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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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To create splits for a 20-hour finish, I added 13 percent to Rob Krar's times in last year's race.

Notes for next time: Pacing, gear, intakes, and crewing

That I’m already talking about a “next time” is a good indication that I was pleased with my Run Rabbit Run 100 performance and that my recovery has been relatively mild. I have no specific plans yet, but I think it’s apparent that I do relatively better in races that are longer and have more […]

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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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