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Book Review: “Got to Live” by Jay Danek

Nov 8, 2013 | No Comments

Many months ago, Jay sent me a copy of his ultraruning book “Got to Live.” Given that I more or less stopped running, I never quite got around to writing the review. Honestly, I had forgotten about it until I started the tentative planning for a benji [my new favorite term for hundred milers] next year.

Anyway, Jay’s book was released at a great time. There aren’t too many ultra books on the market, and the […]

Getting Back Into the Game: The Hows and Whys of Considering a Hundred Miler

Oct 27, 2013 | 4 Comments

It’s been a long time since I considered running an ultra. It’s been about a year, actually. I had recently finished Grindstone and was “preparing” to run Chimera. Somewhere between those two events, I lost all desire to run. It was perplexing, but wasn’t especially stressful. It’s given me a significant amount of time to reflect on my running “career.”

A series of events have conspired to reignited the desire to run an ultra, including:

I miss the […]

“Crossfit Can Be Dangerous?!?” Further Evidence People Can Be Really Fucking Clueless

Sep 24, 2013 | 8 Comments

Over the last few days, this article has popped up several times on my Facebook news feed. A quick synopsis for lazy folks: The extreme nature of some Crossfit workouts coupled with a culture of pushing the body to the extreme can put people at danger of rhabdomyolysis (a potentially fatal condition where destroyed muscle cells clog the kidneys.)

After reading lots of comments, I couldn’t help but come to the realization that the general population is […]

Why Ultrarunners are Badasses

Aug 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

The term “gameness” is used to describe hunting and fighting dogs. Wikipedia defines gameness as:

“…eagerness despite the threat of substantive injury. Dogs displaying this trait can also be described as persevering, ready and willing, full of fight, spirited, or plucky.” 

It’s a desirable trait selectively bred in some breeds, especially terriers. As hunting dogs, this trait drives the dog to hunt no matter how much suffering it experiences… to the point of death. This isn’t a […]

Sleep Deprivation Ultramarathon Training

Oct 18, 2012 | 8 Comments

Doc Ott recently wrote a blog post about his strategy for ultra training. He essentially came up with a method that allows him to hit high mileage and still spend time with his family.

His methodology brought back not-so-fond memories of my early days as an ultrarunner. I was more or less in the same boat- I had a finite amount of time to train but needed to build an endurance base to handle the rigors […]

Electrolytes: Do I Need Them?

Oct 16, 2012 | 12 Comments

Back when I started running ultras, the consumption of supplemental electrolytes was more or less a given. If you were runnign long, you needed to be consuming a product like !S Caps, Salt Sticks, or good ‘ole rock salt. The logic made sense- you lost salt via sweat. When combined with water consumption, runners risked hyponatremia.

I would take one S! Cap about every hour or so depending on temperature. My sweat would get saltier and […]

Complaining About Races: Don’t be a Little Bitch

Oct 13, 2012 | 13 Comments

Jay Danek, a Facebook friend and fellow ultrarunner, recently wrote a post about complaining to race directors. I liked the way Jay handled the situation, which included jumping to a conclusion before cooling off. Hats off, Jay.

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of complaining in races. Here are a few examples:

Lady at Western States in ’11 was bitching to an aid station worker because they didn’t have enough flavors […]

The Value of a Pacer in Ultramarathons

Oct 10, 2012 | One Comment

A pacer is a runner that runs with you during an ultramarathon.In most cases, pacers are allowed to join you in the later stages of a race. While many shorter ultras allow pacers, they’re most commonly found in 100 milers.

Pacers serve as a guide, motivator, coach, entertainer, and cheerleader. A pacer does so much more than simply set the running pace. A good pacer keeps you on the course. They remind you to eat and drink. […]