This is Boston weekend and I'm typing this blog from Boston indeed but it's a race report for a race I ran yesterday, go figure! The best advice before running a marathon or ultra marathon is to pace the week before, if not for 2 weeks for an ultra. I used to follow that wisdom 20 years ago when I ran my first marathons but, after 25 marathons and 162 ultras, I seem to have forgotten about it. Or disobeying. Or losing my mind and not behaving... ;-)
Justin runs down the trail and ultramarathon results from this past weekend. Mostly focused on UTMB, but hey, a pretty good race at The Rut and a couple of new FKTs to consider. Rule #3: There will be no beeping sounds on GPS watches. Ever. That sh*t sucks. —Stephen at Citius …
More than 5 weeks without posting, how sloppy is that for a blogger aiming at weekly updates... I feel really bad about it but at least it's not that I've been injured, I certainly did run in the meantime, 338 miles actually. As a matter of fact, I wrote two articles which I didn't dare to post as I was coping with extensive travel, a few family events and a few demanding situations at work, and needed a break from the social networks pressure. Anyway, I'm back as I'm taking a real vacation in Africa and here is a special race I have to talk about first.
At least or, after 3 road races in April (100K Road Nationals, Boston Marathon and Ruth Anderson 50K) and no hill running on trails since the 50K Trail Nationals in February, great hill training at last! Before Quicksilver 100K next week and Ohlone 50K the following week, it was about time.
As I made my way up the first climb of the Sean O'Brien 100k this past weekend I could only focus on the circle of light ahead of me and everything else around me, the mist, the darkness, even the people, may have well as not been there. It wasn't because I was suffering just yet, but because I was in the moment. I was feeling the flow as Meghan Hicks and I discussed last week in our podcast. I put one foot in front of the other continually. In my focus I was surprised to see the sun, when I looked up. The sunrise had begun and I hadn't even realized. Fiery orange and cool blue stretched over the horizon, capped with clouds, as I looked on to the rising ball of fire. I didn't stay long, just enough for a picture. The climb beckoned. I love to climb. Not vertical walls, I'm not a rock climber. But, to push my body on a near vertical trail is pure bliss for me. That first climb was not near vertical. But, I took it for all it was worth and I loved every moment of it. The cool morning air whipping around my sandal clad toes and tossing my hair. The sun beginning to shine brighter and brighter.
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You can get this episode (in MP3 audio) and ALL the other Ultrafinishers episodes (88 total) on a disc by mail. More infoJim Gardner lives in Cambridgeshire, UK. On July 2, 2016 he finished the London to Cambridge 100k as his first ultramarathon. Congratulations Jim! Fun fact: Jim is a …
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After the embarrassing DNF at Miwok 100K last week just because of some rain, I had better finish this one and was looking forward to a much more clement weather, or actually a warm day since I'm doing so much better in the heat than cold and humid conditions.
It was my third ultra race since the March incident, and Race Director, Tia (Bodington), wasn't thrilled at all when she heard I had a... TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) recently. I promised to be reasonable and not push too much since doctors have ruled out every possible cause they can think of, leaving us without a firm explanation.
Join us today on Elevation Trail as we welcome newbie ultrarunner, Camille Herron. She chats about the blend and transition from elite road racing to ultrarunning and she makes her own beer (we think that is equally important to note). Please feel free to comment and/or ask her questions here or on our facebook page. Thanks […]
~Life can give you lemons. And I believe you are supposed to make lemonade when that happens. Other times life throws bricks. I am not sure what the proper actions are when that happens. I made a choice ~ I built a fortress and hid behind it. And when I was ready, I came back out and declared war on the snakes and the trails~
A 2014 Fuego Y Agua Race Experience “WE GOTTA GET DOWN! WE GOTTA GET DOWN!” he screamed repeatedly, over and over and over, butt-sliding left and right across the warm bed of scree-like lava rocks. The wind was blowing incredibly hard, so violently that the little bit of sweaty clothes we did have on cracked […]