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Running Faster: Humbled by a Tempo Run

Jun 26, 2012 | 12 Comments

I want to get faster. Part of my plan involves the addition of tempo runs to my training.

Shelly and I did a 60 minute run- we ran down the road for 30 minutes, turned around, then ran back. The goal is to get as far as possible and make it back to the start line before time expires.

The first mile was great! I was being mildly conservative, but manages to cruise to a […]

Epic Stupid Run Fail: Boulder to Nederland

May 3, 2012 | 21 Comments

The Rockies have sufficiently humbled me.

Yesterday, I went on a planned 50ish mile run with Jesse Scott and his friend Ely. We planned to run from Boulder to Nederland, CO using a network of trails that wind through the mountains. Here’s the blow-by-blow of the adventure:

We leave Jesse place at about 7:45 am, run about a mile to meet Ely on the UC Boulder campus. We run a few miles to the trail […]

Maffetone Versus Crossfit Endurance: Which Is Better

Dec 26, 2011 | 17 Comments

If you participate in any of the barefoot and minimalist forums (Runner’s World, Barefoot Runners Society, Ted’s Google Group) you’ve probably come across a thread about the Maffetone method.  This sudden upsurge of interest in Maffetone interests me, especially because it comes on the heels of a burst of interest in high-intensity interval training (Crossfit Endurance is a popular version.)

First, a quick primer on the Maffetone method and CFE.  Phil Maffetone is a dude that, […]

Running and the Placebo Effect

Sep 15, 2011 | 10 Comments

Ah, the placebo effect.  It’s that tricky little seemingly psychological effect that causes completely useless things to appear effective.  It’s typically defined as a measurable or observable improvement not attributable to an intervention.  If we frame it within running, I’m going to give it a slightly different definition:

A noticeable improvement in performance that is not the result of training, gear, or other external “stuff.” 

In my last post, I talked about the need to experiment […]

The Greatest Secret To Running Success

Sep 14, 2011 | 11 Comments

Is it goal-setting?


Yasso 800’s?


Tracking every run with a Garmin and uploading it to Daily Mile?

Not at all.

Running with a smile on your face?

Well, sometimes.  But that’s not much of a secret anymore.

So what is this secret holy grail that will make you a tremendous runner?  It’s so simple, the vast majority of runners overlook it.  Us barefoot runners have a foot up […]

Run for Fun: A Running Plan for the Rest of Us

Jun 30, 2011 | 21 Comments

My post on my Western States training regimen received some interesting responses. Quick summary- I managed to finish the 100.2 mile race with a training regimen based entirely on the occasional long run mixed with some hill repeats. All my workouts were done for a specific reason- they were fun.

In some cases, those workouts may have been done with friends. Other times they were done in new and interesting locations. In every […]

Ultramarathon Training: What I Did for Western States

Jun 28, 2011 | 51 Comments

I’m getting quite a few questions about my training for Western States… mostly from the people that were aware of my lackadaisical approach I took.   The race performance did not seem even remotely possible given my apparent training regimen.  Some (Shacky) even accused me of sandbagging.  🙂

For my three previous 100 milers, I took various approaches.

For the first Burning River attempt in ’08, I followed Crossfit and Crossfit Endurance religiously.  I meticulously planned every detail […]

Goofy Ultra Training Ideas

May 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

Western States is 53 days away.  That gives me a little over nine weeks to dial in my training.  So far, everything is going according to plan.  I divide my training into various elements that will ultimately help me over the 100 miles.  Here are the basic elements of my training:

Long runs– Usually one per week ranging from 20-35 miles.  At some point I will include a long back-to-back.  The long runs also includes two races (Mind the […]