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The Long Fartlek: Another Option for Ultramarathon Training

Jun 10, 2012 | 11 Comments

Over the years, my ultramarathon training has evolved from the common long, slow run to high intensity interval training to a weird hybrid between the two. I’ve tried running slow, running fast, intervals, tempo runs, and speed walking. After spending about eight years experimenting with all kinds of training methods, I’ve found the one method that appears to elicit the greatest benefit: the long fartlek.

Before I dive into the details of my training, it may be […]

Ambitious Race Schedules: Pushing Your Limits

Jun 6, 2012 | 14 Comments

In light of this recent post on the Scientific American blog, I decided to fill the rest of the year with interesting challenges. My heart is fine, damn it!

June- Bighorn 100 miler, Dayton, Wyoming

July- Grand Mesa 100 miler, Grand mesa national Forest, Colorado

August- Trans-Rockies six day stage race, Rocky Mountains, Colorado

September- Hallucination 100 miler, Hell, Michigan (planning on running barefoot)

October- Grindstone 100 […]

A Pissed-Off Response to “Great Races Deserve Great Fields”

Jun 3, 2012 | 7 Comments

Canadian Running Magazine online recently published an article about the participant limit typical in many ultramarathons. The article had two themes- 1) field limits should be increased if the same protected land is used for something like logging, and 2) more of the available slots should be designated for elite ultrarunners.

I completely agree with the first point. If government agencies are limiting fields to protect the environment, don’t lease the land to companies that will […]

Free Running Form and/or Barefoot Coaching, and Clinics in Dallas!

May 31, 2012 | One Comment

Shelly and I are traveling to Dallas this weekend for the Merrell Down and Dirty mud run. We’ll be conducting two clinics as part of packet pickup at the REI Dallas (4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas, TX 75244) at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 2nd. You don’t have to be a race participant to attend the clinics.

If you purchase a pair of Merrell Barefoot shoes, you’ll receive a special […]

Barefoot Ultramarathon Or Not?

May 21, 2012 | 10 Comments

This upcoming Sunday, I’ll be running the Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival 50 miler. The big decision: Wear shoes or go barefoot?

The case for barefoot:

I’m familiar with the course, and it’s pretty barefoot-friendly.
I’ve covered the distance barefoot before.
The race was voted as the best barefoot event in the US… so I feel compelled to tackle it barefoot.
I have two sizable cuts on my heels from my recent road 25k, and going barefoot would assure the […]

2012 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival/ Barefoot Runners Society Meetup

Apr 19, 2012 | One Comment

The 2012 Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival is shaping up to be the biggest spring barefoot party in the country!  Last year’s event was awesome- two days of running, meeting other barefoot runners, eating great food, listening to great music, and drinking awesome beer!  It’s one of the few events we attended that immediately became a “must-do” event.

As such, Shelly and I will be there this year.  I talked to Erik Boucher, […]

Weather and Running: The Boston Marathon Deferment Issue

Apr 17, 2012 | 29 Comments

This year’s Boston marathon experienced high temperatures (low to mid 80s according to reports), which prompted the race directors to offer deferments for next year’s race.  If a runner didn’t want to run in the heat, they could gain entry for the race next year.

I have mixed feelings about the offering of a deferment.

I can see the race directors’ logic.  This move will likely cover their asses.  If someone is injured or dies […]

San Juan Trail 50k and the The Dirtiest Party Ever!

Apr 16, 2012 | 4 Comments

Shelly and I had an eventful weekend.  We ran the San Juan Trail 50k with Shacky and Vanessa, then attended the Los Angeles Down and Dirty mud run.  The travel was tough, but both events were awesome!

The 50k was run in the mountains southeast of Los Angeles.  The run was directed by Baz Hawley.  If you ever have the opportunity to run one of his races, do it!  It was a typical low-key […]