How To Be Mentally Marathon Tough

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During my second attempt at the Comrades (Ultra) Marathon in South Africa I was convinced I was going to fail and DNF. In fact, by mile 13 of the 56 mile race I was finished. Despite traveling over 24 hours by air to arrive in Durban, South Africa, to participate in the World’s Largest Ultramarathon, I knew all my hard work was going for nought. I would fail myself, my friends, and my family who had sacrificed so much to give me the opportunity to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot at a back-to-back medal. You see, at the Comrades Marathon, if …


Race Review: 2015 UA Grand Canyon 58K Ultramarathon

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The Ultra-Adventures Ultramarathons are tough. Even amongst ultra-runners, Ultra Adventures races are known to be difficult. In 2015, mother nature decided she wanted to join the fun and dumped a bunch of snow on the race course just to make things more interesting, since in the previous year the temperatures exceeded 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The heavy amounts of snow, ice, and rain caused a last-minute change in plans, as the shuttle busses were unable to get runners to the start points. So, at the last minute, courses were changed to out and backs. There were consequences, however, as the course …


Review: Salomon S-Lab X-Series Urban Shoe

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When you have narrow feet, your options are pretty limited. But the Salomon S-Lab X-Series Urban Shoe is one shoe designed to fit both men and women and that gave me the rare and wonderful opportunity to try shoes from Salomon; Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary with this review. Maximus vs. Minimus I’ve switched to running almost exclusively to Hoka One One’s (Clifton & Challenger). Hoka’s are considered “maximum” cushion shoe. On the other hand, there are the Salomon shoes, which are more “minimal” in cushioning. Transitioning between …