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7 hours, 20 minutes: a realistic goal for 50 miles based on training runs?

Before every high school cross-country and track meet, my coach Frank Mooney gave each runner an index card with a goal time and suggested splits written on it. A goal time was meant to be challenging but within reach on a good day, and the suggested splits helped us stay on track through the start, […]

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How I’m training for a 50-mile ultra marathon trail race

Six weeks from this Saturday, I’m racing The North Face Endurance Challenge GORE-TEX 50-Mile in California’s stunning Marin Headlands. I ran this same race in 2010, a few months after the Alaska-Yukon Expedition, and it will be my first ultra marathon since. With $30,000 in prize money for the top 3 male and female finishers, this […]

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20% off coupon for Ultimate Direction, through June 26 only

When Buzz Burrell became the Brand Manager at Ultimate Direction in early-2012, the brand was dead. No longer, much thanks to a brilliant product and marketing story: the Signature Series running vests. They’re now de facto mandatory equipment in the ultrarunning scene, and I see them regularly on Boulder’s foothills trails, too. Nice work, Buzz! […]

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Why the Leadville Trail 100 felt like Lollapalooza — is Lifetime Fitness a friend or foe?

I had been seriously contemplating running the Leadville 100 next year –- I mean, I’d have one of the best coaches by way of my (new) husband—and heck, it’s practically in our backyard. I no longer plan to run the Leadville 100 next year. We had headed up to Leadville this year because I’d been […]

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Review: “In the High Country,” starring Anton Krupicka. A running movie that’s finally not about running.

What’s so interesting about Anton Krupicka, the Boulder-based ultrarunner who is easily identifiable on local trails, possibly sporting the Ultimate Direction race vest named after him, and in New Balance advertisements due to his shirtless bronzed torso, flowing hair, scruffy beard, and Minimus shoes? Personally, I don’t find it to be the minutiae of what […]

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Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

In February and March 2009 I hiked from Arches National Park to the Grand Canyon, which I traversed from east to west. The trip was 800 miles long and took about 4.5 weeks. I finished a day earlier than I anticipated, on Tuesday March 17th, and could think of few better things to do with […]

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