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Prepping for the Chimera Hundo: Hello, Burnout

Nov 15, 2012 | 4 Comments

The Chimera 100 starts in two days. It will be one of the hardest races I’ve ever attempted. I have done absolutely nothing to prepare.

While I sometimes have a tendency to self-sabotage, my complete lack of preparation for Chimera can be better explained by burnout. It’s been a long racing season. I’ve run 2 50ks, a 50 miler, finished two hundos, ran 60 miles of another, and ran a 120 mile stage race.

I’m looking […]

The 100 Miler Bucket List: Seeking Challenges

Oct 9, 2012 | 13 Comments

Sometimes people ask why I run ultras. While there are a lot of reasons, the challenge is a major draw. Specifically, I love the challenges presented by 100 milers. Every race is wrought with potential problems that need to be solved on the fly.

Top of the foot hurts? Better re-lace my shoes.

Quads are starting to burn? I have to adjust my gait.

After 30 packets of Gu, I feel like I’m going to […]

Grindstone 100 Recap

Oct 7, 2012 | 18 Comments

Well, I managed to finish Grindstone this weekend. The race was tough as Hell, but it was as close to perfect as I’ve gotten since Western States last year. I finished in 29:06 or so (42nd out of 108 finishers). I was a little shocked to finish as high as I did, especially considering Karl Meltzer won the race with a blistering 17:13. I was able to apply many of the lessons I’ve been experimenting with since last […]

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 […]

Woodstock Trail Running Festival Quick Recap

Sep 11, 2012 | One Comment

As tempted as I am to write a full, detailed event report, I think the details are best left to others for reasons that will become obvious. I’ll just give a topical recap.

Run Woodstock is a trail running festival held in Hell, Michigan. We’ve attended the event each year since it was founded four years ago by Randy Step and his Running Fit (a local running store) gang. The race features three days of […]

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 […]

Gore-Tex TransRockies Run: Six Days in the Mountains!

Aug 10, 2012 | 5 Comments

This Sunday, Shelly and I will be flying back to Colorado for the Gore-Tex TransRockies stage race. We’ll spend six days running from Buena Vista west to Beaver Creek, passing through the towns of Vicksburg, Leadville, Red Cliff, and Vail.

The race should be a good challenge. The race covers 120 miles with about 20,000 feet of elevation gain. I’m pretty sure it will be the most miles either of us have run in […]