I recently completed my 10th Hardrock 100, finishing in 29 hours and 26 minutes which was fast enough for 7th place. That comes to 1000 miles I’ve run on the ultra-marathon course in the San Juans.
If there’s one thing I have figured out after nine finishes at the Hardrock 100, it’s that you should never go into it thinking you’ve actually got it figured out. Train all you want, manage as many details as you think you can, but be ready for some curveballs on race day, and don’t be surprised when they come. Approach the race as a perennial student of the course, rather...
Summing up the Hardrock 100 is always a challenge, though when it goes well it’s admittedly easier. This year, my 8th time running, was relatively smooth. I finished in 28:52, my 3rd fastest time, which was good enough for 7th place overall.
Any finish at the Hardrock 100 should be considered a great achievement. There are so many ways to come up short on the burly course that anyone who makes it all the way back to Silverton deserves to be commended.
It’s Hardrock 100 time again. It’s hard to believe, but this year will be my 7th go at this race. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I was here for the first time. Back in 2007 I made my first trip around this incredible course. I returned in 2009 and have run and finished every year since. You might think that after so many years things...
I thought I'd pass along a little video that recently hit the Internet about Seb Chaignieu's winning Hardrock 100. I don't usually re-post content created by others, but this race is a tough subject to accurately capture, and I think this video does a pretty good job.
This year's Hardrock 100 went well by nearly every measure. At the risk of making it sound routine, it was a fairly smooth day out there. And with the help of my crew/pacer team of Christy and Jesse Rickert-- from the Mount Everest/Global Extremes days-- I finished in 5th place, with a time of 28:19. It was my sixth time on the course and my fastest finish yet. (more…)
We'll see how this goes. Gone are the days when I could quietly sneak into the top-ten under the cover of night, when the crews of the front runners would continually ask Christy and Tim,"Who's your runner?" as they all moved along the far reaches of the course crewing together. (more…)
Thanks to the efforts of pacer/friend Chris Davenport, I ended up with some video footage from Hardrock earlier this summer. I have to confess, I wasn't always in the mood to talk when he turned on the Contour HD camera during the late stages of the race, but when I finally got to looking at the footage recently, I was psyched he had brought it with him. (more…)
In the days that follow this enormous undertaking, I'm usually so drained-- mentally, physically, and emotionally-- that I struggle to assimilate all that took place. I recall it in bits and pieces-- mental images of the course, fragments of conversations with crew and pacers, or memories of thoughts as to how I was feeling or what was happening. To look back on it can almost take on a Hollywood-esque "life...
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