Whatever It Takes! Burning River 100 Report

I WAS DONE. Game over. Toast. And not the $14.95 entitled millennial kind, with avocado, poached egg and pickled onions. Oh, no. This was the Waffle House special, burned-to-order type of toast. I was at mile 77 of the Burning River 100, slumped in a chair at the Oak Hill aid station around an hour …

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Thinking on Our Feet

One recent Wednesday morning I wrapped up a hot, long early run feeling like indulging myself. I walked to the nearby coffee shop and gazed with longing upon the chocolate pistachio croissant on display there. But there was a problem. “Sorry,” the manager said. “Our system is down.” She spent the next few minutes trying …

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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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Something New, Something Old, Something Trail, Something Road

I had a classic yin-yang run yesterday. We went to our campground up north this weekend, and I brought everything needed for my regular Saturday long run. Shirts, shorts, socks, hat, handheld water bottle, gear belt, all that stuff. Except my road shoes. As I am not a barefoot runner, this was a problem. Fortunately, …

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