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On October 13, 2012 I ran the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Miler (I fell off the blogging wagon for a bit so I'm writing this at a later date)... "Firetrails" is an awesome ultramarathon that is run on an out and back course through the East Bay Hills in the San Francisco Bay Area. I live in San Francisco so I woke up at about 5am and sped out to the East Bay to check in and make the 6:30am start

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No 34 come in... ! we speak to Speedgoat all about Grindstone 100. We have chat from the Royal Parks ultra with Dimitrios and Silvia from Salomon Running. Niandi Carmont catches up with inspirational ultra runner, Mavis Hutchison who paved the way for female running. Mike Le Roux tells us all about the Grand Slam of ultra. Ian Sharman discusses the news and Marc Laithwaite discusses 'winter' training in Talk Training. We have a blog for you and of course the up and coming races. A stacked show! Plus the Good, Bad and Ugly with Speedgoat Karl.

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We honour Teresa Farriol. Ian Sharman joins us for an update and a chat about the news. We talk to Terry Conway as he embarked on his first European race. Barry Murray discusses the Paleo diet in Talk Training and we bring you three interviews from Cavalls del Vent with Joe Grant, Anna Frost and Anton Krupicka. We have a somewhat different Meltzer Moment, up and coming races and a couple of blogs.

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King defends his titles in both the U.S. 50K Trail and XTERRA National Championships in the same weekend; Baron and Anderson take women's titles

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Talk about name dropping... episode 18 has a stellar cast! Once again I have Speedgoat Karl with me for most of the show, we discuss his incredible run at Run Rabbit Run and we also catch up and talk about all his years in the sport. We speak to Mike Morton and get some feedback on his incredible Badwater win and we also talk about his record breaking 24 hour run. Prof Tim Nokaes is a legend within all sports, his book 'The Lore of Running' has been very much a bible for the keen runner, in Talk Training we discuss Tim's new book 'Waterlogged'. If that wasn't enough we finally catch up with the man who has got so many people into ultra, including me, Dean Karnazes. We also have the news, blogs and up and coming races. Phew... what a show!

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Let me start off by saying that I have never seen people wear so many layers of clothing in a running event. I thought Portlanders over-dressed, but UTMB'ers took it to a new level.  Racers were bundled up as if about to face severe arctic weather (and we might have, had we headed up over 6000 ft, which we didn't). It was almost laughable, and a wee bit confusing, as it made me question whether I had enough on and had packed enough extra gear for my crew.  I kept trying to remind myself that I've been running in winter weather for as long as I can remember, and would never consider wearing more than a single layer on bottom, even when it's really really cold or really wet. And I never wear more than 2 layers on top, and that usually becomes uncomfortably warm. But, as racers started to panic about weather conditions in the days prior and swarm the Chamonix stores for additional gear, I got sucked in and did the same. 

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It's been nearly three months since Western States, so I figure it was time to race again.  Despite being fitter, stronger and more efficient than '11, the post-WS recovery has been slooow: leg-feel and energy were down, and breaking free from the "hundred-mile old man stride" has been a challenge.

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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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