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2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report Part One

Jul 2, 2011 | 7 Comments

Check out Shelly’s Crew Report on her blog: http://shoelessshelbell.blogspot.com/2011/07/western-states-crew-report.html

Western States.

What can I say?  It’s the grand daddy of American ultras.  When I started toying with ultras in 2005, this was THE race I wanted to run someday.  Over the years, the mystique was diminished a little by the likes of Hardrock and the Barkley… but Western was still on my must-do list.

I entered the lottery last year and did not get Read More...

Mind the Ducks 2011: A Recap

May 16, 2011 | 2 Comments

Well, the 2011 Mind the Ducks 12 Hour Ultra is in the books.  The event was a blast!  Here are some highlights:

Jesse Scott was the overall winner with 77.24 miles
The Hobby Joggas did exceptionally well, including Rick Robbins and Brandon Mulnix surpassing 60 miles, Mark Robillard knocking on the door with 59.5, Stuart Peterson and Tony Schaub topping 50 miles, amd Ryan Hansard just missing the mark with 49.6.  Shelly and Emily Read More...

HUFF 50k Race Report

Dec 22, 2010 | 6 Comments

This isn’t my typical race report… this one is succinct.   Instead of spending a lot of time writing, I’ve been experimenting with video editing.  I may post a longer report in the near future.  In the interim, here’s a brief description of the HUFF 50k and the accompanying video.

Shelly and I were looking forward to this road trip to Indiana to run the HUFF 50k.  Mark Robillard, our friend and my unofficial brother, had been out of Read More...

1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at History in the Making

Oct 18, 2010 | 5 Comments

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the 1st Annual NYC Barefoot Run John Durant, the organizer, asked me to participate as a clinic leader.  I was excited to attend the event, but it fell directly in the middle of a series of planned road trips.

Shelly and I were apprehensive about leaving our children for multiple weekends in succession.  Since school had started, our family time was dramatically reduced.  After mulling Read More...

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The Greatest Ultramarathon Finish Ever! And a few more stories from the North Country Trail Races…

Aug 30, 2010 | 5 Comments

The North Country Trail Races held in Manistee, Michigan proved to be a memorable experience.  Personally, the race was an abysmal failure (more on that later).  Despite my own poor showing, this was a weekend filled with great stories.

The 50 Mile Finish

The headline HAS to be the finish of the 50 miler.  Jesse Scott, my occasional training partner, pacer at Burning River, and friend was running his first-ever 50 miler.  He battled with Brad Hinton over the Read More...

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The Best Worst Run of My Life: Know When to Hold Them…

Aug 15, 2010 | 15 Comments

August 14th, Fallsburg marathon, Lowell, Michigan.  I set a personal worst for the marathon distance.  I experienced things in this race I have never experienced before.  

Cramping.  

Dead legs. 

Extreme nausea.

To top it off, I missed a turn and ran an alternate route for about a mile.  I have a seriously painful bruise on the arch of my left foot.  My body feels the cumulative effects of being beaten up repeatedly, and is not responding well.

Despite all this, Fallsburg proved to Read More...

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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.  Read More...

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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 Read More...