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Vindication at Conquer the Canuck

Posted by Clay Williams on June 12, 2017 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (1)

When I registered for this event (50 km Saturday, 42.2 km Sunday), I wasn't sure I would do very well because it was to be two weeks after I ran 200 miles. But it turned out to be not quite so. It was two weeks after I crashed and burned at Sulphur Springs and ran only 150 of the 200 miles. And four weeks prior to that I had run only 71 miles of my 90 mile target distance at O24 in Ohio. So by the time I started the Ultimate Canuck, I was feeling far less than confident that I was much of a r...

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Sulphur Springs 200 mile run

Posted by Clay Williams on May 29, 2017 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

May 29, 2017. The day after the race. I’m not sure I have the words to describe everything that went on this weekend but I’ll try, in Bullet form. Had a cold, worse than I thought. Registered for a 200 mile race, only brought enough equipment and supplies for a 100 miler. Set up Wednesday evening, slept in the RV the night before the race. Up early as always, finished setting up. Rain. Raccoons ate some of my energy balls, and my breakfast bagel, frickin’ racc...

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Then what?

Posted by Clay Williams on September 28, 2016 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (1)

I was lying on my back on the living room floor around 4:30 this morning, wondering what to do next. I had just finished a few dozen crunches and bicycle crunches, stretching out my lower back, and rolling on a lacrosse ball to loosen up a knot in my upper back. I'm on a break from running for a while, an undetermined length of "while", and my training calendar is wide open from Sep 23rd onward. I promised my wife that I would stick to shorter races like marathons, but I haven't thought out t...

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Back to work after Canal Pursuit 2016

Posted by Clay Williams on September 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Sep 25, 2 days after. I woke up around 5 am, before the alarm went off, and couldn’t get back to sleep. I took the entire morning to clean my office and finish unpacking the RV. All the while I was feeling a little on edge, constantly checking my phone for social media activity, feeling a little hungry the entire time, a little like there was something missing. I had a few small meals, a cup of soup, some tuna salad, maybe too much coffee. My muscles felt great, no soreness, no stiffnes...

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Canal Pursuit Route and Pace Runners!!

Posted by Clay Williams on June 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The route is pretty well finished now with a few tweaks to be made over the next few weeks. We will be in touch with pace runners about our expected timing and locations to meet at. We can still use a few more pace runners during the week so if you would like to be part of this epic, historical run, just let us know and our crew chief will be in touch. Thanks!


Tuesday Mornings

Posted by Clay Williams on January 6, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday has been a special day for me for the past eight or nine years. On Tuesday evenings, through most of the year, I help organize and support a small group of people who are taking the Alpha course at my church, a program for new Christians and seekers. And just during the past year, Tuesday morning has become an equally special day. Since I usually go for a long run or two in the weekend, I often find myself making an excuse not to run on Mondays. I’m sore, I don’t want to g...

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Runner's Injuries

Posted by Clay Williams on December 17, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

If you’ve been running for a couple of years or more, or if you have runners in your circle of friends, you certainly know that there is a variety of injuries and illnesses that can sideline a runner. I know from talking with people over the years about my running adventures that there are A LOT of people who have had to give up running altogether because of injuries. Injuries like shin splints, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, knee pain, iliotibial band syndrome, arthritis, and ...

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For all you Ultra Runners

Posted by Clay Williams on November 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Let’s talk about the Black Dog.

In 2011, the World Health Organization ran a depression awareness campaign that included a video about the “Black Dog” named Depression. Many of you ultra runners, especially those who have run 100 miles or more, have seen that Black Dog. Some only during the darkest part of the night during a long run, some on multi-day runs, and some between runs when there’s not an immediate goal or finish lin...

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Still hard for me to believe

Posted by Clay Williams on August 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I remember ending last year’s Dirty Girls 48 Hour Trail Run and thinking (and saying) that taking second place male was the high point of my running “career” and that it was a really good note to retire on. At the time I had just started a company and really needed to focus on building something that would be a solid retirement vehicle for me. Isn’t it strange how things change with time? By the end of November my weekly running mileage was nicely ramped down, I had s...

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Second Place Male

Posted by Clay Williams on August 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Here’s a little write-up about my experience running the 2013 Dirty Girls 48 hour trail race in Mansfield, Ontario. It’s a trail race on an 8 km loop on a very hilly piece of real estate (there’s a ski hill across the road).

My preparation for this race was a lot different than for last year’s race. Last year I spent a lot of time in the gym, working on leg strength, and I think that really helped me a lot with the hills. But this year, the only training that was...

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