Two "What You Can Do" Stories

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.


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Four Simple Questions for Pre-Race Nerves

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.

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Tune Out Your Run Tech to Get More Reliable

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.

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Seven Ways to Find the Cheerleader You Wish You Had

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.


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Where Are the Women?

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.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong in a 100-Miler?

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.

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Don't Quit Until They Pull You

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.

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