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Hanging out with BFF Oden after yet another long run. My legs tell the story of the day and the season.

Training program for UTMB, my 2017 apex race || Interview with David Roche

How have I trained for Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), the world’s premier ultra marathon? As part of an ongoing series, I interviewed again my coach, David Roche, transcript below. But to fully understand the context of this training, it may be necessary to read similar interviews prior to my two other big races […]

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A snowy Muir Pass. Good tracks are visible.

John Muir Trail early-season 2017: What was it like? || Part 1: Snow coverage, navigation & snowshoes

Q | Describe your your prior backpacking experience — generally, in the High Sierra, and in early-season conditions. A | Since I was young, family vacations have revolved around outdoor activities (hiking, skiing, fishing, etc.). My true “backpacking” experience began in the summer of 2016 when I went on an 11-day expedition to Alaska as […]

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A legendary combination. . . Crocs and crampons.

John Muir Trail early-season 2017: What was it like? || Part 4: Mosquitoes & final thoughts

Q | Did you encounter any mosquitoes? At what elevation and times of day? Thankfully, we encountered mosquitoes only a few times, and only once or twice were they bad enough that we put on our headnets. That said, those mosquitoes we encountered swarmed aggressively (that that’s coming from someone who grew up in South […]

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Finding my climbing legs near Glencoe, Scotland, on an early-morning "run" of Sgor Nam Fiannaidh

Strength AND speed: 100-mile ultra training philosophy || Interview with David Roche

On Friday I toe the line for my second race of the year, the Bighorn 100 in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains. Like the Boston Marathon, Bighorn is an endurance running event. But the races are different animals in nearly all other respects. Most notably, Bighorn has 100 miles of singletrack and jeep roads, features 20,000 vertical feet of climbing, and reaches a […]

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High volume weeks in February, to build a base of endurance.

A 526-word summary: The complete training cycle for road, trail & ultra running

Recently I have posted two excellent interviews with running coach David Roche: From Ultra(slow) to 2:3X Marathoner, and Dialing it in: Taper training for the Boston Marathon They’re long and rich, but not quick reads. To maximize their value, you might actually have to read them more than once. So for those just wanting an executive […]

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Cruising country roads in Boulder County, with views of the Flatirons and snow-capped Indian Peaks.

Dialing it in: Taper training for the Boston Marathon || Interview with David Roche

Last month I posted a comprehensive interview with running coach extraordinaire David Roche. If you have not read it already, you should — it is valuable context for this interview, in addition to having standalone value. Days after publishing it, I entered the last stage of my training for the Boston Marathon, which is April 17, a week from […]

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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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The BV500 and Ursack AllWhite S29.3 are both about 650 cubic inches in volume. But the Ursak is 60 percent lighter and is soft-sided. Which would you rather carry?

Interview with Ursack CEO: Yosemite food regs, lobbying, & new products

Among bear-resistant food containers certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), the Ursack S29.3 AllWhite is easily my favorite. It weighs just 8 oz, or 80 percent less than my BearVault BV500, which has the same volume. It’s also $10 less. And, Unlike plastic or carbon fiber canisters, it’s soft-sided and collapsible, and as comfortable to […]

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