Pace the Nation returns after a month’s hiatus with new host and Arlington native Tess Stryk. They talk to Mike Wardian, who ran the C&O Canal Towpath between Cumberland and Georgetown in 36:36:03 over Labor Day weekend.
We are back, with a really long intro because its been a while. At (9:19) we talk about Lil’ Pacer Number Two for the first time. At (11:11) we naturally transition into fall weather, an NFL game and a running story from the Doc’s college days. At (16:35) we circle back to Lil’ Pacer Number Two again.
At (22:42) we welcome back two time guest Mike Wardian, a local ultra runner who just accomplished the fastest known time covering the entire CO canal. At (23:16) Farley guest sources advice on being a father of two boys. At (26:30) Mike lists his social media platforms.
At (28:35) Mike talks about why he wanted to run the entire 184 mile C&O Canal Towpath trail and at (32:16) we learn about the former record holder. AT (33:33) we talk about the trail, the unknowns going into the run, detours and how the weather impacted the trail and his gear. At (38:43) we talk about the journey out to Cumberland including how much (little) sleep Mike got the night before the attempt.
At (43:12) we talk about pace, the start of the run and some of the many people that Mike encountered out on the trail. At (50:24) we ask Mike about his longest runs ever and at (51:47) Mike details his breaks during the run. At (55:58) we discuss chasing the ghost of Park, which should be the title of episode, a book or at least a song title. At (56:48) we talk more about the pacing plan.
At (1:03:28) we learn about all of the healthy food that Mike consumed on the trail, the trail convoy and the finish. At (1:18:06) Mike talks about his conversation with former record holder and ultra legend Park Barner and at (1:20:00) we find out whats next on Mike’s calendar.
At (1:23:47) we are back to wrap up the show with a bunch of empty promises about whats coming up next week.
Divided lanes coming to Hains Point, safety measures in the works for the Mount Vernon Trail, three locals make national high school XC meet, local collegians race at NCAAs.
St. Albans and GVS’s Vivian Kelly won their first DC cross country titles while St. Johns’ girls and St. Albans’ Pierre Attiogbe repeated.
Beach Drive remains closed to through traffic year-round, locals win conference, USATF titles.
Capt. Kyle King won the Marine Corps Marathon, a year after he planned to make his debut at the race, and Chelsea Baker of the British Royal Navy made tremendous strides winning the women’s race.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Celebrate Memorial Day! Honor our past and present military heroes and first responders by running in the annual RINGING IN HOPE: A SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS! Join your friends and neighbors on May 29, 2023, at