Loup Garou Two: Recovery and Guilt

I’ve heard some people experience a letdown after completing an ultra. There’s even a name for it: Post-Race Letdown, or PRLD. There’s no consensus on why, but one reason may come from an attitude that you trained hard for a goal, you achieved it, now what? And sometimes there are also feelings of guilt during …

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Swamps, Werewolves, and 60 Miles: My Loup Garou birthday run recap

I could have stayed home for my 60th birthday last week, eating pizza and chocolate cake like a sensible person. But if you’re an ultramarathon runner, your mindset has diverged from what other people call sensible. You think a milestone birthday should be celebrated with a challenge, preferably one with lots of pointless suffering in …

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Kettle 100: Sights and Sounds

THE KETTLE MORAINE 100 WAS LAST WEEK and I'm still having trouble believing that a) it's over, and b) I finished it. At least I think I did; I might still be out there hallucinating. (More on that next time.) I'm putting together a more detailed account, but right now I'd like to share some of …

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A Beer for Brian

IF YOU'D SEEN ME LAST NIGHT paying tribute to my cousin Brian, and avoided being struck blind, you'd have had good cause to doubt my sanity. But I was fulfilling an obligation and following some very sage advice.Fortunately, there are no photos. But you're welcome to use your imagination.Brian was a sweet, good-natured guy with …

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