• Pinhoti 100, Pinhoti 100 race recap, how to run 100 miles, 100 mile race tips. ultra running, Pinhoti Trail, trail running Alabama, ultra running tips
    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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    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…