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February 9, 2018

 

"Heavy exercise causes a transient downturn in the normal function of the immune system... and then viruses that are omnipresent can gain easy access, divide and then make people sick."

                                                                                                                     - David Nieman DrPh

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August 2, 2017

This past Saturday I raced the Speedgoat 50k in Utah. It's a mountain race put on by legendary ultra runner Karl Meltzer.  Karl set the fastest known time for a supported Appalachian Trail run.  He covered 45 miles a day for 47 days to set the record.  The Speedgoat is his idea of a tough race and runs from 8000ft altitude to 11,000ft up mountain passes as steep as 40% grade.  Many would agree that it is the toughest 50k in the US.  My Speedgoat experience was one of the most successful failures I’ve ever had in running.  I succeeded in failing for sure, but I earned an enormous amount of experience and knowledge I would never ha...

In typical reckless running fashion, I signed up for a 100 mile race earlier this year after my ultra runner friend, Jeremy Alsop, said he was considering doing another one.  Not just any 100 mile race, it’s a tough race that traverses the Colorado mountains with copious hill climbs and head spinning elevation changes.  This 100 mile ultra is called Run Rabbit Run and it takes place in September each year.  Keep in mind that I’m essentially a sea level middle distance runner.  I have no access to significant mountains to practice on that are less than an hour away. I have no trail racing experience at all, and have less than a ha...

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