My passion is endurance sports, primarily running and triathlons.

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Training for an Ultra-Marathon

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Klean Athlete Blog – Guinness World Record Recap

The following is a recap of Ronnie’s Guinness World Record breaking Greatest Run On... read more

Unplanned Off-Season Due to Ankle Injury

I was finishing a hard mile repeat workout (6 of 8) on a local... read more

Training for TNFEC. Part 3 of 3

Training for TNFEC – 5 weeks’ out More vertical to the final touches The focus for... read more

Training for TNFEC. Part 2 of 3

The month of October has been another tough one as I’m now focusing more... read more

Training for TNFEC. Part 1 of 3

Training for TNFEC – 13 weeks out Adjusting to Structured Workouts As I’m writing this I’m... read more

Back To the Grind

Training for TNFEC 50 09/13/2015 Back To the Grind It feels great to be back on a... read more

Pool Running

Pool Running 04/07/2015 For me to make it through an entire season (almost full year) of... read more


Training for an Ultra-Marathon

If you’re unsure what an ultra-marathon is, it’s any race longer than a marathon (26.2 miles).  Most common distances are 50K, 50 Miles, 100K, and 100 Miles.

Do you have what it takes?  I’m here to tell you that you’re capable of more than you think.   I’m going to share information and my experiences with what it’s like to train for an ultra.  My objective is to hopefully scratch a bit more than the surface and give you some good tips and insight into training and preparation.

I’ve been running ultras since 2014 and I refuse to do anything else as this has been a very rewarding and life changing experience.  Training and competing in ultras becomes more about the journey and experiences along the way.  It’s an opportunity to explore what your body and mind is capable of.  It takes a lot of hard work and commitment, and usually the end result is highly rewarding.  It doesn’t always go as planned, but the more you prepare up front the higher chances of success you will encounter.

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Klean Athlete Blog – Guinness World Record Recap

The following is a recap of Ronnie’s Guinness World Record breaking Greatest Run On A Treadmill in 12 Hours. Training for and recovering from an event of this distance is a tall order; however, many of the tips, techniques and strategies that Ronnie shares can be applied to any athlete at any distance. Here’s how it went down.

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My quest to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours began in April. That month I didn’t get the result I needed at a race for an automatic qualifier into Western States. Approaching summer and not having any races on the schedule, I decided this was the right time to go for the treadmill record. The current record is 84 miles, with a pending record of 86.49 miles. It was mid-July when I received confirmation from GWR that my application had been accepted. After a tough first half of summer during which I had I really struggled with the Texas heat, I was newly motivated by the notification, and I immediately began planning with my coach, Ian Sharman.

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Unplanned Off-Season Due to Ankle Injury

I was finishing a hard mile repeat workout (6 of 8) on a local neighborhood road one evening mid-January. It was beginning to get dark so as an oncoming car was approaching, I stepped onto a curb to get out of the way and my right foot didn’t catch the curb. My foot slipped off and I rolled my ankle with all my momentum and weight coming down on it. The pain I felt was worse than anything I had experienced before when running on uneven surfaces that may cause the ankles to turn. I could feel (almost hear) something tear, which felt like three pops in a row. The feeling was like that of a flexible plastic straw kids drink with, and stretching it really quick.

I went off the side of the road to remove my shoe, knowing I was probably done with the run. It looked like my foot was already starting to swell and it also hurt to put weight on it so I had a good feeling I had done some damage. Kyle, a close friend and training buddy, was with me at the time and pacing me on his bike. We were two miles from his house so he rode back to get his vehicle to give me a ride back. I hobbled off the road, out of sight, and laid on the ground with my foot elevated on a picnic table, in disbelief with what just happened. I was in pain and doing my best to hold back the tears as I was extremely upset. At this time, I’m three weeks out from my first race of the season which is a Western States 100 qualifier. Qualifying for WS100 is my main goal for the first half of the year and certainly no easy feat. Up to this point my training was going very well and this was my last week before I began to taper for the race.

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