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New Goals; New Adventures

Nov 10, 2013 | One Comment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been contemplating new goals. I haven’t really had too many goals over the last few years; I’ve just enjoyed flowing through life. I feels like it’s about time to get some direction. The following are the goals I’m considering for 2014 but haven’t made a firm commitment:

1. Run another benji (100 miler.) It’s been a year since I ran my last ultra, and I miss it enough to seriously consider Read More...

Getting Back Into the Game: The Hows and Whys of Considering a Hundred Miler

Oct 27, 2013 | 4 Comments

It’s been a long time since I considered running an ultra. It’s been about a year, actually. I had recently finished Grindstone and was “preparing” to run Chimera. Somewhere between those two events, I lost all desire to run. It was perplexing, but wasn’t especially stressful. It’s given me a significant amount of time to reflect on my running “career.”

A series of events have conspired to reignited the desire to run an ultra, including:

I miss the Read More...

The Art of Ass-Oogling: An Essential Runner Skill

Sep 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Let’s pretend she’s barefoot…

How many times have you been in a situation where you see a fellow runner with a spectacular ass and you want to stare at it long enough to commit it to memory? Male or female, odds are good you’ve been in this situation. Shit, this was a major reason I spent so many years dong this stupid sport!

Those of you that know me are probably thinking “Wow, that’s a douchey thing Read More...

Ultrarunners: Where Do We Draw the Line on Performance-Enhancements?

Sep 3, 2013 | 9 Comments

Ultras are one of the most physically-demanding sports in existence. We push our bodies to the absolute limit… then we push some more. Sleep deprivation, hyper and hypothermia, destruction of muscle tissue, extreme stressing of the endocrine and immune system… it’s all part of the game. Under these extreme conditions, the line between success and failure is minuscule. We continually experiment to find the tiniest edge to help us reach the finish line… which may steer us into Read More...

Why Ultrarunners are Badasses

Aug 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

The term “gameness” is used to describe hunting and fighting dogs. Wikipedia defines gameness as:

“…eagerness despite the threat of substantive injury. Dogs displaying this trait can also be described as persevering, ready and willing, full of fight, spirited, or plucky.” 

It’s a desirable trait selectively bred in some breeds, especially terriers. As hunting dogs, this trait drives the dog to hunt no matter how much suffering it experiences… to the point of death. This isn’t a Read More...

Training Without Competing?

Jun 23, 2013 | 3 Comments

I the running universe, it’s not uncommon to encounter runners that have zero interest in running races. They have no need to compete. The “training” runs fulfill whatever it is they need fulfilling, whether it be fitness, stress relief, the intrinsic joy of the physical movement, socialization… whatever.

For those that DO run races, training usually focuses on improvement when competing. They may still train for the reasons listed above, but there’s a competitive edge to their Read More...

Going Running? Know Where to Find Water!

May 29, 2013 | No Comments

Given hot weather is upon us, it’s time to talk about water. Specifically… finding water. If you’re out on the trail and run out of water, the situation can go downhill quickly. Knowing where water sources can be found can, minimally, save your run. It could also potentially save your life.

I don’t have the time today to write an entire blog post, so I’m just cutting and pasting an excerpt from the Squirrel Wipe book.

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How to Stay Cool when Running: A Lesson in Human Thermoregulation During Exercise

May 19, 2013 | 12 Comments

How do we stay cool when running in hot weather? In my last post, I challenged race directors to reconsider the growing practice of including moisture-wicking technical shirts as race “swag.” That resulted in a slew of questions and comments ranging from skepticism to recommendations on staying cool when running in hot weather. I’m going to address all these issues here.

Let’s start by describing the issue. The human body generates a great deal of heat Read More...