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I am Alex Bridgeforth. A 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. I am addicted to running. I share running in my world; shoe, nutrition, training, and book reviews are just the beginning. Enter your email to keep up. It's free.

Inventory

Closure & Leaving the Trails Behind

Saturday was my last run at Dana Peak Park for a while. I know it may be a bit “out there,” but I really wanted some closure. According to my training log I have run at Dana Peak 62 times. It has been home for over a year and has been a gathering place for some of my best friends and I to get together for some short and long runs. I’ve done the usual, boring, 5.25 miles loop many times and before I left I just wanted to make sure I had my mind right with leaving Dana Peak behind. 

It’s hard to leave home for a long time, but when you have ran in the same place, had so many thoughts, so much quiet time on a trail, its hard to leave it as well. The morning started out with an early group whose plan was to do 18 miles. I had no intention of going that far, but I knew I could get a good, four plus miles in with them and then break out for some peace and relaxation out there. 

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Midnight Thoughts on Priorties

Obviously sleep is not one of them right now with, a 0445 alarm only four hours and 24 minutes away. Two of my three bags are packed and I’m still not sure I have totally, accepted is not really the word, more like fully acknowledged that I’m leaving Angel and Ashur for a deployment. Yes, its going to be very hard, much harder than I anticipated. I’m in the Army, these things happen. I signed up to defend my country and I will be doing that on what many folks would call the front-lines soon enough. 

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The Ultrarunning Elite - Down to Earth Storytellers

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Lately, I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts and with Western States just a week and a half ago so most of the podcasts I listen to have been featuring racers from that race. After listening to so many it really began to remind me of the Team RWB Trail Running Camp on Veteran’s Day last year and some of the ultra I’ve done that have included top 20-30 Western States runners. It’s just another instance of why I love this sport, the elites are real people, the majority of them don’t make a living at doing this, they just run for the love of it and still love hearing the stories that the mid and back of the packers tell. 

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This Summer 30k was No Joke - Capt. Karl’s Pedernales Falls Race Report

Three hours, 24 minutes, and 12 seconds is what it took me to run 30 kilometers last night. I don’t mean to sound down on some of slower runners out there, I do realize everyone is different. However, this was a dreadful race for me. I was ready to quit at mile six, not good in a 18.6 mile race. 34th place just didn’t feel right, for someone that normally finishes in the top 10 percent of the field, the top 24 percent just doesn’t sit well. This race result will be a turning point, there are really only two options, one, to either fall into the “I just had a kid, so its time to give up running” or two, the “time to get faster” category.

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Early Wake-Ups Suck

Alarm goes off at 0430, snooze till 0439, till 0448, till 0457, just keep hitting the snooze, crap its 0730. Yes, I can fall completely asleep within the nine minute window. I wake up get out of bed and hit the snooze button. I don’t know where my motivation has gone. Maybe, its the fact that I really don’t have a goal race any more, maybe, I know the impending birth of my son and my upcoming deployment are going to drastically change my life.

I don’t remember when this happened. I used to be able to wake up at 0430 with no issue and do yoga, or go run before PT but lately the early wake-up sucks.

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