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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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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Hills, Hops, and Masks – Racing Safely

I did something this week I haven’t done in a long time. I ran an actual 5K race. With a real bib, chip timing, and other runners present. Honest to goodness. The event was Hills to Hops, held at Robin Hills Farm in Chelsea, put on by RF Events. Normally they’d be busy with summer …

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A Smaller Bigfoot, and Call for BHAG Ideas

I WUZ THIS CLOSE. All this year I’ve had it in my mind that 2020 was going to feature my first 200-mile race. And I had it picked out: the Bigfoot 200 in August, in Washington State. I’d already started the process; I told my wife and coach, and lined up a tentative crew with …

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