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    100 Miler Training,  Running

    How to Smile for 100 Miles

    Looking at the Pinhoti 100 photos, I see that I am smiling in every single one. Every one. My dad even challenged the Internets to find a photo of me not smiling, and no one could. Since Pinhoti, I have gotten more “But did you really smile the entire time?” questions than I can count. And the answer is a wholehearted yes. I had such a fantastic time for all 28.5 hours that even the unrelenting rain could not wipe the smile off my face. If you want to know how you too can run 100 miles (or 26.2 miles, or 10 miles, or even 1 mile) skipping and cheering and grinning like…

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    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.…

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    100-Mile Mantras

    There’s no sugarcoating it—running 100 miles will suck at one point or another. Likely, over and over and over. That’s where mental toughness plays a huge role. Lots of people use inspirational mantras to get them through dark moments of races. Me, not so much. I’m less, “You can do it!” and more, “Suck it up, Buttercup!” But I do like to latch onto song lyrics or phrases when I’m feeling crappy and repeat them for hours at a time. Training for Pinhoti 100, I kept hearing from friends that the race will be mostly mental, and I should plan accordingly. So as with everything ultra-related, I polled the audience to find…

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    Crusher Ridge 21k Race Recap

    Blah. Crusher Ridge 21k. Not my best day by far, though thankfully not because of anything physically wrong with me! Here’s the story: I can usually shake a bad mood quickly when running on trails. Especially on race day. Especially at Ruffner Mountain, where it requires every ounce of strength and mental energy to stay upright. But I had a dark cloud over my head the entire morning, a la Eeyore, and I couldn’t seem to run away from it. But the Crusher Ridge 42k/21k was an incredibly fun and hard race, and it deserves a proper peppy race report. So I’ll share both the good and the bad. The…

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    When Your Body Breaks Before a 100-Mile Race

    Over the past week, I developed a mysterious rash/virus that sucked all the energy out of me and made me miss my last week of critical training runs before the Pinhoti 100. Fuck. Sometime Tuesday I noticed that my calves had a bit of a rash—razor burn, I assumed. It hung around there for a few days, then slowly started to creep up my body until angry red spots were everywhere—in my ears and nose, on my palms and feet, all over my face. The rapid change from razor burn to Code Red Leopard was enough to get my ass to doctors 1-7 (it was a teaching clinic), who unanimously…

  • Georgia Jewel 50, Georgia Jewel, 50 mile race, 100-miler training, ultra running, trail running, Pinhoti 100, training for a 50 mile race, lessons learned in 50 mile race
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    Georgia Jewel 50 Race Recap

    I did it! I finished the Georgia Jewel 50 feeling like a million bucks, which officially makes me a 50-mile ultra runner. This post will be long, because 50-mile races are long. If you’re too busy/important/ADD to read the entire post, here’s the Cliff Notes version: Finished in 13:48. Rained all day. Loved almost every moment. Felt great at the end. Ready for my 100. If you’re dying to hear more (you know you are), here we go! I was a mixture of nonchalant (just a supported long run, not a race) and freaking the fuck out (it’d still me my first official 50-miler) leading up to Jewel. My plan was to go…