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New Goals; New Adventures

Nov 10, 2013 | One Comment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been contemplating new goals. I haven’t really had too many goals over the last few years; I’ve just enjoyed flowing through life. I feels like it’s about time to get some direction. The following are the goals I’m considering for 2014 but haven’t made a firm commitment:

1. Run another benji (100 miler.) It’s been a year since I ran my last ultra, and I miss it enough to seriously consider […]

Training on an Empty Stomach: A Low Heartrate Alternative?

Jul 2, 2012 | 24 Comments

Many of my ultra friends have started experimenting with low heart rate training. The technique is based on the idea that we can train our body to run faster while remaining in an aerobic zone (burning fat versus carbs as a primary fuel). Many people have had success with the method. I’ve played around with the idea, but found the long, slow running to be too boring. It took the fun out of running.

For years, I’ve […]

Are Clean Freak Parents Committing Child Abuse?

Jun 24, 2012 | 16 Comments

Here’s a quick parenting quiz for the parents out there:

1. Your five year old child is eating their own boogers. What do you do?

A. Scream at them and slap the booger out of their hand.

B. Ignore them and go back to doing what you were doing.

2. You’re in the grocery store. Your six year old child is licking a grocery cart. What do […]

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 […]

Gymboss Interval Timer Review

Jan 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

When people begin barefoot running, they usually start at very low mileage.  This is a wise strategy, but may be difficult for runners accustomed to high mileage or high intensity.   When they ask for an alternative to running while they make the transition, I always suggest burpee pullups.

I also recommend programs like Pete Kemme’s workouts or Crossfit.  The problem- many of these workouts are based on intervals… usually of the […]

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Chapter Three: Can I run ultras if I’m already a slow runner?

Feb 26, 2010 | 4 Comments

There’s a myth that runners have to be good to run ultramarathons.  By “good” I mean fast.  Sure, many ultrarunners are blazing fast in shorter races.  It’s not a prerequisite, though.  It’s entirely possible to be turtle-slow and still finish an ultra.  I would go out on a limb and say it may be advantageous to be slow. Generally speaking, there’s an inverse relationship between speed and distance.  As distances increase speed (as measured by pace) decreases.  Once you get […]

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Ultramarathons for Lazy Runners: Chapter Two- What does it take to run ultras?

Feb 25, 2010 | 3 Comments

So you’re still deciding if you want to tackle the ultramarthon distance.  You’re intrigued by the idea, but you have doubts.  What exactly does it take to run ultras?  As it turns out, it’s probably not as difficult as one would imagine.

First, it does take some degree of physical fitness.  If your goal is to simply finish the race, it is critical that you have the ability to spend a long period of time on your feet.  The “time on […]

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Ultramarathons for Lazy Runners: Chapter One- Why Run Ultras?

Feb 24, 2010 | 7 Comments

When people ask this seemingly simple question, I’m often left without a response. There are the typical canned responses like, “I like the challenge”, “I enjoy trail running/nature/pooping in the woods” or the ever-popular “Oprah ruined the marathon.”
My reasons are a little more personal. We all have that little voice in our head that tells us to stop. It is the self-doubt or regulator that is ready to throw in the towel. Some would call it a self-preservation instinct. […]