Wait. You’re Going to Do What, Next?

My wonderful long-term readers are aware that I am, as my trainer Skip at Body Specs calls me, a poly-macro-cyclic athlete. In English, that means I train year-round and race year-round. I’ve run races in heat, rain, snow, and dead of night, in forests, swamps, and deserts. It’s all been great, and I enjoy each …

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Grandmaster 2022: According to Plan (?)

If there’s one guarantee about running an ultramarathon, it’s that the unexpected will happen. It’s just a question of what and when. It’s part of the odd appeal of running for crazy long distances in remote places. Safe, urban cattle-drive marathons? No, thank you. And so I was back in the Arizona desert this weekend …

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Grandmaster Prep, and Yet More Stuff

The Grandmaster 100K is less than a week away, and today I got out and updated the race checklist. Somehow I managed to keep it to a single page. Landscape mode, with four columns, but still a win. (And one more page for my drop bag lists.) Packing for the race means breaking out my …

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Grandmaster of Disaster

After running the Grandmaster 100K last month in the Arizona desert, I now share one characteristic with legendary ultrarunner Jim Walmsley, who has now twice set the course record at the Western States 100. No, I did not win Western States. I haven’t even tried to qualify for it (yet). But we do indeed share …

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