Getting Ready

Yikes. I’m almost larger-than-life here.
This is me heading to the finish line of the VT50 last year.
I hope to look this cheerful at the end of the VT100k Saturday. I’ve been hopping up and down for the last two weeks, I wonder if I’ll have any energy left to run.
Long training weeks of 50 miles are done. We made it through a very long winter and emerged into a full fledged summer swelter. I’ve…

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This documentary tells the story of one of the world’s most difficult and bizarre sporting events: The Barkley Marathons.

(Reblogged from outdoorvancouver)

Pineland 50k 2014

This year’s Memorial Weekend race marks the one year anniversary of my entry into the ultra world!
Remember how nervous I was for this last year? Well, don’t worry if you don’t, cause I do. I was a wreck. I barely slept the night before. I barely slept for the entire week prior. This year, I slept like the professional sleeper I really am. What a difference a year makes.

Race conditions in 2013…

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Salomon Running and Ricky Gates’ trip to the Cooper Canyons of Mexico and the 12th annual Ultra Caballo Blanco.

Getting ready for the big race… Huaraches are the traditional footwear of the Raramuri. Though the huaraches have traditionally been made entirely of leather, in recent decades, the Raramuri have taken to reclaiming old car tires for a more durable and comfortable sole. — at Urique, Chihuahua.

The whole set of photographs can be seen on their Facebook page.

Hope Salomon does not F* this thing up! I mean Micah refused explicitly to have this event sponsored (by the North Face at the time) and you know why: “because running should be free”

(Reblogged from onemtnatatime)

TARC Spring Classic 2014

TARC Spring Classic 2014

I’m sitting in the car, shivering and staring out at the still falling rain. I’m spent. J finished hours ago and has the car warm. I’m so grateful to be sitting. And dry. I’m tired. And smiling.
I finished.
I crossed the finish line.
I didn’t want to. I wanted to quit after four of five laps.

The TARC Spring Classic wasn’t a tough race. It’s a fairly straight forward course, with little elevation…

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Night Before


50k mountain race tomorrow.

I have one expectation: I’ll start.

Past that, it could be a great race or I could blow up at mile 20. It’s been that kind of time recently.

No matter what, the hot tub with the mountain views will feel great afterwards.

Love it.

(Reblogged from runningpunk)

Spring? Is That You?

Spring? Is That You?

And just like that, winter is done.
Psych! Maybe 3-5 tonight? Ugh. I hope not. Ah, it is still April in Vermont. Any weather is quite possible until July.
Well, the flowers cry Spring. So, I’m going with it.

Weather, smeather. Let’s talk running. And racing.
I added another ultra to the schedule. And my first race of the season is a mere ten days away!! Ready or not, the TARC Spring Classic 50k…

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Last of the snow