Recovery is going well for Jim Walmsley. Less than a week after qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, the Western States 100 course record-holder is already shaking out his legs in the Grand Canyon. Walmsley finished 27th overall on January 20 at the Houston Half Marathon with a time of 1:04:00–the exact time for the “B” standard. Ultrarunning Magazine’s Ultrarunner of the Year and Sport’s Illustrated Fittest 50 proved to the world that his long distance legs still have some speed. For his recovery week, he has returned to his favourite trails in the canyon.
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It’s been a fun block of training to briefly change gears a little to run a half marathon in Houston in 1:04:00 to get an Olympic Trials Qualifying time for 2020 ✅ It’s now going to be just as fun to turn the page again and switch gears back for Fast 100 Ultra in Hong Kong on February 17th. Check out @thetrailhub for more information on their race! That race will be followed by quick trips for group runs at TBD locations in Singapore 🇸🇬 and South Korea🇰🇷!!! (More info to come on these trips) Special thanks to @tommy_rivs @baldwinning580 @stephenkersh for hopping in some of my track/road workouts the past few weeks and pull my hobbyjogging legs through some much needed workouts 🙏🙌💪 From here, it’s safe to say there are going to be some big days in the Canyon in the next few weeks! 🤠 Browse over to @ultrarunnerpodcast and @citiusmag to check out some podcasts I did today about how Houston HM went down and what are some things on tap for later in 2019. #timetofly #werunwithyou #feedyouradventure #coconinocowboys #thecanyonmakescowboys
No rest for the wicked
While some road and trail runners spend the week recovering with their foam roller or a beer, Walmsley has logged over 131.5K since Houston. Starting off with a 6K “shuffle” after Sunday’s race, he has quickly increased his mileage again. This weekend he ran over 32K on both Saturday and Sunday on his beloved trails in the Grand Canyon with his buddies (a.k.a The Coconino Cowboys).
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Can we get some more Canyon ❤️ Who plans on spending their Christmas outside next week? If I’m not at the Canyon, you can plan on me being somewhere in the mountains in Flagstaff! Do you have a big run planned? 📸 @mykehphoto . . . . Congratulations to @ironbeard1 for being selected to win the @corosglobal Pace watch. Merry Christmas, and may you run many miles uninterrupted by a dead GPS watch. Side note – if you’re like me and do your Christmas shopping late, or need to treat yourself to a little gift but don’t know what to get, I know of the perfect gift. Get a National Parks Pass. I just bought mine last week. It’s good for a whole year, gets you into all parks across the country, and is $80. So if you go more than 3 times a year to a National Park, its already paid for itself. #grandcanyon @grandcanyonnps
Ultra rumours are spreading for what Walmsley will be up to next. Talk about him going for the 266K Tahoe Rim Trail FKT is one of those rumours. Kilian Jornet currently has the speed record.
According to Ultrasignup, he is registered for Nine Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run in Santa Barbara, California on March 23. Perhaps he’s using it as a tune-up race for his return to the iconic Western States 100 miler on June 29.