Loup Garou Two: Recovery and Guilt

I’ve heard some people experience a letdown after completing an ultra. There’s even a name for it: Post-Race Letdown, or PRLD. There’s no consensus on why, but one reason may come from an attitude that you trained hard for a goal, you achieved it, now what? And sometimes there are also feelings of guilt during …

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Swamps, Werewolves, and 60 Miles: My Loup Garou birthday run recap

I could have stayed home for my 60th birthday last week, eating pizza and chocolate cake like a sensible person. But if you’re an ultramarathon runner, your mindset has diverged from what other people call sensible. You think a milestone birthday should be celebrated with a challenge, preferably one with lots of pointless suffering in …

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Whatever It Takes! Burning River 100 Report

I WAS DONE. Game over. Toast. And not the $14.95 entitled millennial kind, with avocado, poached egg and pickled onions. Oh, no. This was the Waffle House special, burned-to-order type of toast. I was at mile 77 of the Burning River 100, slumped in a chair at the Oak Hill aid station around an hour …

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Getting Ready to Burn that River!

The Burning River 100 starts dark and early (4:00 a.m.) Saturday morning. And I’m ready to get my body on the trails. Do I feel like I’m optimally trained for it? Depends. It’s been three years since I last ran a 100+ mile race – the Veterans Memorial 150 in 2018 – but it doesn’t …

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