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I learned a new word from the Western States 100 winner

One of my favorite pleasures while running is listening to

There's a new interview posted with Timothy Olson, the guy who started jogging in 2009 and recently crushed the Western States 100 mile with a win and new course record of 14:46:44.

Let that sink in for a moment - 14 hours, 46 minutes, 44 seconds.

In the most recent podcast, Olson is asked about what he hates most during a race.

He responded "when I shart."

I've been an endurance sport runner for 30 years and never knew there was an official nomenclature for the act that combines two bodily functions into one.

For those of you who have endured a sharting event on the trail, you know it can be devastating. For those of you who haven't...beware of that day.

Thanks to Timothy (FYI a new father) for putting a name and face on what might be the #1 trail malady in the nation.

Paul Ryan ran a sub 3 (actually 4:01) marathon

I spotted an interesting article in the LA Times that intersected politics and endurance sport; it seems republican VP candidate Paul Ryan claimed a marathon time that was just a...little bit off:,0,2323155.story

Early accounts indicate Ryan is fit and ripped - the guy adheres to a P90X routine. According to the LA Times report, Ryan stated he ran a 26.2 in "under three (hours), high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something."

Inquiring minds want to know, since that pace is blister-fast for most mortals.  It turns out that Ryan has one marathon finish, from 1990 at the famous Grandma's Marathon in Minnesota. His time?  Four hours, one minute.

Maybe this factoid would slip past most potential voters, but to those of us who run, that's a ton of disparity.  Back in the early '90's I could bang out 3:30's all day long, but sub 3? That pace is reserved for the elites. …

100 mile ultra? Best running program is no running at all

I'm chipping away at my fall teaching responsibilities and trying to say in the groove with running and cycling events.  There's "The Snake" metric century next Saturday, then 30k and 50k runs prior to a weekend cycling tour in Georgia.

Here's my point:  I believe it's more valid to have gas in the tank than (attempt to) achieve improved performance.  Adding long(er) runs will only add a deeper dull in my stumps (i.e. legs) and any sort of speed work will most certainly lead to injury.
I'm convinced the only shot remaining for a 100 mile finished is something completely different.  My yoga instructor tells me my "practice" is coming along well; when I complete one hour of forced stretching I feel invigorated. Swimming also unloads the legs and gives me a fresh, relaxed feeling.
My recommendations for training plan that can take masters + runners to a 100 mile ultra finish is:
1) Focused diet, sub 2000 calories/day with all the right nutrients

2) Eas…