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Golden Hour Dreams (or Nightmares): The 2017 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Race Report

A LONG TIME AGO… Before I had even run a full marathon, I was a bona fide Western States aficionado. It was the summer of 2010, and having drastically changed my life (and appearance) by quitting smoking, exercising and eating right, I was training for my first half-marathon. On a run one day my mind […]

2014: Slowin’ My Roll, Runnin’ In Circles, Commitment

We did it! We made it through another year! I started it out by sacrificing my footing in a frozen tundra. A couple weeks later, I “ran” 21k through knee-deep snow, in the time it generally takes me to run twice that amount. In the spring, I re-lived a dream to run the Boston Marathon, […]

Talladega Night: The 2014 Pinhoti 100 Mile Endurance Run Race Report

When my running renaissance took form in early 2010, the allure of the ultra run pulled on my conscience like no other physical challenge. At the time, finishing a half marathon was enough to exhaust me, but I knew that if I just stuck with the training and applied the lessons learned during each phase […]

Adventures in Double-Dipping Part 1: The 2014 Prairie State Marathon Race Report

Though I don’t have any hard data to back it up, I am pretty confident that the most consistent distance runners have short memories. How many times have I found myself slugging through a grueling race, saying to myself never again, only to have completely changed my mind moments after crossing the finish line? The […]

Building on the Success of Others

We did it. He (Siamak, pictured above on the right, brandishing an epic finisher’s buckle) did it. He finished the Mohican Trail 100 mile race. And I’m now a perfect 7 for 7 in getting my runner to the finish line of a hundo. It feels good. No doubt. I have been thinking about it […]

Patience, Persistence and Pacing

The left Achilles strain that forced me to DNS at Ice Age was a stubborn little bugger. Stubborn injuries for stubborn people. I suppose that’s what the running gods had in mind. But I knew better than to sulk and feel sorry for myself. Nothing good could come of that. So I remained patient, stayed […]

In Awe of Awesome

“What is thaaaaaaat?” asked Edna with a slurred voice somewhere between transcendence and delirium. “Look at thaaaaaaat! Why are there so many houses?” It was 6:30 in the morning. We were approaching an open field covered with frost, and save for three twenty minute cat naps spread throughout, she had been awake and on her […]

Distances Obscene In 2014?

While I patiently wait for the Polar Vortex to subside so mother nature can give me a cleaner, safer surface on which to train, I continue to battle the elements the best I can. I’m approaching the end of my fourth week of Boston Marathon training and about half of my runs thus far have […]

Living the High Life: Pacing the 2013 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run

If you aren’t living on the edge, you are taking up too much space. — Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest Running opens the door to infinite adventure. Each test against the clock, each journey through the wilderness and every single foray into the unknown seems to hold the potential for being […]

Purposeful Pacing: Some Thoughts on Getting Your Runner to the Finish Line

It’s been over 72 hours now since I watched Jen Birkner cross the finish line at the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run, and the smile her accomplishment put on my face still stretches proudly across my cheeks. What. A. Performance! Jen overcame the intense morning humidity, the marshy sauna of the meadows and over […]