The Long and the Short of Running

A couple Januarys ago I had breakfast with my running coach, going over my planned race schedule. It would follow a pattern I’d established, of a target race in late May or June (100-miler or more), with shorter ultras in the spring to leapfrog up to it. So we mapped out a 50K and a …

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Taking Some Self

My first ultra of the year is just a couple of days away, and I’m training for it in the most sensible manner – resting up and eating a lot. This is not as easy as it sounds. Having trained hard all winter, it seems unnatural to hit the brakes, even when it’s logical and …

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Wonder Woman and Ultra Man

SUPERHEROES LIVE AMONG US, particularly in the running community. They aren't usually noticed because they don't get (or seek) a lot of publicity. The challenges they undertake are generally personal, and it's easy to mistake them for ordinary mortals. When I'd planned my 2012 year-long celebration of turning 50, with its associated events and challenges, …

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