Life, Trail Running, and Birthdays

When I left the house yesterday morning for a 20-mile trail run, it was cold and windy, raining, still dark out, and God only knew what shape the trail was going to be in. I’m guessing not many people would choose to begin their birthday this way. But I’m an ultrarunner, and thus certifiably bonkers, …

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Like a Cat

It’s really been hard to get out of bed this week. For the morning runs especially. Literally overnight here in southeast Michigan, we went from full-blown Indian summer to full-blast winter. Temps dropped from 60 to 30, and the sun packed up and headed south for the winter. Wednesday morning - the first snow of …

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Sleeping On It

Boy, it’s been an unpredictable September for me. At least in my athletic training world. Kind of like things happening in reverse order. My month kicked off, as I detailed in a previous post, at the Miakonda Trail Ultra, where, despite the head and an upset stomach, I ground out 52 miles, meeting my stretch …

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Overachiever

I was 45 miles in at last Saturday’s Miakonda Trail Ultra, well after dark, and green glow sticks marked the borders of the curving dirt path through the trees. It looked pretty cool, but I was struggling with gut pain, and mindful appreciation of my surroundings had been replaced by a desire to tough it …

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