Category Archives: Ultra Running

How (Not) To Train for an Ultra Marathon

Going into my 50K two weeks ago, one of my only goals was to merely finish the race — and honestly I wasn’t completely confident I could.  This wasn’t just first-timer nerves or a lack of self-confidence, because I had … Continue reading

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Bear Mountain 50K (7:37:42)

I’ve been trying to figure out where to start this post for a few days now.  I’ve got so many thoughts, and the experience was so immense, that every time I start I type I’m sure that there’s somewhere better … Continue reading

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21 Hours and Counting

Last night I picked up my number and chip from the North Face store on 73rd street and Broadway.  Angelica and I stood in a short line, then I handed my ID to a perky young woman behind a table … Continue reading

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Dreamers of the Day

Today I officially signed up for the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K at Bear Mountain.  I think I’ve written enough about my thoughts surrounding the race at this point — 2 months out, I don’t have anything to really add … Continue reading

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γνῶθι σεαυτόν

My decision of whether or not to sign up for the Bear Mountain 50K comes right as two of my running friends have also been writing about ultras and self-confidence, though to very different ends.  Vanessa’s most recent post is brimming … Continue reading

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Flirting with a DNF (The North Face Endurance Challenge)

I think I may have found my 50K. As most of you know, I was signed up for a 50K on my birthday back in January, but after months of anticipation I ended up not racing due to our crazy … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Brooklyn Marathon

Although my ultra training schedule says I was supposed to run 4 miles the day after my marathon, I decided to take Monday off in deference to my knee.  It didn’t hurt when I walked, but a few test jogs … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Marathon: A learning experience (26.2 miles)

I had three primary goals in this weekends Brooklyn Marathon: 1) Finish 2) Have fun 3) Not get hurt I accomplished the first — jury’s still out on the other two. *** My alarm was set for 5:30 thus Sunday, … Continue reading

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Into the Woods

Sorry for the rather long caesura — in addition to all the usual excuses (kids, job, et cetera), I’m still recovering from spending a week in the woods with a dozen teenagers.  From early in the morning on October 31st … Continue reading

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“Should Have Worn Gloves” (18 miles)

Sometimes people ask me what I think about on long runs. Well, here’s what I thought about today during 18 miles in the freezing rain: “Damn, I should have worn gloves.” “Latte. As soon as I’m done, I’m getting a … Continue reading

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