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In the medical tent after finsihing the Leadville 100 in 2008. I'd destroyed myself in the process of finishing 2nd in 18:17: I couldn't sit up on my own, and I had to be loaded into my car on a gurney and carried into the house where we are staying. Makes you wonder: Why am I going to do this to myself again?

My 2015 ultra running race schedule: Strategy & considerations

A non-running subject to start. Join me on Thursday, February 19 at 11am PST for a live online event about backpacking shelters. We’ll be discussing pros & cons of double- and single-wall tents, tarps, hammocks, and bivies. Register here: http://sierradesigns.yourbrandlive.com/c/2015tents This year excites me, a lot. It’s the first since 2010 in which I have both the desire […]

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At the finish with old friend Jeremy Humphrey and his wife Brandi. Jeremy finished a few minutes and places ahead of me.

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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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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Example of a runner's metabolic efficiency at various intensity levels (pace)

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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Amanda in the Marin Headlands during the 2012 TNF marathon

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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