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, […]
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 […]
Several people have emailed or messaged me regarding the last part of the Mind the Ducks Race report and the Ultramarathons for Lazy Runners series. I haven’t forgotten about either, but I had a more pressing project that I am racing to finish.
Rest assured, I will have the last part of the Mind the Ducks story posted very soon. The Ultras for Lazy Runners series will continue shortly after.
In the interim, I have to post a very brief […]
Normally, I am 100% supportive of race directors. I got a tiny taste of the experience earlier this year, and it is an incredibly stressful, thankless job. I have tremendous respect for anyone that accepts this challenge. Well, until now.
Running and Rambling is one of my favorite blogs. If you don’t read it, you need to check it out. Donald is a fellow ultrarunner, ardent supporter of the minimalist shoe movement, awesome product reviewer, and all around nice guy. […]
I woke up around 4:30am. I like to have plenty of time to prepare. My exact pre-race tradition is a closely-guarded secret, so I will only reveal this: it includes pop-tarts, instant coffee, and duct tape. Once Shelly and I were ready, we headed down to Mark and Jesse’s room. After a few “what were you guys doing behind closed doors” jokes (which were even funnier after last night), Shelly and I […]
We pulled up to Shelley’s driveway about 12 hours after leaving Grand Rapids. It has been a long drive, but we could finally relax. We knocked on the door; Shelley answered. We exchanged hugs and she led us inside. We grabbed some beer or wine, more pizza, and began talking to our fellow runners. Everyone there was either running, crewing, or volunteering tomorrow. We answered a few questions about the trip, about barefoot running, […]