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So What Does it Feel Like to Crash and Burn in a Race?

Apr 5, 2011 | 5 Comments

A recent post was a revisiting of my analysis of the running man theory, which I originally wrote back in 2009.  I also found this post about my DNF experience at the 2008 Burning River 100 miler.  I wrote it prior to my 2009 running of the Hallucination 100 miler, which I did finish.  As I prepare for the 2011 Western States 100 miler, it was healthy for me to revisit this now-distant experience.

If you’ve ever […]


Burning River 100 Mile Race Report: Part VI

Aug 9, 2010 | 15 Comments

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Merriman Road to Memorial Parkway (3 miles, 96.3 total)

This was a mostly flat section comprised almost entirely of tow path.  Shelly was now pacing me.  We walked a lot.  I peed a lot.  Apparently I was hallucinating a lot… I repeatedly asked Shelly if she had said something.  She had not.

When she did talk, she told some more stories of the crew experiences throughout the night.  […]


Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report Part V

Aug 8, 2010 | 5 Comments

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Pine Hollow #2 to Covered Bridge #1 (6.6 miles, 80.8 total)

This section started innocently enough.  I drank a Red Bull at Pine Hollow, and it definitely picked me up!   Within about two minutes of leaving Pine Hollow for the second time, I felt a surge of energy that I hadn’t felt since mile 20.  I felt very good physically and mentally.  My legs were still stiff, but the […]


Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report Part IV

Aug 7, 2010 | 2 Comments

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Boston Store to Pine Lane (4.1 miles, 58.6 total)

This section was filled with memories.  In 2008, I was on a death march.  It took me about two and a half hours to navigate this 4.1 mile section.  This year, I was feeling immeasurably better.  I had Shelly to keep me company. 

The trails were pretty gnarly, including an incredibly root-laden stretch.  This section was a net gain in altitude, […]


Burning River 100 Interview with Crossfit Grand Rapids

Aug 7, 2010 | No Comments

This is my interview with Brandon Armstrong of Crossfit Grand Rapids, the location of my barefoot running clinics:

Check out their website for more information!

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Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report, Part III

Aug 6, 2010 | 5 Comments

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Egbert Shelter to Alexander Road (5 miles, 28.4 miles total)
I took a deep breath as I left the Egbert Shelter aid station.  I knew this part was going to get dicey.  In 2008, this is the section that forced me to don my one-size-too-small Vibram KSOs, which ultimately led to a host of foot problems.  I was ready, though.  Through training, I forged by body and mind into […]


2010 Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report Part II

Aug 6, 2010 | 6 Comments

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Before I dive into the race, I should explain my sometimes controversial race strategy.  In the past, I’ve tried a variety of methods.  Most race strategies involved starting VERY at a VERY slow pace to conserve energy.  This idea was manifested in a run/walk strategy.  My favorite was an “eight/ two” ratio: run for eight minutes, then walk for two.  Additionally, I would walk all uphills and […]


2010 Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report

Aug 5, 2010 | 3 Comments

 Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Back Story

I used to be a normal guy.  I liked watching TV.  I exercised in moderation.  I ran in the same attire other runners utilized.  I wore shoes.  Then I caught the ultramarathon bug.  Shortly after, I also caught the barefoot running bug.  The last five years of my life have been spent learning how to intertwine these two passions.  For the last five years, I have been […]