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Body Bottle – Product Review

Body Bottle – Product Review

If you don’t take immense pleasure from the pain caused by traditional hard bottles rubbing and banging on your clavicle you’ll like the Body Bottle. The Body Bottle is almost too simple to get excited about but after trying two of them out in my Ultimate Direction SJ Vest for a week I took them […]

Run Gently Out There – Book Review

Run Gently Out There – Book Review

Trials, Trails, and Tribulations of Running Ultramarathons There’s a lot being written and talked about for Run Gently Out There by John Morelock and I’ll talk about the author and the book later in my review. But I first want to tell you why I enjoyed reading this book and recommend you read it too. […]

Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run

Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run

From the darkness I heard a voice and felt myself being shaken awake. “You passed out, can you sit up?” In a haze I opened my eyes to stare into the face of a mountain biker leaning over me. Covered in dirt and blood my 100 mile race would be defined by just eight short […]

A Survival Guide for Life – Book Review

A Survival Guide for Life – Book Review

As I prepare for the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run in six days my training has tilted from physical training to mental preparation. Like most of us I don’t have a sports psychologist or mental coach on my staff, in fact I don’t even have a staff. So my mental preparation normally turns […]

Brooks PureGrit 2

Brooks PureGrit 2

From toe and heel splits in the outsole/midsole materials to the burrito-wrap tongue the Brooks PureGrit 2 is one of the most unique trail shoes on the market today. But does unique mean the best or at least better? The only way to find out is to put them on and start logging miles…long, hard […]

Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles

When talking about trekking poles for ultra distance trail running the Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Pole is the pole all others are compared against. The combination of lightweight 100% carbon fiber construction, durability and Z-Pole folding design for compact storage in your hydration vest should put these poles at the top of your list […]

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim (R2R2R)

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim (R2R2R)

If you’re looking for advice on how to run in the Grand Canyon keep looking because this isn’t it. I wrote a quick recap of my May 11, 2013 R2R2R run and you can read it here if you’re interested. It’s just like all the others you’ll find using a Google search so don’t get […]

Water…Don’t Gel Without It

Water…Don’t Gel Without It

As trail and ultra trail runners we’ve all used energy gels at one time or another to help fuel our runs. In fact energy gels are the cornerstone for most trail runner’s long training runs and race day nutrition. But if you don’t use them correctly energy gels can cause dehydration and eventually gastric stasis. […]

Help Jay Danek Win The Great Sponsorship Giveaway

Help Jay Danek Win The Great Sponsorship Giveaway

When I saw that First Endurance had created “The Great Sponsorship Giveaway” I started planning how this sponsorship would alter my training and take me to greatness, similar to how I plan weekly to disburse my lottery winnings (that I know I have little or no chance of receiving too). But my plans were quickly […]

Mandatory Trail Work, i.e. Volunteer Service Requirements

Mandatory Trail Work, i.e. Volunteer Service Requirements

My son and I recently spent ten exhausting hours with three other volunteers performing trail maintenance on the Highline Trail #31 in the Tonto National Forest near Pine, Arizona. The Highline Trail is home to Zane Grey 50 Mile Endurance Run, regarded as the toughest, roughest and most beautiful 50 mile trail run in the […]