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

2 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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Pack Training for the Grand to Grand Ultra

Training & Racing

Pack Training for the Grand to Grand Ultra

2 Comments 10 August 2014

At a 50K race, which I used as a pack training run for the Grand to Grand Ultra, one runner wondered if I was a Marine and another asked, in all seriousness, if I eat dog food.

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My Favorite Place in Costa Rica (and other Costa Rica Travel must-do’s)

Destinations, Travel & Gear

My Favorite Place in Costa Rica (and other Costa Rica Travel must-do’s)

2 Comments 02 August 2014

Highlights from our family's week in Costa Rica--where to go, what to do--and how one out-of-the-way small lodge in a river valley captured the essence of "pura vida."

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Report from the 2014 Hardrock 100, Part 2: Extreme Highs and Slows

Training & Racing

Report from the 2014 Hardrock 100, Part 2: Extreme Highs and Slows

6 Comments 21 July 2014

What makes Hardrock so slow? It's not just the thin air. It's the ever-changing terrain, which includes broken-up rock, boggy mud, slick snow, rushing streams. It's the skill and care required to spot hard-to-find trail markers when no clear trail is apparent; to step methodically and precisely along the face of a summit while leaning into the angle of repose, fighting off vertigo, knowing that a misstep could send you tumbling….

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Report from the 2014 Hardrock 100, Part 1: Getting to Grouse Gulch

Training & Racing, Travel & Gear

Report from the 2014 Hardrock 100, Part 1: Getting to Grouse Gulch

14 Comments 16 July 2014

I was ready to do everything I could to help Betsy hike and run over several more summits, to traverse boggy canyons and sweeping alpine basins, to ford knee-high rivers and fight back nausea. I was ready to ascend my first 14'er on a dark and stormy night.

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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
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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