• Crusher Ridge, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Pinhoti 100, ultra marathon, trail running, 100-mile training
    100 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    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…

  • Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, Ruffner Mountain Running Festival, Ruffner Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama trail running, Alabama Outdoor, Resolute Running Training Center, ultra running
    Birmingham,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running

    Ruffner Mountain Trail Running Festival Recap

    This past Saturday I ran a 15K at the Ruffner Mountain Running Festival—my first race since my Mississippi 50 mishap. The Ruffner Mountain Running Festival, sponsored by Alabama Outdoors and Resolute Running Training Center, is a laid-back, no-frills trail race. I’m talking fewer than 100 runners (no conga lines!), no bibs, and an index card finisher system. Perfect for a comeback race. Or a big trail run with friends that happened to be a race. My only goal was to run the distance—slowly—and have a good, pain-free time. Why not dust the cobwebs off my thighs and race, you ask? Slow runs are less likely to piss off my groin, and…

  • Birmingham,  Running,  Ultra Training

    Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

    “Happiness is pushing your limits and watching them back down.” – New Balance ad This morning marked another trail running first – my first night run. This took my inexperience to a whole new level, because not only have I not build up my trail legs yet, but now I was going to tackle technical trails in the dark. I looked for excuses not to go on the run and stick to my regular route on roads instead. It’ll be too dark out, I’ll be exhausted after staying up for the election, I’ll fall, I’ll slow the group down, I’m not in trail running shape yet. Like with anything in life,…