Archive for the ‘Training & Racing’ Category

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 […]

Chi Running – Part II

Chi Running – Part II

In this follow up article to Chi Running Hills & Trails, I want to share The TOP 10 Things I Think You Should Know About Chi Running…That They Don’t Tell You! This list could actually apply to any running technique that’s a good form or natural technique, but I chose Chi Running because I believe […]

How to Train for a Multi-Day Stage Race

How to Train for a Multi-Day Stage Race

By Vanessa Runs This year my partner and I had the privilege of experiencing the GORE-TEX Transrockies 6-Day Race. It was our first multi-day stage race and our highest mileage week at 120 miles, with 20,000 feet of climbing through Colorado’s beautiful rocky mountains. Many participants experienced their highest summits or the toughest terrain of […]

How to Choose Your Partner for the GORE-TEX Transrockies 6-Day Race

How to Choose Your Partner for the GORE-TEX Transrockies 6-Day Race

By Vanessa Runs Racing in a team of two on a multi-day race is a unique experience that you don’t come across every day. Even for the most social runners, chances are that many of your races or training runs have been tackled solo. Running with a teammate adds another dimension to the race experience, […]

If You Fail to Plan, You’re Planning to Fail

If You Fail to Plan, You’re Planning to Fail

We’ve all heard that quote before, then why do so many people fail to plan for their next big race? Regardless if you race once a year or 20 times a year it’s very likely you will, or already have, picked out one or two key races that are most important to you. Maybe it’s […]

Chi Running Hills & Trails

Chi Running Hills & Trails

Five years ago I checked out a Chi Running book from my local library, started to read it, scoffed at the concept, sat it aside until I received an overdue notice with a fine, then took it back. Chi anything is not my style, I’m an aikido kind of guy, you know…Steven Seagal…kicking ten big […]

Speedwork and Interval Training – Part 2

Speedwork and Interval Training – Part 2

Most of us can come up with plenty of reasons to avoid speedwork: we might say it hurts; it increases our chances of picking up an injury; it makes us too tired for our other runs…the list is endless. The thing is, they’re all unnecessary fears. What’s more, whether you want to beat an ancient […]

Leadville Trail 100 Run: Live Low, Train Low… Race High

Leadville Trail 100 Run: Live Low, Train Low… Race High

I live at about 800 feet here in San Antonio — give or take 100 feet. (Probably take.) So signing up to run the Leadville 100 in 2010 was a bit of a leap of faith. The race starts at 10,152 feet, never drops below 9,200 feet, and climbs up and over Hope Pass at […]

How Does Speedwork Make You Faster? – Part 1

How Does Speedwork Make You Faster? – Part 1

Afraid of the oval? Fear not. Track workouts help you more than you think. What do you think when you hear “speedwork”? If you are a sprinter its very likely that this word is like music to your ears but, if you run any distance longer than a 10k (and most of us do) or […]

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 […]