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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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New FKT: Pawnee-Buchanan Loop || Take note, UTMB

The Pawnee-Buchanan Loop has become a classic among ultra runners and backpackers. It’s about 27 miles long, includes two 12,000-foot passes over the Continental Divide, and the starting trailhead is a 60-minute drive from my front door. (Side note: To spice up this loop, use the Pfiffner Traverse to connect Buchanan and Cascade Creeks, rather […]

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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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Data dump: Boston Marathon course GPX & vertical profile; plus pacing, heart rate & workout details

My Boston Marathon coverage finishes with a data dump. It’s mostly for my purposes, so I can quickly access and compare the information in the future; but there are a few resources that will be useful for any Boston participant. Boston Marathon course GPX file During the race I wore a Suunto Ambit GPS sport […]

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Packed crowds on Hereford Street, about a half-mile from the finish

Boston Marathon || Notes for next time: Tips, advice & reflections on training, pacing, spectating & more

I thought Boston would be a one-and-done affair. I’m not so sure now. For the  next time, here are some tips, advice, and reflections that will be useful for first-timers and veterans alike: General Until race day, I didn’t fully grasp the scale of the event. The numbers help convey this: Nearly 30,000 runners participate. At […]

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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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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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