Lighthouse 100 Recap, Part 2: The Long Night of the Sole

When last we left off, I had resumed my attempt to complete the Lighthouse 100 at mile 65 after coming within minutes of dropping out. A wonderful lady named Laura, crewing for another runner, had helped me recover enough to continue and said she'd see me again in 2.5 miles... I made it the two …

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Run Woodstock Part Deux: Shutting the Brain Off

Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical. - Yogi Berra Training for my first marathon four years ago, I ran 16 miles along the back roads from Honor, Michigan to Beulah and Benzonia, then back. It was a pretty route, but by mile 13 I was sick and tired …

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Woodstock 100K: The Thrill of Victory, and the Agony of De Feet

MY FIRST EVER 100K FINISH! Run Woodstock, "a weekend of peace, love, music and running," has become my favorite annual event. Despite some brutal conditions over the years, including swamp-like trails, thunderstorms, and falling trees, it's always a laid-back and joyful atmosphere. Out on the trails the runners encourage each other throughout, and the campers …

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Going Long, Going Dark, Going Easy

THE BIG EVENT at Run Woodstock is one week away, and I'm gearing up for it by gearing it down a little. Yes, it's the hardest training period of any distance runner - taper time! So I will be doing my very best to work out less, rest more, and eat more. I'll get through …

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