Maniac on Singletrack

I HAVE THREE TAKEAWAYS from last weekend’s Singletrack Maniac 50K: Never assume a water jug is full You never really know what you’re capable of until you do it Ultrarunners are the best f**king people on the planet. (I knew that already, so this race was just another confirmation.) There’s the TL;DR version. For those …

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Veterans Memorial 150, Part 3: Bringing Home the Buckle

Concluding my Veterans Memorial 150 race recap: It’s early Sunday morning on the Pere Marquette Trail, finally cooler after a beastly hot Saturday. I’m running well, but another hot day – and trouble – lie ahead… The Field Thins Out I arrived at AS 8 (mile 80) around 1:00 a.m. and eased gratefully into a …

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Cocoa Power: Kona Chocolate Run Recap

Just how powerful is chocolate? Witness the following. 7:00 a.m. in downtown Plymouth, MI. 26 degrees and dull gray sky. Sensible people are still in bed or enjoying breakfast and coffee in a warm location. And yet over 5,200 people are standing outside, shivering in Spandex, gloves, and beanies, waiting to begin a 10K or …

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Joy and Subterfuge: Wicked Halloween Run Recap

I WAS SURROUNDED BY SUPERHEROES, monsters, and even a refrigerator, but what impressed me most was a nine-year-old girl. Last Sunday I paced the Wicked Halloween 10K, one of the races put on by the Kona Running Company. I enjoy pacing their events for many reasons - the large turnout, the cool shirts, a great …

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