Archive for the ‘Training & Racing’ Category

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 […]

The Power of Strava

The Power of Strava

I grew up staring at the backs of baseball cards, reading box scores and scouring the newspaper every Sunday looking over the league leaders for Major League Baseball.  It would become what would start my mild obsession with numbers and over the years it has only grown more and more. So when I started running […]

2013 Goals – Doing it Right this Time

2013 Goals – Doing it Right this Time

It’s that time of year everyone sets goals. Even those people who don’t usually set goals set goals. They are nicely packaged as New Years Resolutions. Sadly, most will never come to fruition. Why? Not because goal setting doesn’t work. It most certainly does… when done right! How many goals did you set for your running […]

Unfriendly Trails

Unfriendly Trails

Picture this. You’re out on a run, passing through the desert, past one saguaro then another. Brushing past the creosote bushes, down the washes, and around the bends and you come upon an opposing mountain biker. He looks like he’s in a groove coming around the corner and as a courtesy to make it easier […]

So you wanna be a Race Director? Read this first…

So you wanna be a Race Director?  Read this first…

So you’ve run a few ultras recently?  Maybe a lot and over a lot of years.  Maybe you’ve done well in some races, maybe not. But one way or another you’ve become hooked.  You love the sport, the people, the individual digging for something more.  The volunteers, the trails, the training, the “culture of ultra […]

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, […]

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 […]

Trail Running Camp on the Nueces

Trail Running Camp on the Nueces

Over the past few years trail running has taken on a life of its own and every day we’re seeing more and more people make the transition from running roads to running trails. This is not the easiest transformation for most since most runners have always been taught that increasing your speed is the most […]