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The 100 Miler Bucket List: Seeking Challenges

Oct 9, 2012 | 13 Comments

Sometimes people ask why I run ultras. While there are a lot of reasons, the challenge is a major draw. Specifically, I love the challenges presented by 100 milers. Every race is wrought with potential problems that need to be solved on the fly.

Top of the foot hurts? Better re-lace my shoes.

Quads are starting to burn? I have to adjust my gait.

After 30 packets of Gu, I feel like I’m going to […]

Last Minute Grindstone Preparation, Clinic in North Carolina!

Oct 4, 2012 | 3 Comments

I’ll be starting the Grindstone 100 miler tomorrow evening at 6pm in Swoope, Virginia. It’ll be my second attempt at the race after DNFing last year. My preparation has improved dramatically. Last year, my training went something like this:

I ran Western States toward the end of June. My lone run over 12 miles was a road marathon the week before Grindstone (Freedom’s Run in West Virginia). My average weekly mileage rarely surpassed 20 miles.
I didn’t run any technical […]

Grindstone 100 Miler Preparation

Sep 21, 2012 | 3 Comments

In about three weeks, I’ll be attempting the Grindstone 100 miler in Swoope, VA for the second time. The first time around, I DNFed around the half way point. It was an abysmal failure, but a great learning experience. My preparation for this attempt feels much better.

Last year, I was overly confident based on my positive experiences at Western States. This was my thought process immediately before the race:

I ran very […]

Nine Bizarre Tips to Help You Finish an Ultramarathon

Aug 2, 2012 | 6 Comments

Running long distances can be difficult because you eventually hit a point where you will want to stop. If the distance is long enough, no amount of willpower or determination will get you to the finish line. However, there are a few tricks that can be used to help increase the odds.

Trick #1: Expect the pain. Ultras hurt. Acknowledging and expecting the pain is a good first step. It’s also useful to know the pain […]

The Allure of the 100 Miler: 12 Reasons it Should be on Your Bucket List

Jul 30, 2012 | 10 Comments

Ah, the 100 miler. It’s a distance unlike any other. Over the last two months or so, I’ve had the opportunity to run or crew/pace for three separate hundos. I ran the Bighorn 100, had a front-row seat to Jesse Scott’s first 100 mile finish at Tahoe Rim, and ran a little under 2/3 of the Grand Mesa 100 with Shelly and Jesse.

During that time, I’ve been reacquainted with the magic of this distance. Any race […]

Tahoe Rim Trail 100, Grand Mesa 100, Trans-Rockies Stage Race, and Upcoming Clinics

Jul 25, 2012 | No Comments

This has been a busy week, hence the shortage of posts. My message in boxes are piling up quickly and the chores are falling by the wayside. 🙂

In the news:

Shelly and I, along with our awesome friends Krista Cavender, Jon Sanregret, paced and crewed Jesse Scott to his first 100 miler at Tahoe Rim this last weekend. Jesse kicked ass! I’ll try to write a crew report as soon as possible, though I […]

The Thermal Chimney Hat: The World’s Greatest Hat for Ultrarunning?

Jul 16, 2012 | 26 Comments

Hats. Most runners wear them at least some of the time. My preferred hat has been a desert camo boonie hat, which has performed admirably. Could there be a better solution, though?

My recent discovery and subsequent discussions on moisture-wicking materials and thermoregulation piqued my interest in hats. Specifically, a discussion on Barefoot Ted’s Google Group led me to try a stray sun hat. That same discussion also led me to consider modifications that would make […]

Thermoregulation and Running: A Cool Idea

Jul 14, 2012 | 29 Comments

The Evil Moisture Wicking Clothing?

In a previous post, I theorized about the role a moisture-wicking shirt played in three crappy runs over the last seven months or so. After reading your comments and doing a little research, my “ah-ha’ moment wasn’t quite so revolutionary. The conclusion is pretty obvious:

Moisture wicking clothing does more harm than good for runners in hot weather.

The reasoning is simple- the mechanism of drawing moisture away from the skin thwarts […]