Monthly Archives: March 2015

Social Media Improved My Running, Racing, and Marathons

How Social Media Has Improved My Running.

There is no doubt about it Social Media (SM) is changing our lives and the world around us.  You can’t read the headlines or watch the news without seeing an example about how our world is getting smaller and smaller by the use and expansion of SM.  But is SM making the world better?


I can’t speak for the world stage, that point will be debated for years, or maybe even centuries to come.  I can tell you that SM has had a positive impact on my life and my running.  Some might read that statement and ask, how could SM affect your running, training and racing?  My response would be, that SM has improved my running with: peer pressure, inspiration, connection and exposure.

Peer Pressure:  How could it be that people I don’t even know pressure me into running more or improve the quality of my training?  I would agree if my followers, friends and connections on SM where strictly just numbers.  These empty data points would not provide much motivation.  But my connections, friends, and followers are real people and I value their connection with me.  I’ve gotten to know them and they have invested in me.  So when I post I’m running a race…peer pressure to live up to my announcement fuels me to be a better runner.  I feel accountable to the people who follow my running adventures.

Inspiration:  I currently follow roughly 5k people on my SM platforms.  Within that community there are elite runners, good runners, average runners and back of the pack finishers.  No matter where they finish on race day they are all important connections to me.  I enjoy in their success, and understand their failures.  Within this following are people challenged by weight issues, abuse issues, failed relationships, financial hardships and serious mental or medical conditions.  Many in this group have shared their stories with me.  I take their experiences on the road and trails with me.  Each of these lives inspires me to run for those who can’t.  When a race or a run gets hard, I’ve got to put my head down and keep moving forward because I know some out there would love to run, if only they could.

Connection:  Social media has allowed me to develop real friendships.  I’ve become good friends with people I would have had no other interaction with.  I’ve joined causes I would have had no knowledge of or exposure too.  I’ve become part of lives that I may not have had an impact on.  Likewise SM and the connections I’ve made have shaped and altered the course of my life, helped me reach goals, and become the runner I am today.

Exposure:  Of the millions of blogs and web sites on the internet, is just one little site.  Although this little site has changed the way I look at running, training and racing.  Where before, I simply ran to stay fit, today my runs are one continuous running adventure.  A running adventure, that has exposed me to over 700,000 people.  As a result, I have been recognized at local and national races.  In the closing miles of Crawling Carb half marathon or along the trails of the JFK 50 some have called out my name to tell me they have read my blog.  Likewise I’ve had a number of companies and race director reach out to me because of my blog.  I have to be honest and it might be a little bit of an ego boost but my running has improved because I know people are reading and watching me.

run4life2014(My 24 Hour Team is made up of many SM contacts who turned into friends)

The world is smaller today than ever before.  With a click of the mouse or a push of a button on your smart-phone thousands of people can read about your latest training run or your new personal record at the marathon distance.  I believe because of the peer pressure, inspiration, connections, and exposure that SM brings it can improve your running like a new training plan or a better fitting pair of shoes.

What do you think, has SM improved your running?  Tell us about it. Tweet your thoughts on Twitter or up-date your status on Facebook.

Graveyard 100 Facts Thoughts and My Plan

Graveyard 100 Facts/Thoughts and My Plan
(race provided information)


Did I Mention I’m Running This Thing, SOLO?  Runners who complete the course solo will receive a 2-tone shiny silver/gold buckle. The 2-tone buckle is a visual recognition you completed the course unaided.


2 Bridge Crossing, I have to make the 1st one by 5 pm Saturday:  2 bridge crossings between AS2 and AS3. Both are 2-lane bridges neither of which have a pedestrian right-of-way and neither will have a coned off area to run in. The first bridge is 2.5-mile long Bonner Bridge, the second is a temporary bridge and is approx 100-feet

Drop Bags:  I’ll have 5 drop bags, one at each aide station and one at the finish. In each aide station drop bag will be an extra layer of clothing to swap for wet gear or to add on to fight off the cold. i.e. Jacket, long sleeve tech t-shirt, fleece, pants, socks, hat/ear coverings and gloves.  At the finish I’ll have shower items, sweat suit, underclothes, socks and shoes to change into.

Race Vest:  I’ll carry one extra out layer in my race vest along with some small food items, rain gear and meds.

Race Route:  100-Mile Route The race will start promptly at 5AM eastern time Sat. March 7th. The race starts in Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla, NC and follows HWY 12 until it ends at The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Approx 101.5 miles

Cutoff Times:
MUST DEPART AS 1 by 10am Saturday
MUST DEPART AS 2 by 3:30pm Saturday
MUST BE ON Bonner Bridge by 5:00pm Saturday
MUST BE OFF Bonner Bridge by 6:00pm Saturday
MUST DEPART AS 3 by 11:30pm Saturday
MUST DEPART AS 4 by 8am Sunday — Daylight Savings Time Accounted for
MUST FINNISH by Noon Sunday March 8 — Daylight Savings Time Accounted for

Someone I Do NOT Want To Meet: Tom Miller will be sweeping the entire 100-mile course solo.

graveyard100k(Last Year 100k with George)

Pacing: I plan to run the same plan that worked for last years 100k, 10 min run at 10:00 mile pace with 2 minutes of fast walking.  I’ll keep that up as long as I can then add to the walk breaks.  During JFK 50 I found I could actually run fast near then end of the race.  I used a similar plan at Umstead 100 that brought me home in 22 hours 51 minutes and 05 seconds.

Goals: Finishing is a WIN, but I hope to average running at 12:00 minutes per mile all day/night…with a finish in 20 hours.  Anything sub 22 would be great and a PR/PB.  Taking into account the aide station times I’ll need to put on a push near the end to stay on target.

Strategy & Notes: This race was designed to “create the most difficult race possible out of seemingly easy terrain”. The rating of 1 (surface) & 1 (terrain) is a little misleading. It’s not the hardest 100 you will ever run and is actually a fast course for front-runners. It’s also not an easy course and should be respected.


WEATHER:  Weather in the Outer banks in March, everything from 70-degree days, to snow to nor’easters has happened, and can & will happen. 30 mph sustained wind would not be at all uncommon. This event will not be cancelled for foul weather. The only reason it could be cancelled, re-routed or delayed is in the event of a road or bridge closure. You can expect conditions to change instantly. Wind at your back on Friday is not guaranteed to stay that way, please prepare accordingly.

DNF’s:  90% of the 100-Mile DNF’s here are a result of the cold.  The DNF rate for first-time 100-milers hovers around 75%. Hatteras Island will be very barren and lonely.

gyConsider visiting the Graveyard, next year?