What do you need to forgive yourself for?Read More
“I’m not fast enough or strong enough to get through those miles.”
All of us running marathons or ultramarathons have had some version of this thought.Read More
Starting today, I'm going to take one blog post a month to answer a question.
Today I'm sharing two strategies for dealing with this race-ending thought, "what can I do when the race stops being fun?"Read More
When someone tells me they want to run an marathon or ultramarathon but don’t have the time to train for it, I think of people like my neighbor Jill and friend Jameelah.
Jill has three young kids and needs to be home with them in the afternoons and on weekends. But she loves to run and still manages to put in a decent weekly mileage.
A few years ago, the night before Superior 100, another young woman running the race and I happened to walk out of the busy lobby together into the night to get luggage from our cars.
She knew from the race briefing hours earlier that I’d already finished the race fifteen times.
“Do you mind if I ask you a question?” she said as we walked.Read More
A client recently asked, “How do I know how fast to run in my 100-mile race?”
After running over 100 of them, this comes naturally to me but I clearly remember wondering the exact same thing before my first 100.
I tired to imagine covering the distance and couldn’t, so I had no reference for imagining what the running would be like.Read More
Two years ago, on the morning of the Kettle Moraine 100 in Wisconsin, I overslept.
I rolled up 20 minutes late. Not much in the scheme of a 100-mile race and I’d finished the year before with more than that to spare so I knew I could do it.
“Can I still start?” I asked.Read More
Frustrated by friends and family that don’t support your goals?
It’s hard to pursue something as ambitious as a first marathon, 100-mile race, or a year's worth of 100s when you’re not getting the emotional support you expect. Someone important to you asking about a long run, wanting to hear about your race, celebrating a hard-earned race performance, or congratulating you on an award.
That type of thing.
Last July, I ran Cry Me A River 100-miler, in Illinois.
I decided to run it at the last minute so my 100th 100-mile race would be at Superior Sawtooth 100 in September. I emailed the race director and she said to show up.
The night before the race, I arrived at packet pickup and signed up.Read More
Short answer: More than you'd imagine.
Long answer: Where to start...
Years ago, the engineer in me, in the long miles of some 100, came up with a kind of elegant answer. It's a general formula of all the variables that must go right, or at least well enough - all at the same time - for you to finish a 100-miler.Read More
In 2002 at the Leadville 100 in Colorado, I crossed 12,600-foot Hope Pass and arrived at the 50-mile aid station in Winfield to be told I was only 15 minutes ahead of cutoff.
I’d heard the same thing at the same aid station the previous year, and dropped. This year, I’d done my best to push the pace to Winfield. Last year wasn’t going to happen again…except it did.Read More
I want to clear up a giant misconception I hear a LOT about what you need to be a “real” ultrarunner.
Let’s start with a partial list in no particular order of what you DON'T need to have, do, or be:Read More