befriended made for a one of a kind experience that I will never forget.
The base area for the race was spectacular. I met runners from all around the world and the day before the race we explored ancient ruins which were awesome.
The food prepared by the race was absolutely fantastic. It was some of the best food I’ve eaten in my life and I had to hold back and not eat too much new food before the race. I’d wait till after the race to pig out (and I did).
Race morning started out with temperatures in the 60’s. After less than 10 miles when 100 milers separated from the other race distances, we had to start using our GPS units to navigate the race course. This proved to be very tricky and slowed us down a lot. I ran with several other 100 milers for a while as we learned just how difficult orienteering in this desert terrain was going to be for the next day or two. We got lost a lot, had to backtrack and we all got very frustrated with having to run, walk and crawl through thickets with 2-3″ thorns.
I ran with Dan Lawson up until about mile 30. We had run over 3 hours without water (aid station 5 was non-existent, a terrible mistake that led to several runners not finishing) and I become very dehydrated with temperatures approaching 100 degrees. We made it to aid station #6 and I was 100% convinced I was going to quit. Dan continued on and I waited over an hour before other runners came in. Finally, Linda Doke motivated me to continue going and we ran the rest of the race together.
Running at night on the bright white salt flats was my favorite part of the race. Linda and I chatted underneath a nearly full moon and even turned off our headlamps several times and ran under just the moonlight. We were running so fast (or so it seemed).
Linda and I continued to run into the next day and watched the sunrise over the desert. After crawling through thorns, running through salt flats, scrambling up and down cliffs, we finally finished the 100 miles tied for 2nd place in over 32 hours with no sleep and very little stopping. I was incredibly happy to finish to say the least. The race was my most mentally challenging race to date. I’m grateful to Linda for helping me push on and finish together.
After finishing, I almost immediately headed to the dining area and ate at least a couple thousand calories of amazing India food. I then took a cold shower and chatted with other runners about their races. I finally fell asleep later that night exhausted.
Over two weeks since finishing the Run the Rann 100 miler and I do not feel like I have yet processed the race. It was a very surreal experience and I have many vivid memories of the painful, challenging, exhausting yet wildly exciting race. I highly suggest this race if you are a person who seeks extreme challenges, adventure and does not mind a lot of pain. This is not your ordinary ultra marathon. It involves navigation, painful thorns, desert heat and never ending adventure and excitement.
Two days after completing the Run the Rann 100 miler I headed to the Himalayas where I backpacked, camped and stayed with Nepalese families. I gazed at Everest, ate with Buddhist monks, meditated in remote monasteries and ate a lot of great food. I’m amazed I was able to hike 20+ mile days with a heavy backpack so close to a 100 miler. I will write about that adventure soon, stay tuned.
Damian Stoy is a coach, professional ultra runner, biomechanics specialist and nutritional consultant.
Exciting news! I have been invited to participate as an elite athlete in the Run the Rann 100 mile (161 km) race this February. Run the Rann is a truly spectacular race in India’s largest salt desert and includes 4 different distances: Half-Marathon, Marathon, 101 km and 100 mile.
Set against the silver-white landscape of India’s largest salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch, Run the Rann is a race for the strongest. I will be one of 150 lucky athletes over that will embark on India’s hardest trail running desert race. Cracked desert land, vast salt marshes, unforgiving cacti and a few slithery surprises like hidden quick sand, black cobras and giant monitor lizard’s claws that are definitely best to avoid are a few of the things we may encounter. We will circle the arcane ruins of Dholavira, one of the largest, grandest, most advanced metropolises of the 5000-year old Indus Valley Civilization. We will explore the island and its most remote corners, fight the temptation to quit, and meet with every surprise the Khadir Bet island has to offer, from friendly and huge gypsy buffaloes happy to come sniff our sweat to the high peaks we will climb several times to oversee the gigantic northern white desert. Run The Rann is not your average trail running race.
Run the Rann race director, Gael Courtier, is a long distance runner and triathlete for over 20 years. He has worked for Runner’s World in France and now directs races halfway across the world. He has run over 30 marathons all around the world, finished 7 ironman triathlons, finished 5 Marathon des Sables (one the world’s most difficult races), finished 4 Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc’s (165 km non-stop with 9600 meters of elevation gain) as well as many others.
Damian Stoy is the founder of Wholistic Running and has run over 30 ultra marathons winning 8 of them. He coaches runners from all over the world.
My excitement was sky high for The North Face 50 miler in Park City, Utah. And the race did not disappoint with its beautiful scenery, 25,000 ft of elevation change, fun trails and fast racing.
Several of us in the front pack started the initial ascent at a comfortable pace. We were able to chat and run on the trails in the dark for about 2 hours. We reached the top of Guardsman Pass at almost 10,000 feet as the sun was rising which was gorgeous and an adrenaline rush. At this point, there were about 4 or 5 of us starting to push the pace and leap frogging positions. Somewhere after a couple hours I started having some pretty severe stomach cramping and even stopped alongside the trail to go to the bathroom. The cramping really slowed me down especially on the uphills. For about 10 miles I had to walk the uphills even though my muscles wanted to go faster. After consuming some water and several Endurolytes Extreme which contain ginger to sooth stomach issues., the stomach cramps went away and I could really start to pick up the pace.
After mile 30 or so, I was in 3rd place with 4th and 5th close behind. I picked up the pace and finally was able to start cruising the uphills. The trail was rocky with tight switchbacks in some places which made it really fun and challenging running. With a long climb around mile 40, I was hoping to catch the 1st and 2nd place guys and really pushed myself physically to go faster. At the 45 mile aid station I heard they were over 7 minutes ahead which was a lot but I decided to try to catch them. The last 5 miles was a fast downhill that I went all out on. It’s amazing how fast the body can go when you relax, trust and go for it. I didn’t end up catching them but finished just 40 seconds behind 2nd place. Overall, I was happy with my race and finished in 7:45:46 for 3rd place.
I highly recommend this race for all runners. It’s gorgeous, fun and the volunteers and coordination were perfect. A big thanks to everyone who made this race possible for all of us runners. I planned on this being the last race of the season but just decided to race the US Trail Marathon Championships in Moab, UT this November. Running these spectacular courses is just too much fun.
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