20th marathon win/12th State win at Leading Ladies in SD!

Hawi's first extended road trip!

Hawi’s first extended road trip!

Many thanks to this guy for driving and taking care of us!

Many thanks to this guy for driving and taking care of us!

This past weekend, we made a mini vacation up to the Leading Ladies Marathon in Spearfish, SD. Why Leading Ladies? I needed a marathon 4-5 weeks before the 100K World Champs, preferably within driving distance. I could test out my Team USA uniform (although I’ll likely wear the briefs and airborne top for Worlds). I had Leading Ladies on my Excel spreadsheet as a possibility for getting a win in South Dakota. Between the feedback from my friends and the positive comments for the race on Marathonguide.com, I was super pumped up to see a new part of the country and meet all my objectives! 

Me with the beautiful (inside and out!) Leading Ladies RD, Elaine Doll-Dunn!

Me with the beautiful (inside and out!) Leading Ladies RD, Elaine Doll-Dunn!

2015-08-16 13.39.31 2015-08-16 13.39.41Ok, so I was super stoked to run a womens-only marathon in a beautiful part of the country… and even more stoked when I got a very nice and welcoming email back from the race director, Elaine Doll-Dunn (click her link to read about this brilliant woman!). I did a little bit of research about ~Spearfish, the race, sightseeing, and Elaine herself… but man, I clearly didn’t do enough research on Elaine! Upon arriving in Spearfish and meeting Elaine, I learned that:

  • She has 7 children, 20 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren
  • She’s 77 years YOUNG and started running in her 40’s after having kids
  • She’s run 125 marathons, has a PR in the 3:40’s, and has 47,700 lifetime miles on her legs!
  • The woman both looks and feels freakin’ great for her age
  • She started Leading Ladies to bring women together in her special hometown and experience the beauty of the Spearfish Canyon

It gets even better if you click her website and read about her! I wanna be like Elaine when I grow up- she is the heart of Leading Ladies!!! [Read more…]

There are no mountains out our front door.

While I’m working on a blog about my latest race, check out the good catch by my friend Paul in the latest issue of Running Times:


To give some context, the May/June issue did a feature on ultra running and talked about the top ultra runners. Ironically, we got the issue in the mail the day before I ran the 100K Road US Championship, my domestic ultra debut. Conor reminded me that it was my opportunity to have a breakout performance! The next day I created history, running the fastest 100K on American soil, broke Ann Trason’s 26 year National Championship Record, and ran the fastest time in the World since 2008.

The article focused mainly on trail ultra running and the top trail ultra runners. It was basically encouraging newbies to look into running trail ultras. I commented, having just run my first 100K on the roads, that people should consider road/track ultras too. Why? [Read more…]

2015 Pan American Games update

teamusaTo update everyone– I’ve been in Toronto for almost 3 weeks now, serving as an Athlete Services Coordinator (ASC) with Team USA for the 2015 Pan American Games. We have 1 more week to go! I haven’t had time to post a blog until now, and for good reason… we’ve been working our butts off! It’s been “Go” since July 1st when we arrived. Every day has had it’s own unique challenges. As hard as we’ve worked, it’s been an amazing experience. I’ve been trying to post daily pics/updates on social media (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook), so you can follow my daily journey there. [Read more…]

19th marathon win, working with PT, dog bite, US 100K Team, PanAm Games, and US 50K Team

A lot has been happening lately, as I try to finish up work experiments before I head to Toronto on July 1st…

Feeling great and breaking out the Skechers summer gear.

Feeling great and breaking out the Skechers summer gear.

The past month I’ve been able to progress my training back to normal marathon mileage (120+ miles per week), while slowly adding back small amounts of quality. I’m trying to remember to chronicle all of my training on Strava– you’re welcome to follow me! I’ve felt aerobically very strong and overall good! Conor proposed that I go run a low-key marathon in Maryville, Missouri and then try to bounce back the next day for a marathon in Iowa (to knock off a new State). I was stoked for the challenge– we saw it as great prep for the 100K! [Read more…]

Skechers shoe lineup- 2015

skechersThe past several months, I’ve been able to put the newest Skechers shoes to the test. Below is a review of my own thoughts and personal experience with each model in the Performance shoe lineup and how I’m utilizing each of them. Each person’s feet and mechanics are different, so you’d have to try the shoes for yourself to figure out what you like best!

To give some background: I’ve been a “minimalist” since Dec. 2003, training/racing/preferring lightweight, flexible road flats. I’ve also averaged over 100 miles per week since Nov. 2006, with 90-95% of it on asphalt/concrete. I’m a pure road racer, most recently racing up to a 100K road race (in the Skechers GoRun Ride 4s). With as much that I consistently run, I’m keenly (and quickly!) aware of whether a shoe works for me and my body!

[Disclaimer: I’m sponsored by Skechers, as part of their Elite Running Team. I first tried a pair of GoRuns back in 2012 before I was sponsored by them, per the recommendation by Meb Keflezighi. They helped me get over a longtime foot issue I had. The past year being sponsored by them is the best my feet have felt in years!] [Read more…]