Iconic Peak of the Wasatch

Summer road trip 14

So Natalie and I have been traveling around the West. Staying in the Xterra up real high for the first half of the trip. We were in the Sierra, Utah, and Colorado camping between 10,000 and 12,000 feet. Natalie began to get throttled, likely by the sustained time and very high altitude. She went home…

Waldo 100k

There are a number of classic long trail runs in the Northwest. I’ve yet to do many of them no doubt. Last weekend I was afforded the opportunity to give the Waldo 100k a go. I thought it would be a great course, great practice for my 100 miler next month, and great competition. All…

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SOB 2014

The Alarm on my watch went off at 4:30, still dark. I’d been having some fitful dreams where my legs were weak and I could not move well uphill out on the course. I had to take a moment to adjust my mind to the idea that this had been a dream and that my…

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Siskiyou Outback 50k Race Preview

The Siskiyou Outback is one of the best races in the country for trail ultra runs. The course is runnable, hilly, and supremely aesthetic. I have come here for two years, and now a third in a row. I have been fortunate enough to win the 50 mile race in 2012 and the 50k last…

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The Siskiyous in a Day

After returning from La Palma in May after a rather disappointing race performance I had to begin to evaluate the direction I’ve been going in regarding running and what types of races I should do. Sometime in June I came to a realization that I should probably be focused on 100 mile mountain runs. Don’t…

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La Palma: The Island that Loves Mountain Running

La Palma is an island on the edge of the Atlantic off the North coast of Africa. The ocean here is a deep inviting shade, and the horizon to the West stretches to forever. From the sea the island of La Palma juts abruptly skyward in dramatic volcanic fashion. On Saturday I will have the…

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Post Lake Sonoma

Before every race I think most runners come up with some sort of plan. Usually by the starting gun you forget your plan and get sucked up in the flurry of the hot early pace. This year at Sonoma I nearly let myself get sucked out again. But miraculously by mile 5 I’d let most…