October 10, 2020

Weekend Recap: Olsen Lake and Front Range Fun


I headed up to Minturn on Friday at lunchtime, arriving in time to take my final calls of the day from my house there. However, the internet there was being weird, and I had trouble getting my video to work on my final call of the day – frustrating! Although this internet issue has never happened before, I always feel guilty when I work from my mountain house – like I’m playing hooky by being out there rather than at home. Kind of silly in these remote working times, I know! After work, I headed to Home Depot and the …

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September 24, 2020

Race Report: Sangre de Cristo 50 Mile


In the days leading up to the Sangre de Cristo, I started getting cold feet… and especially when I started packing. Ultramarathons require so much stuff!! It reminded me of doing a triathlon, in a bad way – one of the things I liked least about doing a tri was how much equipment could make or break your race, and it seemed like that was also the case with doing an ultra. Whatever happened to just putting your sneakers on and going out for a run?! I toyed with the idea of just ignoring the “drop bags” (bags you pack ahead …

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September 18, 2020

Weekend Recap: Committing to an Ultra


My weekend kicked off with a fun (but safe) social event – my best friend Heather’s birthday! We had been discussing for weeks what to do to celebrate, since Heather is equally cautious about COVID, and she ultimately decided she wanted to invite a small group of people to meet for beers on the patio at Four Noses, her favorite brewery. It was wonderful! We had to wait a while (literally 1.5 hours) for a table to open up, but we were able to hang out in the parking lot talking away from everyone else in the meantime, and it …

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November 26, 2012

Race Report: NYRR 60K (Part 2)

Continued from NYRR 60K Part 1: I had lined up a wonderful group of friends to run with me for the nine loops, but I would be doing the out-and-back and first two loops solo. The out-and-back was our first segment, meant to tack an extra mile onto the race, and I seemed to take it a lot faster than most of the other runners. Was I going out too fast? My plan had been to do the first two miles at a 9:00 pace, then settle into a 9:30 pace until the half marathon point, a 10:00 pace from …

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November 24, 2012

Race Report: NYRR 60K (Part 1)

As I alluded to in my posts / tweets during the week, the night before my 60K, I was terrified. No, this wasn’t my first ultra, but my previous one was only 33 miles (covered as part of a 6 hour race) and it was smack dab in the middle of my 50 states, when I’d say I was in peak marathon shape. This time around, I was going to have to add an extra 11 miles to what I normally run – which at a 10:00 pace would be close to another two hours of running! Furthermore, the 6 …

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