Tim VanOrden’s Running Raw Times – September 17th, 2010

Running Raw Times

A Huge hello to all my friends and supporters of the Running Raw Project.

In This Issue:

  • The Oregon Trail
  • Event with Ani Phyo
  • The Race Report
  • The Training Log
  • Upcoming Events
  • Your Support
  • In Conclusion

The Oregon Trail

In 1804, the explorers Lewis and Clark set out on a mission to find a gentle passage to the west coast which ended successfully in Oregon. Two hundred and six years later, I find myself on a similar mission – to find a gentle passage that brings my message into the hearts and minds of mainstream America. Coincidentally, this journey keeps leading me west to Oregon. On September 18th, I’m hoping that the Oregon trail that I’ll be running on will lead me to my 3rd U.S. Trail Running Championship title.

Event with Ani Phyo

If you live in the Los Angeles or Orange County area, you must come out to a great event that I’m putting on with my good friend and author, Ani Phyo on September 23rd. We are calling this presentation “Betting Living with Living Foods”, and I’m really excited to be bringing out a bunch of new information and collaborating with Ani. Her simple approach to raw food prep and her tasty recipes are a great way to help yourself or someone you care about to easily transition to a healthier lifestyle.

The talk starts at 7pm at the Living Temple in Huntington Beach, CA. More information can be found at http://www.thelivingtemple.com/events-news – (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for event info)

David Wolfe’s Longevity Now conference is taking place the following day just a few miles away. So if you are signed up for Longevity, come by and see us first to add even more power to your weekend.

The Race Report

• U.S. 10k Trail Running Championships – Laurel Springs, NC – On a misty morning high atop a mountain in North Carolina, I won my second National Championship in less than a month. Compared to the 15k championships in Spokane, this course was MUCH harder, the competition was deeper and I was in better shape. Local favorite and nine time national champion, Chad Newton had no intentions of letting me take the Master’s title. We swapped positions throughout the race and battled to the very end, but my kick on the final climb was enough to hold him off and seal the win. I’ve always suspected that my best running discipline was trail running, and now I’ve got some great evidence to back that up.

• Results for all of the above races can be seen at http://runningraw.com/results.html

The Training Log:

You know you are doing high mileage when a ten mile run seems short. Breaking my training into two and sometimes three runs a day has allowed me to continue with my 80 to 90 mile weeks without injury. I now look forward to running more than I ever have in the past. The long runs have become great quality time with myself and have provided the perfect classroom as I trot through the trees listening to lectures from iTunes U.

Stair Climbing ‘season’ is only a week away and after the championships in Bend, OR tomorrow, I will begin to incorporate Tabata strength training back into my regimen. I’m hoping that some power training added to the high mileage will allow me to shatter all of my stair climb PR’s.


Upcoming Events:

  • September 18th – XTERRA U.S. Trail Running Championships – Bend, OR
  • September 23rd – “Better Living With Living Foods” – Joint talk with Ani Phyo – Huntington Beach, CA
  • September 24th – U.S. Bank Tower Stair Climb – Los Angeles, CA
  • October 3rd – U.S.A. Masters 5k Championships – Syracuse, NY

Paying it Back and Forward:

Please support my sponsors Larabar, Nutiva, Blendtec, Dion Snowshoes, Garmin, Excalibur, and West Coast Labels.

Your Support:

Your donations help more than you can imagine. Even very small contributions help to pay for event registrations, travel, etc.! Thank you in advance for your support. Your generosity allows me to do what I do and hopefully touch lives in the process. You can make your donation through http://paypal.com to the address donate@runningraw.com. No amount is too little, and every dollar is greatly appreciated.

In Conclusion:

If you’re excited about Running Raw and would like to be a part of the team, please get in touch. I’m always looking for new contributors, technical help, sponsorship and enthusiastic athletes to help make this project all it can be.

Please pass this newsletter along to anyone that you think might be interested in this journey. If you have any suggestions on how to make runningraw.com better, please pass them along.

Thank you for your continued support.

With Love and gratitude

Tim VanOrden

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