Strangers in the Night – Pacing the 2017 Rio Del Lago 100
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Strangers in the Night – Pacing the 2017 Rio Del Lago 100

The call came in via Facebook. Someone I had never met, asking for pacers at the 2017 Rio Del Lago 100 mile event. She was confident of a finish, but wanted the push of a pacer, and the safety of someone else should something go wrong. I signed on the dotted line and that was … Continue reading

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

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

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

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2016 Lake Sonoma 50 – Training the Soul for the Soles

Fast, challenging, scenic, and fantastic. The Lake Sonoma 50 is a popular race, attracting some of the best in the sport. One of the wonderful things about the LS50 is the course allows you to see the leaders as they loop back. Watching them run is staggering. The power they exhibit is intense. Commentators will often use the term “raw power”, but I feel “honed, calibrated, and expertly crafted” best describes the level of performance on display…. Continue reading

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The Lover’s Leap of Faith 50K Race Report

The Mountains Are Calling If I don’t run (almost) daily I go crazy. It’s my stress release at the end of a day. However, trotting around the ‘burbs day in and day out doesn’t do it for me either. I have to get out, and get wild. Mountains, trees, rivers, lakes, oceans – the deeper into … Continue reading

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Barefoot Marathon Man Dean Fulton

The whole issue with the barefooting was interesting to me.  I got lots of comments of course, mostly based on some form of “I could never do that!”, but for me it’s all just about the running and the fact that I’m barefoot is entirely secondary to me.  There’s nothing at all heroic or brave or … Continue reading

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How to Tell if You’re a Salty Sweater (Or Not)

Happy Friday! I have been invited to write a guest post for the SaltStick #30SaltyDays campaign! They have some amazing recipes, training tips, and general nutrition information to keep you at the top of your game. Read here, and head over there! Run Happy! How to Tell if You’re a Salty Sweater 1. Look in the … Continue reading