The Grand Circle’s Brutal Gem: The Tushar 93K

The 4k beast began innocently with a nice steady grade along an abandoned road now choked out with grass and lupine, and littered with logged-out deadfalls. Three thousand feet of climbing later I reached a gate and let myself think I was getting close. Turning the next switchback corner the whole world felt like it was falling away as the grade cranked up and I was forced to push on my quad with one hand and use my lone trekking pole for leverage on the other...

Zion 100K – All you have is this year…

PC: Derrick Lytle "I always want to do my best. You know, all you have is this year so you might as well make it the best you've got." - Zach Miller Sometimes everything goes perfectly, which is not to say that it is easy. Good days and bad days can distill life down to the barest and rawest moments where you realize what you are capable of and what truly motivates you to get through the low points. Sometimes that just means finishing, sometimes thats beating your best and sometimes you land on the podium.

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...

In Soviet Bloc, Champion Jacket Wears You! – Bangs Canyon 60K

After having a blast running in the New Year at Bangs Canyon in 2015 I knew I would be back to kick of the running and racing season again in 2016 at Bangs. Kevin and Shannon Koch along with Ray Jensen put on a great event that brings out the West Slope running community and hanging out around the fire at the end of the day is one of the season's highlights every year. Since I started my last training cycle just over a month ago I decided to run the 60K this year to focus on building up my base rather than working on speed endurance. I also knew that I would likely be the only 60K runner...

Javelina Jundred 2015: Going solo to PRville

After going out way too hard at Run Rabbit Run I knew I was capable of more than my performance had suggested, so I waited until the very last possible moment to make sure I was recovered enough, and signed up for the Javelina Jundred. Further minimizing my level of assistance from Run Rabbit Run I drove down by myself to attempt the 100 mile distance with no pacers, no poles, and no crew...