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Across the Years 72 Hour Footrace Race Report: Junk Food, Alcohol, Sex, and a Wooden Ball

Jan 8, 2012 | 12 Comments

Across the Years is a timed loop ultramarathon held annually in the Phoenix, Arizona area.  The race spans the end of one year to the beginning of the next… hence the name.  There are three options- a 24 hour, 48 hour, and 72 hour.  When Shelly and I were planning our schedule, this event fit nicely.  It would place us in Phoenix for the new year and would give me an opportunity to put up quite a few Read More...

The Impossible Terrain: An Analysis Of What Cannot Be Conquered Barefoot

Oct 19, 2011 | 14 Comments

Back in the day, I used to believe any surface could be run barefoot if you had adequate training.  The premise was backed by a simple philosophy.  Good running form would negate every potential problem a runner could encounter.

I fell into a classic trap- I took my experiences on roads, sidewalks, and minimally-technical trails and generalized those experiences to everything.  I’m going out on a limb, but those that believe it’s possible to run barefoot anywhere Read More...

How to Convince People to Sign Up for Ultramarathons

Aug 31, 2011 | 13 Comments

I’ll admit it- I have a problem.  I love convincing people to sign up for ultramarathons.  If they already run ultras, I ‘ll try to convince them to sign up for longer ultras.

Why?

I think most people seriously underestimate their own capabilities… not only as runners but in life in general.  Completing a crazy-long race usually convinces people they can face any life challenge.  Most of us possess the inner-strength to push beyond any and Read More...

Blogs Worth Reading: Donald Buraglio Contemplates Running Tahoe Rim 100 Miler in Soft-Star Moccasins

Jul 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

I get no greater joy that seeing others pushing the envelope in minimalist footwear.  Donald Buraglio, writer of the Running and Rambling blog and co-author of ‘The Running Life‘ (which I reviewed here) is contemplating running the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 miler in Soft Star moccasins.  These shoes are nearly perfect minimalist shoes.  He describes his decision-making process on his blog.

To the best of my knowledge, there still aren’t too many of Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report: Part Six

Jul 5, 2011 | 15 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

Part Four- The Frantic Race Against the Clock

Part Five- The Finish

Post-Race Festivities

My exact post-race memories were a bit of a blur.  After my crew led me to the finish line, I rode a high for about 15 minutes.  Then sheer exhaustion set in.

I’ll try my Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report: Part Five

Jul 4, 2011 | 24 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

Part Four- The Frantic Race Against the Clock

In the last installment, Jeremiah and I safely arrived at the Highway 49 aid station.  When he began pacing me way back at Foresthill at mile 62, I was 45 minutes over the 24 hour cutoff.  We spent the last 31.5 miles hammering away at that time.  Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Four

Jul 4, 2011 | 6 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

Part Three- The Dreaded Canyons

The last installment ended as Jeremiah and I were leaving the Foresthill Aid Station.  For the first time in the race, I realized I was making MUCH better time than I thought.  I was 45 minutes over the 24 hour pace.  If I could manage to make up that 45 minutes over the last 38.2 miles, I Read More...

2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report- Part Three

Jul 4, 2011 | 10 Comments

Part One- Pre-Race Festivities

Part Two- The First 43 Miles

In the last chapter, I gave a rough outline of the time before hitting the Last Chance Aid Station.  Actually, I’m not even positive my memories before the Last Chance aid station are correct.  At that point in a 100 miler, I tend to focus inwardly and ignore the details like the sequence of events. I rely on my crew to remember important (i.e.- Read More...