Today’s Run

Here are two photos I wanted to share from my trail run this morning. It was my first non-race(1)I ran the Cape Cod Trail 50k here last year. run in the Crane Conservation area just outside Edwards Air Force Base, and I cannot wait to go back.   Notes   [ + ] 1. ↑ I ran the Cape Cod Trail 50k here last year.

Ultra Marathons: What and Why

Over the past few weeks I’ve discussed running and, in particular, the sort of running I’m most interesting in: Ultra-marathons. Whether it was on the subway, a date, or the random menagerie of folks I’ve come to be in conversation with recently, it doesn’t matter, I’ve carried out a similar discussion with each of them when it comes to my running. On the face of it, an ultra-marathon is simply another flavor of foot race which describes any race longer than the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles or 42.2 km. The distances of these races vary widely(1)Some of the...

Joe English Trail Challenge

The Start Being both a small race–and this being the first year of the race–the Joe English Trail Challenge was not chip timed. Instead of using a traditional starting gate, which would have unfairly hurt those starting behind the first wave, the race director (RD) decided to do something a bit unorthodox. The RD had us line up on the field shoulder to shoulder for a track-like start, complete with pistol. As he counted down from ten you could feel the camaraderie as we chuckled about this unusual starting formation. BANG the pistol went off and the race began. I...