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I traveled to the Seattle area to run a lesser-known ultra, mostly run by locals, called Pigtails Challenge.  There are three distances, 100 miles, 150 miles, and 200 miles.  I decided to enter the 150-mile race “the middle child,” fully understanding the difficulty and toll it would take on my body.  If successful, this would be the fourth time I had reached at least 150 miles in a single race.

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Salt Flats 100

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The Salt Flats 100 starts on the historic Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway.  The actual salt flats are 12 miles long and 5 miles wide covering just over 46 square miles.  Near the center, the crust is 5 feet thick in places.  That is 147 million tons of mostly table salt!  It is the site of some astounding land speed records of more than 600 mph.  My top speed would be 8.9 mph.  continue reading…

Pickled Feet 48/24/12/6 hour run is held at Eagle Island State Park, near Boise, Idaho.  This event is in its second year.  It runs on a mostly flat, smooth dirt road trail on a 2.5-mile loop.  The scenery during the loop is great – rural farm land, by a small lake, and along a river.   I entered the 48-hour race.  Unlike fixed-distance runs, the objective of a fixed-time race is to see who can travel the furthest in that time.  For more details about this kind of race, see my fixed-time race chapter.

For the past four months I have been recovering from a small stress fracture in my tibia which I believed had finally healed.  My training leading up to the race was mediocre about 60 miles per week at a slow pace to avoid any setback on my injury.  I was ten pounds over my usual race weight, so I didn’t have high expectations.  But I was excited to again race after being out of action for so many weeks. continue reading…

It appears that I may again have a stress fracture in my right tibia.  Back in November after a long training run that involved pavement I felt familiar pain in the leg.  It was very minor but with each week it became a little more painful.   Things improved and I decided to go ahead and run Across the Years 72-hour run, but the leg bothered me much of the time and kept me worried.  I had other issues and was disappointed that I “only” ran 163 miles, for 15th place out of about 70 runners.   I recovered well, but the leg is still a bother, similar pain to what was felt in 2012 after Across the Years that year.  But it is less severe this time, not deep bone pain, but surface pain that just won’t get better and seems to inflame the surrounding tissue and muscles.  So, time to go back to the ortho specialist.  On the bright side I can walk, usually without any pain, so I’m hopeful that I can at least hike steep hills.  But if I try running, now the pain comes fast, not quite limping pain, but get close.  So it is time to do other things again and take a break from running.  At my age it is now a delicate balance between tough training and remaining injury-free. continue reading…

Mogollon Monster 100


Mogollon Monster 100 runs below and on top of the Mogollon Rim in central Arizona.  The Mogollon Rim rises out from the earth 2,000 some feet for a span of 200 miles across Arizona and into New Mexico.  The race gets it name because it is a monster of a race, but also because of a legend that Big Foot roams the course. continue reading…

Cascade Crest 100


Cascade Crest 100-mile Endurance Run is held in the Cascade Mountains near Snoqualmie Summit just an hour from Seattle Washington.  This was my third visit and I’ve always had an enjoyable time running this beautiful forest course.  The theme for the run is “Tall Trees, Tough Trails.”  The trees are amazing, there are long climbs, but the trails aren’t too technical.  The race directors do a superb job with the race, keeping it relatively small with a family feel.

Last year, this was my first 100-miler since busting my leg and I took it slow and easy but still finished well.   This year I had set my sights on a personal best for the course however I knew that I really didn’t put in the training needed.  This summer, I’ve just been enjoying running, not getting up each morning to train out of obligation.  But with the multitude of very long runs I have accomplished since April, I knew I would be fine.  (20 runs in the past five months more than 26 miles.) continue reading…

Grand Mesa 100


This was the first time I had run Grand Mesa 100, a relatively new race.  I arrived Friday afternoon and was impressed with Grand Mesa, a high plateau above 10,000 feet.   I decided to camp near the start because of the early start time the next morning, 5:00 a.m.   I greeted friends at the pre-race meeting and enjoyed a relaxing evening by Island Lake.

I managed to get a good night’s rest and it was nice to have only a five-minute drive to the start.  We were away at 5 a.m.  The course layout is very confusing and I hoped that I studied it enough to not take too many wrong turns.   The first giant 11-mile loop was very nice.  We climbed above 11,000 feet onto a narrow ridge that gave great views except for the hazy smoke down in the valleys.  I finished the loop 15 minutes slower than I hoped, but I was still doing fine.  There were only 29 100-mile runners and a bunch of 50-mile and 60K runners.  I was running in the top 10.

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Mike Place was the last runner accepted into Hard Rock 100 from the wait list just the day before the race.   I had agreed to pace him for the last half of the race if he got in, so I quickly got ready and headed for Colorado.  I arrived that night and with only a couple hours of sleep arrived in time to watch the start.   I saw Mike at the 10-mile aid station and he didn’t look well.  I commented to Matt Watts after he left, that I doubted he would make it to my pickup point.  During the rest of the morning I tried to get some rest and it wasn’t until about 2 p.m. that I noticed in the results that Mike had dropped at 15 miles.  It turned out to be scary, but he was OK.  I decided to drive to Laramie in time to make the start for the Happy Jack 24-hour run. continue reading…