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Last Minute Grindstone Preparation, Clinic in North Carolina!

Oct 4, 2012 | 3 Comments

I’ll be starting the Grindstone 100 miler tomorrow evening at 6pm in Swoope, Virginia. It’ll be my second attempt at the race after DNFing last year. My preparation has improved dramatically. Last year, my training went something like this:

I ran Western States toward the end of June. My lone run over 12 miles was a road marathon the week before Grindstone (Freedom’s Run in West Virginia). My average weekly mileage rarely surpassed 20 miles.
I didn’t run any technical […]

Grindstone 100 Miler Preparation

Sep 21, 2012 | 3 Comments

In about three weeks, I’ll be attempting the Grindstone 100 miler in Swoope, VA for the second time. The first time around, I DNFed around the half way point. It was an abysmal failure, but a great learning experience. My preparation for this attempt feels much better.

Last year, I was overly confident based on my positive experiences at Western States. This was my thought process immediately before the race:

I ran very […]

Win a Copy of the New “The Barefoot Running Book”

Aug 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

On August 28th, the newest edition of The Barefoot Running Book (Plume, 2012) will be released!The book has new content including new tips, refined methods, expanded exercise pics, and a host of other changes. This edition also has an index (got lots of requests for that one)!

I’m looking for a good slogan to use for a Facebook status update. If you have a good slogan, share it and you could win a free […]

Gore-Tex TransRockies Run: The Running Experience

Aug 20, 2012 | 12 Comments


What an adventure! I’ll write about the experience in another post when I have time to collect my thoughts, but I wanted to get something out there. Here’s some early thoughts on the actual running experience:

The Dirty Stats

This info comes from the TransRockies website. I haven’t had a chance to download the GPS data from the Garmins.

Total miles: 120-ish miles over 6 stages (approximately 21, 13, 24, 14, 23, and 23 miles)
Race takes place […]

Tahoe Rim Trail 100, Grand Mesa 100, Trans-Rockies Stage Race, and Upcoming Clinics

Jul 25, 2012 | No Comments

This has been a busy week, hence the shortage of posts. My message in boxes are piling up quickly and the chores are falling by the wayside. 🙂

In the news:

Shelly and I, along with our awesome friends Krista Cavender, Jon Sanregret, paced and crewed Jesse Scott to his first 100 miler at Tahoe Rim this last weekend. Jesse kicked ass! I’ll try to write a crew report as soon as possible, though I […]

Win a $2500 Grant by Motivating Others to Get Outside!

Jul 20, 2012 | 3 Comments

I love working with Merrell for a variety of reasons- the organization is filled with cool people, they produce great shoes, and they are serious about teaching people to run with better form. One reason really stands out- they actively work to get people outside.

To that end, they recently introduced a grant program that offers $2500 to ten individuals or organizations that have an innovative, impactful, and sustainable projects geared toward helping promote […]

The Internet Makes Us Run Slower

Jul 9, 2012 | 3 Comments

I spend A LOT of time on running forums… far more than I would like to admit. Different forums have different atmospheres. Some focus on sharing experiences. A few talk about gear. Others discuss the scientific side of running. A few others are nothing more than a bunch of antagonists trying to one-up each other.

All share one thing in common- lots of advice is tossed out.

This sharing of advice results in a strange double-edged […]

An Adventure Run for the Ages

Jul 7, 2012 | 8 Comments

Road runners are seriously missing out.

Yesterday, Shelly, Vanessa, Shacky, and I were led on a trail adventure by Gordy Ainsleigh (the guy that essentially started modern ultrarunning by pioneering the Western States Endurance Run) through some rugged Sierra Nevada mountain trails. We originally planned to run the first 30 miles of the Western States course, but it would have required far too much driving logistics. After much discussion, Gordy suggested we try a run connecting two trails. […]