...High above the aspen trees, out of sight of any civilization, and overlooking a sky blue lake, this ridge was one of the best views all day. It was also of the most difficult sections of the day. Temperatures here hovered around 89-90, making it miss, just barely, the title of the hottest running of the race ever. I used nearly all of my water on this section- 140oz of it- between drinking it and dumping it on myself.
For much of the summer, the smoke has ebbed and flowed through the mountains, limiting if not completely obstructing the views. It has been one of the hottest summers I can remember. With near-record temperatures came near-record acreage burned from wildfires here in Colorado and across the western states.
If you're signed up for a summer or fall race, heat is an inevitable factor in your training (raises own hand, sweat dripping from forehead). Your running options are to wake up well before the sun, load up on coffee, and hope you don’t start sleepwalking, or, wait until the sun goes down, get to … Continue reading Heat Train Like a Pro
...eyes on the trail as a waterfall shot out of the canyon across from us. A lack of attention here would often result in hundred(s) of feet of air into a messy death below. Beauty and feet-from-death are two features that aren’t found in most scenarios, but this place was certainly one of them. As we climbed...
Runners at all stages of fitness usually get to a point where they are thinking "How can I get faster?" Running is a system of many moving parts- literally and figuratively- that all need to be trained. It doesn't happen overnight, but it does happen. The trick is to be to be smart about how … Continue reading A Faster You
In response to my article Fueling Better For Top Performance, I got lots of questions about how to find what works best while running. Here are just some of the strategies I've seen athletes try, jumbled in with some thoughts of my own. Let me know what works for you!
This article is inspired by my most recent racing blunder in hopes that you don’t make the mistakes that I did on race day. I made a lot of them. Here is my story, and this is what I’ve learned. See if you can count the mistakes. I raced the Salida, CO Run Through Time … Continue reading Fueling Better For Top Performance
Whether you are going for the podium or a PR, it is likely that you’ll get to the point where you want to start running faster. And why not? Being human, we are hardwired to pursue the better self, not to mention those oh-so-good endorphins
-A photo recap of 21 miles of popping aspen, red dirt, and towering rock outcroppings in Colorado's Staunton State Park- I've lived about 20 minutes from Staunton State Park for about 2 years now, and have dismissed the thought of going for a run there up until today. I mean... how exciting can highway 285 … Continue reading Through the Colors: Staunton State Park
https://youtu.be/CRRlRjSo1hg Citadel ˈsidədl,ˈsidəˌdel/ noun: 1. a fortress that commands a city and is used in the control of the inhabitants and in defense during attack or siege. 2. any strongly fortified place; stronghold. When used in storybook writings and folklore, citadel is bound to provoke imagery of a hilltop castle, skies of fire, and … Continue reading The Citadel