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)

Desert Inspiration: Buckskin-Paria FKT

Spring break running report: Monument Valley Half Marathon! Scouting the Zion 100K course! Setting a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Buckskin-Paria route!

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...

Grand Canyon 50 Mile Preparation – Embracing my Max Aerobic Function

Ahhhh, spring is here, my IT band has been relaxed for a while now and the Grand Canyon Ultras 50 Miler is just two weeks away! After a series of injuries due to training too hard and too often over the winter I have been experimented with a different approach to training the last few … Continue reading Grand Canyon 50 Mile Preparation – Embracing my Max Aerobic Function

Hoping Everything Holds Together – Antelope Canyon 50 Mile Ultramarathon (2015)

Jess and I headed down from Grand Junction on Friday filling the drive with podcast musings from The Moth, RadioLab and This American Life to help the hours fly by on a drive we have done dozens of times from Moab to Page. We checked in, swooped up our shirts along with a bonus trucker’s hat and headband and got ready to dirtbag it in the Subaru for the night. I set my alarm and plugged in my phone for the morning (or thought I did…).