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 ...

Massanutten Mountain Trail Run, 2015 Recap: Part 4 2

Massanutten Mountain Trail Run, 2015 Recap: Part 4
This is the fourth and final installment of my series about the 2015 MMT100 Trail Run. Catch up! Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. A NEW DAY As dawn broke I found myself feeling better. Tired still, but more awake. The food helped, as did the rest at Picnic. I laughed about Adam’s ...

Massanutten Mountain Trail Run, 2015 Recap: Part 3 1

Massanutten Mountain Trail Run, 2015 Recap: Part 3
This is the third in my series about the 2015 MMT100 Trail Run. Catch up! Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4 of my report. Darkness Falls The stretch between Habron and Camp Roosevelt is just under ten miles, but it feels like forever. The climb up to the ridge is long and steep ...

Massanutten Mountain Trail Run, 2015 Recap: Part 2 2

Massanutten Mountain Trail Run, 2015 Recap: Part 2
This is the second in my series about the MMT100 2015 Trail Run. Read Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4 of my report. Into the Heat Massanutten can be a difficult trail to run. As Jacob told me, “This course is rocks with a little bit of trail.” But the VHTRC put on a ...

Massanutten Mountain Trail Run, 2015 Recap: Part 1 1

Massanutten Mountain Trail Run, 2015 Recap: Part 1
This is the first in a series about the MMT100 2015 Trail Run. Read part 2, part 3, and part 4 of my report. After dark the rain began to fall. Sheets of water fell from the sky. I took my shell from my waist belt and pulled it on. The hood covered my light ...

Pine to Palm recap, part 3: Way Off Schedule 4

Pine to Palm recap, part 3: Way Off Schedule
Long John Saddle The night was only just beginning when I rolled into Long John Saddle. This was where I had originally hoped to pick up a pacer, but instead where I found a small group of volunteers and a few runners waiting in the darkness. It was around one in the morning, and while ...

Pine to Palm recap, part 2: Happy Trails 2

Pine to Palm recap, part 2: Happy Trails
The First Flag The run to Hanley Gap, the halfway point, was mostly a blur. The miles spun away like so much sugar. I played leapfrog with my Neil Diamond dance partner and took a few pictures of the rolling Siskyou Mountains, the clouds hovering in the deep blue sky. I could see the smoke ...

Pine to Palm 100, part 1 3

Pine to Palm 100, part 1
Not According to Plan I went into the 2014 Pine to Palm feeling not terribly confident. My training this summer has not been what I had hoped. My longest run after MMT was the pacing I did at the Eastern States 100 last month. After my less than stellar finish at MMT in May, in ...

Eastern States 100: “This is Massanutten on steroids.” 3

I came to the Tiadaghton State Forest to pace my good friend, Steve, at the inaugural running of the Eastern States 100, a 100 mile run through the wilds of some of the most remote country in Pennsylvania. I came away with a new found respect for the hills, for the trails of Pennsylvania, and ...

Race Recap: 2014 MMT 100 Mile Run, Part 3–Remarks 1

I finished the race in 32h15m9s, with, according to Reiko, approximately 45 minutes of sleep. With long drives ahead of us, Reiko and Stephane, and myself and my wife and daughter, said our goodbyes and left within an hour or so of my finishing. I ate some food and drank some water, but once I ...