Review: Salomon Skin Pro 10+3 Hydration Pack vs. UltrAspire Fastpack

This season began with plans for me to run over 7 ultramarathons in the Southwest desert of the United States. Not being a fast runner, and not trusting aid stations, I knew I would have to carry my own water and nutrition. I began the year using UltrAspire’s Fastpack, a capable hydration solution designed by an ultrarunner. However, just before …

Navajo Nation Welcomes Ultra Adventures Runners

Today was the commencement of the Ultra Adventures Monument Valley Ultramarathon series, where the 100 mile runners began the race in the early pre-dawn darkness. Those of us running the “short” distances (50-mile/5okm/25km) will start tomorrow morning. Immediately after the start, the Race Director, Matt Gunn, had mentioned we could follow some aid station workers to a unique area of …

Race Report: Brutally Scenic Antelope Canyon 55k

For those of you who have a bucket list, immediately, right now, go add the Antelope Canyon 55k/50m/100m to your bucket list. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Take your time. Write it down. Now. It’s an epic race in an epic place. All done? Good. Now on with the story. The Antelope Canyon 55k is not a race to PR. It …

Why We Run: Death in the Desert

The desert is an unforgiving, remote, generally deadly part of the world infested with rattlesnakes, wild horses, wild donkey’s, jackrabbits, cactus, and other creatures that hate human beings. The environment itself tends to hate humanity, often reaching temperatures that not only boils eggs but brains, too. This is my backyard and where I run. The area I run in prohibits …

Review: 2015 Spartan Beast Devours GoPro

Normally, I have many pictures and videos to show from my events. Sadly, the Spartan Beast in Temecula, CA required a sacrifice, and that sacrifice was nothing other than my GoPro, extra battery, and head strap. I was, however, able to recover my hat, so there is that. But the slip-n-slide into a mud pit ate the GoPro and no …

Race Report: 2014 Pikes Peak Marathon

The Pikes Peak Marathon is listed as the second most difficult marathon in the world. The cutoff time for the race is 10 hours – most “normal” marathons have cutoffs between 5 and 6 hours. It’s not just the climb. There is also the altitude. The height of Pike’s Peak is 14,110 feet. The air gets very rarified at that …

Race Report: 2014 San Francisco Marathon

The 2014 San Francisco Marathon started under perfect weather in July of this year. Conditions were nearly perfect. So why take so long to write a race report? Normally, I’m far better about writing my race reports; After all, who wants to read a report about a race almost a month after the fact? I’m not sure why it took …

Spartan Race San Francisco

When you think of a Spartan Race, you think of fire. You think of blood. You think of spears and barbed wire and mud and water. Oh, sure Spartan has a lot of CrossFit stuff, too, but it’s the mud and blood that make it truly Spartan. Unfortunately, none of that was present during the 2014 Spartan Race San Francisco …

How to Handle Failure: A DNS Story

Ironman 70.3 Boise has continued to plague me for the third year in a row. I’m not sure what evil anti-triathlon demons have got it out for me, but 2014 was the third year I paid and signed up for that race and failed to start. Frustrating doesn’t scratch the surface. Injuries are always a danger any time you plan …

Race Report: Trails of Fury 5K

Our friend Nehal is beginning her running journey, and as she is looking to stay motivated and excited, she suggested we sign up for our first ever 5k trail race. This seemed like an excellent idea, until I remembered I am horrible at 5k races and, really, quite slow. But Nehal would keep me going, so I agreed. All went …