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Even though the weather gods have shat upon UTMB the past 2 years, who would have thunk that they would decide to dump the mother load on the race for a third year in a row? Not I, and I certainly didn't pack for it, as I stressed over finding the lightest gear possible to take on the challenge. I can remember telling Byron (MHW/Montrail) several times, "I don't need to wear the waterproof pants, I just need to carry them," as I looked for the lightest possible option (on this point, I'll still argue I was right...I cannot imagine ever wearing waterproof pants to run in, even after the weather we got at UTMB).  It was gorgeous for the days heading into the race and gorgeous the days following, but the weather gods decided to unleash their fury in a short 48-hour window to affect all 4 of the 2012 races (PTL, TDS, CCC and UTMB).  And while the event organizers and racers rallied to embrace what mother nature threw our way, it was a major disappointment to not be able to truly experience UTMB.

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Post Western States blog I asked that you stay tuned....read on!

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I have the pleasure of Speedgoat Karl being a co host for the whole show. We talk about Trofeo Kima and have audio with Kilian Jornet before the race took place and then we catch up with Andy Symonds, Emelie Forsberg, Nuria Picas and Philip Reiter after the race. We discuss all things UTMB. We have interviews with members of the Vibram Trail Running Team which include 2nd placed lady, Francesca Canepa and team member Ronan Moalic, Beppe Marazzi and David Gatti. We also have interview with UTMB winners, Francois D'Haene and LIzzy Hawker just before they go onto the podium and we also grab 5 mins with 3rd place in the mens race, Mike Foote. Talk Training, A Meltzer Moment, the news, up and coming races and finallly; phew, a quick preview of Wasatch 100.

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Newcomer Morgan Arritola leads US women to third team gold; men place fourth

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CHECK IN As I stood in line to do medical and check in I was enlightened about the prize money Pearlizium was offering up to the first male and first female to the top of Hope Pass Outbound.  Wow, $500 sure did sound nice.  Cold hard cash...would the IRS be chasing the recipients down the backside of Hope Pass? I did think about the money longer than I would have imagined, but kept coming to the conclusion that it just wasn't worth the race to me.     I did imagine though that the money might

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As I was running downhill to Stinson Beach on the Matt Davis Trail my foot caught an old steel peg that used to hold a wooden stair in place. I was airborne going head first towards a tree. Everything slowed down. Was this my life flashing before my eyes? If so, I wasn't seeing anything? I had time to contemplate how this was either going to end. Result A) me unconscious on the trail of the

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Both won their first title at North Carolina's Continental Divide Trail Race Saturday

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Flying all over the place... Sierre Zinal, Trofeo Kima and UTMB. On the show we speak to South African Linda Doke in Zinal, we catch up with Terry Conway from the UK and break some great news upon the ultra world. Ian Sharman joins the show for the news and Talk Training is back. Our interview is with Australian, Samantha Gash and Speedgoat Karl chews the ultra fat in a Meltzer Moment. We mention three blogs, discuss the up and coming races and get ready for UTMB.

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This year's Leadville Trail 100 provided plenty of late-stage excitement—all around 10,000 feet above sea level

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Why in the bloody hell do athletes occasionally jump squarely off the deep end and act like complete and total douches??? Don’t answer that. I know - we are human. I do it all the time. But rarely...if EVER have I done it to a fellow peer out trying to get a good workout in. 

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Dobson smashes record in the Pikes Peak Ascent; Jornet breezes to win in the Pikes Peak Marathon the next day

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[Revised 8/21/12 -0745 - see italicized]

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OK, I wrote this about a month ago, and just have been too lazy/busy to hit publish.  It sounded a bit too negative (well, I guess it still does, because I haven't changed it), but I'll post it anyway. It's how I was feeling at the time. Time to move on to other events, and post something more recent, but I like to do things in order.  So, these were my thoughts as of about a month ago...

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On this weeks show we welcome Wolfepaw and master of the Douche Grade, Mike Wolfe as a co host. We have a selection of interviews form the Lakeland 50 and 100 mile races in the Uk. We interview Fast Foodie, Devon Crosby-Helms. Speedgoat Karl fill us in on the Speedgoat 50k in a Meltzer Moment and of course we have the news, the blogs and the up and coming races.

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This post is not about running. It is about endurance. June 30 - July 13th, 2012 my girlfriend and I thru-hiked the 165+ mile (29,500' +/- of elevation gain and descent) TAHOE RIM TRAIL. This is a truly sensational trail that weaves through the mountain peaks that surround Lake Tahoe. I have a background in endurance races particularly on trails. I am a runner that mostly runs trail races

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Right before the Olympic Marathon Trials my brother came to San Francisco to do this

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A stacked news section with Ian Sharman. We have three blogs for you. A brilliant interview with Hardrock 100 winner and legend of the sport, Hal Koerner. Speedgoat Karl tells us about the sleep monster and previews Speedgoat 50k. 15 Mins of Fame has a selection of interviews with runners of all abilities who will be undertaking Lakeland 50 or 100 miler and we finish off with the up and coming races for the next few weeks.

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I don't have cable.  I don't even have broadcast TV.  I don't even have internet at home.  And no Netflix either. 

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