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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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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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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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Leadville 100 in photos

Special thanks to Rob O’Dea Photography for letting me include a few of his images on this page. Pulling into Twin Lakes on the inbound leg (mile 60). It’s uncommon to see ultra-runners carrying trekking poles, which, frankly, bewilders me — trekking poles are invaluable during the climbs, especially steep ones: they allowed me to […]

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