Category Speedgoat 50K

Apr8
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Sometimes I wonder how I do it. I went into the Zion 100k with the intention of running strong to the finish.  I had no intentions of “racing” off the front.  It just happened.   With a total of about 130 miles on my legs since the Moab 55k on February 14th, I managed to squeak out win # 55, and setting a new CR in the process.   The field was not particularly stacked, but at the same time, a win is a win, and knowing I can still pound out 62 miles off the couch is a pretty good confidence booster heading into the summer months.   We started the race with the 100 mile runners at 6am.  Jeff Browning and I ran through the cold air for a few miles up to the top of the Flying Monkey  trail.  I then pulled away from  Jeff in the [...]

Apr10
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The Lake Sonoma 50 mile will easily be the most competitive “early season” 50 mile.  The field is stacked deep.  John Medinger over at Ultrarunning Mag has assembled a stout list of trail runners, racing for some fine brew at the finish line.   It’s sure to be nuts up front.  A peleton may even form, something we rarely see in Ultrarunning.  Of course, it’ll be men up front, but the women’s field should not be overlooked either.  Although  it’s not nearly as deep as the men, it’s deep enough to make it a great competition.  Although, I’m not sure if there will be any beer left for the ladies with all these boys in front.   It’s been a while, but here goes my odds: Men’s Race: 1.  Dave Mackey  3-1.  It’s his turn to come out on top.  It’s been what, one race since he hasn’t won something? [...]

Mar21
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This weekend, well Friday (cuz’ we’re in Utah) I’ll be running the Antelope Island 100 mile.  This will be my second 100 this year. I’m not really sure what to expect, but feel pretty good physically to run around 15 hours.  That, of course, is if all goes well.  I’ve had off and on battles with Neuritis in my left foot, and it’s been giving me a little grief lately.  Sure sounds like a pre-race excuse eh?  Not really, but it’ll be interesting to see if I can work this one out. In my favor is the course being almost flat.  Downhill is a little sketchy, uphill is good and flat is fine too, but cranking downhill could cause the feeling of putting the wet finger in the outlet.  It’s not pretty when that happens.  We’ll see Dan Vega proves to be the stiffest competition, with a few other faster [...]