Juneventures 2018: Thompson Peak FKT and the River of No Return 50K

So many people still don't know the difference between Idaho and Iowa or realize that there is so much more than potatoes going on up here.  With incredible mountains, vast tracks of wilderness and world class trail running and mountain climbing opportunities, the lack of Idaho FKTs is something of an enigma...

6 Reasons Why Trail Running is Better Than Mountain Biking

Let me preface this one by explaining my situation.  I love running, for hours and hours and hours.  I was doing just that at the San Diego 100 but after about 13 hours my piriformis muscle decided to play the strain game.  Two weeks of barely walking, one week of short shuffle hikes and finally … Continue reading 6 Reasons Why Trail Running is Better Than Mountain Biking

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!

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.