Tag Archives: ultramarathon

Witnessing Grit: A Volunteer Report of Lone Star 100

Our very first runner was a Tarahumara. He was dressed in a T-shirt, a traditional thigh-length skirt, and was running in huaraches – thin sandals that are made from tires. When he rolled up to our aid station, he immediately took out a water bottle and I asked, “water? agua?” “Si.” As I was filling up his bottle he started to ask for something specific. “Yellow?” Unfortunately I couldn’t understand his request. We thought perhaps he wanted Gatorade, but it became clear this wasn’t want he Continue reading →

The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K, California 2016. Part 2: The Race Report

On a very crisp and dark Saturday morning, I stood at the start of the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. As the light rose we were able to take in the stunning Marin Headlands. Dean Karnazes was our race host, the ultra marathon man (his Instagram handle is seriously @ultramarathon). Mr. Karnazes hosts almost all of the North Face Endurance Challenge races throughout North America, so I don’t know how routine every race feels for him. But for Continue reading →

The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K, California 2016. Part 1: The Build Up to 50k

Looking back on November, things seem blurry. Having an actual month of no presidential campaigning seemed like a new and fresh concept, but the exhaustion of paying attention to the process over the past two years left Annie and I exhausted. The day after the election, I went on a cathartic road run with no plan for distance or pace, just to run what felt right to me and to clear my head. Specifically, to run and not think about the world; and take a Continue reading →

Looking toward the 2016 Leadville Trail Marathon

June 18, 2016 will see the 17th running of the Leadville Trail marathon. This time around, Dwight hopes to be running it. Colorado holds a special place for him, being the longest place (in consecutive years) he’s ever lived and, after spending some time there together over the last couple of years, it is fast becoming one of my favourite states too. Just as with many of the races on his bucket list, the Leadville Trail Marathon is a qualifying race for the Leadville 100 Continue reading →

Light at night: headlamp on the trail

I’m trying to buy a headlamp as a gift for Dwight.  I will inherit his old one as he is starting to need something more high powered for night running. The old one is an Energizer LED headlamp which still works but just doesn’t have the oomph necessary for dark nights and lonely trails. Brightness: I’m looking for something that is between 120 and 140 lumens, preferably with adjustable brightness and a focusable beam. For trail running you need much more light than a regular Continue reading →

Beyond Marathons: Going Ultra, Part 2

Going Ultra: Part 2! Here is Part 1. Recapping, I did not sleep well the night before the AF 1/2, the day was very humid and windy, and I was sporting my Mizuno Hitogami racing flats which I had never run anything longer than 2 consecutive miles. Ready to race 13.1 miles! Two miles in, I was shocked at how slow I felt in relation to what I was actually running. My average pace was about 5:40 min/mile for the first three miles, and then Continue reading →

Beyond Marathons: Going Ultra, Part 1

I’m a life long runner. I’ve run one marathon, multiple ½ marathons, 10Ks, trail runs, and 5Ks. But now I feel like it’s time to go ultra. To go beyond marathons. What is an ultra? According to elite ultramarathoner Hal Koerner, ultra means “extreme.” Ultramarathoners run monstrously long races-50Ks, 50 milers, 100Ks, and 100 milers. These are races where you are on your feet anywhere from 5, 15, 25, even 35 hours. At the age of 31, I feel like I’ve sufficiently caught the bug. Continue reading →

Gear Reviews: Why being thoughtfully critical is what the rest of us need

Holy Gear Reviews, Batman! As Dwight and I have been narrowing down gear, preparing to upgrade his GPS watch, and buy a new headlamp, we’ve read and watched hundreds of reviews. And we’ve found a problem. Reviewing is big in every industry where the major producers are looking for athletes, purveyors, or consumers to endorse their products. The recommendation economy is alive and well in the world of running, and in particular marathon training, racing, and ultrarunning. But, on the whole, many of the gear Continue reading →

Planning to succeed

We are planners. We value planning to succeed. So why would our adventuring be any different? For the last year, Dwight was planning training and racing about 4-5 months ahead at most. With his changing goals in terms of racing and moving to longer distances, planning further out is becoming more important. Like most people, our work lives are pretty hectic. There are some additional complicating factors which we work around, but all in all, we plan because everything else can then be built around Continue reading →