Spring Flingin’ (Antelope Island 50K, Maze District Honeymoon, Zane Grey 50M)

"Great Faith. Great Doubt. Great Effort." The Three Essentials of Training - Zen Proverb After getting married at the end of January, Jess and I knew we would only have one shot at getting in a honeymoon amid her hectic senior year of researching and interning: spring break!  There are plenty of items on the bucket … Continue reading Spring Flingin’ (Antelope Island 50K, Maze District Honeymoon, Zane Grey 50M)

Ending on a High Note – The Bear Chase 50

At one of the aid stations the volunteers remarked, "You're slamming those shots like a Russian sailor!". By this point in the day the 50K runners were sharing the course and I was happy to have people to chase and exchange "good-jobs" with for motivation. I came in at the end of the third lap with an 11 minute lead, nearly identical splits to lap 2, switched over to my "drop the hammer" playlist and rushed out of the aid station so quickly I forgot to drink any Coke. About a quarter of a mile down the trail I came to a screeching halt...ponies in the trail!

Antelope Canyon Redux

“I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.” - Anakin Skywalker whining about the Antelope Canyon course Everything felt smooth and easy until mile 22 at the Horseshoe Bend vista when the sand gave way to the stunning but challenging course along the rim. It slowed me down and I found myself power-hiking up some of the steep sections of crumbly, off-angle rock. The markings were hard to spot (due partially to the epic winds the night before the race after this section had been marked), but the route follows the canyon rim very obviously and even when no other runners were around to help locate the path the markers were never more than one corner or dune away...