burning river 100
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]