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Run/Walk Strategies During Ultramarathons: Do They Work? Is THIS a Better Solution?

Apr 25, 2011 | 13 Comments

It’s been awhile since I posted an ultrarunning article.  This one was inspired by a 34 mile training run with Jesse Scott.  We’re training for the Mind the Ducks 12 12 Hour ultra in Rochester, NY on May 14th.  To help prepare us trail runners prepare for half a day on asphalt, we did this run on a paved bike path.

At about mile 20, Jesse decided to mix things up a bit by adding the […]

How I’ll break Out of a Rut- Lets Fight the Late Winter Doldrums Together

Mar 11, 2011 | 3 Comments

[The following post was written by Jesse Scott.  Jesse is one of the writers I recently recruited to occasionally write for BRU.  Check out his blog “In Search of Solid Ground” to read more of Jesse’s writings.]

Something I dislike doing is explicitly telling others what to do. We’re all individuals with our own wants, needs, and feelings. The best way for me to help others is by giving an example, or in most […]

Vibram Five Fingers Komodo First Look, Simplifying for Charity, and Training News

Vibram Five Fingers Komodo First Look, Simplifying for Charity, and Training News

Feb 27, 2011 | 3 Comments

Vibram Five Fingers Very Premature Review

Yes, yes, I know I vowed to abandon Vibram awhile ago.  I just couldn’t resist the urge to try out their new Komodos.  They look pretty cool, which was one of the reasons I was tempted.  The color scheme matches my school’s colors, so I plan to wear these to work on occasion.  Gotta have school spirit!

Anyway, here are some very preliminary thoughts:

I think these […]

Overcoming Winter Laziness: The Nine Day Trifecta Plunge

Jan 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

Winter sucks.  Nothing saps my motivation like the combination of cold and darkness.  I should be rigorously training for Western States.  Instead, I have been lazily lounging around inventing excuses to avoid physical activity.  Over the last two weeks I’ve run a total of seven miles.  Since that training volume won’t help me get to the finish line in Auburn, I decided to do something radical to jump-start my motivation.

Enter The Nine Day Trifecta Plunge.  […]

6 Lessons Learned From a Hard Run in the Snow

Dec 29, 2010 | 12 Comments

Jesse Scott and I decided to take advantage of our holiday break and get in one more long training run.  Being slightly stupid, we decided it would be a good idea to do a long out-and-back completely unsupported on an unknown trail in questionable conditions.  It sounded perfectly logical in the planning phase!

For those that don’t like wordy explanations, here’s a shortened version:

Trail was hard, we hurt a lot.  We made it about 30 […]


Bad Run… Was it Inadequate Recovery, The Paleo Diet, or Heat/ Dehydration?

Jul 16, 2010 | 10 Comments

I went for a 9-plus mile run this morning with Jesse Scott (who’s new blog includes his tear-inducing inspirational story about his journey to becoming a runner… check it out and become a follower of his!).  The run was supposed to be my last fast trail run before Burning River.  My goal was to run at a sub-8:00 minute pace and hope to break 7:30.  We ended up with an 8:11 pace.  

The first two miles felt great!  According […]


Barefoot Running on Crushed Limestone

Jul 3, 2010 | 7 Comments

There are many surfaces runners traverse while pursuing their adventures.  To the shod runner, most surfaces are “runnable.”  There’s little difference between asphalt, dirt trails, gravel, or crushed limestone.   The barefoot runner has an decidedly different experience. 

Many surfaces present unique challenges.  Here are a few:

Asphalt: This surface can be abrasive if form is poor, blisters are common.  It can also get hot if exposed to direct sunlight.
Gravel: The size and frequency of larger rocks can dramatically influence the gravel experience.  […]


The Long Run Pics

Jul 2, 2010 | 3 Comments

Preparing the gear for the unsuppported run.

Taking a water break.  Pictured from left to right: Mark Robillard, James Webber, Jesse Scott, and Jeremiah Cataldo.

Jesse’s open wound from his Camel Bak

Jesse’s bloody nose.

Mark, Jeremiah, and Jesse running into the sunset.

At the half-way point…