Photo: Jose Manuel Rodriguez

In the ten days since the race, I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings about my trip to Transgrancanaria.  I’m still not really sure how I feel but I’m hopeful that valuable strength and wisdom will come from what was otherwise an agonizing exercise in survival.  I realize bemoaning a disappointing race does not make for the most compelling read, so I’d like to just touch on a few points that I think are worth mentioning.

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Sean O’Brien 50

Photo: Jayme Burtis. Early miles with Josh Arthur

It’s no secret that I love SoCal.  My streak of racing successes in the area is as mysterious to me as it is to anyone else.  I’m fully aware that my good fortune will run out at some point, but I’m sure it won’t deter me from continuing to return to race on the beautiful trails that exist in the greater Los Angeles area. Read the rest of this page »

North Face 50

Photo: Galen Burrell

It was a dark but clear and cold morning that greeted us in the Marin Headlands on Saturday.  Given last year’s weather conditions and the fluctuating forecast in the days leading up to this year’s edition, we all agreed that it was pretty much a perfect day for the annual bloodbath that is The North Face 50 Mile Championship.  Though hype was at an all time high, the pace felt downright civilized for the first several miles.  Predictably, Cam Clayton went off the front with a long string of us chasing from a safe distance in the pre-dawn darkness.  I ran with Mike Wolfe and Jorge Maravilla up the serpentining Heather Cutoff Trail until we caught the chase group halfway up the longest climb of the day. Read the rest of this page »

Bootlegger 50k

When most people go to Vegas, the last things on their minds are exercising and physical health.  Though I’d long heard of the impressive trail system in the area, I’ll admit, until this past weekend, all my visits have been filled with less than wholesome activities.  It was nice to be able to change that up last weekend with my participation in the Bootlegger 50k.  Maybe I’m finally getting a little more mature and responsible? Read the rest of this page »

Unfortunate Circumstances

It is with great sadness and disappointment that I must officially declare myself out of this week’s Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.  It’s frequently said in running that arriving healthy at the start line is often the hardest part of the entire endeavor.  This somewhat tired truism has unfortunately become a stark reality for me since arriving in the Alps almost two weeks ago.

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