Do you go for it?

It’s mile 78 of the War Hammer 100-mile race in Kentucky.

I’ve been running for over 24 hours with wet feet, through unbearable heat and humidity with no air movement, over miles of painful, unforgiving pavement, under full sun, through miles of briars, mud, muddy puddles, and creek beds, past loose dogs and flying traffic, covered head to toe (and more, thanks to falls) in poison ivy, mud, sand, and most likely a horde of ticks.

As I head down another gravel road, a convoy of vehicles approaches. 

They reach me, and the woman driving the first vehicle gets out.

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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.

How?

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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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