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

13 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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An Ode to Telluride, Family Ghosts and the Hardrock Spirit

Destinations, Training & Racing

An Ode to Telluride, Family Ghosts and the Hardrock Spirit

11 Comments 01 July 2014

Getting ready to road trip to Telluride, an annual pilgrimage that does something to my psyche. Keeps me younger, makes me tougher. Reminds me what I’m made of and where I came from. Because I was a wild child, thanks to Telluride.

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An Ultra That Became a Midlife Crossroads and Catharsis

Training & Racing

An Ultra That Became a Midlife Crossroads and Catharsis

12 Comments 10 June 2014

How the Miwok 100K transported me way outside of my comfort zone, made me feel like I lived a lifetime in a day and then reduced me to tears.

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An Ultra Race Against Hunger and Violence: Q&A with Ultrarunner Stephanie Case in South Sudan

Destinations, Training & Racing

An Ultra Race Against Hunger and Violence: Q&A with Ultrarunner Stephanie Case in South Sudan

2 Comments 28 April 2014

Stephanie Case, whom I got to know in 2012, has the courage to do all she can to help protect and stabilize the displaced population of South Sudan. Here's our conversation about what it's like to live, work and run in the midst of a humanitarian crisis and in the face of a very real threat of violence.

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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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