2017 Hell Hath No Hurry 50K
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2017 Hell Hath No Hurry 50K

Hail to the King, Baby. – Ash More late race reports! Date of Race: 24 June 2017 The later half of June brings many things: My son’s last day of school, Father’s Day, our annual road trip, and of course – the Hell Hath No Hurry 50k Trail Run. After winning 50k race last year, I had … Continue reading

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2017 Armed Forces Half Marathon

Don’t Drink Near a Race Sign-up. Event: Armed Forces Half Marathon Location: Concord, CA Date of event: May 26, 2017 Friday evening, at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, I was sitting at the E.J, Phair Brewery and Restaurant in downtown Concord, watching a lot of smiling, happy faces go to the race sign-up … Continue reading

Silver State 50/50
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Silver State 50/50

Date of Race: 20 May 2017 Date of Report: 17 Jan 2018 —- Link to why this is so late in publishing. TL;DR – Overworked, overwhelmed, spread thin, depression, reinvention, failure, reinvention again. Forward progress. —- If you’re thinking about the Silver State 50/50 – do it. I had heard a lot of positive things … Continue reading

2017 Rina’s Run Half Marathon Race Report (Now the Ripon’s Run Half!)
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2017 Rina’s Run Half Marathon Race Report (Now the Ripon’s Run Half!)

UPDATE : STARTING 2018 THIS IS NOW CALLED THE ‘RIPON’S RUN HALF MARATHON’. The entire pacing crew from 2017 was invited back, myself included, but I will not be able to make it for 2018. I wish!  Before I even toed the line at my first pacing event, I signed up for my second…. With … Continue reading

2017 Reno5000 Downtown River Run Marathon Race Report
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2017 Reno5000 Downtown River Run Marathon Race Report

All (My) Eggs in One Basket Earlier this spring, I saw a Facebook post seeking for pacers for a road half marathon outside of Sacramento. I sent the coordinator an email, my Strava results including my 1:32 half marathon. I explained I spent most of my time on trails, where times and distances are different, … Continue reading

Embrace the Mud – 2017 Grizzly Peak 50K Race Report
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Embrace the Mud – 2017 Grizzly Peak 50K Race Report

Around the beginning of April, my wife and I were expecting the arrival of our second bundle of 3 am feedings and diaper changes, but madness still called my name. If I don’t run I go bonkers, the Siren’s call of the trail beckoned. Liz had run the Coastal Trail Run Big Basin 50K last … Continue reading

2017 Marin Ultra Challenge 50 Mile Race Report
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2017 Marin Ultra Challenge 50 Mile Race Report

A New Year, A New Adventure I knew I wanted to start my year off with a good strong race, especially one I had not run before in a place I had not spent a lot of time. I love Sonoma, Folsom, Auburn, the Sierras, and the rest of the Great Golden State, but I … Continue reading

I Ran A Half Marathon Today With Someone Else’s Bib.
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I Ran A Half Marathon Today With Someone Else’s Bib.

That’s right. I said it. I’m a Dirty Bib Pirate. This is my first time as a DBP, but I am not ashamed. On Friday night, I got a text from a friend. His son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was due to start treatment on Monday, and his nephew was being taken off life support after … Continue reading

The Tahoe Rim Trail 100 – A Voyage Among The Stars
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The Tahoe Rim Trail 100 – A Voyage Among The Stars

When I first fell in love with ultra running, I was doing laps around Kandahar Air Field behind a chain link fence, through clouds of dust kicked up convoys going to and coming from hell.

There were no bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lions or skunks to run from. Instead I broke protocol and ran through the darkness along a stretch of road called snipers alley – a place where only a long passage of chain link fence separates you from the outside world and a sniper could pick you off with little effort.

There was no finish line for my first ultra. I ran through the night, under the blanket of darkness over the war-zone until I ran over 30 miles after the sun rose again. There was no beer, no burritos, no celebration; only a tent with dodgy air conditioning and work the next day. Continue reading

East Coast Wanderings & Hell Hath No Hurry 50K – Getting ready for a taste of hell
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East Coast Wanderings & Hell Hath No Hurry 50K – Getting ready for a taste of hell

…It had been 12 years since the last time I been up there, long before I was who I am now, and certainly before I was a runner. The mixed memories of my youth left me with a view that was grander than what lay before me. It was a sublime moment of reflection. Our memories of the past are often minimal when seen through the eyes our future selves…. Continue reading