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David, wife and speedster Megan, and rescue dog Addie, a spaniel/retriever mix

From ultra(slow) runner to 2:3X marathoner || Training methodology, with coach David Roche

For the last three years I have perhaps been more serious about running than about backpacking. It’s a function of lifestyle and age: running 10-20 hours per week is more compatible with marriage than thru-hiking would be, and at nearly 36-years-old I have only a few years left in which to run really fast lifetime PR’s. I took […]

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Baystate Invitational, Franklin Park, Boston. Fall 1997.

Race calendar 2017: Boston, Bighorn, and Blanc

In March I will turn 36 years-old. Sadly, for a male long-distance runner I am thought to be at the end of my physical prime, if not already beyond it. Sure, many older runners do phenomenal things. For example, last year 85-year Ed Whitlock ran a sub-4:00 marathon, and 44-year-old Jeff Browning was the second-ranked ultra runner in the […]

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Pre-race meeting in the South Park Community Church

Notes for next time: Pacing, training, course beta + more || Silverheels 100

“Notes for next time” has become a regular feature on this site, following major hikes and races. Its usefulness to readers is unclear to me, but I plan to keep it up anyway — I reference them often enough prior to future big hikes and races to make the effort worthwhile. Let’s get started. Links […]

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A deep field of elite runners at the 2016 Run Rabbit Run 100

UTMB dreams and qualifying nightmares

The qualifying requirements for Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), Europe’s marquee 102-mile ultra marathon, are unique and complex — and, some might say, brazen. They also underwent significant changes for the 2015 season. To help avoid disappointment or mid-season race shuffling (as I just went through), I thought I would provide an overview, and some insight […]

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As you're running a 7-minute mile through town and towards Alpine Gulch Trailhead, consider all of the climbing ahead of you.

San Juan Solstice 50M || Notes for next time

It’d been seven years since I last ran the San Juan Solstice 50M, and wish I’d kept a record like this one: Training After the Colorado Marathon, I increased my mileage and — much more significantly — my weekly vertical. Before the taper, I put in three consecutive weeks with 80+ miles and 15k+ climbing. I did not […]

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Not exactly model form, but at least I'm relaxed this early in the race. I'm hoping that I was braking intentionally here, because it was so easy to go too fast in the early miles of this course.

Sold on spring marathons

Somewhat reluctantly, I registered for the Colorado Marathon in early-January. If it had not been means to a Boston qualifier, it probably would not have been on my radar. Months of training on flat bike trails, country roads, and high school tracks? No thanks. Or so I thought. Now, two weeks removed from the race, […]

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To avoid being intimidated by the marathon distance or pace, I ran a solo time trial 3.5 weeks before race day. It was a huge confidence booster to have a baseline effort.

Colorado Marathon: Smooth Move, Pacing & more Notes for Next Time

Previous “Notes for Next Time” posts (like this one and this one) have proven helpful to me, and popular with you. Why make the same mistakes twice, or risk forgetting something that could help us achieve better results on a second attempt? Here are my takeaways from last weekend’s Colorado Marathon: Training Tempo efforts offer the […]

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I see a high route.

Fun in 2016: What I have planned

It’s almost April, yet just recently has my 2016 play calendar taken shape. Normally my schedule is dialed by now, but I have more flexibility this year since I’m not guiding trips or actively speaking. The extra time was useful — it gave me an opportunity to reflect on 2015, and to ponder my long-term commitment to 2017 projects that necessitate action […]

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