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70 Year Old Gene Dykes is Still Crushing the 3 Hour Marathons - and More_Episode 75

What you'll hear on this episode: 

This is Gene Dykes' 2018 running year in review - in his own words:

My running year in review! I've had a few requests to post both an overview of my 2018 running season and a preview of 2019. This post looks back on 2018 and in a few days I'll post what I'm looking forward to in 2019.

Normally, I schedule a year ahead of time by picking the really fun adventures I want to have, and then I'll schedule competitive races into the remaining time. However, I turned 70 in 2018, so being at the top of a new age group, I decided to let competitive races take priority and limit my adventure runs. It turned out well! (I set nine US age group records, and I won 10 USATF national titles) And now, lots of boring statistics, with a little commentary thrown in:

Miles run: 2,597 (no, I wasn't tempted to go back out New Year's Eve to run 3 more miles)
Races run: 43 races in 40 weekends for a total of 725 race miles

Even though I ran more races in a year than ever before, because I ran fewer really long races, my total miles are down a bit from the 2,800 miles of the previous couple of years, and the race miles are well off the 1,300 race miles of previous years. I'll remedy that next year!

Breakdown of races by type and distance:

Road:
5K: 3
8K: 1
5 Mile: 4
10K: 2
15K: 1
10 Mile: 2
Half Marathon: 3
Marathon: 7

Trail:
10K: 3
15K: 1
Half Marathon: 1
50K: 1
50 mile: 2
70 mile: 1
100 mile: 1
6 hours: 1

Indoor Track:
3K: 1

Outdoor Track:
800 meters: 1
1500 meters: 1
2K Steeplechase: 1
5K: 1
10K: 1
12 Hours: 1

Cross Country:
5K: 2

I set 11 new PR's in 2018, so I'm still getting faster at age 70 and after 12 years of racing. Can I possibly improve again in 2019?
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What a powerful year for Gene. I hope you enjoy this conversation as Gene dives into how he keeps doing it, year after year, faster and faster. 

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Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

A special thank you to Kristen Myers for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

Email me at: r.keithcartwright@gmail.com

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An Interview With Still I Run Founder Sasha Wolff_Episode 74

What you'll hear on this episode: 

Sasha Wolff battles a mental illness. She's discovered running is a strong ally in that battle. As she searched the internet to find a group of runners that rallied to promote their own mental health or that of others, she couldn't find one. So she decided to create her own. 

In this conversation, Sasha talks openly about her own mental illness and how that led her to founding Still I Run

Check out the Still I Run Facebook Group

You may also be interested in checking out their closed inspiration group here

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Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

A special thank you to Rachel Wood for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

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Ultra Runner Stacy Saunders Refused To Let Three Strikes Take Her Out_Episode 73

What you'll hear on this episode: 

I had no idea at the time, but back in 2015, at a Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon pre-race dinner, Stacy Saunders and I were in the same barn listening to an inspirational talk. The speaker, Harvey Lewis, challenged everyone to write something down they wanted to accomplish that year. I didn't write anything. But Stacy, I've since learned, wrote down that she wanted to run 100 miles.

Well, here we are, over 3 years later, and I have the pleasure to share a conversation I had with Stacy shortly after she recently achieved that 100 mile goal. It's been a journey filled with ups and downs. Her story is one that brings to life the opportunities that come not just from chasing a dream, but often from failing at it. 

I've hinted - or maybe outright stated - I'm intrigued by the prospects of running 100 miles. This conversation did nothing to discourage that thinking. I hope it will encourage you to dare greatly - and if it's the fear of failure standing in your way - that you'll stomp out that fear once and for all. 

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Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

A special thank you to Missy Blacker for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

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The Oxbow Ultra 2018 Recap_Episode 72

What you'll hear on this episode: 

Earlier this year I attempted my first ultra marathon. I went down to Georgia and tackled the 35-mile Georgia Jewel. For many reasons I came up short. You can listen to a recap of that race here: Georgia Jewel Recap

To find some redemption before rolling into 2019, I sought out another ultra opportunity. I ultimately found that opportunity in St. Paul, Virginia at the Oxbow Ultra Marathon. 

Parts of this quest turned out well, but I ultimately came up short on my goal to run 35 miles. One thing I've learned in running, though, is there are always lessons to be learned. In success and in coming up short, running is always telling me something about myself. 

I share some of those lessons in this episode. 

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Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

A special thank you to Tiffany Eisentrout for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

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An Interview with Ultra Runner and Soles 4 Souls CEO Buddy Teaster - Episode 71

What you'll hear on this episode. 

I recently had a chance to sit down with Sole for Souls CEO, Buddy Teaster. We talked a lot about ultra running, mainly Buddy's recent Grindstone 100 run, a race he ran after just 3 training runs in the year leading up to it. We talked about the Hard Rock Ultra - why Buddy loves that race enough to run a 100 mile race like the Grindstone with limited preparation, just to qualify for a lottery to get in the Hard Rock. 

But we spent most of our time talking about Buddy's true passion. Soles 4 Souls and wearing out poverty. 

I encourage you to pick up Buddy's book, Shoestrings, here: order shoestrings

I encourage you to check out the website for Soles4Souls 

Buddy Teaster talks to me about taking us from a place of mere giving to a place of believing we can truly wear out poverty. After talking to him, I'm a believer. I hope you'll listen to my conversation. I pray you'll be moved to a place of believing that as well. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

A special thank you to Ashley Glatter for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

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Will Turner - The Quest for 60 Ironman Triathlons in One Year - Episode 70

What you'll hear on this episode. 

Will Turner decided he wanted to do something big the year he turned 60 years old. That big turned into a quest to run 60 Ironman Triathlons in one year. That's one every 6 days. Will takes time to share his adventure with us as he closes in on completing this goal. He talks about his hope this will encourage other people to live their bold - check out Will's website here: Live Your Bold

Will talked to me about remaining active and chasing big dreams even as we age. 
He talked about the importance of recovery in these endurance races.
The mental game - how did he shift from a mindset of pre-race nerves to focus on the day and race at hand?
Will talks about how he's using this journey to inspire others - including a group of New York 4th graders. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

A special thank you to Sid Busch for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

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An Interview with Kylie Husman - Running Doesn’t Have to Define Who We Are - Episode 69

What you'll hear on this episode. 

Kylie Husman was a young woman, a runner, at a lake having fun with friends. Then she dives into the lake, and in a minute life changes. She's faced with the possibility of losing a leg - of never running again. 

In this interview Kylie takes us on a journey of discovery. She teaches us how setbacks can shape our character, help mold us into something much stronger and more meaningful than how we defined ourselves before those setbacks. 

She also helps us see the best circles in life are the ones that bring us around to the opportunity to help others. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

A special thank you to Kristie Allen for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

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An Interview with Donna Shagena - The Journey to a First Marathon - Episode 68

What you'll hear on this episode. 

My friend Donna Shagena joined me on this TwoTim47.com journey when it began. So today I'm happy to share her journey. Her journey to a first marathon. 

On this episode we'll trace the beginning of her running journey from a young girl thinking she weighed too much and wanted to run to lose weight - to the woman she is today, chasing down a goal that was inspired by so many others. 

Donna talks about her falling in love with running after running the Victory Junction Run to Victory 5k, where she got to shake Kyle Petty's hand at the finish line. She talks about the impact the Megsmiles Supporters Facebook family has had on her life. She talks about how running has changed who she is. And oh - there may be some talk about a cartwheel at the finish line of her upcoming first marathon - the finish line of the Richmond Marathon on November 10, 2018.  

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

A special thank you to Doug Bohn for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

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My Georgia Jewel 2018 Race Recap - First Ultra, First Ultra DNF - Episode 67

Did I Accomplish What I Set Out To Do?

I set out to run my first ultra marathon. I didn't. So the answer is no. But over the years I've learned that's usually the wrong question. The right question is did I learn what God wanted me to learn, did I accomplish what HE wanted me to accomplish. 

I'll go back to what I said I was setting out to do:

"That is my journey today. To feel small. To discover that my faith is bigger than myself, it's bigger than the words I cling to in the bible. Me and those words - we are mere reflections of the larger than life God who loves me. The God who will see me through this day, and triumphantly through this race."
 
​Sometimes we measure triumph by our own standards - our own sense of victory. But God doesn't promise us the victory we're looking for, he promises us the victory he's pointing us toward. The Georgia Jewel reminded me our greatest victory is rooted in placing others before ourselves. I'll find victory in trusting God has a better plan for finishing what I couldn't. 

Will I go back to the Georgia Jewel and try to finish what I couldn't? I don't know. I know this. Two years ago I couldn't finish the Patrick Henry Half Marathon. Last month I ran my fastest half marathon ever at that race. This past January I couldn't finish the Houston Marathon; In response, I immediately registered to run that race again in 2019. Defeat never sits well with me. But make no mistake, even in defeat, even if I never go back to the Jewel, I am grateful for a God who saw me through the day. Oh how triumphantly he saw me through my race.

For that, I am grateful.  

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

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Hannah Wierzbinski - From First Marathon to First Ironman (woman) In A Year - Episode 66

 

 

What you'll hear on this episode. 

Last year my lifelong friend Karen Rush (Wierzbinski) informed me her daughter Hannah had caught the running bug and was signed up for her first half marathon. Shortly after, Karen let me know Hannah had gone on a training run and ran 26 miles - and quickly changed her first half marathon to a full marathon. 

Following Hannah's journey to the Ironman Wisconsin has been inspirational. In this interview, it became clear to me how a young college student can go from signing up for a half marathon, changing to a full marathon, then tackling a full ironman in the course of a year. Hannah is goal oriented, she's clear about her priorities, willing to sacrifice to honor them, she gives tons of credit to her family for instilling good values and a work ethic in her, and she has a solid vision of her future. 

This interview with a 21 year old athlete gives me tons of hope for the future. Listen to our conversation; you'll walk away with hope yourself. And maybe some inspiration. 

 

Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)

 

A special thank you to Kimberly Caldwell for sponsoring today's episode through Patreon.

 

If you would like to comment on this podcast you can contact me and leave a comment at:

 

My google voice number which will go to a voicemail: 804-496-1112

Email me at: r.keithcartwright@gmail.com

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