Archive for October, 2012

Make Your Favorite Trail Shoe Even Better

Make Your Favorite Trail Shoe Even Better

We’re all looking for that “perfect trail shoe”, but it just doesn’t seem to be out there. I’ve taken matters into my own hands, no I haven’t started a trail running shoe company (but I’d like to), but I have started modifying my own shoes to better fit my individual needs. In this video I […]

TrailFactor 50k, Half Marathon, & 5-miler

TrailFactor 50k, Half Marathon, & 5-miler

Trail:   A mark or a series of signs or objects left behind by the passage of someone or something Factor:  One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process Put those two together and you have TrailFactor:  A Portland, Oregon-based trail running group that regularly gathers for group runs, social meet-ups, trail maintenance, and micro […]

Making a Race Schedule

Making a Race Schedule

Now that summer is finally over even here in Arizona it is time to start to think about next year’s schedule. Since the ultra running community has doubled in size over the last few years more and more races are filling up in the first few days that they open. Many races are now lotteries […]

Why are we so serious, it’s just running?

Why are we so serious, it’s just running?

Race Directing today is a lot different than it was ten years ago, before the Facebooks and Twitters, changed the way feedback was provided for races. What was once a well thought out email or letter to the RD after the race is now an emotion driven one liner visible for all to see before […]

Pacer – i.e. Race Manager, Drill Sergeant, Friend

Pacer – i.e. Race Manager, Drill Sergeant, Friend

Previously in Part 1, Pacer – Why You Should Use One, Why You Should Be One I discussed why ultra runners should utilize pacers and encouraged all runners to be pacers for others. In this post I’ll outline in more detail a pacers responsibilities during a race. The Pacer – i.e. Race manager, Drill Sergeant, […]

3 Things That Rocked the Mogollon Monster 100

3 Things That Rocked the Mogollon Monster 100

By Vanessa Runs Photo by: Andrew Pielage On the last weekend of September, I had the privilege of volunteering at the inaugural Mogollon Monster 100. I helped out at Aid Station #2 at Dickerson (mile 13), and then hung out at the Washington AS, where runners would passed three times. This race was such a […]

Pacer – Why You Should Use One, Why You Should Be One

Pacer – Why You Should Use One, Why You Should Be One

I’ve been on both sides of the pacer experience, I finished my first 100 mile ultra trail run in sub 24 hours with the help of pacers (I couldn’t have done it without them) and recently paced a runner through 46 miles to help him be one of only 9 finishers in the incredibly difficult […]