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The deepest and most talented TNF50 field ever?

The starting line of last weekend’s The North Face 50 Mile Championship was a who’s-who of the ultra running scene, primarily domestic but with some international flavor, too. Some of the faces I knew from Boulder or past industry events like Galen Burrell, Sage Canady, Dave Mackey, and Jorge Maravilla. But others I knew only […]

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TNF 50 Mile Race Report: Reflections on pacing, nutrition, training, and a lot more

It almost certainly will not be another four years until I race again. But overtime my recollection of The North Face 50 Mile Championship will change: I’ll forget the finer details, and my reflections will be influenced by future developments and conversations. So my race report is meant to be as instructive to me as […]

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Gear List — The North Face 50 Mile Championship

The North Face 50 Mile Championship is now just three days away. I began thinking about the clothing, footwear, and equipment that I would use months ago, giving me ample time to obtain, test, and familiarize myself with different options during my ultra running training. And now that I have a good sense for race […]

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Pace charts for TNF 50. And how everyone starts too fast.

The two weeks before a big race can be challenging in the enforced inactivity. Between mid-October and mid-November I ran about 14 hours per week on average, but during my taper for The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championship this weekend I’m running less than half that, creating a lot of free time. However, I have found it […]

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Metabolic Efficiency Testing: Explanation and motivations

Tomorrow I am having tested my “metabolic efficiency” by Dina Griffin of eNRG Performance in Denver. In this post I will explain the concept and its relevance for backpackers and runners. In a second post, I’ll share my results. What is Metabolic Efficiency? Our bodies rely primarily on two sources of energy: Carbohydrates Fat Carbohydrates are most quickly […]

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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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