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Pacing and Crewing – Leadville 100

Pacing and Crewing – Leadville 100

In the middle of August I traveled to Leadville, Colorado at the request of a friend who planned to run his first 100-mile race. While Tucson and most other places this time of year are in the throes of heat and humidity, Leadville’s temperature rarely gets above 70 and quite often drops below 40 degrees […]

Why I Run the 100-Miler

Why I Run the 100-Miler

Last weekend, my wife Trish asked me the question, “Why do you run the 100-miler?” and then listened intently to my answer. At first I wasn’t sure how to begin. I have mulled this question over in my head many times in the past so I cleared my thoughts for a moment and this is […]

Pre-Race Rituals and the BPP

Pre-Race Rituals and the BPP

Establishing a routine before a race or big training run can be daunting without some preparation and thought ahead of time. After many years and races I have finally established pre-race rituals that give me the confidence I need going into a race. With the Backward Planning Process (BPP) you can toe the line feeling ready to […]

Overcoming Trail Snail Syndrome

Overcoming Trail Snail Syndrome

Most of us that love to run trails don’t spend a lot of time on the road or track. If you’re really averse to the road then you probably don’t run many road races either, especially short distance stuff under the half-marathon. When I first transcended from the road to the trail I left the […]

Top O’ The Rocks

Top O’ The Rocks

I am blessed to live and run in Tucson where I am surrounded by five mountain ranges, all with extensive trail systems. The Tucson Trail Runners use many of these trails to organize an informal series of annual runs. Over the last 17 years I have traversed every one of the series runs multiple times. Even though I have logged […]