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Browsing Posts published in March, 2007

March 30, 2007

This run turned out to be a 50-mile training run on a 100-mile course I designed.   I am enjoying the 100-mile distance more and more.   In 2004-2005 I started my 100-mile run career with 3-out-of-4 DNFs (did not finish).   I seriously questioned whether my body could handle that distance and each time proclaimed that I would never try again.  But since that time I have successfully completed a consecutive string of nine 100-mile finishes.

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March 24, 2007 

The Great Salt Lake in Utah is a wonder of the world.  It is about 75 miles long and 28 miles wide.  This massive salt-water lake has more salinity than the ocean (3-5 times), to the point that you can float in it.  The only creatures that live in the lake are small insect-like brine shrimp.  The lake has no outlets and its level can fluctuate greatly from year to year depending on the runoff.   In the early 1980s, heavy runoff caused the lake to overflow its usual boundaries to cover roads, ranches, and cause much destruction of developed land and structures.  Other years, like this year, the lake is much lower.

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March 2-3, 2007

Back on December 29-30, 2006, I hosted the first running of the Pony Express Trail 100.   Three of us completed a 100-mile run on the historic trail in western Utah, competing against frigid winter temperatures.  I completed that initial run in 25:29 and was anxious to give it another try.  Running buddy, Brent Rutledge suggested that we get out and run it again soon.   We looked at the calendar and decided on March 2-3, hoping for warmer weather conditions.   Yes, the Pony Express would “run” again!

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