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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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    How To Be A 100-Mile Pacer

    So you’re thinking about diving into the world of ultras, but don’t want to fully commit to the crazy just yet? Especially after reading my recap? Be a pacer! Pacing a runner is the perfect way to get a feel for running the distance without actually putting your body through the torture. I was really excited when Greg asked me to pace him at the Pinhoti 100, and I and my Type A self immediately started reading blog posts, listening to podcasts, and asking others about how to be the best pacer ever. And so I went into Pinhoti knowing what pacing entailed and what I had to do, but…

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    Pinhoti 100 Recap—Why I Want To Run 100 Miles

    Y’all. We have a problem. I’ve been bitten by the 100-mile buckle bug. Two weekends ago I helped crew and pace my friend Greg at the Pinhoti 100, and it was one of the most fun and eye-opening experiences ever. I had been excited for months to go play in the woods and truly dive into the ultra scene by watching my first 100, but I didn’t expect it to make that much of an impact on me. Some people would take one look at the delirious, smelly, blistered runners and go, “Uh, no.” Instead, all weekend I was giddy as hell and kept going, “I want to be you! I want…

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    Pacing the Pinhoti 100

    Exactly one month from today I’ll be pacing (read: running and playing) my friend Greg in the backwoods of Alabama at the Pinhoti 100. Greg helped me get into all of this trail running business last year, so it’ll be fun to finally return the favor. I was going to pace my friend Dan at Pinhoti last year—which is how I met Greg actually—but race day weather was stupid hot and he had to drop. He’ll be back running it again this year though, so we’ll all get to run together. Actually, a good amount of BUTS will be running, pacing, crewing, or volunteering, so it’ll be one big BUTS party! Y’all.…

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    The Day I Became An Ultra Runner – Mt. Cheaha 50k Recap

    Warning—this will be long and most likely will ramble, but I have over seven hours worth of thoughts to share. If you’re looking for the Cliff Notes version, here it is: I finished in 7:22, fell a lot, bled a little, loved every moment, and am itching to do another. If you want to take a peek inside my head, here we go: Zack and I decided to drive to the race on Saturday morning, since the start is only about an hour and a half from home. I chose to wear a tank top that crossed in the back (read: no falling straps), a long-sleeve tech shirt that I…