So Much for Weather Forecasts: OT50 Trail Run 2016

The 10 day forecast predicted a good chance of rain and warmer than normal temperatures for race day. As the week progressed, the forecast waffled, settling the night before the race on no rain and low 70's. The forecast was wrong.  By 5:30 a.m. runners huddled under the pavilion hoping the drizzle would stop and they could start the race at least somewhat dry. It was not to be. With minutes to … [Read more...]

Mount Nebo Trail “Fun” Run – We ate it for breakfast and kicked its ass

Mount Nebo is one of those places in Arkansas that I haven't explored as much as I would have liked; however, the only two times I've been there in the past have been pretty epic adventures, and this past weekend was no exception.  Mount Nebo State Park is located just west of the city of Dardanelle, Arkansas and was designated as a state park in 1927.  The majority of the amenities found in the … [Read more...]

Another Full mOOn Rising

It's 5 a.m., instead of being in a hammock at a campsite per the original plan, I've been in a soft comfortable bed in an air conditioned house for 4 hours. I've woken up twice already. It might be the small, but surprisingly painful patch of chaffed skin on my upper thigh. It could be nausea or it could be hunger, sometimes I can't tell the difference. It might be catching the sheets on the toe … [Read more...]

Bona Dea:  In the Time of “Firsts”

Welcome Guest Writer and Tie Dyed Trail Grub owner, Bill Dobbins This year’s Bona Dea 50k will always represent a multitude of “firsts” for me. Besides being the first Arctic run of the year, there were four first 50k finishes that I know about, a distance PR and a brush with running greatness.  My purpose is to tell their stories and not dwell on the cold, because even in the dreariest of … [Read more...]

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.~Langston Hughes The morning could have started with a list of disappointments. There was a cool rain that was oscillating between a gentle trickle and occasional stinging downpours. The marks so carefully placed by race director Chrissy Ferguson the night before were being washed … [Read more...]

2012 Big Rock Mystery Run

I brought a bike to a run...and for good reason. The Big Rock Mystery Run was somewhere between 10 and 12 miles long, not a huge distance when you look at some of the other runs in the Arkansas Ultra Trail Series, but what it lacks in mileage it more than makes up for in elevation changes. The race started at the Riverview Skateboard Park along the river trail, just under Fort Roots. The … [Read more...]