Pine to Palm 100-Mile Report: One Runner’s Relentless Quest for a Breakthrough Race

Training & Racing

Pine to Palm 100-Mile Report: One Runner’s Relentless Quest for a Breakthrough Race

1 Comment 28 September 2011

This guest post is written by Jeff Kozak, an accomplished ultrarunner who trained and struggled mightily to reach the "Holy Grail of 100s"--the race where it all comes together. This is his bittersweet report of what happened to him while running the mountains between two towns in Southern Oregon.

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A Small-World Story of One Email, Two Families and Round-the-World Travel Advice

Meet, Plan, Go!, Travel & Gear

A Small-World Story of One Email, Two Families and Round-the-World Travel Advice

No Comments 17 September 2011

Out of the blue, I received an email from a man who reminded me why I'm hosting the Meet, Plan, Go event in one month, and why I care so much about long-term family travel. This is the story of his family--a Romanian family of five living in New York--and how they are leaving everything behind to crisscross the globe and educate their three teenagers.

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Running and Racing: How to Choose the Distance, Difficulty and Destination?

Training & Racing

Running and Racing: How to Choose the Distance, Difficulty and Destination?

8 Comments 12 September 2011

As I've pondered running events and goals, I've wondered what makes one event "harder" or "tougher" than another, and is "harder" always "better"? I know I derive pleasure from the challenge that training for races presents—that is, from the thrill of competing with others and with myself to set new PRs. But what kind of challenge should it be?

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5 Steps to Get Out of a Rut and Plan a Dream Trip

Meet, Plan, Go!, Travel & Gear

5 Steps to Get Out of a Rut and Plan a Dream Trip

5 Comments 06 September 2011

In six weeks I'm hosting a big event to extol the virtues of long-term travel and encourage people to think outside the box in terms of their career and life choices. Yet I find myself struggling to walk the talk. Taking a big, meaningful trip again is starting to feel impossible for a number of reasons. How do you get unstuck and go from dreaming to doing? Here are five steps that helped me gain a more optimistic, forward-thinking outlook about the feasibility of future travel.

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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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