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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Western States 100

Photo: Michigan Bluff Photography

I am happy.  Though my race at Western States included many hours of absolute misery, the main emotion I feel in retrospect is one of love.  I love my family.  I love my fellow competitors.   I love the feeling of suffering for a purpose.  I love the contentment of crossing the damn finish line and achieving a goal.  I love the grind of training that brings out the best in me everyday.  Without question, Western States 2013 was the most difficult and uncomfortable race of my life.  Ironically, more than ever, I love this sport and the people that make it so special. Read the rest of this page »

Nontraditional Ultrarunning & Pearl Izumi Giveaway!

It’s no secret that Ultrarunning is in a period of fantastic growth and transformation.  People are pouring into the sport form all walks of life, at an unprecedented rate.  Though there is some fear that this evolution will somehow corrupt the sport’s principles, the current momentum and energy seems largely positive to me.  On the one hand, there are significantly more true runners with professionally trained talent discovering the trails and pushing the competitive envelope at the front of nearly every race.  Similarly, there are even more folks being compelled join our ranks from non-running or even non-athletic backgrounds.   It’s beautiful thing and I feel equally inspired by both groups. Read the rest of this page »

Miwok 60k

The legendary Dipsea Trail. Photo Glenn Tachiyama

I’ve now had the good fortune of racing in the stunningly picturesque Marin Headlands on two occasions.  Interestingly, both races have been thwarted by freak weather conditions on both ends of the spectrum.  Last December, racers including myself were greeted by some appallingly wet weather that forced last second course changes and, ultimately, a lot of confusion at the front of the TNF 50 mile championship. Ironically, it was the exact opposite kind of weather that stymied our race on Saturday.  The weather was so nice that it was literally dangerous.

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