The Small-World Story of My Friendship with a Rookie Ultrarunner

Training & Racing

The Small-World Story of My Friendship with a Rookie Ultrarunner

16 Comments 26 October 2014

This is the story of how I became friends with and virtually coached an unlikely ultrarunner in her first 24-hour endurance event. The story begins one month ago, and I admit, I was a little drunk.

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My Wild Week at the Grand to Grand Ultra, Part 3: Good Guys and Goodbyes

Training & Racing

My Wild Week at the Grand to Grand Ultra, Part 3: Good Guys and Goodbyes

3 Comments 19 October 2014

Would our tent hold in the storm? Probably. I wasn't worried. I actually felt calm, cozy and secure. I had developed a mindset of taking anything and everything in stride. Whatever happened, happened.

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My Wild Week at the Grand to Grand Ultra, Part 2: The Long Stage

Training & Racing

My Wild Week at the Grand to Grand Ultra, Part 2: The Long Stage

7 Comments 13 October 2014

Whereas Stages 1 and 2 were like an appetizer and salad course, Stage 3 would be the Grand to Grand Ultra’s Supersized Full Meal Deal. It would dish up hot, hard roads; steep, rocky climbs; debilitating deep-sand tracks; gnarly, in-your-face vegetation; slippery slickrock, monotonous highway shoulders, and beautiful, baffling fine-sand dunes—relentless, towering, engulfing sand dunes.

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My Wild Week at the 2014 Grand to Grand Ultra, Part 1

Destinations, Training & Racing

My Wild Week at the 2014 Grand to Grand Ultra, Part 1

14 Comments 05 October 2014

I was completely unplugged, off the grid and rocking out. I was going native, kicking ass and feeling half my age. And it just kept getting better. Inevitably—hilariously—something had to harsh my buzz.

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Training & Racing

Join Me, Ian Sharman and Victor Ballesteros at the Trails In Motion Film Festival – Walnut Creek – Nov. 16

4 Comments 13 September 2014

Spend the afternoon at a trail-running film showcase that features incredible, inspiring stories of runners and captivating footage of trails.

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Got Gaiters? I Do, And Here’s How

Travel & Gear

Got Gaiters? I Do, And Here’s How

1 Comment 10 September 2014

Want to know how to get or make full-cover gaiters for running through sand? This is how I did it for the upcoming Grand to Grand Ultra.

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My 2014 Grand to Grand Ultra Food and Gear List

Training & Racing, Travel & Gear

My 2014 Grand to Grand Ultra Food and Gear List

3 Comments 03 September 2014

Very soon I'll start the week-long Grand to Grand Ultra 170-mile self-supported stage race that goes from the north rim of the Grand Canyon to the pink cliffs of Southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here's what I plan to bring to get through an event that's been listed with the world's toughest ultramarathons.

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My 2014 Race & Family Travel Calendar

Lake Chabot 30K, Feb. 22. Race report.
"Uncool 50K," March 8
Night Sweats Marathon, March 24. Related post
Diablo Trails Challenge 50K, April 19. Race report.
Miwok 100K, May 3. Related article
Pacing at Hardrock 100, July 9 - 11. Report
Family trip to Honduras and Costa Rica, late July. Costa Rica report
Crystal Springs 50K (pack training run), Aug. 9. Report
Grand to Grand Ultra self-supported stage race, Sept. 21 - 27 Race report.
Rio Del Lago 100M, Nov. 8 - 9
North Face Endurance Challenge 50M, San Francisco, Dec. 6

Proud to race on the team of Inside Trail Racing. Check out their calendar of great trail races.

Recommended Products

I use Honey Stinger waffles, chews & bars for long runs.

Wear Road ID for safety when you run, www.RoadID.com:

This Fenix flashlight is perfect for nighttime running; see this post on the lighting system I recommend.

I recently discovered the Nathan Quick Shot Plus 10 oz. hand-held bottle with a pocket, and I really like it for shorter races when all you need to carry is a gel, your car key and a small amount of liquid.

My 2013 Race & Family Travel Calendar

mid-February: Telluride
Way Too Cool 50K Mar. 9. Race report.
Oakland Marathon, not racing but volunteering as leader for the 3:40 pace group, Mar. 24
Lake Sonoma 50M Apr. 13. Race report.
mid-April: exploring Vancouver for Spring Break
East Bay Triple Crown Series: Tilden Tough 10M May 19, Lake Chabot Half June 2, Woodminster 9M June 16. Short recap.
Marin Ultra Challenge 50M training run, June 22. Story & pics.
6-day Maine biking trip, trip report.
8-day Colorado River rafting trip! Trip report.
Aug. 11: Skyline 50K in the Oakland hills. Injured.
Pine to Palm 100M Sept. 14 Injured.
Berkeley Trail Adventure 50K Sept. 28. Finished 1st F!
Rio Del Lago 100 Mile Endurance Run Nov. 9 Injured.
Quad Dipsea, Nov. 30 Injured.

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