View running adventures from Greg Schnoor - a non-runner who turned to ultramarathon running after being diagnosed with malignant brain cancer.

Sweeping The 2018 Blackwater 50k

This was the second time of being the "sweeper" at the Blackwater 50k ultra.  Not including the missing runs that got deleted off my watch, this should bring me up to 21 ultras with distances of 30+ miles now! For those who don't know what a sweeper is, it's basically the person who stays by the last person in the race and also redirects or picks up arrow signs.  It's nice because it gives me some extra distance needed for training for my own runs, but also allows me to meet new runners and see friends who are running the race. It can also give a good workout on your arms too when you're running with 15+ signs! I enjoy...

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Life Versus Training

My everyday live responsibilities conquered my ultra training time last month.  After having some personal related things that had a higher priority to training, I had to miss out on some much needed runs in for the 50k which is only a few weeks away!!  Although I'm bummed that I wasn't able to train this past month, I still feel good about things.  My goal has shifted now to just completing the 50k up in the mountains, but I'm good with that.  Besides, it's the adventure side of things is what drew me to ultrarunning to begin with! I've been back to running the past week and feel pretty good.  Just need to get some serious training within the next...

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Week 3 Training for Conquer the Rock 50k

After finishing week two of training with my first long run since I finished the Cottonmouth 100k, I felt my body was telling me it was ready for some recovery time.  The first long run was 30 miles with a 10:08 pace so with that and my first two weeks of breaking my body in with a lot of incline training, my legs were sore!  My game plan for week 3 was to take things a little easier this week and to start adding some decline training. Since I just finished my long run on Sunday (I volunteered at the Deer Dodge 50k/50 mile on Saturday), I took Monday off to rest my legs as I didn't want to risk...

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Week 2 – Elevation Training – Conquer The Rock 50k

My goal for week 2 was to keep including the elevation training, but mix it up a little.  It's around 2,500 feet up the mountain and we have to do that 3 times, so every week I'll be including treadmill elevation runs that will simulate running/hiking up the mountain. The first week of running/hiking up the mountain (on the treadmill), I was going up 2,500+ feet in 5 miles.  However, the 50k I'm training for doesn't start the steep climb until about a mile into the race, so I knew I needed to change the elevation training to where I can reach the 2,500+ feet in 4 miles.  After using the treadmill elevation tool I made, I knew I needed...

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Week 1 Training for Conquer the Rock 50k – 12,804 Feet Climbed

Training for a trail run that has almost 7,000 feet of climbing up a mountain can be tough, especially when you live somewhere that is pretty flat (Florida).  The largest hills around the area aren't really that large when comparing to running up a trail on a mountain.  The 50k ultra I'm training for (Conquer the Rock 50k) has about 6,890 feet of climbing up Pinnacle Mountain.  The climb to the top of the mountain is about 700 meters (about 2,297 feet), but you do it 3 times! Since I'm not used to training on a consistent incline of elevation, I decided to renew my subscription with the local YMCA so I can use the treadmills to help with elevation training. ...

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Conquer The Rock 50k – Pickens, South Carolina

I was looking for a few ultras to do that had some beautiful views during the run (although most ultras have some of those) and got some great recommendations from some running friends.  My friend Shannon told me about the Conquer the Rock 50k and after researching it and seeing the views and how technical it was, I was sold!  It looks like a much more challenging run than I've ran before (and sounds like possibly one of the more challenging courses in the Southeast) so after my experience with the elevation challenges at the Pinhoti 100 a year ago, I knew it was an adventure that I wanted to train for and attempt. The race is on March 3rd,...

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Cottonmouth 100k

Simply put, the Cottonmouth 100k is a great race that is put together by some great people!  I originally planned on doing the 100 miler, but months before race day I decided to drop down to the 100k due to me thinking I wasn't able to get enough training in to complete the longer distance.  I'm 0 for 3 in completing a 100 miler so I didn't want to take the risk of going 0 for 4 due to lack of training, as I feel that would certainly put a dent in my goal of completing a 100 miler.  I am so glad I made the decision as half way through the 100k, I feel I had an awakening in...

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Pinhoti 100

The Pinhoti 100 was a challenging course, especially for someone who lives in a state without much elevation and wasn't prepared for the downhill side of things!  Regardless, it was still a great adventure even though I pulled out after 55 miles.  After running out of two water bottles on a challenging 3+ mile stretch in the cold dark (well before the cutoff time), I made the mental mistake of sitting down by the nice, warm fire right near the smell of bacon and other food being cooked.  I sat in the chair and watched/heard many runners come through for about 30-40 minutes telling myself to stay seated.  I lost the mental battle then as I felt great physically.  In...

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66+ Mile Birthday Run – Running Wild Florida to Alabama Stores

To celebrate my birthday, I wanted to adventure out further on my running mileage.  I was supposed to run my first 100k a month before, but it got cancelled (due to the course being damaged from bad weather) so I figured I'd run my own. After looking for a route that will allow me to run in some locations I had not ran in yet (which is pretty hard to find these days), I decided I'd run from the local (and my favorite) running store in Pensacola, Running Wild, to their store location over in Fairhope, Alabama.  I sent my original 100k route to Paul Epstein (owner of Running Wild) to get his feedback on the route since I've never...

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50 Mile Run Around The Bays

I live in Northwest Florida and there are a lot of bays around the area (Pensacola Bay, Escambia Bay, East Bay, Blackwater Bay).  After growing up on Blackwater Bay and now living right by Escambia Bay, I wanted to do a run that would take me all around the bays while helping me get some mileage in for a 100k ultra I was training for.  It was a great trip consisting of crossing some big bridges, small bridges, a small set of trails and through different cities in different counties I've lived in over much of my life.  Some other highlights of the running adventure included a few gas station stops, a visit for coffee & bagel at a coffee...

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