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...

Red Hot(ish) 55K(ish) race report

"Forget goals.  Value the process."  - Jim Bouton Race: Moab Red Hot Distance:  55K (~33.5 miles on the GPS) Story:  After finishing up work on Friday I drove down with the Burro and camped with Matt and Char along the Colorado River at a site they had secured earlier that morning.  I checked in downtown, met … Continue reading Red Hot(ish) 55K(ish) race report

Encore 2016 – The Joshua Tree Traverse FKT

The descent leading to the third climb was really fun technical running and the fog was really heavy making for an intense sensation of isolation and solitude. I turned on some music to put the mountain lion fears on the back burner and alternated between power hiking and shuffling up the steep third climb. Near the top I saw a coyote disappear into the mist beside 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.

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...

No Pacers, No Poles, No Problem: Run Rabbit Run 2015

Because of the awesome coincidence of this race and my twin cousin's birthday happening the same weekend my family managed to get a reunion pulled together with my race as one of the attractions. I arrived Thursday night and got to hang out with my parents, uncle and aunt, my sister and her boyfriend. The pre-race meeting was delayed by over an hour because the bibs arrived late so I spent a ton of time waiting in line behind Jason Schlarb, Josh Arthur and Jacob Puzey while lots of people come over and took photos with them. After the meeting, in which colder than you would think temperatures were highlighted I headed back to the place our family was renting out. I chowed down on some penne and pesto, popped a couple of Melatonin gummies and passed out.