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    100 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Pinhoti 100 Race Recap

    After a slight delay, here it is—my Pinhoti 100 race recap. I honestly struggled to write this one, and not just because I’ve been flying high on painkillers from my wisdom teeth removal. How do you put one of the best days of your life into words? How do you string enough coherent thoughts together to make people understand even a tiny fraction of what you felt? I tried to write many times after the race, and all I came up with was “AHHHHHHHHHH!” For those of you short on time (or attention span), here’s the gist of it: 100 miles. 28.5 hours. 28k ft. elevation change. Rain. Mud. Cold.…

  • 50k Training,  Running,  Ultra Training

    Why I Run

    My blogging buddy Ricardo wrote a blog post the other day as he prepares for his first 50k in April, reflecting on what motivates him to run. He reached out to me asking if I wanted to share my thoughts on why I run—perfect timing as I taper for my half marathon this weekend and then 50k the next. I started drafting this post by compiling a list of things that I like about running and thus what I thought motivated me, but something felt off, forced. Sure, I love the scenery when I trail run and the camaraderie of my running group, but I’m not sure that feeling is exclusive…