Race Recap: The Third Super-Sprint Triathlon; or, My Heart Will Explode

Race Recap: The Third Super-Sprint Triathlon; or, My Heart Will Explode
A gray sky hovered threatened rain over the Sports Core Pool in Ocean Pines that Saturday morning as the competitors stood around our transition tables. Colby, the race director for the third Super-Sprint Triathlon, gave us final instructions: 18 lengths of the pool, a six-mile bike ride, and then two laps around the lake (about ...

The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming 4

The (Inaugural) Algonquin 50K: Just Keep Swimming
I had gotten more than halfway through the race when my legs began to realize that I was not going to stop. I had been tricking them for several miles, telling them I was going to give them a break at an aid station. And they believed me. But when I passed the turn-around aid ...

Chasing a Rabbit: The 2016 Pemberton Half Marathon 2

Chasing a Rabbit: The 2016 Pemberton Half Marathon
I looked up to see the leader, the guy I’d been chasing for the last six miles. He was moving away from me. I didn’t know if I was faltering or he was moving faster. I knew, in any case, that I had a choice to make. I could push harder and try to keep ...

Why do you do this? The Stone Mill 50 Mile Race Recap 1

“Can I ask you a question?” The speaker was the grandmother of a fellow Stone Mill 50 Mile racer. She had come out to cheer on her granddaughter and was sitting in the elementary school cafeteria watching the carnage of runner after runner hobbling into the building. She wore a red sweater and her blue ...

Race Recap: Twisted Branch 100K Ultra 4

Race Recap: Twisted Branch 100K Ultra
I stopped. The air was still, the forest around me as quiet as a cathedral on Tuesday. The trail wound through white pine, hemlock, and maple stands that blotted out the sun and made the heat of the day feel unusually cool. I listened for the footfalls or breathing of another runner, but heard nothing. ...