Run Till You Die This is terrible advice. Then again… the alternative is worse. “I can’t do that.” I hate hearing “I could never do that! Its way farther than I could run.” Maybe they’ll talk about a 10k, a half marathon or even a marathon they’re training for…months down the road. Coach Travis, and …
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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 …
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 …
I started writing this with a bunch of quantified data from 2016…Then I deleted it all.
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.
…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….
Policy changes, cultural shifts, laws and regulations, financial costs…..These are things most runners cannot agree on….and things most politicians don’t understand.
As we move towards the future, we must ask ourselves:
How can we improve the sport of Mountain Ultra Trail Running?
A Western States qualifier forged in a crucible of mud and elevation, starting with the flu and a fever on Monday, and ending with The Canyons 100k only 5 days later.
The weekend before the Canyons, there is a nice, low key race series held just south of San Jose. There are 5K, 10K, 13.1, 18 mile, and 50K events. I plan on doing the 13.1 as that is a 10 mile day for me.
It looks beautiful. There is even a guided nature walk going on the same time that my wife and daughter will be going to while I stretch my legs on the course….
…Since we’re camping at the Canyons 100K, it’s also time to break out the gear from it’s winter hibernation and shake it out. I would rather make sure everything is where it is supposed to be during a trial run, rather than the weekend of a big event….